Humanities at Elm Court
“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.” ― Kofi Annan
Young people are instinctively curious, the Humanities disciplines of History, Geography, Religious Education and Citizenship tap into this desire to understand a number of key issues such as why the world looks the way it does? And why do particular groups of people behave the way they do?
KS3: Through Years 7, 8 and 9, the pupils study a curriculum which will inform and allow them to develop their thinking and questioning skills as well as garnering their curiosity with the world around them. Most importantly pupils will become able to make their own judgements on a range of issues, they will be given a platform to air their views and have them scrutinised by their peers. Pupils learn about the role we all must play as citizens of the UK in terms of ensuring equality for all and a tolerance for those from a different cultural background from themselves, for example. Pupils will also learn about those that have made a difference to their communities – some have changed their nations and the world.
KS4: Pupils in Years 10 and 11 study for a GCSE in Citizenship (short and full course). Additional lessons are also available for those pupils who have a flair for the subject and wish to further their studies. Pupils also have the option to take Geography, History and RE at GCSE.
Extra: As part of the coursework requirements for Citizenship Studies GCSE pupils pick a charity with the aim of raising awareness within a target audience of the important work that they carry out. Many pupils have chosen charities that they have a personal connection with and have been very passionate about this task. The project work demonstrates to the students how they have the power to effect change.
Further to school agreeing to have a badge and article of support uploaded onto our website; we are delighted to be able to advise that our well has been built!
Please see the photo above.
AquAid and The Africa Trust
We at Elm Court School are aware that keeping our children hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the school day. As a result, we decided to invest in watercoolers from AquAid. Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our school the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Our decision to install a water cooler from AquAid means that for each machine that we have, we have donated £20 per year per cooler to The Africa Trust. Through our contributions to The Africa Trust, an ‘Elephant Pump’ is being installed in Africa on our behalf. This pump will bring much needed, clean, fresh drinking water and improve the quality of life of those who will have access to our well. Our school’s name will be displayed proudly on our well and we look forward to adding some photos and letters of thanks from the villages to our site in the near future.
For more information on AquAid please click on the following link: www.aquaidwatercoolers.co.uk