Humanities

Mr Jackson - Faculty Leader; Head of Geography
Mrs Bugler - Associate Head of Faculty; Head of History; Lead Teacher for Religious Studies
Mr Wilson - Headteacher; Teacher of History
Mrs Banks - Lead Practitioner; Teacher of Geography
Ms Armstrong-Lee - Teacher of Geography
Mrs McCallum - Teacher of History
Ms Naylor - Teacher of History (NQT)

Key Stage 3: Geography and History

Students are taught discrete units of Geography and History throughout Key Stage 3.

Year 7

Term 1

Geography Theme 1: Map Skills and Location of places.
History Theme 1: The Growth of the Roman Empire.

Term 2

Geography Theme 2: Weather and Climate / Biomes.
History Theme 2: The Growth of the Islamic Empire / Medieval Realms.

Term 3

Geography Theme 3: Our Restless Planet.
History Theme 3: Life in Medieval England.

Year 9

Term 1

Geography Theme 7: Climate change, resource management and sustainable futures. The Living World.
History Theme 7: The Causes of the First World War (1914-1918) / Peace and Conflict (1918-1945).

Term 2

Geography Theme 8: Population and the Changing Economic World.
History Theme 8: The Rise of Hitler and the Holocaust / Women’s’ Rights.

Term 3

Theme 9: Physical Landscapes: Rivers / Geographical Applications
History Theme 9: Source Enquiry: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Year 8

Term 1

Geography Theme 4: Risky World: Hazards and Crime.
History Theme 4: The Tudors. The British Empire.

Term 2

Geography Theme 5: Kenya - a Low Income Country. Urban Challenges
History Theme 5: The Slave Trade and the American Civil Rights Movement.

Term 3

Geography Theme 6: Urban Challenges / Japan / Decision-making exercise.
History Theme 6: The Industrial Revolution / Source Enquiry on Jack the Ripper.

Key Stage 3: Religious Studies

Year 7

Term 1

Theme 1:  RS - Fact, Faith and Belief

Term 2

Theme 2:  PHSE – Relationships; RS – What is challenging about being a religious teenager?

Term 3

Theme 3: PSHE – Drugs and alcohol education

 

Year 8

Term 1

Theme 1: PSHE – Racism and Discrimination; RS – Is death the end?

Term 2

Theme 2: RS – Project on Islam; PSHE - Emotional health

Term 3

Theme 3: RS – Does religion help people to do good deeds?

Year 9

Term 1

Theme 1: RS – Peace and Conflict

Term 2

Theme 2: PHSE – Sexual Health Education; RS- Does God exist?

Term 3

Theme 3:  Does God exist? ;  PSHE – Financial well-being

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography

Students follow the AQA A Geography course. The taught units are:

  • Term 1: Physical Landscapes - Rivers; The Changing Economic World.
  • Term 2: The Changing Economic World; Natural Hazards.
  • Term 3: Urban Challenges; The Challenge of Resource Management; Fieldwork.
  • Term 4: The Living Environment; Physical Landscapes - Coasts.
  • Term 5:  Geographical Applications

There is a focus on fieldwork, enrichment and extension. Included within the course are two fieldwork opportunities: a residential visit to north Wales in Term 3 and a further residential visit to east Yorkshire in Term 5.

GCSE History

At GCSE students follow the new AQA specification. Students will sit two 1 hour and 45 minutes exams at the end of year 11. The units we cover across the papers are as follows:
Paper 1:

  • Section A: Germany 1890-1945
  • Section B: Peace and conflict: East Vs West, 1945-1972

Paper 2:
Section A: British health and the people
Section B: Norman England, c1066-c1100

  • Term 1: Germany 1890-1945
  • Term 2: Germany 1890-1945/ Peace and Conflict: East Vs West, 1945-1972
  • Term 3: Peace and Conflict: East Vs West, 1945-1972/ British health and the people
  • Term 4: British health and the people
  • Term 5: Norman England, c1066-c1100
  • Term 6: Norman England, c1066-c1100/Revision

There will be an opportunity for students to complete an investigation of a particular location for the Norman England unit,for example, Durham Cathedral. The geographical location will change annually.

GCSE Religious Studies

Religious Studies is run as an option subject in Years 10 and 11. Students follow the new AQA specification - Religious Studies A. Students will sit two exam papers at the end of year 11, one on religions of Christianity and Islam and one on Philosophy and Ethics.

  • Term 1: Christian beliefs and teachings/Religion and life
  • Term 2: Christian practices/Relationship and families
  • Term 3: Relationship and families/Islamic beliefs and teachings
  • Term 4: Peace and conflict/Islamic practices
  • Term 5: Islamic practices/Crime and Punishment
  • Term 6: Revision
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