Humanities

Geography

The Geography curriculum starts in Year 7 with an in-depth study of the earth - its structure, atmosphere and landscapes. Moving from this, pupils then start to learn about how people interact with the world. 

Over time, the curriculum then develops key themes in both physical and human geography - natural hazards, rivers, coasts, ecosystems, population, migration, development and sustainability.

Pupils are taught case studies and in-depth country studies to wider their understanding of geographical concepts. By the time they sit the Edexcel GCSE Geography qualification in Year 11, pupils will have visited each key concept at least three times, each time spiralling through the content to deepen their knowledge and understanding.

Year 7

Autumn 1 Planet Earth
Autumn 2 Physical Landscapes

Spring 1

Spring 2

Africa

Summer 1

Summer 2

Development gap

Year 8

Autumn 1 Urban Spaces
Autumn 2 Globalisation and tourism

Spring 1

Spring 2

Weather and Climate change

Summer 1

Summer 2

Sustainable World

Year 9

Autumn 1

Physical Dimension 1

Autumn 2

Human Dimension

Spring 1

Spring 2

Physical Dimension 2 Forests Under Threat

Summer 1

Summer 2

Geographical Skills

Year 10

Autumn 1 Topic 1 – Hazardous Earth
Autumn 2 Topic 2 – Development Dynamics
Spring 1 Topic 3 – Urbanising World
Spring 2 Topic 4 - Coasts

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic 4 – Physical Landscapes and Rivers

Topic 6 – Fieldwork Investigations x 2

Year 11

Autumn 1 Topic 5 – Human Landscapes
Autumn 2

Topic 7 – Biosphere

Topic 8 - Forests
Spring 1 Topic 9 – Consuming Energy Resources

Spring 2

Summer 1

Exam Preparation

History

The History curriculum seeks to provide pupils with the ability to take part in important and interesting conversations about British history, and about how British history has impacted on and been impacted on by the wider world.  

In Years 7 to 9, the curriculum is sequenced chronologically so that pupils can understand the sweep and scale of historical study and understand both the causation and consequences of key historical events from before the Battle of Hastings up to World War Two and beyond. 

From Year 10 onwards, pupils study towards the Edexcel GCSE History qualification, covering British medicine since 1250, the American west, Henry VIII and his ministers and Germany between 1933 and 1939.

Year 7

Autumn 1

Who controlled England before 1066? – Romans, Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings
Autumn 2 How did the Normans conquer and control England?
Spring 1 How did power change during the Middle Ages? (Monarchs & Church)
Spring 2 Wars of the Roses?

Summer 1

Summer 2

How did Tudor monarchs change England?

Year 8

Autumn 1 Why were monarchs less powerful at the end of the Stuart period than they were at the start?

Autumn 2

Spring 1

How did British colonisation impact the world?
Spring 2 Evolution or revolution? How quickly did new ideas transform Britain?

Summer 1

Summer 2

Why was WWI such a significant event?

Year 9

Autumn 1 Why was WWI such a significant event?
Autumn 2 Was World War Two inevitable?
Spring 1 How did World War Two change the world?

Spring 2

How did World War Two change the world? And Ancient Medicine
Summer 1 GCSE History – Medieval Medicine
Summer 2 GCSE History –Renaissance Medicine

Year 10

Autumn 1

GCSE History – Medicine – 18th & 19th centuries

Autumn 2 GCSE History – Medicine – 20th century and Historic Environment

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

American West

Summer 2

Weimar Germany

Year 11

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Nazi Germany

Spring 1

Henry VIII
Summer 2 Revision/Exams

 Religious Education

The Religious Education curriculum addresses big questions about life, philosophy and ethics, highlighting inspirational figures of world religions so that pupils gain a breadth of knowledge and understanding in a multi-cultural and global society.

It takes a chronological approach to  the study of religion, covering early Eastern religions and Abrahamic faiths in Year 7. and continuing through Islam, Sikhism and Humanism in Year 8.

From Year 10 onwards, pupils studying towards the WJEC GCSE Religious Education qualification cover the beliefs and practices of two religions and study four ethical and philosophical themes - relationships, life and death, good and evil and human rights.

Year 7

Autumn 1 What is RE? & Big Questions
Autumn 2

Eastern religions:

Hinduism
Spring 1

Eastern religions:

Buddhism
Spring 2

Eastern religions:

Sikhism
Summer 1 Judaism
Summer 2 The life of Jesus

Year 8

Autumn 1 The life of Jesus 2 (21-22)
Autumn 2 Christian Denominations
Spring 1

Islam: Mohammed

Spring 2 Religious Life: Christianity
Summer 1

Religious Life: Islam

Summer 2 Humanism

Year 9

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Good and Evil T3

Spring 1

Spring 2

Human Relationships T1

Summer 1

Summer 2

Christian Beliefs

Year 10

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Islam Practices

Spring 1

Spring 2

Life and Death T2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Christian Practices

Year 11

Autumn 1

Human Relationships
Autumn 2 Human Rights
Spring 1 Human Rights T4
Spring 2 Revision
Summer 1 Revision