The purpose of humanities education at Burlington House School is to impart core skills within our learners, develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural education, and to provide extra-curricular opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom.
We aim to foster a passion for our subjects which extends beyond their time with us. We pride ourselves on delivering memorable experiences which challenge our pupils with new perspectives and high expectations.
We plan and deliver our lessons using visual, kinaesthetic and interactive teaching methods and make full use of assistive technology to enable all of our learners to reach their full potential. Our role is to make sure our pupils leave us with a deeper understanding of the world around them and their place within that world. Burlington House School learners are challenged to keep an open and enquiring mind and to be active and informed citizens.
Learners in our Senior School will continue to build their subject knowledge and skills, studying varied topics which create a broad and balanced curriculum.
In History pupils begin with changes in society during the Tudor and Stuart age learning about significant events such as the English Civil Wars before exploring the legacy of colonialism, slavery and empire and the Industrial Revolution. They develop their historical and literacy skills as they progress through British and World history finishing in Year 9 with a study of 20th Century conflict and The Holocaust.
In Geography pupils explore topics such as Rainforests, Employment, Population, Plate Tectonics and Global Development. These topics give a balance of Human and Physical Geography, and also equip learners with the key skills they need, including the opportunity to engage in fieldwork outside of the classroom.
In Religious and Social Studies pupils learn about the role world religions play in our lives and in our societies so they can recognise the importance of mutual respect and tolerance. They will explore what constitutes an identity and study what it means to be an active and abiding citizen in modern Britain. Pupils will also develop an understanding of the UK political system and learn about their rights and responsibilities as individuals; as well as recognise the importance of Human Rights, laws and the power of the Media.
Our Humanities pupils are given plenty of individual support and assistance. We strive to create our own resources where needed to ensure that the needs of our pupils are met in lessons, which are enriched by trips and activities for related topics taking advantage of the amazing opportunities the museums, parks and galleries that London has to offer.
Pupils with a passion and an aptitude for the humanities are encouraged to continue their studies into KS4, where the department offers popular GCSEs in History, Geography and Citizenship:
Parents can find specific curriculum information in their child’s termly ICM reports. These can be accessed via the Parent Portal: https://schoolbase.online