Humanities

The Humanities Department is comprised of the subject disciplines of Geography, History and Religious Education. The experienced staff have a fantastic reputation among students for dynamic lessons, challenging learning and stimulating discussions.

Aims

The aim of Humanities is to encourage students to gain and develop knowledge, conceptual understanding, research skills, analytical and interpretive skills, and communication skills, contributing to the development of the student as a whole. Humanities aims to encourage students to respect and understand the world around them, and to provide a skills base to facilitate further study. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies and environments in a wide context: historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural.

Geography

KS3 Curriculum

In Key Stage 3 Geography, learning deepens and students continue to investigate a wide range of people, places and environments. They start to learn about the geographical patterns and processes and the political, economic, social and environmental factors affecting people and places.

They also learn about the interdependence between places and environments and carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. They may ask geographical questions such as, “How and why is this landscape changing?”, “What is the impact of the changes?” and “How do different people feel about this?”

Students collect and analyse statistical evidence to answer such questions and are encouraged to develop a personal opinion. They also use a wide range of geographical skills and resources, such as maps, satellite images and ICT to answer questions.

KS3 Curriculum Map

Term
Year 7
Year 8
Autumn
1
Benchmark of Excellence (AO3)
“Intro to Geography” and Chichester Enquiry
What Geography is, key skills and Fieldwork
*Fieldwork: Chi Enquiry
Assessment – Chichester Enquiry
Homework : Autumn 1&2 Literacy & Infographics
Benchmark of Excellence (AO3)
Natural Hazards
Geological timeline, Volcanoes, Earthquakes - cause and effect, Tsunamis and Reducing the Impact of disasters.
Assessment: AO1/AO2 – Hazards Test
Homework : Autumn 1&2 Literacy & Infographics
Autumn
2
Impossible Places
Lagos, Las Vegas, China, Mt Everest, Venice, Tourism
Assessment: Las Vegas Skywalk AO3
Homework: Autumn 3 (exam question style)
Natural Hazards
Avalanches, tornadoes, Hurricanes, Super volcanoes, Forest fires, Drought
Assessment: Earthquake Comparison Study
Haiti v Christchurch (A03)

Homework: Autumn 3 (exam question style)
Additional Homework – Model of a Natural Hazard
Spring
1
Ecosystems
Biomes, Ecosystems, Deserts, Savannah, Arctic, Antarctica, GACM, Climate Graphs, Rainforests.
Assessment: Ecosystems test
Homework : Spring1&2 Literacy & Infographic
Additional Homework – Landscape in a box
Pole to Pole
Latitude and Longitude, Climate, North Pole, Northern Lights, Mediterranean, Savannah, Equatorial Tribes, Global Air Circulation Model
Assessment: Pole to Pole test
Homework : Spring1&2 Literacy & Infographic
Spring
2
Ecosystems –Tropical Rainforests
Location, uses, industries, deforestation, road in Peru, stakeholders, conservation, wildlife.
Assessment: Tropical Rainforest Decision Making Exercise (Should the road be built)
Homework : Spring 3 (exam question style)
Sustainability
Sustainable living, towns and cities, case study – Bedzed & Freiburg. Renewable energy, Wind farms, Solar energy, Fracking and How environmentally friendly is BCC
Assessment: *BCC Eco Study fieldwork*
Homework : Spring 3 (exam question style)
*Potential Fieldwork: Sustainability study of BCC
Summer
1
Weather
Measuring weather, types of clouds, rainfall, depressions, forecasting, microclimates and microclimates investigation.
Assessment: Weather test
Homework : Summer 1&2 Literacy & Infographic
Additional - Weather Diary

*Potential Fieldwork: Micro climate study of BCC
Unequal World
Urbanisation, Globalisation, Development Gap, Development Indicators, Sweatshops, Population, Natural Resources
Assessment: Unequal World Test
Homework : Summer 1&2 Literacy & Infographic
Additional – Letter to a TNC
Summer
2
Our Island
Study of the UK that involves many different topics including coasts, rivers, landscapes, population and food.
Assessment – AO1 and AO2 summative test on Our Island
Homework : Summer 3 (exam question style)
Unequal World
Comparison of wealth across the world, development gap, LICs/NEEs, Nigeria/Lagos Case Study
Assessment: AO3 Extended writing - Nigeria
Homework : Summer 3 (exam question style)

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KS4 Curriculum

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • The Living World
  • Geographical Applications
  • The Challenge of Resource Management
  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World

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KS4 Curriculum Map

Year 9 - Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Assessment 1 - Benchmark of Excellence

The challenge of natural hazards

Tectonic hazards
(Earthquakes Nepal v Christchurch)

Tropical storms
Assessment 2 - Hurricane Sandy
Extreme weather in the UK
(Mini Case Studies Boscastle flood, 2003 Heatwave, 2014 Storms)
Assessment 3 Extreme Weather in the UK AO3

Climate change - Global and UK focus
(Greenland Ice Sheet)
Assessment 4 – Climate Change Mitigation V Adaptation A03
Physical landscapes in the UK
(Rivers & Mountains)
Interleaving – Assessment 5 Natural Hazards

Coastal landscapes in the UK
(Dorset – Swanage and Studland, Medmerry and East Head/ Witterings)
Assessment 5 – Coasts and Physical Landscapes Exam Style Test
Homework:
Earthquake Proof Building
Infographic on Hurricane Sandy +Exam Q AO3
Homework:
Timeline of weather events
Letter to Environment Secretary or Greta Thunburg
Homework:
Locational Knowledge Booklet
South Coast Case Study (Swanage or West Witterings)
Year 10 - Autumn TermSpring Term Summer Term
Assessment 1 - Benchmark of Excellence
Ecosystems
(Pond Ecosystem)
Assessment 2 Ecosystems Test

Tropical rainforests
(Brazil, Amazon Rainforest plus Assessment 3 : AO3 9 mark question on Deforestation

Cold environments
(Alaska Oil Pipeline)
Assessment 4 - Cold Environments 9 marker
Development Gap
(Jamaica Tourism)
Assessment 5 – Tourism as a strategy to reduce gap

Nigeria – Newly Emerging Economy (Lagos)
Assessment 6 - Nigeria Test

The Changing UK Economy
(Post Industrial economy, science parks, transport, north south divide)
Assessment 7 – Changing UK Economy Test
Fieldwork enquiries
(Brighton – Hard Engineering and Tourism)
Interleaving – Assessment 8 Climate Change and Extreme Weather

River landscapes in the UK
(River Tees)
Assessment 9 – End of topic Rivers Test

YEAR 10 MOCK EXAMS
Paper 1 and Paper 3
Homework:
30 Minutes of Seneca revision every week plus weekly keywords to learn and AO1, AO2, A03 exam questions.
Homework:
30 Minutes of Seneca revision every week plus weekly keywords to learn and AO1, AO2, A03 exam questions.
Homework:
30 Minutes of Seneca revision every week plus weekly keywords to learn and AO1, AO2, A03 exam questions.
Year 11 - Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Assessment 1 - Benchmark of Excellence

Resource Management
(Food, Water and Energy UK)
Assessment 2 – Food, Water and Energy Test

The challenge of resource management – ENERGY (Frieburg)

YEAR 11 MOCK EXAMS
Paper 1 and Paper 2
To replace Bristol - Urban Change in the UK
(Brighton – regeneration, deprivation)

Assessment 2 – Urban Change in the UK Assessment


DME pre-release from AQA
(Topic released 18 wks before exam)
Revision – all papers


GCSE EXAMS
PAPER 1 – Physical
PAPER 2 - Human
PAPER 3 = Pre-release & Fieldwork
Homework:
45 Minutes of Seneca revision every week plus weekly keywords to learn and AO1, AO2, A03 exam questions.
Homework:
45 Minutes of Seneca revision every week plus weekly keywords to learn and AO1, AO2, A03 exam questions.

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Exam

  • 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%)

Trips & Activities

  • Year 7 Humanities visit to Chichester to extend thinking and enquiry skills
  • Year 9 Trip to Natural History and Science Museums in London
  • GCSE Geography residential trip to Iceland
  • GCSE Geography fieldwork in Brighton
  • Planned Residential Summer 2020 for Year 9 to Dorest to study coastal formations and processes.
  • Links to specific events such as Fair-trade fortnight

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History

KS3 Curriculum

In Key Stage 3 History students study local, British and world history. This includes learning about significant events, people and changes from the recent and more distant past.

KS4 Curriculum

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

Exam

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%)

Trips & Activities

  • Year 7 Humanities visit to Chichester to extend thinking and enquiry skills
  • Year 7 Trip to see Tutankhamen exhibition
  • 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
  • Links to specific events such as Black History Month and Holocaust Day

R.E.

KS3 Curriculum

Religious Education in Key Stage 3 contributes dynamically to students education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

In RE they learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Teaching equips students with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It develops in students an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews. Students gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

KS4 Curriculum

  • 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

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: Religious Studies (Spec A)

Exam: Paper 1 50% Paper 2 50%

Trips & 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.

Staff

Mrs R James BA (Hons) MA (Ed) – Leader of Humanities and teacher of Geography

Mr M Burns BSc (Hons) – Teacher of History and Geography

Mrs D McGarry BA (Hons) – Leader of History

Mrs K Jakobs – Teacher of Geography

Mr P Harper BA (Hons) – Leader of RE

 

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