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Study of the Humanities subjects develops interest and concern for the world around us, its peoples past and present, and their beliefs, lives and achievements.

Our aim in Humanities is to help students be positive and informed adult members of society, developing an understanding of and interest in British values, their contemporary world, and becoming aware of their own role in shaping its future. In essence, we seek to develop – through learning - well-rounded individuals so they can contribute positively to society.

In year 7, humanities is taught as one subject through project based learning. By the end of year 7, students are better Geographers, Historians and Philosophers by enabling them to improve their ability to find, organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We focus on developing successful, independent and lifelong learners through an emphasis on fostering research skills and learning skills. Students are equipped with the skills and the knowledge to be successful in each humanities based subject specialisms. Students will develop these skills through the study of:

  1. People, Places and Me
  2. The British Isles
  3. India
  4. Discovery
  5. Change

In year 8 and 9, the Humanities subjects: Geography, History and Religious Education are taught in separate courses by specialist teachers.

Please see below for additional information on each of the subjects within Humanities:


At Patchway Community School we aim to provide a high-quality history education that provides students with a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

We aim to equip students with the ability to question the past, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. The study of History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, cause and consequence and the diverse nature of societies and relationships between different groups over time.


Our young people learn geography because it helps us to understand the world they live in and the roles they can play within it both presently and in the future.

As a subject it develops the skills of evaluation, explanation and critical analysis which equip children to identify how natural processes have shaped human societies and how humans have, in turn, changed the planet. Running through each part of this journey is the theme of inequality and its impact on the lives of people from different countries and cultures challenging students to build the skills necessary to be the decision makers of tomorrow. Contemporary themes including overpopulation, climate change, migration, hazards and global inequalities are explored to develop in depth local and global awareness of these challenges. Students will be familiar with vital concepts such as sustainability, globalisation and economic development. They will gain a strong sense of global citizenship. 

Religious Education

  • In the Olympus Academy Trust we aim to develop critically minded students with an awareness and acceptance of the world around them.
  • We aim for students to be aware of global religion and the way it has shaped culture and tradition across Britain and the world.
  • We believe it is crucial that students feel confident in exploring a range of moral and ethical issues, looking at them from both religious and non-religious views, in order that they begin to develop their own measured opinions on such issues.
  • We aim for students to show an acceptance and an understanding of a wide range of religions, cultures, traditions and viewpoints.


 What is GCSE Citizenship?

GCSE Citizenship is the study of the government, politics and society of this country and how this differs from that of other countries around the world.

This course focuses on developing student’s knowledge of how they can participate fully in society and make positive changes. It also aims to show them how and why decisions are made in Parliament and the things that exist to hold the government to account. As well as this, students will learn vital information about our economy and the rights and responsibilities of our key institution.

It is a really beneficial course which has practical implications for students as they move into adulthood.