Humanities Policy

Humanities Policy

At Childwall Abbey School we endeavour to develop pupils’ understanding of religious faiths, history and the environment they live in. We have a commitment to achieve this through academic study and educational outings; with all year groups participating in a minimum of one Humanities related educational visit per year.

Academic Content

Years 6, 7 & 8 follow a topic approach to Humanities through which they reflect on what they know and what they would like to find out at the start of each unit and conclude with what they have learnt at the unit end. In Geography and History, pupils will develop their understanding of these topics over the next two years:


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2016-2017 Modern Europe Local History Mountains/Seaside Water
2017-2018 WW2 Comparing People & Places Local History

Topics studied are supported by the following work schemes:

  • The Geography Association Super Schemes
  • The History Association
  • The Hamilton Trust

Local History Unit

The Local History Unit is delivered every year to develop pupils’ awareness and understanding of events, which have shaped their city. It is delivered in part as an Independent Research Study with year groups focusing on different areas of the timeline. Following initial guidance, pupils take ownership by researching their chosen topic in accordance with objectives set out in their personal learning journey maps. There is the expectation that pupils will refine their research skills and in doing so, progressively develop the independence to produce informed presentations about the City of Liverpool.

In Religious Studies the focus in Years 6, 7 and 8 will be:


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Year 6 Belonging & Celebrations Community & Worship Relationships & Beliefs
Year 7 Beliefs Special Books Celebrations
Year 8 Wisdom & Beliefs Worship/Prayers Life as a Journey

The topic approach to Humanities taken at Year 6, 7 and 8 is designed to equip pupils with the tools to attain an Entry Level Qualification at the end of Year 11.

WJEC (Welsh Board) Entry Level Qualification


Years 9, 10 and 11 acquire credits upon completion of the following modules:

Module Credits
History in the media (Hillsborough)
Sustainable Tourism
Religious Charities (CAFOD, Christian Aid)
Contentious Issues (abortion, euthanasia and sanctity of life)
Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Looking at your History (Toxteth Riots)
Religious Initiation Rights
Child Poverty and Exploitation
A British Society in the Past
A Non-British Society in the Past
Famous Followers of Religion (Martin Luther King)
Persecution of People (the Holocaust)


These credits then transfer to Entry Level Attainment at Entry 2 or Entry 3 level. An accumulation of credits will see students leave at the end of Key Stage 4 with the following WJEC Entry Level qualification:

  • Award (8 credits)
  • Certificate (13 credits)
  • Diploma (37 credits