The purpose of our curriculum:

  • Curiosity – The curriculum embeds a love of the Humanities through the study of people, places, issues and events in the present and the past.
  • Clarity – The curriculum addresses and clarifies misconceptions & stereotypes regarding the world and the communities within it
  • Coherence – Episodes of learning build progressively within topics so that learners acquire the key knowledge & skills necessary to understand the core elements of each topic.
  • Continued Improvement – Learners have the opportunity to achieve in regular knowledge tests that assess retention & access the full range of exam style questions that test the different historical concepts. This is then reinforced multiple times across the topics, allowing students to build improvement and show progress.
  • Communication - Students are supported in engaging directly with questions, putting forward analytical arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence.
  • Cultural capital - Human Development offers students a range of experiences outside of the classroom environment. These opportunities are designed to develop students’ learning experience and their cultural understanding of the world around them. Enrichment opportunities are a key part of the curriculum.
  • Celebrate –The curriculum recognizes the diversity and difference that exists within our school, local & national communities

Subject Areas

Citizenship & PD

  • The curriculum enables students to understand age-appropriate RSE and how to take responsibility for our changing bodies. It allows students to explore sexuality and promotes respect for everyone, especially protected characteristics.
  • The curriculum gives students the ability to analyse risk in possible activities they could engage in and shows students how to maintain personal safety when using modern technology. It provides the capacity to make choices from a standpoint of knowledge. It also teaches students to respond to crises effectively.
  • The curriculum investigates our bodies’ needs in order to remain healthy, from healthy eating and exercise to mental health problems, family composition, stress reduction and self-esteem.
  • The curriculum encourages students to use their voice effectively in a democratic society by encouraging debate and discussion of topical issues and fostering an understanding of the way Democracy works and an appreciation of laws in the UK.
  • The curriculum helps young people to gain a comprehensive picture of the world of work and the myriad opportunities for future career choice as well as the variety of routes and courses available post 16 to train for future employment.
  • The curriculum allows students to explore their identity, their heritage, their role in multicultural Britain and how our cohesive society has developed. This includes awareness of prejudice, discrimination, hate crime and potential threat of extremism and radicalisation and promotion of tolerance and encourages critical analysis and awareness of stereotypes.
  • The curriculum fosters the acquisition of employability skills through the Lifeskills programme in Tutor time, encouraging students to volunteer to help others in the local community and develop their confidence through interaction with others.


  • The curriculum gives pupils contextual knowledge over a variety of diverse places, this includes their physical and human characteristics which provide context for the processes taking place.
  • The curriculum develops an understanding of key processes that lead to key human and physical features around the world.
  • The curriculum teaches pupils about interdependence and how processes bring about spatial variations and how this changes over time.
  • The curriculum encourages pupils to learn and develop key geographical skills including analysis, communication, data collection, interpreting a range of sources.
  • The curriculum develops a sense of wonder about our world, enables pupils to explore their natural curiosities, and develops this into geographical enquiry.
  • The curriculum builds on young people’s own experiences, helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives.
  • The curriculum teaches pupils about different perspectives to issues so that pupils can appreciate the diversity of people and places and therefore develop global citizens who can make a positive contribution to our society and planet.


  • The curriculum covers key historical concepts - evidence, interpretations, significance, change and continuity and cause and consequence. These concepts are used as tools for students to make sense of, and understand, the volume of knowledge required for the development of expertise.
  • The curriculum gives students power over their own knowledge allowing them to evaluate critically the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and interpretations of historians.
  • The curriculum covers a series of historical topics which enable students to develop a growing sense of chronology. This enables students to make connections and comparisons over time and gain an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own.
  • The curriculum introduces key ideas in our island story - monarchy, parliament, democracy & protest
  • The curriculum teaches an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups
  • The curriculum investigates the origins of the modern world & helps our diverse community develop an understanding of their identity
  • The curriculum encourages the development of robust moral values through a study of moral issues in the past


  • The curriculum teaches an understanding of how different issues impact on human behaviour
  • The curriculum offers insight into individual human behaviour and in turn assists students with the analysis tools to make sense of the world around them.
  • The curriculum focuses on explanations for various human behaviours. Students are encouraged to learn from the world around them in a critical and constructive manner
  • The curriculum seeks explanations of human behaviour through observing the environment that shapes us versus explanations of the biology that determines our behaviour (nurture versus nature debate)
  • The curriculum develops skills of critical analysis, independent thinking and research

 Religious Studies

  • The curriculum covers key religious and philosophical concepts. We aim to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the principal world faiths, and the influence of these in forming the beliefs, values and traditions of individuals, communities and cultures.
  • The curriculum investigates the possible origins of religion and religions, and thus helps our diverse community develop an understanding of their identity.
  • The curriculum covers a series of religious and philosophical topics intended to support students’ personal search for meaning through questions examining the possible purpose(s) of life.
  • The curriculum aims to inspire students’ curiosity to explore the beliefs and practices of the major religious traditions of the world.
  • The curriculum encourages students to be critical and reflective thinkers as they examine religious and non-religious responses to questions of meaning.
  • The curriculum recognises the diversity of responses to questions of meaning both between, and within religious and other world views.
  • The curriculum encourages students to respect diversity, and develop positive values through a study of religious and secular responses to a range of contemporary ethical issues.


  • The Sociology curriculum covers a diverse range of topics and how they impact the society that we live in, these include; Education, Families and Households, Beliefs in Society, and Crime and Deviance.
  • With the ever changing world around us Sociology helps students navigate this complex and challenging environment understanding other view points and perspectives.
  • Lessons are focused on bringing learning to life as we look externally for real life application as students continue to develop their opinions and views of the world.  Students are encouraged to look at the world around them in a critical and constructive manner, to question everything.
  • Sociology highlights the inequalities within our society and helps students understand other people’s stories and challenges.
  • Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.
  • Students learn independence, with key focus within lessons on them to develop their learning further.
  • Sociology is a facilitation subject which will, not only help students to develop their skills but also supports other subjects such as; History, English, Psychology and Religious Studies.
  • Sociology helps develop rounded individuals, who can move forward into society confident and able to give something back. 


The delivery of our curriculum

  • Through the Derby Moor Classroom, teaching approaches facilitate the links between learning episodes, embedding understanding of the ‘big picture’ and reinforcing key knowledge
  • Through establishing clear learning objectives and by effective modelling, learners are clear on the success criteria for each learning episode.
  • Through the provision of a range of engaging & well planned activities, students of differing abilities are supported and inspired to succeed
  • Through the provision of high quality resources and by access to textbooks student learning is enhanced
  • Through the provision of Homework, students develop Independent study skills, have opportunities to reinforce subject content and practice exam skills
  • Through the use of formative & summative assessment, students are given targeted feedback. Directed improvement and reflection time is an integral aspect of assessment.
  • Through the use of enrichment, students are exposed to opportunities & experiences outside of their day to day life