Curriculum | Humanities
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.
- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion (EPR)
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 Cover: EPRed:
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 and Religious attitudes to work.
Topics include: Evil and Suffering, Music and Religion, Multicultural Society, Human Rights, Religion and the Media and Religion, women and work.
Learners begin to prepare for their EPR GCSE, beginning with Christian beliefs and Teachings and Christian Practices, covering topics such as the birth, life and death of Jesus, the Christian celebrations of Easter and Christmas, the nature of the Holy Trinity and Christian ceremonies and rituals such as baptism, weddings and funerals.
GCSE Religious Studies AQA Specification A
Students continue studying the topics that will be examined at GCSE. These include religious beliefs and teachings in both Christianity and Islam, as well as thematic studies on Families, Peace and Conflict, Crime and Punishment and Human Rights. Assessment is by 2 examinations at the end of year 11, comprising of 105 minutes each, covering 100 marks per paper.
Unit 1: The study of religions:
- Christianity: Beliefs and teachings
- Christianity: Practices
- Islam: Beliefs and teachings
- Islam: Practices
Unit 2: Religious, philosophical and ethical studies:
- Relationships and families
- Peace and conflict
- Religion, crime and punishment
- Religion, human rights and social justice
GCSE Sociology AQA New Specification
We are excited to introduce the new Sociology specification for AQA, for first examination in summer 2019. Learners cover a broad range of social structures and concepts, including families, education, crime and inequality. Sociology equips learners with critical thinking skills as well as the ability to analyse and evaluate arguments, theories, concepts and statistics.
Units studied in Year 10 – Paper 1: The sociology of families and education
- The sociology of families
- The sociology of education
- Sociological Research
Units studied in Year 11 – Paper 2: The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification
- The sociology of crime and deviance
- The sociology of social stratification
- Sociological Theory
Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.
Topics Covered: 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.
- Introduction: what is Geography?
- Geography and Map skills
- Volcanoes and Earthquakes
- The Power of Water
- Weather and climate
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. Topics include:
- Rivers and Flooding
- Global Fashion
Students will also complete a group project which will involve independent research, co-operative skills and persuasive speaking. This will be on the theme of endangered animals.
Students in Year 9 have opted to study Geography. They will have 3 lessons per week. Topics include:
- Extreme Weather
- People Everywhere
- Who wants to be a billionaire?
Year 10 and Year 11: GCSE Geography AQA Specification
Students will study 3 separate units that together make up the full GSCE course. These will offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of geographical themes and concepts. Throughout the course there is a specific emphasis on the application of knowledge to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Geographical skills will be assessed across all 3 units and build upon student’s literacy and numeracy skills.
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 the UK, Water around the world
Unit 3 Geographical Applications
- Issue Evaluation (this will be a different theme each year and a pre-release booklet of resources will be available to students approximately 12 weeks before the final exam)
- Fieldwork (this will be based on two contrasting geographical enquiries.)
- Geographical Skills
Topics Covered: 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.
- Tollund Man
- Britain 1066-1500 – The Middle Ages
- Islamic Civilisations (550-1200)
- Tudor England
- 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
- The First World War
- The Interwar Period
- The rise of fascism and communism
- The Second World War
- The Cold War and the Space Race
- The Health of the People in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
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 3: America 1840-95 (Expansion and Consolidation)
- Unit 4: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-72
- We then focus on revision and examination preparation