Our Rationale:

We Explore - The past, the present and the future

We Develop - Knowledge, skills and cultural understanding

We Demonstrate - Our Progress

Our Intent:

We want students in the Humanities department to experience two subjects that complement one another to give a universal education on the past, present and future of the world.


The power of geography is to satisfy the connection with and curiosity about the world experienced by every human being.

Geography is relevant, is important and is intrinsically linked to most careers. The true nature of Geography often remains hidden from the public, shared more commonly as trivia; the longest river, tallest mountain, capital cities…

We aim to make our students more conscious of the important role of geographic knowledge and understanding.


History is a subject that allows students to develop detailed knowledge and skills while helping to build a comprehensive historical vocabulary, enhance their writing skills and generally prepare students for the rigours of further study.

We want History to be brought to life in the Humanities department. We would like our students to not just suffer from ‘fact overload’ as knowledge needs to be structured and re-emphasised for young people

We want our students to close their eyes and feel as though they are at the Battle of Dunkirk or on the ships over the Atlantic during the 1700s and 1800s. We want to engage and then empower them to use that knowledge to make progress.

At the end of his/her Geography/History education at St Matthew's, we hope to inspire each student to:

  • Become confident in their understanding of the historic, natural and human world.
  • Express their ideas clearly and creatively.
  • Show empathy and understanding of ideas we do not always support [Debating].
  • Write successfully for a range of purposes.
  • Improve our literacy, communication and enquiry skills.
  • Approach sources of information analytically.
  • Gain a wide experience of the issues and opportunities on our planet through teaching thematically the continents of the world [Geography].
  • Understand the significant historic events and important individuals from British and European history [History].
  • Achieve the highest GCSE grade they are able to.
  • Work independently to produce, critically analyse and evaluate fieldwork and come to decisions. 
  • Understand how to be a better global citizen.


Formal assessments are completed each half-term, with end of year examinations for each year group taking place in July.  Teachers will also closely monitor progress through each topic with regular low-stakes testing, extended writing tasks and enquiry design.

Homework is set weekly for all year groups and aims to consolidate and extend in-class learning. Homework may be independent research, revision or written tasks.

Rewards and recognition:

Students are encouraged to earn achievement points through the school reward system and are recognised for excellence on the recognition and rewards boards.

Celebrations of success, as well as key information, are regularly posted on the department’s Instagram feed @SMRHCSHumanities