Humanities

The humanities are vital to any student’s education. Incorporating Geography, History and Religious Studies, Humanities teach a wide range of subjects, such as climate change, the two World Wars and key religious issues.

They impart knowledge that is essential for growing up, and living, in the modern world.

Humanities KS3

At KS3 we offer access to a rich curriculum and concentrate on developing the skills of problem solving and independent learning in order to equip our students with the necessary skills required at GCSE level.  Students gain a deeper understanding of the world they live in through studying a range of engaging topics that challenge and stretch our students allowing them to reach their full potential.

Student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted through studying a variety of religions at KS3 such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. 

In Year 7 students learn how the world has changed through studying historical topics such as Medieval Realms, the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment Period.  In Geography students study a mixture of environmental and human geography through topics such as Crime and Pollution, Migration and Global Fashion. 

In Year 8 History students learn how events, campaigns and protests have shaped the world we live in today through studying topics such as World War One, The Suffragettes, Civil Rights in America and South Africa and the Apartheid.  In Geography students gain a deeper understanding of how the world works by studying topics such as Natural Hazards, Coasts, Extreme Environments and Poverty.

Humanities KS4

Year 9

Year 9 GCSE Religious Studies

From Year 9 students will study for two hours a week the full course AQA A GCSE in Religious Studies. They will undertake two units and will be examined through two GCSE papers. The two units are; the study of Religion and Religious, Philosophical and Ethical studies:

The Study of Religion

Religious, Philosophical and Ethical studies

Christianity- Beliefs and Teachings

Theme A: Relationships and Families

Christianity- Practices

Theme D: Religion, Peace and Conflict

Islam- Beliefs and Teachings

Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment

Islam- Practices

Theme F: Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

Religious Studies is core to the new Progress 8 Measure and will help to ensure that students are able to develop a range of key skills that are seen as desirable both in higher education and the workplace.

The course will challenge studentswith questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth; which will enable them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. It will also develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. RS will help students become open, positive and active members of the multicultural society Britain is today.

Homework - One of the best ways to support your child progress in Geography is to help with and encourage the competition of homework.  Students will be set one piece of homework every week. 

Revision Guides - These are not yet available as the specification is new.  As soon as they become available we will ensure students have access to them. These revision guides are designed to be use for short amounts of time but frequently.  If your child spends 10 minutes a day reading or taking notes on one of the pages they are more likely to remember it.

Useful websites

This website will give more information about the course and its requirements.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-4050

BBC bitesize is full of information that students can use for revision and to assist with homework.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

Year 9 GCSE Geography

Students are studying the new AQA GCSE (8035)

Thisis broken down into 3 units.

Unit 1 Living with the Physical Environment (35%)

This unit covers the following topics:

·       Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes and weather hazards)

·       Landscapes in the UK (Rivers and coasts)

·       Living world (tropical rainforests, hot deserts and deciduous forests)

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human Environment (35%)

This unit covers the following topics:

·       Urban issues (growth of cities and the problems associated with it)

·       Economic challenges (development and the uneven spread of wealth)

·       Resources management (how can energy and water be managed)

Unit 3 Fieldwork, issue evaluation and skills (20%) 

This unit will be based on two fieldwork visits (one focused on human techniques and one on physical).

Homework - One of the best ways to support your child progress in Geography is to help with and encourage the competition of homework.  Students will be set one piece of homework every week.  It will alternate between either a reading task or a key word task. The reading task is a section of text accompanied by a series of questions.  This could be used to consolidate learning or for revision.  The key words will be a series of key words that students will write definitions for and learn in preparation for a short test.  By encouraging your child to complete these tasks they will gain a greater understanding of the key ideas and terminology that will used in the exam papers. This will lead to them being able to access the questions and understand what they are required to do in the exams. If your child is struggling with their homework, we are running a drop in style Geography homework club every evening in 1C8.  Staff will be available to help with homework and there will also be laptops and other resources for students to use.  

Revision Guides - These are not yet available as the specification is new.  As soon as they become available we will ensure students have access to them. These revision guides are designed to be use for short amounts of time but frequently.  If your child spends 10 minutes a day reading or taking notes on one of the pages they are more likely to remember it.

Useful websites

This website will give more information about the course and its requirements.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

BBC bitesize is full of information that students can use for revision and to assist with homework.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zkw76sg

Year 9 GCSE History

What will I study?

We will study Edexcel History GCSE which is broken into three units of study:

Unit 1: A Period Study and British Depth Study:

·       Anglo Saxon and Norman England, c1060-1088

·       The American West, c1835-1895

Unit 2: Thematic Study and Historic environment:

·       Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and the British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Unit 3: Modern Depth Study:

·       Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

What would I need to progress onto this course? It is extremely challenging and we have high expectations of students. It gives a thorough preparation for students wanting to go onto A levels in History and Law and also gives them a deep understanding of Literacy. BUT—the main thing is that you are interested and want to know more about what happened in the past.

What skills will I develop?

·       Knowledge and understanding

·       Ability to ask questions

·       Ability to use sources

·       Critical thinking

·       Ability to reach substantiated judgements

·       Ability to organise and communicate your knowledge and understanding.

What careers can a qualification in this course lead to? History is good for any career. Employers and universities like to see History as one of your GCSE subjects because it shows that you are capable of learning and that you will have learned skills which can be useful in lots of different jobs and further studies.

Homework - One of the best ways to support your child progress in Geography is to help with and encourage the competition of homework.  Students will be set one piece of homework every week. 

Revision Guides - These are not yet available as the specification is new.  As soon as they become available we will ensure students have access to them. These revision guides are designed to be use for short amounts of time but frequently.  If your child spends 10 minutes a day reading or taking notes on one of the pages they are more likely to remember it.

Useful websites

This website will give more information about the course and its requirements.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

BBC bitesize is full of information that students can use for revision and to assist with homework.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/

Year 10

Year 10 GCSE Geography

Students are studying the new AQA GCSE (8035)

Thisis broken down into 3 units.

Unit 1 Living with the Physical Environment (35%)

This unit covers the following topics:

·       Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes and weather hazards)

·       Landscapes in the UK (Rivers and coasts)

·       Living world (tropical rainforests, hot deserts and deciduous forests)

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human Environment (35%)

This unit covers the following topics:

·       Urban issues (growth of cities and the problems associated with it)

·       Economic challenges (development and the uneven spread of wealth)

·       Resources management (how can energy and water be managed)

Unit 3 Fieldwork, issue evaluation and skills (20%) 

This unit will be based on two fieldwork visits (one focused on human techniques and one on physical).

Homework

One of the best ways to support your child progress in Geography is to help with and encourage the competition of homework.  Students will be set one piece of homework every week.  It will alternate between either a reading task or a key word task. The reading task is a section of text accompanied by a series of questions.  This could be used to consolidate learning or for revision.  The key words will be a series of key words that students will write definitions for and learn in preparation for a short test.  By encouraging your child to complete these tasks they will gain a greater understanding of the key ideas and terminology that will used in the exam papers. This will lead to them being able to access the questions and understand what they are required to do in the exams. If your child is struggling with their homework, we are running a drop in style Geography homework club every evening in 1C8.  Staff will be available to help with homework and there will also be laptops and other resources for students to use.  

Revision Guides - These are not yet available as the specification is new.  As soon as they become available we will ensure students have access to them.  These revision guides are designed to be use for short amounts of time but frequently.  If your child spends 10 minutes a day reading or taking notes on one of the pages they are more likely to remember it.

Useful websites

This website will give more information about the course and its requirements.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

BBC bitesize is full of information that students can use for revision and to assist with homework.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zkw76sg

Year 10 GCSE History

What will I study?

We will study Edexcel History GCSE which is broken into three units of study:

Unit 1: A Period Study and British Depth Study:

·       Anglo Saxon and Norman England, c1060-1088

·       The American West, c1835-1895

Unit 2: Thematic Study and Historic environment:

·       Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and the British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Unit 3: Modern Depth Study:

·       Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

What would I need to progress onto this course? It is extremely challenging and we have high expectations of students. It gives a thorough preparation for students wanting to go onto A levels in History and Law and also gives them a deep understanding of Literacy. BUT—the main thing is that you are interested and want to know more about what happened in the past.

What skills will I develop?

·       Knowledge and understanding

·       Ability to ask questions

·       Ability to use sources

·       Critical thinking

·       Ability to reach substantiated judgements

·       Ability to organise and communicate your knowledge and understanding.

What careers can a qualification in this course lead to?

History is good for any career. Employers and universities like to see History as one of your GCSE subjects because it shows that you are capable of learning and that you will have learned skills which can be useful in lots of different jobs and further studies.

Homework

One of the best ways to support your child progress in Geography is to help with and encourage the competition of homework.  Students will be set one piece of homework every week. 

Revision Guides

These are not yet available as the specification is new.  As soon as they become available we will ensure students have access to them.  These revision guides are designed to be use for short amounts of time but frequently.  If your child spends 10 minutes a day reading or taking notes on one of the pages they are more likely to remember it.

Useful websites

This website will give more information about the course and its requirements.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

BBC bitesize is full of information that students can use for revision and to assist with homework.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/

Year 11

Year 11 GCSE Geography

Students are studying the new AQA GCSE (8035) - This is broken down into 3 units.

Unit 1 The Physical World

This unit covers the following topics:

·        Restless earth (earthquakes and volcanoes)

·        Coastal Zone

·        Living world (tropical rainforests, hot deserts and deciduous forests)

Unit 2 The Human World

This unit covers the following topics:

·        Population change

·        Tourism

·        Development gap

Unit 3 Controlled assessment – this will be completed in lesson time and period 7

Period 7

In geography period 7 will run every Tuesday between 2.25 and 3.25.  Initially it will be for all students to allow us to complete Controlled Assessment.  After October half term it will be targeted at individuals and will be used for revision for the mock exams in November.  Students will be informed as to who is needed to attend but it will always be open to those who wish to attend.

Homework

One of the best ways to support your child progress in Geography is to help with and encourage the completion of homework.  Students will be set one piece of homework every week.  It will alternate between either a reading task or a key word task. The reading task is a section of text accompanied by a series of questions.  This could be used to consolidate learning or for revision.  The key words will be a series of key words that students will write definitions for and learn in preparation for a short test.  By encouraging your child to complete these tasks they will gain a greater understanding of the key ideas and terminology that will used in the exam papers. This will lead to them being able to access the questions and understand what they are required to do in the exams. If your child is struggling with their homework, we are running a drop in style Geography homework club every evening in 1C8.  Staff will be available to help with homework and there will also be laptops and other resources for students to use.  

Revision Guides

All students have been issued with a revision guide.  The page numbers they need to use are:

Restless Earth – pages 1-9

Living World – pages 26-33

Coastal Zone – pages 50-58

Population change – pages 59-66

The development Gap – pages 82-88

Tourism – pages 96-103

The last section (pages 104-113) provides information on exam technique. 

These revision guides are designed to be use for short amounts of time but frequently.  If your child spends 10 minutes a day reading or taking notes on one of the pages they are more likely to remember it.

Useful websites

This website will give more information about the course and its requirements.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

BBC bitesize is full of information that students can use for revision and to assist with homework.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zkw76sg

Year 11 History GCSE:

This is a GCSE course that runs over two years. It is extremely challenging and we have high expectations of students. It gives a thorough preparation for students wanting to go onto A levels in History, Law and Humanities and also gives them a deep understanding of literacy.

Key information regarding History GCSE Units:

Unit 1 Exam-1 Hour 45 Minutes

Unit 2 Exam-1 Hour 45 Minutes

Unit 3 Controlled Assessment – Completed in lessons

The first exam we work towards Unit 1. This is made up of:

Peace keeping and the League of Nations

Revision guide page 18-27

Hitler’s foreign policy and the origins of the Second World War

Revision guide page 28-35

The origins of the Cold War 1945-1955

Revision guide page 36-47

The big three

Hitler’s aims

Super Powers, Ideological differences and their effects

The Treaty of Versailles (Strengths and weaknesses)

Hitler and rearmament

The Atom Bomb

Objections from Germany

Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement

The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan

Organisation of the League of Nations

The role of USSR and Nazi Soviet pact

The Berlin Blockade

Reasons for the collapse of the League – Abyssinia, Manchuria, lack of key powers, ineffective league.

Responsibility for the outbreak of war

The Korean War

After this Student will Study Unit 2 which consists of:

Roaring 20’s USA, 1919-1929

Hitler’s Germany, 1929-45

Race Relations in the USA, 1955-1968

USA Rejection of Treaty of Versailles

Impact of the Wall Street Crash and the failure of the Weimar government

Segregation Laws

Isolationist policies

Growth of support for the Nazis

Ku Klu Klan

Mass Production and consumer industries

The Reichstag fire

Little Rock High School

Stock Market Boom

The elections and Enabling Act of 1933

Living standards for African Americans

Entertainment industries

The Night of the Long Knives

Freedom Rides and Marches

Contrast between groups e.g. Rich and Poor

The death of Hindenburg and introduction of one-party law and order

Washington March

Immigration

Hitler’s methods of control- SS, Gestapo, propaganda, youth movements and church control

Black Power movement / Mexico Olympics

Ku Klu Klan

Opposition and resistance in Third Reich

Martin Luther King

Prohibition

Economic and Social effects of Nazi rule

Civil Rights Act 1964

Fashion an flappers

Persecution of groups within Nazi society

Assassination of Martin Luther King

Wall street crash

The effect of the war on the civilian population

Period 7

In History period 7 will run every Tuesday between 2.25 and 3.25.  Initially it will be for all students to allow us to complete Controlled Assessment. 

After October half term it will be targeted at individuals and will be used for revision for the mock exams in November.  Students will be informed as to who is needed to attend but it will always be open to those who wish to attend.

Homework

One of the best ways to support your child progress in History is to help with and encourage the completion of homework.  Students will be set one piece of homework every week.  It will alternate between answering GCSE topics, revising topics not being covered in class or research and information gathering.

Revision Guides

All students have been issued with a AQA Modern World History revision guide.  The page numbers they need to use are:

Chapter 2- Peacemaking 1918-19 and the League of Nations- Page 18

Chapter 3- Hitler’s foreign Policy and the origins of the Second World War- Page 28

Chapter 4- The origins of the Cold War, 1945-60- Page 36

Chapter 9- The Roaring ‘20s: USA 191-1929- Page 86

Chapter 11- Hitler’s Germany, 1929-45- Page 106

Chapter 13- Race Relations in the USA, 1945-68- Page 129

These revision guides are designed to be use for short amounts of time but frequently.  If your child spends 10 minutes a day reading or taking notes on one of the pages they are more likely to remember it.

Useful websites

This website will give more information about the course and its requirements.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse

BBC bitesize is full of information that students can use for revision and to assist with homework.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zj26n39

John D Clare is one of Britain’s leading modern world Historians his website aimed at GCSE students is full of information that students can use for revision and to assist with homework.

http://www.johndclare.net/

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