Humanities at The Wren School

Aiming High


Aims and Ethos

Humanities is the study of human culture. It includes elements of Geography, History, Religious Studies and Citizenship.

Our aim is for Humanities at The Wren School to be interesting, relevant and thought-provoking so that students become informed global citizens.

Curriculum Information

Year 7

This is Me

  • Where do I come from?
  • What is our standard of living in the UK?


This is Us

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • Could I survive without animals?
Genius of the Past

  • How have the leaders of the past affected our lives?
Inventions of the Future

  • Will the earth last forever?
  • How are our actions shaping our future?
Power of Humans

  • How do our views of the world affect others?
  • Fair trade
Power of the Earth

  • How have the actions of humans affected the planet?
  • What do religions teach us about our treatment of the earth, and particularly our treatment of animals?

Year 8

My Values

  • Poverty and Fair Trade
  • Inequality in Reading’s History
  • Evil & Suffering
Family Value

  • Comparison study (Japan / UK)
  • The life of Henry VIII
  • Ethics: Right and Wrong

Clashes of Culture

  • Tourism and impact on culture
  • The Spanish Armada
  • Cultural differences in beliefs of life after death
Celebration of Culture

  • Migration:   Multi-Culturalism
  • The British Empire and growth of slaveryReligious Journeys

The Power of Technology

  • Technological solutions to Rivers and flooding
  • The Industrial RevolutionReligious Attitudes towards the maintenance of the Environment

The Power of My Voice

  • How to make a difference: Climate change
  • Protest:   Child Labour, The Luddites and the Swing riots
  • Having a voice as a Jew in Israel

Extra Curricular Activities

The Humanities department runs a weekly classics club on a Tuesday from 3.40 pm to 4.40 pm where we learn about a new and exciting topic every half term.

Term 1 – Greek Mythology

Term 2 – Philosophy & Ethics in film


Term Dates

Term 5
Tue 25 Apr – Fri 26 May 2017
Bank holiday – Mon 1st May 2017
Term 6
Mon 5 Jun – Tue 18 July 2017
Inset days – Wed 19 July + Thur 20 July 2017