Humanities

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

Geography

In Geography, our vision is to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people so students will recognise the Geography in what they do and see for the rest of their lives, through a love of the subject. Geography is perhaps one of the most diverse and versatile subjects that constantly evolves each day as key physical, human and environmental events occur. Geography at The East Manchester Academy will enable students to be able to identify, describe, explain and analyse these events, their effects and our responses in order to create responsible global citizens that are prepared for our dynamic future.

Curriculum Overview:

  • Year 7 – 2 periods per week following the National Curriculum
  • Year 8 – 2 periods per week following the National Curriculum
  • Years 9 – 11 – 3 periods per week exploring the skills required for GCSE

GCSE Courses:

  • GCSE Geography (AQA)

Topis Covered:

  • Year 7
    • Mapping Geography
    • Weather and Climate
    • Settlement and Manchester
    • A Sustainable World
    • Blackpool and Benidorm
    • Ecosystems and Tropical Rainforests
  • Year 8
    • Rivers
    • Restless Earth
    • Wild Africa
    • Development
    • Crime
    • Health and Disease
  • Year 9
    • Births, Deaths and other Issues
    • Energy
    • Geographical Skills

In Year 9, students will start their GCSE Geography and complete the following units:

  • Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment, Section C

    • UK Physical Landscapes
    • UK Coastal Landscapes
    • UK River Landscapes
  • Paper 3: Geographical Application, Section B

    • Physical Geography Investigation and Fieldwork

Units Studied in Year 10:

  • Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment, Section A
    • Natural Hazards
    • Tectonic Hazards
    • Weather Hazards
    • Climate Change
  • Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment, Section B
    • Ecosystems
    • Tropical Rainforests
    • Cold Environments
  • Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment, Section B
    • Development
    • The Changing Economic World in a LIC/NEE
    • The Changing UK Economy
  • Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment, Section C
    • Global Distribution of Resources
    • Resources in the UK
    • Energy
  • Paper 3: Geographical Application, Section A
    • Pre-release Booklet and Issue Evaluation

Units Studied in Year 11:

  • Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment, Section B
    • Development
    • The Changing Economic World in a LIC/NEE
    • The Changing UK Economy
  • Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment, Section C
    • Global Distribution of Resources
    • Resources in the UK
    • Energy
  • Paper 3: Geographical Application, Section A
    • Pre-release Booklet and Issue Evaluation

History

In History we explore the events of the past and the important lessons we can learn from them. We encourage all pupils to be independent learners; not to believe what they are told but to research and examine the evidence for themselves. We aim for pupils to develop the transferable skills they need to improve within history, the wider curriculum and to access further education.

Curriculum Overview:

  • Year 7 – 2 periods per week following the National Curriculum
  • Year 8 – 2 periods per week following the National Curriculum
  • Years 9 – 11 – 3 periods per week exploring the skills required for GCSE

GCSE Courses:

  • GCSE History (Edexcel)

Topics Covered:

  • Year 7

    Throughout Year 7, pupils will develop key historical skills such as source analysis and writing an analytical narrative. They will look at the following topics:

    • The Roman Empire
    • The Changing power of Britain (Including Norman invasion)
    • The Black Death
    • The Tudors
    • The British Empire
    • British America
  • Year 8

    Pupils build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from Year 7. The topics they will study are as follows:

    Slavery:

    • The Industrial Revolution
    • WW1 and its aftermath
    • WW2 War Crimes
    • Civil Rights

Break down of exam papers for GCSE History:

  • Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment – Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and
    Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city

    Exam Board: Edexcel
    Exam Length: 1 hour and 15 minutes (30% of GCSE)

  • Paper 2: British Depth Study and Period Study – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060- c1088 and The
    American West c1835 – c1895

    Exam Board: Edexcel
    Exam Length: 1 hour and 45 minutes (40% of GCSE)

  • Paper 3: Modern Depth Study – Weimar and Nazi Germany c1918-c1939

    Exam Board: Edexcel
    Exam Length: 1 hour and 20 minutes (30% of GCSE)

Units Studied in Year 9:

Pupils will the study of crime and punishment including a historic environment study focused on inner city policing in Whitechapel including the investigation surrounding Jack the Ripper. Pupils will begin to cover the content of the American West c1835 – c1895 unit.

Units Studied in Year 10:

Pupils will complete the American West unit and then complete a unit on Weimar and Nazi Germany c1918-c1939.

Units Studied in Year 11:

Pupils will complete their unit on Anglo-Saxon and Norman England. Once complete the rest of the year will then focus on exam skills and exam preparation.


Religious Education

In RE we aim to help children develop knowledge and understanding of the diverse community we belong to. We will promote tolerance of different world views and provide pupils with opportunities to develop their own opinions of difficult issues. Pupils will be encouraged to investigate the working of a range of religious traditions and question their own beliefs in a safe and respectful environment. We will help pupils to express themselves and evaluate other views to effectively come to conclusions about issues connected to spiritual and ethical topics.

Curriculum Overview:

  • Year 7 – 1 period per week linked to the Manchester Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education
  • Year 8 – 1 period per week linked to the Manchester Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education
  • Year 9 – 1 period per week linked to the Manchester Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education

GCSE Courses:

  • GCSE Religious Studies (AQA)

Topics Covered:

  • Year 7

    Throughout Year 7, pupils will gain an understanding of key beliefs and practices in religion. They will look at the following topics:

    • The History of the Abrahamic Faiths
    • The Life of Jesus
    • Duties in Islam
    • Begginnings of Buddhism
  • Year 8

    Pupils build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from Year 7. The topics they will study are as follows:

    • Beliefs about what will happen when we die
    • Beliefs about forgiveness
    • Introduction to Hinduism
    • Religion in the modern world, including how religious people serve others
  • Year 9

    In Year 9, pupils will continue to build on knowledge and skills developed in Year 7 and 8 as well as looking at
    topics covered in the GCSE specification. They will study:

    • Views on peace and conflict
    • Attitudes towards abortion, euthanasia and animal rights
    • Beliefs about the existence of God and revelation
    • Beliefs about relationships and families
  • Options Offered at the end of Year 9:

    GCSE Religious Studies
    Exam Board: AQA
    No. of Exams: 2

    Paper 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices (50%)
    Paper 2: Thematic Studies (50%)

    Units Studied in Year 10:

    Pupils will cover Islamic beliefs and practices, building on knowledge from Year 7 and 8. They will also complete an in-depth review of the themes of Religion and Life, and Relationships and Families which were first introduced in their Year 9 studies.

    Units Studied in Year 11:

    Pupils will cover Christian beliefs and practices, again developing knowledge from Year 7 and 8. They will then complete an in-depth review of the theme of Peace and Conflict, which was first introduced in their Year 9 studies.and will complete a unit on Crime and Punishment.


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