Humanities and RE


The Humanities and RE curriculum at Fosse Way School supports our pupils in exploring the fascinating world around them. This fun, exciting and creative collection of subjects, inspires our pupils to ask questions about their community, environment and global issues. 

Through these relevant and broad subject areas, our pupils, here at Fosse Way School, can find out more about the world that we live in by examining real evidence from past and present events. We encourage our pupils to ask challenging questions about what they see, be curious about the changes happening across the world, and go out on trips into the local community to investigate, have fun and enjoy collecting data through fieldwork. 

 We create practical and sensory learning opportunities to enable all pupils to access the curriculum. The humanities subject areas, lend themselves well to building cross-curricular links with other subjects and the combination can be extremely powerful for our students as memorable and creative experiences support understanding, build critical awareness and skills for life. Our scheme of work is directly linked to the core skills we wish to develop and foster within our students for each pathway and key stage. This provides a unique, challenging and developmentally appropriate offering to each and everyone of our young people.  


Here, at Fosse Way school, we encourage our pupils to explore their own beliefs, whether these be religious or non-religious. Also, we consider the ultimate meaning and purpose of life and investigate issues of right and wrong. Humanities and RE at Fosse Way School prompts pupils to think about their responsibilities: to themselves, to others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and wider society. At Fosse Way School we promote kindness and an ethos of respect for others. We challenge stereotypes and build a better understanding of other cultures and beliefs. Celebration days, focused study days/weeks throughout the year help to support our students to understand the cultures and beliefs that shape our world today.  

Religious Education (RE) is provided for all students and is inclusive and broad minded. Parents/carers have the right to withdraw pupils from RE, including collective worship: if you wish to do this, please request an appointment with the Humanities Lead and the Assistant Headteacher for your child’s area of the school. The school does not support selective withdrawal from RE. 


Our Humanities curriculum at Fosse Way School is split into geographical and historical topic areas, through which our pupils can explore the religious aspects of life from past to present. The Humanities curriculum has been based on the National Curriculum and the Awareness Mystery and Value syllabus for Religious Education. 

  • Pupils in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 learn to identify different landmarks, explore favourite places, ask what it is like to live and work in their home, school and the United Kingdom. Our pupils explore what happened in the past and how people’s lives have shaped the UK / Britain. We also explore the great achievements of mankind and compare these to our own dreams for the future. We begin to ask questions such as: Where is this place? What is it like? Why is it like that? How is it changing? What happened? Why did it happen?  
  • Pupils in KS3 build upon this knowledge and continue to learn about features or regions of a place, what happens there and how and why it is changing. Through exploring ancient civilisations our KS3 pupils look at how Britain and the UK has been shaped by the wider world. We begin to learn how evidence is used and start to make our own informed conclusions about what happened in the past. We ask Why is it changing? How does it compare with other places? How and why are places connected? Why is it the way it is? 
  • Pupils in KS4 and Post 16 build further connections with the local community and start to implement the skills acquired through previous study. Work experience and opportunities to engage with local projects and enterprise are an important offering at Fosseway. Subject areas continue to build on the core skills of building understanding through truth-seeking as well as acknowledging the impact of cause and effect and students apply these to global issues to understand and support positive change in the world around them.  


At Fosse Way School, our pupils develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, as well as promoting resilience through challenging those who are unkind or prejudice towards others. Each topic enables our pupils to explore through using an enquiry framework, focussing on key questions such as: What do I already know? What do I think I know? What do I want to know? And why do I want to know? Pupils across all key stages are supported in collaborating and selecting which are the best questions, tools and techniques in order to gather active data, complete research projects and take part in fieldwork. 

 Our curriculum promotes Spiritual Moral Social Cultural development alongside physical and mental development and wellbeing of pupils and of society, preparing pupils for opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life. Community is important at Fosse Way School, and our pupils begin to explore their own roles in society. Our pupils learn to explore moral awareness and social understanding, diversity, shared values and challenge racism and discrimination. 

Pupils across all key stages learn about the UK community and the diversity of religions across UK and how this influences national life, and the global community. As creative informative subjects, Humanities and RE at Fosse Way School are communicated through drama, film, video, photographs, digital maps, digital and social media – blogs, tweets, websites, Instagram, diagrams, sketches, hand drawn maps, printed maps, globes, aerial photographs, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), written work, newspapers, diaries and much more. We not only explore the school community, but we also visit the community located around school, regularly creating links with the immediate area. Some fun expeditions include visiting: local parks, supermarkets, shops, art galleries and museums, restaurants and cafes, garden centres, National Trust buildings, Chew Valley Lake, Bristol Aquarium, Wells Cathedral, Radstock Museum, churches and other religious buildings, farm shops and Longleat Safari Park. 


​At Fosse Way School personal development and wellbeing are central to our Humanities and RE curriculum. We pride ourselves in preparing our pupils for adult life, employment, careers, and lifelong learning. At Fosse Way, we believe that all aspects of our Humanities curriculum provide students with the skills they need to be successful in any career they choose. It is important that our learners are continually shown relevant links to prepare them for adulthood, employment and a wide range of career opportunities. 

Through a variety of topics our pupils explore their local community as well as the wider world. By reflecting upon the impact of events in the past, our pupils learn to build their own lives, friendships and professional relationships. As we explore the wider world together, we are enabling our young people to build their own sense of identity and belonging. In turn, our pupils flourish within their communities and become good citizens in a diverse world.