Chailey School has achieved a second specialism as a Humanities College, with English and Geography as the lead subjects. The driving force behind the work of the Specialism is to develop and prepare students to become responsible and positive global citizens.
As well as focusing on the standard of achievement both within English and Geography and across the curriculum, opportunities have been provided for students to participate in a number of enrichment activities.
Geography Field Trips
Trips for Years 7 and 11 have provided students with first hand experience of the processes and features studied in the classroom in a practical setting. Activities have enabled students to develop a number of field work techniques and help to develop their understanding of local landscapes.
Ordnance Survey – Maps for 11 year olds
Ordnance Survey provide all Year 7 students with a free map of their local area. This year the Humanities Faculty have selected the Ashdown Forest map (135) and these will be handed to students in the Autumn Term along with a leaflet detailing some map reading skills. Students are encouraged to make full use of this fantastic resource.
Organic Food Project with Sussex University
This activity involved a group of Year 9 students investigating different types of food, looking at the processes involved in producing, packaging and transporting food sold locally. The students visited Sussex University and worked alongside students from Ringmer Community College to discuss how food could be provided to meet future needs. The day finished with students discussing their ideas via video link to students from schools in the Leeds area.
Houses of Parliament
In the Spring Term KS3 students visited the Houses of Parliament. The day started with an introduction to the structure and work of the Houses and then students developed their understanding of the law making process by writing their own laws reflecting the interests and needs of young people. Students had the opportunity to pose questions to one of Norman Baker’s parliamentary researchers before being taken on a guide tour of Parliament.
As part of the Eco-School initiative a group of Year 8 boys participated in a project with East Sussex County Council looking at waste and recycling within Chailey School. The students monitored the type and amount of waste being thrown away before and after the introduction of a new recycling contract. The students shared their findings with the rest of the Year group and set them the challenge of improving the amount of recycling. Following the hard work of the students the amount of recycling has dramatically improved and the school has received funding for further eco-projects.
Additional information on the work of the Humanities Specialism can be found in the English department section of the website.