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Humanities

 

Subjects Overall Aim

 

As a department it is our aim to equip the students with a range of skills and knowledge.  History teaches them about the past and how it can shape future changes. Geography develops students understanding of the interconnection of the physical and human world using current and relevant issues.

 

Both subjects insight a thirst for knowledge and gives them keys skills such as analysing, handling data and evaluating information

 

KS3 Curriculum (Year 7+8)

Geography:  Students will be developing traditional geography skills such as map reading, additionally they will be handling data, evaluating the interconnections of human and physical geography. They also will be looking how are world is changing economically 

 

History: Pupils in Years 7 and 8 develop their skills through studying different historical periods in time, they will be analysing sources, researching the cause and consequence of historical time periods as well as evaluating their significance in History. 

 

 

KS4 Curriculum (Year 9-11)

 

Geography and History follow the AQA specification

 

Geography

Unit 1 Living with the physical environment -  35%

This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales. The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments, and the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere.

 

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human World -35%

This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales and must include places in various states of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs). The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and place; the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments.

 

Unit 3 Geographical applications – 30%

The Geographical applications unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study. It is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the interrelationships between different aspects of geographical study.

 

 

 

History

Unit 1 Understanding the modern world – 50%

There are four modern world period studies to choose from. Each period study has a focus of one country over a period of around 50 years. The period studies are national in their focus, allowing students to study the domestic history of a country and its people in a period of change. They are all based on an unfolding narrative of two substantial and related developments and offer students the opportunity to study the impact these developments had on people. Students will gain a coherent understanding of these developments and their impact on people through a variety of perspectives: political, social and cultural, economic, the role of ideas and the contribution of individuals and groups.

 

Unit 2 Shaping the nation -50%

This paper helps students understand the history of Britain and key events, people and developments which have shaped the nation. This paper covers the requirement to study a minimum of 40% British history. Students will have the opportunity to see how ideas and events in the wider world have affected Britain and shaped the course of the nation’s history, but the focus of the paper is British.

 

Extra Curricular Activities / Parental Support:

 

The Humanities Department values opportunities to develop students' education through extracurricular activities. Students have a range of opportunities to go on field trips, visit  historical locations and museums

 

Parents can support the school by ensuring students have the correct book for the right unit and ensure all books are kept in a safe place when they are not needed for a period of time (students will have several exercise books ) 

 

Parents could also help reinforce their child’s learning by encouraging them to read around current affairs from reputable sources : newspapers, on-line sites, blogs

 

We would also encourage parents to ensure that their child reads for at least twenty minutes a day to encourage their understanding of the written word, as well as develop effective vocabulary and grammar skills. This is important as exams for geography and history assess the quality of written communication

 

Useful Links

 

Geography

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/specification-at-a-glance

 

History

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/history/specifications/AQA-8145-SP-2016.PDF

 

 

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