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The Humanities department at The Rose School comprises Geography, History, Religious Education, PSHE and Citizenship.  It is coordinated by Mrs A. Moran.

At KS3, the curriculum is delivered as a carousel, comprising half-termly topics chosen from the Geography, History and Religious Education studies.

PSHE and Citizenship are taught for one period every week as a combined curriculum.

Flourish- today and tomorrow

The subjects delivered within the Humanities curricula form a body of knowledge that gives students the opportunity to understand the world around them from many different perspectives. They are given opportunities to learn about how the Earth has been shaped by natural forces and by the people living on it. They find out about key times in the past that have an influence on the way we live today. They explore the diverse beliefs of religious groups to find out how they affect their daily lives, and, in turn, how this might affect them and their attitudes personally. British Values are integrated throughout the lessons, as well as being taught more discreetly. 

Unearth Potential

Alongside this pupils are given the chance to build personal competencies in teamwork, leadership and communication skills to name a few. To discover their strengths, whether that be in debates we have, the art/ model work completed to accompany some of the units or in written work. 






Year 1

Gg: Fantastic places

(incl mapskills)

Hist: Medieval Realms – 

From the vikings to the Battle of the Roses

Gg: Weather, rivers and flooding

RE: World Religions

RE: The island

Year 2

Hist: English civil war

Natural disasters – earthquakes (volcanoes)

Hist: WWI


RE: Human rights

Gg: Settlements – urban opportunities and challenges

Year 3

Climate and ecosystems – TRF

Development Geography – India

Hist: Holocaust

RE: Life after death

Hist: WWII

RE and Geog: Global Issues


Pupils in KS3 and 4  are given the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom completing fieldwork and map skills practice at different times of the year, for example studying rivers and flooding and a local regeneration study. Trips have also been taken to Leeds Royal Armouries to learn more about the English Civil war, St Matthews Street Church to learn about Christian Rites of Passage, Clitheroe Castle to learn about the Norman Conquest and the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail to learn about waterfall formation. 

At Key Stage 4, all students follow courses in a range of subjects. The level of the examination is determined by their ability. Courses offered at present are: AQA PSE (EL or L1),  BTec Travel and tourism (EL3 and L1), OCR Entry Level Geography. At present, RE is integrated into the appropriate PSE units. The Humanities Department also work alongside the PE department to deliver the Prince’s Trust Award.

A variety of teaching methods are employed to engage the students and make their learning relevant and fun. 

Links to exam boards:

Year 10

BTec Travel and Tourism El3, L1


AQA PSE EL2, EL3 and Level 1 


Year 11

OCR Entry level Geography


AQA PSE EL2, EL3 and Level 1 


PSHE Policy

RSE 2020


RSE 2020 Policy statement


Personal, social and health education (PSHE) gives pupils the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare themselves for life and work in modern Britain.

At The Rose School the PSHE curriculum brings together citizenship with personal well being, careers, relationships and sex education whilst promoting British Values.

In order to be happy, successful and more independent in adult life pupils will need the knowledge to be able to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build self confidence and self worth we feel that our curriculum can facilitate them in these things.


PSHE is taught as a discrete subject for 45 minutes each week in KS3 and KS4

Pupils also have blocks of time (term 2b 2020) when they have an extra 45 minutes each week solely on British Values.

PSHE is taught by A.Moran (AM) with R,O,S and E groups as well as KS4 M.Cutforth (MC) teaches Nuture pupils.

All staff are involved in the 45 minute British Values teaching in Term 2b, with subsequent revisiting of British Values in lessons and discreetly every Half Term. 

At KS3 we use the information from the PSHE Association to guide planning and resources from EHC Resources in lessons which are tailored to our pupils as well resources developed in house.

Some of our pupils are Yr6. They will take part in Relationship lessons in a different room when KS3 pupils are continuing with RSE lessons. The Year 6 will cover this material in Yr9 (as PSHE units are on a 3 year carousel)

Standardisation of this is through Mrs Moran and MRs Cutforth meeting to discuss the planning and implementation of the lessons.

At present we use the AQA PSE Award(5800) at KS4, these do not cover all aspects of KS4 RSE 2020 so the curriculum units are supplemented in order to do so.


Mrs Moran teaches Year 10 and 11 in school for 45 minutes a week.

Rose+ pupils are completing units of PSE which are delivered by Rose+ staff – Sylvia Clarke and Zoe Eldridge. Rose+ pupils have a tailored programme that loosely follows the curriculum map for their Year group. The unit they are working on depends on their start date on Rose+ and engagement in the work over time.

Standardisation of this is ensured by Amanda Moran (AM) working closely with Sylvia and Zoe and also AM marking all the units for AQA Assessment.


Pupils take part in discussions and feedback sessions in order to show their knowledge and understanding. Pupils emotional and social development is measured throughout whole school with SMART targets linked to their ENCP plans that are reviewed throughout the year. There are also personal targets recorded daily on their points sheets. Once a pupil is meeting a target regularly these are changed to address another area of social, emotional need.

At KS4 the units completed are tailored to their academic ability with them being able to complete work at any level from EL1 – L2. Most pupils in 2019/2020 are achieving EL3 / L1 in school, with the majority on Rose+ achieving EL2.

Right to Withdraw

 Do I have a right to withdraw my child from Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)?

A: Parents will continue to have a right to request to withdraw their child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, should be granted up to three terms before their child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 – the legal age of sexual consent.

There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education at primary or secondary as we believe the contents of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught.


Letters are sent home to parents prior to sex education being taught in RSE. Parents can then contact school if they want to withdraw pupils.

This policy statement will be reviewed and updated following consultation with parents and governors in line with the new PSHE statutory guidelines.

KS3 PSHE and Citizenship





Year 1

Financial Literacy

Healthy minds – mental health


Depression focus, anger management, resilience, love and relationships – family, friends 

Bullying/ staying safe (and online safety)

How am I changing?

Personal hygiene, puberty, periods, hormones.



Government, monarchy, political policies, voting, elections 2019

Healthy Body – food, sleep, exercise and drugs

(First Aid to be completed in Wellbeing / PE).

How am I unique?

Diversity, identity, prejudice, homophobia, racism and extremism.

Radicalisation – signs and prevention

Year 2

Emotional literacy – positive mental health, mindfulness, self awareness, teens and the media, Discrimination – disability focus

Careers and finance

Personal budgeting – income, expenditure, credit and debit

Wage slips, NI numbers, tax, pensions

Safe sex

Contraception, STIs, consent, pornography, sexting.

Teenage pregnancy

Online grooming

Career Development 

Personal target setting and skills, behaviour management

British Values – explicit

Celebrating one’s own culture and religion. Tolerance.

Islamophobia – Sharia law

Body image and the media – male and female.

Focus on eating disorders

Year 3

Rules, laws and the justice system (Citz) 

LGBT+ and tackling homophobia, transphobia and sexism

Financial decisions – risks and consequences 

Managing Conflict


Enterprise Project


All pupils will follow Year 1 in the 2019/2020 academic year

KS4 PSE curriculum map

Red writing are highlighting areas that need to be covered in the PSHE guidelines but not included in the AQA Award units.

Year group 



Term 1a


Alcohol limits and abuse

Tobacco abuse

Danger and misuse of legal drugs

Classification of illegal drugs

And health risks

Law and drugs

Social and emotional risks of drug taking


Unit 2 

Relationship and sex education. Types of relationships, parenting, responsibilities, parenting skills, breakups, domestic abuse and arranged marriages.

Consent, good sex, contraception, STIs, LGBT+

Unit 3 

Term 1b


Informed Career choices

Choosing careers and finding more information.

Completing a CV, application form and a letter of application.

Taking part in an interview and knowing about relationships at work.

H&S, rights and responsibilities.

Unit 7 

Personal finance

Banking services

Bank accounts,balance credits and debits

Credit cards

Interest payments

Wage slips

Statutory and non-statutory deductions

Tax and National insurance

Possible Benefits


Unit 4

Term 2a


Applying for jobs and courses

Writing a CV, application and letter

Preparation for an interview

Planning questions and answers

Taking part in an interview

Unit 8 


Relationships and behaviour in the workplace

Structure of a business/organisation, rights and responsibilities of an employee, trade union memberships and the advantages and disadvantages, equal opportunities and Health and Safety in the workplace, Risk Assessments

Unit 9

Emotional Well-being 

Perseverance and procrastination

Mental health and ill health along with tackling the stigma.

Prejudice and discrimination.

Equal opportunities

Promoting self-esteem 

Stress and stress management.


Dealing with change

Grief and bereavement

Unit 5

Term 2b

Diversity, prejudice and discrimination. 

Celebrating diversity (multiculturalism)

British values and community cohesion

Types of prejudice and why it might occur

Examples of discrimination and the impacts (2010 Equality Act) 

Stereotyping and the impacts of it

Overt and covert racism

Extremism and radicalisation

unit 12

British Values 

Taught for 1 period per week on Wednesdays with their Tutor team

Diversity, prejudice and discrimination. 

Celebrating diversity (multiculturalism)

British values and community cohesion

Types of prejudice and why it might occur

Examples of discrimination and the impacts (2010 Equality Act) 

Stereotyping and the impacts of it

Overt and covert racism

Extremism and radicalisation

unit 12

British Values 

Taught for 1 period per week by Mrs Moran in lesson time in conjunction with Unit 12 above.

Term 3a

Personal Safety

At home/ in work/ in education

Personal responsibility for safety

Dangers involved in personal safety, including cyber safety

Advice on personal safety

Unit 10

Personal Safety

At home/ in work/ in education

Personal responsibility for safety

Dangers involved in personal safety, including cyber safety

Advice on personal safety

Unit 10

Term 3b

Healthy Lifestyles 


Mental health

Ill health

Taking responsibility for healthy choices.

Unit 6



Year 10 will have a slightly different programme when they move into Yr11 next year. They will do the same units as in The Year 11 plan above but in Term 1a it will be Personal Action planning. The other units will then be shunted into the following Half Term. They will have covered Personal Safety in Year 10. Term 3a will be spent in revision and completing any outstanding work prior to the May deadline.