History

History

Overview

History is a fascinating subject and one which will help you to develop your English skills and give you an increased awareness of the world. History is about telling stories – if you like true stories then History is for you!

Who is it suitable for?

History is closely linked to English. If you have good written skills, you should do well in this subject. In order to achieve the new English Baccalaureate students must achieve a grade C or above in a Humanities’ subject.

Where will it take you?

History is very much a pure academic subject. It will help you go on to study any of the Humanities subjects at A Level. History qualifications can be used in business, civil service, military, police, law and other occupations which require analytical skills.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)

Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum. In Year 7 students begin with studying historical skills. Pupils then move on to studying life in Britain after the Battle of Hastings and examine medieval life. Finally during the summer term pupils will study the making of the UK. This covers the Tudor and Stuart period and the Civil war. An independent  project will be set covering kings and queens during the spring term.

In Year 8 students study the period of the Industrial Revolution and move through the Twentieth century examining  slavery, World War One and World War Two and the era of the Twentieth Century. An independent homework project will also be set covering any significant event.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE exam is split into Two papers. Paper 1: Understanding the modern world and Paper 2: Shaping the nation. The Subject content comprises the following elements:

  • one period study
  • one thematic study
  • one wider world depth study
  • one British depth study including the historic environment

Paper 1 section 1 America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality
This period study focuses on the development of the USA during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of opportunity and inequality – when some Americans lived the 'American Dream' whilst others grappled with the nightmare of poverty, discrimination and prejudice.
Students will study the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of these two developments and the role ideas played in bringing about change. They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and the impact the developments had on them.

Paper 1 section 2 Conflict and tension, 1918–1939
This section carries 25% of the over all mark and appears as section 2 on Paper 1. This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different individuals and states. It focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change, as well as how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

PAPER 2 Britain: section 1 Power and the people: c1170 to the present day
This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of protest to that relationship. By charting the journey from feudalism and serfdom to democracy and equality, it reveals how, in different periods, the state responds to challenges to its authority and their impact. It allows students to construct an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the citizen.

PAPER 2 Britain: section 2 Elizabethan England 1568-1603
This option allows students to study in depth a specified period, the last 35 years of Elizabeth I's reign. The study will focus on major events of Elizabeth I’s reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints, and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

 

 

GEOGRAPHY

Geography

Geography is an exciting subject which will broaden your horizons, increasing your awareness of the world you live in. Geography encourages you to think about the world and to ask questions.


Who is it suitable for?

Geography is closely linked to many subjects, in particular: Maths, English, and Science. To be a successful Geographer you will need excellent writing and numerical skills. You will also need great enthusiasm to explore the world around you.

Where will it take you?

Geography  is very much an academic subject. It will help you go on to study many  subjects at A Level. Geography qualifications can be used in business, civil service, military, police, and other occupations which require analytical skills. Geographers are valuable as they have the ability to analyse the modern world as well as predicting patterns of change

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 course follows the National Curriculum with an emphasis on developing links between humans and physical Geography as well as developing the necessary skills to support students when continuing with Geography throughout GCSE and beyond. Geography promotes independent learning, team work and British Values. Topics of study include:  Geography of the UK, Biomes, People of the planet, Sustainable Earth, Hazardous Earth, Development, Globalisation, Rivers, Coasts, Extreme Weather, Africa.


Key Stage 4

KS4 students have 6 lessons per fortnight in year 10 and 5 per fortnight in years 9 and 11. Students undertake a field study in year 11.

Students are assessed at the end of year 11 and will sit three papers: Living in the UK today (30%), The world around us (30%), Geographical skills (40%).
Below is an outline of each topic which will be studied across the GCSE course.


Living in the UK today
Landscapes of the UK
The UK has a very distinct natural landscape which has been shaped over millions of years by a core set of geomorphic processes. This aim of this topic is to investigate the physical geography of the UK, its key landscapes and the geomorphic processes which have driven the changes to UK landscapes. Case studies will be used to examine how climate, geology and human activity work in combination with geomorphic processes to shape two landscapes in the UK.

People of the UK
The UK has a unique position within the world, with complex global interconnections. The history of the UK has influenced its current political and economic power on a global scale and has produced a rich culture, contributed to by a number of ethnicities. This theme should develop an appreciation of the changes within UK society, its population and development. Case studies will be used to investigate the growth and/or decline of a place or region in the UK, including the ways of life of the people who live in it.

UK Environmental Challenges
The UK faces many challenges through people’s interaction with the physical environment and the use of resources. This theme investigates some of the environmental challenges faced by the UK. Students will investigate extreme weather events in the UK. Students will develop an understanding of the factors affecting the UK’s energy use and security, as well as sustainability and management.


The World around us.
Ecosystems of the planet
A variety of ecosystems are spread across the world and these have a number of interacting components and characteristics. This theme develops an appreciation of a number of these ecosystems, before focusing study on coral reefs and tropical rainforests. Both ecosystems will be examined in terms of their abiotic and biotic components, processes, cycles and their value to humans. Students will explore the sustainable use and management of these bio-diverse ecosystems.


People of the planet
Historically, the world has developed unevenly. This topic explores the causes of this uneven development and the differences between countries. A country case study focuses on a number of interrelated factors affecting its economic development. Learners need to understand the causes and consequences of growth in urban areas, particularly related to the process of rapid urbanisation. Students will investigate a city in a low-income developing country (LIDC) or emerging and developing country (EDC) to examine its people and culture, and consider the influence they have on shaping the cities distinct ways of life and challenges.

 

Environmental threats to our planet
Climate change and extreme weather conditions cause many threats to both people and the
environment. This topic develops understanding of these key environmental threats affecting countries and the world as a whole. Learners will explore the changing climate, including possible causes, and the current consequences. An introduction to the global circulation of the atmosphere leads to a study of extreme weather conditions and subsequent drought which can impact both people and the environment at a range of scales.

 

Religious Education

RE

RE at Key Stage 3

RE promotes values such as tolerance and respect of others. Therefore, across KS3 students will study all the major world faith groups as well as studying smaller topics such as “Religion in the headlines” and “Big Questions”. This gives students a good grounding in the faith groups that make up the British community, as well as giving them an opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs (including belief and non-belief in God). RE does not teach students what to believe, but allows students to understand the diversity of British culture.

 

Key Stage 4

 

Why should you study Religious Studies at KS4?

Religious Education is statutory requirement for all pupils at KS4. Many students question why Religious Education is compulsory. Quite simply, in an increasingly diverse and multicultural society Religious Education is an effective way for students to begin to understand and empathise with other cultures, to begin to develop their own ideas and awareness of real life issues such as prejudice, war, abortion and the environment.

What qualifications are available?

Every student studies RE at KS4. All students can choose to take a GCSE in the subject. Those students choosing not to take the GCSE will follow a non-examination course covering similar topics without the pressure of taking an exam.

Who is the GCSE suitable for?

The GCSE is suitable for absolutely everyone. The course is designed to encourage pupils to think about the ‘big’ questions and controversial issues in life. The course is interesting and engaging and is an excellent foundation for life in an increasingly religiously aware world.

Where could it take you?

A good GCSE in Religious Studies will support applications to college and universities, especially at a time when competition for college/university places, and ultimately jobs might depend on students achieving as many GCSEs as possible.
Having a GCSE in Religious Studies will also support many careers such as teaching, news reporting, journalism, medicine, police, writing, social work, child care, community workers, lawyers, in fact any job where you have to interact with different people.

What will be studied?

The course is split into two sections:
1.Understanding the practices and beliefs of two major world religions.

2. A thematic study of religion. This section looks at ethical issues and how religious and non-religious people respond to them. For example, students look at issues such as animal experimentation, the death penalty and human responses to poverty.

Students will sit two examinations in year 11. Each exam is worth 50% of the course.

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