Humanities

Faculty Vision

To enable our students to appreciate the world around them: its diversity; culture; geography and history. To provide them with the skills to question and critically evaluate their place in the world.

Subjects included:

  • Ethics, Philosophy and Religion (EPR)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Sociology

Curriculum Overview:

Year 7 – 2 periods of Geography, 2 periods of History and EPR as part of the ‘Dream Day’ curriculum

Year 8 –  2 periods of Geography, 2 periods of History and 1 period of EPR

Year 9 – Students choose History OR Geography to begin to develop skills and knowledge for GCSE (3 periods) and 1 period of EPR

Options offered at the end of Year 9:

  • GCSE Religious Studies (AQA)
  • GCSE Geography (AQA)
  • GCSE History (AQA)

Topics covered:

Key Stage 3

Geography:
At Key Stage 3 Geography aims to give students a greater insight into the world around them. They will study a mixture of human and physical topics across the three years and develop essential geographical skills. All topics will use relevant and up to date case studies to engage students and help them make connections to local, national and global events. All topics provide a base level of knowledge to allow students to progress onto GCSE Geography at Key Stage 4.

Year 7

EPR: EPR aims to give students an insight into moral and ethical questions.  They are encouraged to look at things from different perspectives, including religious ones, so that they are able to form and express their own opinions.  Topics include: Ethics and values Religion and Identity Religion and Music Multicultural society Religious attitudes to world poverty Religious attitudes to work

Geography:
Students begin Geography with an investigation into the world around them on the theme of a World Tour.

Further study units include:

  • Geography and Map skills
  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Energy
  • The Power of Water
  • Weather and climate

History: History covers British History from the Middle Ages to the present as well as looking at both non-European and world history.  We also aim to develop key skills of analysis and evaluation of evidence. Topics include: Tollund Man Britain 1066-1500 – The Middle Ages Islamic Civilisations (550-1200) Tudor England

Year 8

EPR: Topics include: Evil and Suffering Music and Religion Multicultural Society Human Rights Religion and the Media Religion, women and work

Geography:
Students begin to investigate geographical topics in more depth in year 8 through a mixture of human and physical topics with a continued focus on geographical skills throughout. Topics include:

  • Africa
  • Ecosystems
  • Rivers and Flooding
  • Global Fashion
  • Antarctica

History: Topics include: The Stuarts and the Civil War Britain 1750-1900 – the Industrial Age The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Changing life in Britain through the 20th Century

Year 9

EPR: Topics include: Religion and Art Religion and Relationships Religion and Young people Religion and Planet Earth Religion and Animal Rights Religion and Prejudice

Geography:
Students in Year 9 have opted to study Geography. They will have 3 lessons per week. Topics include:

  • Tourism
  • Extreme Weather
  • People Everywhere
  • Glaciation
  • Who wants to be a billionaire?

History: Topics include: The First World War The Interwar Period and the rise of fascism and communism The Second World War The Cold War and the Space Race Ancient medicine – Prehistoric; Greek; Roman

Options offered at the end of Year 9

Students begin studying the topics that will be examined at GCSE. These include the beliefs, teachings in both Christianity and Islam. Please note that this information is not relevant for the current year 11 students who will be sitting the current GCSE in Religious studies.

GCSE Religious Studies
Exam board: AQA
Specification: A
No. of exams: 2

Units studied:
The study of religions:
Christianity: Beliefs and teachings
Christianity: Practices
Islam: Beliefs and teachings
Islam: Practices
Religious, philosophical and ethical studies:
Relationships and families
Peace and conflict
Religion, crime and punishment
Religion, human rights and social justice

Units studied in Year 11

Religious attitudes to the rich and poor in British society Religious attitudes to medical ethics Revision focus from spring onwards


Year 10: GCSE Geography AQA Specification

Students will study 3 separate units that together make up the full GSCE course.

Unit 1 Living with the Physical Environment

  • Living World: Ecosystems, Tropical rainforests, Desert environment
  • Natural Hazards: Hazards, Tectonic hazards, Weather hazards, Climate change
  • Physical Landscapes: UK physical landscapes, River landscapes, Glacial landscapes

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban issues + challenges: Urbanisation, Urban growth in LICs/NEEs, Urban Change in the UK, Sustainable urban living
  • Changing economic world: Global variations, Development Gap, Economic development in LICs/NEEs, Economic growth in UK
  • Challenge of resource management: Resource management, Resources in UK, Water around the world

Unit 3 Geographical Applications

  • Issue Evaluation
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

Year 11: GCSE Geography AQA Specification A

Students study a range of topics and develop essential skills across the GCSE throughout year 10 and year 11.

  • The Physical Geography units studied are Restless Earth, Water of the Land and Living World.
  • The Human Geography units studied are Population Change, Changing Urban Environments and Tourism.
  • A piece of controlled assessment is complete based on a fieldtrip to Castleton in the Peak District National Park.

GCSE History New Specification for First Examination in 2018
Exam Board: AQA
No. of Exams: 2

Units studied in Year 10

  • Unit 1:  Health and the People. This is a study in development which looks at the changes made in medicine from the Middle Ages to the Present.
  • Unit 3:  The Normans 1066-1100
  • Unit 3: America 1840-95 (Expansion and Consolidation)

Units studied in year 11

  • Unit 4:  Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-72
  • We then focus on revision and examination preparation.

GCSE History Legacy Specification.  Last examination 2017

Exam Board: AQA
No. of Controlled Assessments: 1
No. of Exams: 2

Units studied in year 11

  • Unit 2:  The American West(1840-95).  This is a study in depth and looks at the expansion westward of white Americans and the subsequent conflict that was caused with the native Americans.
  • We then focus on revision and examination preparation.

GCSE Sociology

Exam Board: AQA
No. of Controlled Assessments: 0
No. of Exams: 2

Units studied in Year 10

Studying Society – here students explore the different ways in which sociologists gather and analyse data with reference to quantitative and qualitative methods Families and Households – in this topic students look at the concept of the family and how this has changed over the years. Education – a topic where students explore the education system, the inequalities within it and the long term effects on society

Units studied in Year 11

Crime and Deviance – an exploration into the creation of deviant groups and cause of crime with reference to official statistics The Mass Media – Students will analyse media ownership, bias in the media and the influence that the media in political matters Social Inequality – Sociologists will explore social stratification and factors affecting life chances with reference to previously studied issues such as gender and class and the theorists behind varying arguments.

September 4, 2017
  • INSET DAY - School closed to students
    September 4, 2017

September 5, 2017
  • HALF TERM 1 STARTS
    September 5, 2017

September 11, 2017
  • CATS Week
    September 11, 2017 - September 15, 2017

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