Humanities, Ethos & Spiritual Development
The Christian Ethos of our College is at the heart of all we do. Our faith is expressed through our curriculum, our pastoral care and day-to-day interaction with others and this is what makes us distinctly different. Our aim is to reflect Christ in all we do.
The Directorate of Humanities, Ethos and Spiritual Development contains Religious Education, Geography, History, Classics and Citizenship Departments which work together to enhance the learning opportunities for our Students. It gives the students the opportunity to study with a wide variety of activities. They can explore a topic in more depth and appreciate the diverse nature of issues by reading and working with different texts. There is a focus on the development of literacy and learning skills that are transferable across the curriculum and on strategies to help students become effective users of our language. There is also a focus on participation and co-operative learning, which aids learning through the development of social skills.
The Religious Education Department is at the spiritual center of the College. It provides the students with RE lessons to explore through a vibrant and enjoyable curriculum a wide variety of topics. The lessons are active and use a variety of learning styles including drama, hot seating, detective work, model making and many more. A student begins by being introduced to Jesus and to the two denominations to which the College is affiliated. Through the rest of KS3 students study two other religions, the sacraments, the spread of Christianity and how the Universe began. At KS4 students learn how apply the Bible to their lives through an in-depth study of St Marks Gospel and consider ethical issues. Students are given the opportunity to hear many different opinions and to develop their own opinions. At KS5 students continue to develop these skills and study courses in the New Testament, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion.
The department also enables students to develop through their own faith journey by contributing strongly to the daily Collective Acts of Worship and the celebration of a variety of liturgies throughout the College year.
The History Department focuses on helping students think for themselves. As a result, it is a popular subject at Christ the King, with many students opting to study at GCSE and AS/A2 level.
At Key Stage 3 the aim is to provide students with a solid understanding of British history as well as gaining knowledge of key world events during the twentieth century. History at GCSE involves a depth study of The American West 1840-1895 or Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1945, Medicine through Time and a controlled assessment on Carisbrooke Castle. Topics studied at Key Stage 5 include USA and Vietnam and Tudor England.
Through a wide range of topics, students are able to develop a number of key skills, such as research, analysis and evaluation. By examination of evidence, students will develop an understanding of how men and women lived in the past, and why they acted as they did. The course looks at why events happened and what the results were. Students will study why some things changed and others didn’t.
History can help students make sense of the world around them, because what happened then matters now. History is taught through a range of resources and techniques, providing interesting, engaging and challenging lessons for students.
The Classics department offers a study of both the languages (Latin and Ancient Greek) and the culture of Greece and Rome. These are the two civilisations that are at the very heart of the modern world. As a result, when studying Classics, students get to know not only the past, but are also able to understand contemporary issues.
The study of ancient languages is a ludic exercise, which has formed generations of outstanding scholars; it represents an invaluable way through which you can develop logical, analytical and philological skills. Similarly, the study of ancient languages constitutes the backbone and gives a firm ground for the study of modern languages.
Students explore and analyse aspects of Greek and Roman culture and society through the reading of crucial works of literature (such as the Homeric poems), Greek tragedy and philosophy – all these provide students with important questions on the universal and immutable traits of the human kind.
Without an adequate knowledge of the past, we cannot fully comprehend the present and prepare ourselves for the future: "I won’t say it’s the route to colossal riches, but I read almost nothing but Greek and Latin for 25 years and now I’m in charge of every bus in London" Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.
The Geography department prepares students for understanding the pattern of human and physical activity around the world.
- To develop and maintain students' enthusiasm for enquiry and learning.
- To stimulate and sustain a positive attitude towards Geography.
- To enable students of all abilities to succeed by developing a differentiated curriculum and using a wide variety of teaching styles.
- To encourage an awareness of the contribution that studying human and physical geography makes to society.
- To give students a suitable foundation to enable entry into careers in the many employment areas touched by geography.
- Without geography you are nowhere, and geography is everywhere!
At Key Stage 3 the aim is to provide students with the skills, the knowledge and an understanding of Geography so they can successfully study Geography at GCSE level if it is appropriate and they have the desire. If they choose not to, we hope they have developed a respect for the natural world and man’s place in it.
Geography GCSE involves study of; Natural Hazards, Coasts, the urban environment and Tourism.
The Advanced GCE specification requires students to:
- Develop knowledge and understanding of selected physical, human and environmental processes that underpin key geographical concepts
- Develop a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of place, space, diversity, interdependence, people–environment interaction, the processes associated with these, and change over time
- Study at a range of scales and understand the importance of scale as a geographical idea use a range of skills and techniques, including the use of maps and images at different scales necessary for geographical study carry out research, and out-of-classroom work including fieldwork, as appropriate to the topics selected use modern information technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), as appropriate to the content and develop understanding of the application and relevance of geography
Geography has a spiritual dimension as we seek to help everyone understand our role in the world and the natural and human forces that influence us and we hope you can effect.
Personal, social and health education (PSHEE) and Citizenship education is delivered within the context of the Christian values and ethos of the college. PSHEE and Citizenship enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our students to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the college and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in college through the College Council. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
Apart from offering intrinsic interest and information in the subject areas covered, the Directorate provides an important complement to a scientific education. It also increases our student’s ability to express themselves clearly and precisely in writing and speaking.