Humanities

Humanities

The Humanities Department consists of three distinct subject areas: Geography, History and Religious Education.

Staff

Mr M Burns BSc. (Hons) – Head of Humanities and teacher of History and Geography
Mrs R James BA (Hons) MA (Ed) – Assistant Leader of Humanities and teacher of Geography
Mr P Harper BA (Hons) – Assistant Curriculum Leader of RE
Mrs D McGarry BA (Hons) – Teacher of History

 

Geography Curriculum

KS3 Topics:

Year 7

  • Passport to Geography
  • Fantastic places
  • Extreme Environments
  • Rainforests and Ecosystems
  • Our Disappearing Coastline
  • Into Africa: A land of contrasts

Year 8

  • The Unstable Earth
  • Weather and climate
  • Water, Rivers and People
  • Fragile Planet – Urbanisation and Globalisation
  • Natural Resources and Eco-responsibility
  • Unequal World – Development Gap

Year 9

In Year 9 all students will begin the GCSE course.

The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • Natural/Tectonic Hazards
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climate Change
Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • UK Physical Landscapes
  • Coastal Landscapes in the UK
  • River Landscapes in the UK

KS4 Topics:

The Living World

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Cold Environments

Geographical Applications

  • Fieldwork
  • Issues Evaluation

The Challenge of Resource Management

  • Food
  • Energy

Urban Issues and Challenges

  • The Urban World
  • Urban Change in the UK
  • Sustainable Urban Development

The Changing Economic World

  • The Development Gap
  • Nigeria: A Newly Emerging Economy
  • The Changing UK economy

Exam Board: AQA
Specification: Geography 8035
Examination: Paper 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes (35%) Paper 2 – 1 hour 30 minutes (35%) Paper3 – 1 hour 15 minutes (30%)

 

History Curriculum

KS3 Topics:

Year 7

  • What is History?
  • Norman Invasion
  • Medieval History

Year 8

  • Changes in the Church
  • Tudors
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Empire

Year 9

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Holocaust
  • Suffragettes

KS4 Topics:

  • Medicine in Britain c. 1250 – present
  • Early Elizabethan England
  • American West
  • The USA 1954 – 75: Conflict at home and abroad

 

Exam Board: Edexcel
Specification: History 1HI0
Exam: Paper 1 – 1 hour 15 minutes (30%) Paper 2 – 1 hour 45 minutes (40%) Paper 3 – 1 hour 20 minutes (30%)

RE Curriculum

KS3 Topics:

Year 7

  • Symbolism
  • Equality
  • Faith
  • God
  • Philosophy

Year 8

  • Lifestyle
  • Philosophy
  • Moral Dilemmas

Year 9

  • Rites
  • Science and Religion
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy

KS4 Topics:

  • The Island
  • Judaism – Key Beliefs & Festivals
  • Christianity – Key Beliefs & Festivals
  • Thematic Studies
    • Human Rights and Social Justice
    • Sexual Relationships and Family
    • Crime and Punishment
    • Peace and Conflict
    • Existence of God

Exam Board: AQA
Specification: Religious Studies (Spec A)
Exam: Paper 1 50% Paper 2 50%

Trips and Activities:

  • Year 7 Humanities visit to Chichester to extend thinking and enquiry skills.
  • Year 9 RE/History visit to holocaust survivor at Chichester Cathedral
  • Year 9 and 10 History residential trip to World War I battlefields in Belgium and France.
  • Year 9 and 10 History/RE residential trip to Auschwitz
  • GCSE History trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • GCSE Geography residential trip to Iceland
  • GCSE Geography fieldwork in Brighton
  • GCSE RE visit to Jewish Museum in London
  • Links to specific events such as Black History Month, Holocaust Day, Fair-trade fortnight, Oxfam Water Week and Send our Friend to School campaign.

Useful Website links

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062
qualifications.pearson.com/en/subjects/history.html

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