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 we strive to make every child a confident explorer of Geography. We will actively promote a love of Geography and aim to never leave a child behind. Pupils will feel safe, respected and valued in their lessons; they will be encouraged to work independently as well as part of a team. We will actively encourage them to develop their vocabulary, to speak in front of others and to become life-long learners.

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

    Throughout Year 7 and 8, the pupils follow the National Curriculum as a journey through Geography. Exploring the UK and the Wider World, weather and climate, the developing world, tourism and sustainability as well as ecosystems and tropical rain-forests. The year will be themed around local and global issues. Pupils will be able to explore issues around the world and develop solutions for these in order to achieve a sustainable future.

  • Year 8

    Pupils build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from Year 7. The theme is focused on Love and War with students focusing on topics covering River, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Global Fashion, Africa, Geography of Crime and Health and Disease.

  • Year 9

    In Year 9, pupils will explore the skills needed for their GCSE exams which begin in Year 10. We follow the AQA board and all pupils will sit three exams that are based on, “Living with the Physical Environment” (Paper 1), “Challenges in the Human Environment” (Paper 2) and “Geographical Applications” (Paper 3).

Topics in Year 9 include; Climate Change, World’s Deadliest Disasters, Geology, River and Coastal Landscapes and a mini Geographical Investigation based around the regeneration of Sports City.

Break down of Exam Papers for GCSE Geography

  • Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

    Exam Board: AQA
    Exam Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes (35% of GCSE)

  • Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

    Exam Board: AQA
    Exam Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes (35% of GCSE)

  • Paper 3: Geographical Applications

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

Units Studied in Year 10:

Pupils will cover preparation for all three exam papers in GCSE Geography. This will involve exploring a variety of natural hazards, weather and climate, ecosystems, cold environments, urban issues and fieldwork.

Units Studied in Year 11:

Pupils will continue with the topics studied in Year 10 and develop further skills in urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world, resource management and fieldwork.


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)

Topic 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 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 15 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:

    • Beliefs about God
    • How people show commitment to a religion
    • Beliefs about creation
    • The Five Pillars of Islam
    • The Life of Jesus
    • Responses to poverty
  • 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
    • Religious festivals
    • Christian beliefs about salvation
    • Modern Islam and the issue of Islamophobia
    • Beliefs about forgiveness
    • New world religions
  • 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 crime and punishment
    • Beliefs about the existence of God and revelation
    • Attitudes towards abortion and euthanasia
    • Beliefs about social justice, prejudice and discrimination
    • Views on peace and conflict
    • 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 themes of Peace and Conflict, and Crime and Punishment which were first introduced in their Year 9 studies.


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