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History KS3 Curriculum

Year 7

Content / Topics

Tudors – Henry VIII and Elizabeth will be studied

This was a massive time of change as Henry VIII wanted to divorce his first wife and began a process of religious change in England from Catholicism to Protestantism. We will be looking at the importance of religion and how England broke away from the Catholic Church because of Henry VIII’s need for a divorce.

Also the impact of Elizabeth on England and her involvement in the Spanish Armada will be studied and how Elizabeth dealt with the issue of religion and her cousin Mary Queen of Scots.

Students will have the opportunity to study life in Tudor England including how Elizabethan’s had fun. The topic of crime and punishment will also be studied in depth

Skills Taught
  • develop and extend their knowledge about the Tudors.
  • an in depth enquiry about Elizabethan England to prepare their knowledge ready for GCSE history.
  • beginning to use a wide range of historical sources to make a judgement about an event or person.

Year 8

Content / Topics

The Cold War

This was a period of suspicion between the USA and the USSR, as result of the different ideologies of capitalism and communism. The two sides were originally on the same side during the Second World War but became bitter enemies. This period of history is called the Cold War because there was no actual fighting between the two superpowers. The race to have the most nuclear weapons is also important to why the two sides became enemies.

Europe became divided into the two ideologies, with the West being Capitalist and the east being communist. Germany was also a divided country and the capital city was divided into two by a wall. Why the Berlin wall was built is also studied and how the wall eventually fell when the USSR lost control of the eastern bloc countries.

Another significant event is the Cuban missile crisis, where the two sides came the closest to actually fighting and launching nuclear bombs against each other.

Skills Taught
  • develop their knowledge about the Cold War.
  • an in depth enquires about the Cuban missile crisis and the Berlin Wall to prepare their knowledge ready for GCSE history
  • Use a wide range of historical sources in their historical context to make a judgement about an event .
  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusion
  • beginning to use the key concepts that will be used in GCSE history

GCSE History KS4 Curriculum

Exam Board :Pearson Edexcel History

http://www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

If you require any further information regarding GCSE History please see Mrs Mann.

Why Study History?

History teaches you how and why the world came to be as it is today; it provides you with a greater understanding of the world in which you live. History deals with big issues such as racism, power, war, politics, discrimination and terrorism. Only through having some knowledge of history can you comprehend the global issues we are faced with today.

Studying History develops a range of transferable skills which are highly valued in higher education, further education and the world of work. For example: research skills; problem solving; handling and analysing data; literacy skills e.g. essay writing analysing texts; how to construct an argument; and how to select and use a wide range of evidence. All students will take the same examination papers for this subject with grades awarded from 9-1, therefore there is no foundation paper.

Summary of Content which is tested in three examinations:

  • Paper 1 – 30% of total mark
  • Paper 2 – 40% of total mark
  • Paper 3 – 30% of total mark 

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Thematic study and historic environment

  • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Period Study and British depth study

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Modern Depth Study

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Progression:

History is a valued subject that is very well respected by employers and universities. It will prepare you to write essays effectively, communicate your ideas clearly, debate important issues and listen to the views of others in preparation for A-level and beyond.

Key Websites

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/history

www.schoolhistory.co.uk

http://johndclare.net

Career opportunities in History include: Medicine; Law; Television; Radio; Journalism: Police force; Social work; Civil Service; Politics; Writer; Editor; Cultural Resources Management; Historic Preservation; Museum; Documentary Editor. You could even become a future Prime Minister! 

  

Geography KS3 Curriculum

Year 7

Content / Topics

Big Wide World

In this unit students will start their journey in Geography. They will explore the different aspects of Geography the physical and human sides as well as environmental issues. They will also have the opportunity to see exactly where they are in the world and look at how young people’s lives can be very different to their own. They will also have the opportunity to start to develop their geographical skills and map reading.

 

Weather and climate

Students will increase their understanding of the world around them by exploring the UK’s weather and climate as well as extending it to Europe and the world.

 

Students will investigate different climates both at home and abroad and look at what they are like as well as understand the conditions that create these climates.

 

Students will also explore and develop an understanding of the mechanics of the weather we experience every day and look at how we can predict and measure of weather and climate.

 

World Ecosystems

Here students will explore the different ecosystems of the world; they will have the opportunity to study the different plants and animals that live in the different habitats.

 

Students will develop a keen understanding of the different factors and conditions that create these unique ecosystems, and also the different threats that they face and what they can do to preserve these important aspects of nature.

 

Africa and Development

In this unit students have the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most interesting and diverse continents.

 

Africa is home to some of the most celebrated animals in the world and students will investigate the different factors and conditions that have led to their unique development and that of their ecosystems.

 

Africa is not only about stunning landscapes and interesting animals, it is also a study of real contrast, with rich and poor, students will investigate the reasons for the development gap between Africa and the rest of the world and evaluate the measures put in place to try and close this gap.

 

Energy and global warming

Energy is what drives our modern world, students will explore the different sources of energy used today and evaluate each type and then look to the future of energy supply.

 

Then students will look at one of the most significant threats to our way of life today, the issue of global warming and climate change. Students will investigate the causes of it and then explore the different solutions and evaluate what can be done and what they can do themselves

Skills Taught

Pupils will be taught independent learning techniques, team working skills and problems solving.

 

Pupils will also develop their understanding of empathy and evaluation. They will have the opportunity to research and present information to their peers and self and peer assess work.

 

They will begin to develop key geographical skills as well as developing their numeracy and graphical skills in a geography setting

Year 8

Content / Topics

Coasts and other landscapes

Students have the opportunity to take an in depth look at the nearly 8,000 miles of the UK’s coastline and explore the different process that shape the coast and the features created.

 

They will also begin to look at the controversy and issues that our coastlines have. Students will have the opportunity to explore other UK landscapes created by rivers and ice.

 

They can also see limestone landscapes and tectonic landscapes.

 

Globalisation

The world is getting smaller all the time, students will be able to explore this process and investigate the impacts on different people across the planet.

 

Population

The population of the world today is over 7 billion, students will have the opportunity to look at how population changes and moves and the challenges for the future.

 

Russia and the Middle East

Pupils are to explore the development of two contrasting locations looking at the physical and human features and the different cultures of these to globally important regions.

Skills Taught

Pupils will be taught independent learning techniques, team working skills and problems solving.

 

Pupils will also develop their understanding of empathy and evaluation. They will have the opportunity to research and present information to their peers and self and peer assess work.

 

They will begin to explore key geographical processes and skills as well as further developing their numeracy, graphical and cartographic skills in a geography setting.

GCSE Geography KS4 Curriculum

Exam board : AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/introduction

If you require any further information regarding GCSE Geography please see Mr Rhodes.

Why Study Geography?

Studying Geography can provide an individual with a holistic understanding of our planet and its systems.

Those who study Geography are better prepared to understand topics impacting our planet such as climate change, global warming, economy, and natural hazards.

Studying Geography develops a range of transferable skills which are highly valued in higher education, further education and the world of work.

In addition to knowing about our planet and its people, those who choose to study geography will learn to think critically, research, and communicate their thoughts through writing and other means of communication independently.

All students will take the same examination papers for this subject with grades awarded from 9-1, therefore there is no foundation paper.

Summary of Content which is tested in three examinations:

  • Paper 1 – 35% of total mark
  • Paper 2 – 35% of total mark
  • Paper 3 – 30% of total mark

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Living with the Physical Environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Geographical skills

Challenges in the human environment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management
  • Geographical skills

Geographical applications

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills

Progression

Geography is a valued subject that is very well respected by employers and universities. It will prepare you to write essays effectively, communicate your ideas clearly, debate important issues and listen to the views of others in preparation for A-level and beyond.

Key Websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/geography

Career opportunities in Geography : Conservation Worker; Environmental Health Officer; Architect;  Environmental Engineer;  Landscape Architecture; Surveyor;  Local Government services;  Transport Officer; Construction Lawyer; Teacher; Social Worker; Youth and Community Worker.