Humanities

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies curriculum has been designed to ensure that it provides valuable learning opportunities to build not only on what pupils might believe but help them to explore and understand the modern world. This allows pupils to build cultural capital through wider learning, draw parallels and link their knowledge; provides opportunities for embedding and building on prior learning, allows introduction to topics or ‘pre teaching’ and ultimately allows pupils know and remember more whilst bringing learning to life and making it more meaningful. Pupils will learn many skills in RS that they will be able to apply to many of their other subjects, such as English, History, Geography and Citizenship. The curriculum is designed in order to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. 

The sequence of the RS curriculum contributes dynamically to pupils education and development by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.   In RS students learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national, and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions.  Pupils learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.  Teaching equips our pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.  It also develops in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and worldviews.  Through the RS curriculum pupils will gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They will learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.  The RS curriculum contributes to the SMSC of the students as well as promoting fundamental British values.

At KS3 pupils will study world religions and look at the challenging questions faced in life, they will study all world faiths and Humanism, understanding beliefs and practices in the Twenty first century.  At KS4 students will study in detail Christianity and Islam focusing on learning about religion and learning from religion.

History

The History curriculum at Eden Girls Leadership Academy has been carefully thought through to ensure that it provides valuable opportunities to build core historical fundamentals, but to also support the wider learning of all pupils throughout the school wide curriculum with links to Geography, Citizenship, RS, English, and Performing Arts topics of study.  The curriculum aims to systematically and critically examine the development of multi-cultural Britain as well as the British values of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Their cultural literacy will be further developed by regular and explicit reference to numerous examples from literature, geography, and art. Furthermore, we aim to enhance the pupil’s cultural capital by having trips linked to the curriculum in order for the pupils to experience history firsthand.

Additionally, considering our religious ethos, our curriculum will also focus on the impact of religion has had on Britain and the wider world. At Key stage 4, there is a focus on the impact of Islam on the development of medicine.

The key stage three curriculum is sequenced to build upon knowledge and skills by utilising and deepening the key historical skills, which leads to pupils knowing and remembering more. The curriculum also provides structured and progressive preparation for further study of history in terms of key historical skills and key historical terminology. Our students will explore these key themes at a local, national, and international level at both key stage 3 and 4.

Our overarching ambition and vision for all students at Eden Girls Leadership Academy is that when they finish their study of History, they will love and appreciate the study of the past. They will also understand how far Britain and the wider world has embraced British Values, and be equipped with the skills to be effective, critical and enquiring citizens, ready to face the challenges ahead as young Islamic women.

Geography

The vision of Geography at Eden Girls Leadership Academy is to guide pupils to become global citizens of the world by developing their knowledge and understanding of the way the world works and the impact humans have on the future of the planet. By the time they leave Eden, pupils will have learnt about processes that shape our lands and how uneven development impacts the populations of various countries around the globe.  

Our curriculum sequence will begin in year 7 with an introduction into the three types of geography and will introduce fundamental skills that can be developed further as the pupils advance through the key stages. Year 7 will study Britain and Pakistan in depth in order to develop their cultural awareness of British values and sense of place, furthermore by studying the physical and human features of Pakistan many pupils will be able to learn more about an area that they may have a cultural or family link. 

Year 8 will see pupils advance their basic knowledge of human, physical and environmental geography, when they focus on how population varies throughout the world and how the population of the UK has evolved through migration to create the multicultural society that we have today. Moreover, they will investigate the processes of weather and climate that will form the basis of more complex learning in key stage 4 when pupils study ecosystems and the challenge of weather hazards.  

Finally in key stage 4, pupils will focus more on independent enquiry through fieldwork, they will be developing their critical thinking and evaluative skills to acquire a more holistic approach to the subject that will see them make links between the natural environment and human activity.

Citizenship/PSHCE

The citizenship  curriculum has been carefully thought through to ensure that it provides valuable learning opportunities to build not only on what pupils might believe, but help them to explore and understand the world around them as well as their rights and responsibilities as a UK citizen. This allows pupils to build cultural capital through wider learning, draw parallels and link their knowledge; provides opportunities for embedding and building on prior learning, whilst bringing learning to life and making it more meaningful. Pupils will learn many skills in Citizenship and PSHCE that they will be able to apply to many of their other subjects, such as English, History, Geography Religious studies and to life in general. The curriculum is designed to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant questions on how to live a safe life in the modern world.  It allows pupils to think about and improve their own health and well being in many ways, as well as equip them to provide support and advice to others.

The sequence of the Citizenship curriculum contributes dynamically to pupils education and development by provoking challenging questions about mental health and well-being, physical fitness, the world of work, finances, government and politics and many other engaging topics.   In citizenship students learn how to be active citizens within the UK, promoting the fundamental British values. Students are encouraged to challenge stereotypes, respect and tolerate other people’s beliefs and opinions as well as voice their own.   They will learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.  At Eden Girl Manchester not only does the Citizenship curriculum cover PSHE of all students but it also contributes to the SMSC of the students as well as promoting how to be a good citizen.