Further details are available below on the subjects available in the Humanities Faculty for Knutsford School.

Course Summary

Geography in Year 7 covers:

  1. The Human and Physical Geography of the UK
  2. Glaciers and the stunning landscapes that they create
  3. How humans live in cold environments
  4. The problems faced by modern cities

Did you know that…

  • The deepest spot on Earth is the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. It is nearly 11 km below the surface of the ocean (7 miles) and only 3 people have ever ventured there.

Course Summary

History in Year 7 covers Medieval Britain. This fascinating period begins with the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest. The ongoing challenges facing English kings is an important theme, including the rebellion of barons leading to Magna Carta and the reasons for the Peasants’ Revolt. This is also a study of ordinary medieval life, in villages and towns, where topics include crime and punishment and the Black Death.

Did you know that…

Under medieval law, animals could be tried and sentenced for crimes. There are records of farm animals being tried for injuring or killing people. Some mice were even taken to court for stealing part of the harvest!

Course Summary

Religious Studies in Year 7 covers:

  1. The Big Questions such as Does God Exist and What Happens After Death? •
  2. Hinduism and Symbolism – how can we learn from Hindus and use symbolism to express ourselves? •
  3. Sikhism and Belonging – how does religion help in our identity?

Did you know that…

Legend has it that the Buddha survived on a grain of rice and a thimbleful of water for three years in his search for enlightenment! He then realised that it had to come from within.


This unit looks at the physical processes influencing our atmospheric systems, and how they affect humans. There is also a look at the Arctic environments in Russia.

  • Instruments to measure the weather
  • Water cycle
  • Rainfall
  • The British climate-Assessment
  • Climate graphs and project –Assessment
  • Weather and humans
  • Climate Change


In this unit pupils will study how physical processes have created some of the earth’s most distinct features. Coastal, glacial, desert and river environments are studied.

  • Distribution of some of the world’s major biomes
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Coastal Features
  • River Features
  • River Floods
  • Hot Environments (Middle East) Assessment
  • Glacial Environments (Siberia, Russia)


This unit will develop skills of comparison by contrasting various regions around the World.  Areas from Asia, Europe and Africa will be compared in terms of the natural environment, health, economic activities and levels of development.

  • Russia
  • The Middle East
  • The Horn of Africa
  • Asia
  • Assessment -regional comparison

Term 1

The development of Church, state and society, 1509-1745 – How and with what consequences did England become a Protestant country?

This enquiry addresses the reigns of the Tudor monarchs, with the key focus on the English Reformation and its impact:

  • The Reformation in Europe
  • Henry VIII’s ‘Great Matter’ and the break with Rome
  • Reformation and Counter-Reformation in the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I
  • The Elizabethan religious settlement and the Catholic threats of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Spanish Armada
  • James I, the Gunpowder Plot and the first colony in America
Term 2

The development of Church, state and society, 1509-1745 – How and with what consequences was the Stuart monarchy challenged?

This enquiry addresses the politics and conflict of the Stuart period:

  • The causes and events of the Civil War
  • Consequences of the Civil War, including the death of Charles I and life in Cromwell’s republic
  • The Restoration of the monarchy and the power of parliament
Term 3

Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901 – How different were the attitudes of the rulers and the ruled?

This enquiry focuses on the development of the British Empire and the varying experiences of people in Britain and around the world:

  • The American War of Independence
  • Expansion of the British Empire – the rulers and the ruled
  • The British Empire in India

Term 1: Christianity and Prejudice and Discrimination

  • Discrimination lesson and reflection
  • Prejudice and stereotypes
  • Key vocabulary and Introduction to the Shoah
  • The Shoah
  • Racism
  • Christian attitudes to racism and Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Assessment
  • Sexism
  • Christian attitudes to sexism
  • Homophobia
  • The Good Samaritan and reflection on Christian attitudes to prejudice and discrimination
  • DVD cover on a famous Christian who has fought against prejudice and discrimination

Term 2: Islamophobia

  • Introduction to Islamophobia
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Group presentation – Does Religion lead to violence? 2 case studies – 9/11 and the Troubles in Northern Ireland
  • Challenging stereotypes of Islam: Women in Islam
  • Challenging stereotypes of Islam: Terrorism in Islam
  • Challenging stereotypes of Islam: Modernisation
  • Islamophobia assessment

Term 3: Judaism and Identity: Project Based Learning

  • What is identity?
  • What makes me, me? My autobiography
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • How the past influences the present and future
  • The Jewish Patriarchs – Abraham, Moses, David and Joseph
  • Jewish traditions and identity of Jewish people
  • Jewish Artefacts and how objects give identity
  • Judaism and Identity: Project Based Learning


This module acts as an introduction to GCSE geography. Pupils study the exponential growth of global population and this issues that this has created. China is studied in detail, evaluating the infamous one-child policy.

  • Population distribution- world/ national
  • Factors affecting population distribution
  • Measuring population
  • Population pyramids
  • Changing and controlling populations-China
  • Issues with migration


The theory of Plate Tectonics is studied in detail, looking at the physical characteristics of the earth and how this has affected mankind.

  • Structure of the earth
  • Plate boundaries
  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes- China and Haiti
  • Preparing for earthquakes
  • Tsunami
  • Hazards-Hurricane/ Tornado/ Drought/Avalanche/Mud Slides


The relationship between development and economic activity is covered in this unit.

  • Rich or poor?
  • Measuring development
  • Increase in tourism
  • Types of tourism
  • Africa (types and impact)
  • UK Tourism
  • Extreme tourism
Term 1

Module 1: Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901 – How did the Industrial Revolution impact on Britain’s society?

This enquiry focuses on Britain as the first industrial nation and aspects of the consequences for society:

  • Changes in farming and transport
  • Changes in working and living conditions
  • Reform and protest

It provides an opportunity to complete a local history study, seeing these key developments through the life and times of Quarry Bank Mill in Styal.

Module 2: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day – How and with what consequences did the nature of conflict change during the twentieth century

This enquiry focuses on Britain’s involvement in the international conflicts of World Wars One and Two. During the term the focus is on World War One:

  • Causes of World War One
  • Recruitment and censorship
  • Technology of war
  • Trench warfare

Term 2

Module 3: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day – How and with what consequences did the nature of conflict change during the twentieth century

The enquiry continues with a study of consequences of World War One leading to the events of World War Two:

  • The peace settlement
  • The inter-war years, including the rise of Hitler in Germany and the road to war
  • Events of World War Two, including the Home Front
  • The Holocaust

Term 3

Module 4: USA in the 20th century – How and with what consequences did the USA become a world power during the 20th century?

This enquiry provides for a study of a significant world power in the 20th century and its relations with the wider world:

  • US involvement in World War II
  • The atomic bombs and the end of the conflict
  • Superpower rivalry and the beginning of the Cold War
  • Kennedy, the Cuban missile crisis and the space race
  • Conflict at home and abroad- Civil Rights and the Vietnam War
  • Reagan and the end of the Cold War
  • 9/11 and its consequences

Term 1: Ethics

  • What is Ethics?
  • How do I know what is right and wrong?
  • Who influences my decisions?
  • Absolute vs. Relative morality
  • The Human condition – Aristotle vs. Hobbes –‘all good’ or naturally selfish?
  • Conscience
  • Moral dilemmas – assessment
  • Ethical approaches to morality – intention vs. outcome – which is more important when deciding how to act?
  • Ethical theories
    • Utilitarianism
    • Situation Ethics
    • Kantian Ethics
    • Natural Law
  • Moral issue project – assessment

Term 2: Philosophy

  • Murder mystery – proof, evidence and critical thinking
  • What is Philosophy?
  • What is existence? How do I know I exist?
  • What is the meaning of life? Do we have a purpose?
  • The soul – Dualism or monism/materialism
  • The Simpsons and the soul assessment
  • Life after death
  • The evidence for life after death – Paranormal, mediums, regression to past lives
  • Believing in God – philosophical arguments for and against
    • Cosmological, Teleological and Moral
    • Science, Problem of Evil and Philosophical

Term 3: Buddhism and Environment

  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Siddhartha Gautama becomes the Buddha
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Noble Eightfold Path
  • The Five Precepts
  • The Wheel of Life and dependent origination
  • Karma and reincarnation
  • Different kinds of Buddhism
  • Meditation
  • Avatar, Buddhism and the environment
    • Are the Nav’ii people?
    • Does the environment have instrumental or intrinsic value?
    • Is the soul transmutable?