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What’s it all about?

At Orchard School, our Year 7 and 8 curriculum has been developed to support GCSE subject knowledge and is designed to cover all the Humanities subjects.  This is achieved by a teacher taking responsibility for all areas and rotating subject content.  This encourages interactive lessons and a greater understanding of individual students.

Students are taught in mixed ability groups with a top set in Years 7 and 8 and are formally assessed every term to ensure that they are taught according to their specific learning requirements.  Key Stage 4 students opt for Humanities subjects at GCSE.  We offer GCSEs in History and Geography.  All students take Religious Education for at least two years.

IN BRIEF: Humanities involves the following three subjects: History, Geography and Religious Education. It supports English in developing your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.


  • Jenny Onslow, BA, PGCE Secondary Education, Certificate in PSHEE
  • Gemma Hickey, BA, PGCE Secondary Education
  • Emma Courtney, BA, PGCE Secondary Education
  • Peter Hurran, BA, PGCE Secondary Education
  • Fergus O'Donovan BA PCGE Secondary Education
  • Sian Williams BA PCGE Secondary Education
  • Tonya Russell BA PGCE Secondary Education

You can see what topics are studied across each year group below:


Year Curriculum content
9 Civil Rights & Paper 2: Health and the people 1000-present
10 Paper 2: Norman England 1066-1100 & Paper 1: Conflict and Tension, World War 1
11 Paper 2: Germany democracy and dictatorship 1880-1945 & Revision

Useful websites

Follow History on Twitter, @OrchardHistory!

Follow Geography on Twitter!