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Marlwood School

Humanities Faculty

Marlwood Curriculum Intent

Student Experience

We believe in breadth of curriculum: students learning a broad range of subjects for as long as possible. As of September 2019 our students will receive a traditional curriculum, which is broad and balanced. The curriculum is designed to enable all students to flourish academically and acquire the knowledge, skills, employability competencies, cultural capital and character development required for a successful and fulfilled life.

We want all of our students to:

  • Lead a life that is personally flourishing
  • To help others to do so, too

Student Progress

Progress is not simply what we use to measure with levels, but rather it comprises knowledge that has been learned and then retained in long-term memory. It is vital that our students make at least expected progress. It is our goal for our students to strive for excellence and outperform their peers nationally. However, progress goes beyond a collection of marks in a tracking document; it is much more complex than that.

Progress depends on learners having a network of inter-related ideas and values that they skilfully draw on to make sense of what they are doing and experiencing.  Progress indicators differ depending on the subject discipline or spiritual, moral, social and cultural goals of the learning experience.  It requires us to go back and think in detail about what it means to ‘get better’ in terms of behaviours, cognition or appreciation. It is about creativity, connections and schematics, not isolated information. It is about the development of the whole person.

Each faculty and subject at Marlwood School plays a significant and deliberate role in implementing the intent of the whole school curriculum through the distinctiveness nature of their disciplinary content, skills and approach.

Each faculty and subject at Marlwood School plays a significant and deliberate role in implementing the intent of the whole school curriculum.



The Humanities consists of the subjects of Geography, History and Religion/World views. Each has something unique to offer the students of Marlwood; each one adding to a students’ understanding of their world and their place in it.

As a group of subjects, Humanities is uniquely placed to promote core universal and ‘British Values’ of respect and understanding of different cultures, religions and the environment.

Through the study of Humanities at Marlwood School our students will:

  • Be curious, self-motivated and reflective learners; consistently asking and answering challenging questions and issues, whilst being open minded to evidence and other viewpoints.
  • Develop the life skill of interpreting and understanding a myriad of cultural, historical, economic, social and environmental issues within Britain, Europe and the World.
  • Be able to form, articulate and defend opinions based on evidence and understanding and therefore become active citizens and participate fully in democracy.
  • Develop high levels of literacy, oracy and graphicacy ensuring that students who study Humanities subjects develop important employability skills as well as life skills.
  • Develop into well rounded, knowledgeable and active citizens, reflecting the school values of Respect, Aspiration and Determination.



The intent of the geography curriculum is to stimulate a deep knowledge and understanding of the human and physical world, how these interact and above all the necessity of achieving a sustainable future.

Our curriculum will stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about our planet.

The Geography Curriculum at Marlwood School will shape geographers who:

  • Understand their moral responsibilities as local and global stewards.
  • Are equipped with invaluable transferable skills and a deep sense of empathy
  • Understand their individual and collective significance in the world around them.



The intent of the History curriculum is to fire students’ curiosity and imagination, inspiring and moving them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past.

“History isn’t just about dates and places and wars. It’s about the people who fill the spaces between them.”

The History Curriculum at Marlwood School will shape historians who:

  • Acquire and retain developed knowledge of the past, which allows them to make sense of their place in the world and inspires their curiosity to find out more.
  • Can with increasing levels of sophistication:
    • o Ask perceptive questions
    • o Think critically and write effectively
    • o Weigh up evidence and put forward well-reasoned arguments
    • o Reach effective judgements.

Our curriculum is designed to push students to increasing levels of excellence. Historians at Marlwood will:

  • Develop an appreciation that whilst knowledge is important, evidence needs to be evaluated and interpretations of the past constantly re-evaluated.
  • Understand the concepts of change and continuity, cause and consequence, similarity and difference as well as significance.
  • Encounter content that is directly relevant to their social, moral and spiritual education

There is no doubt that History is important –”it is thrilling, absorbing, fascinating, delightful and infuriating… it is life”


Religion and World Views


The intent of the Religion and World Views curriculum is to provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, the beliefs about God, the self and the moral values of an individual and societies.

The Religion and World Views Curriculum at Marlwood School will shape citizens who:

  • Are critical thinkers
  • Are empowered to contribute to a world in which there is a large range of ethical dilemmas and in which they will interact with people of a variety of religious and secular beliefs.
  • Acquire the tools to explore alternative viewpoints on key issues, disagree with courtesy and uphold British Values.


Our Curriculum intent is realised through the skilful implementation of the Humanities Curriculum Maps supported by the Marlwood 8 Essentials.

Exposure to real life places, experiences and individuals who have helped shaped who we are and what we may become are a vital component of the Humanities curriculum experience at Marlwood School

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