Humanities

KS3 – Religious Education & History

Across KS3, the students will study a mixture of both religious studies and history; with the aim to give the pupils a knowledge and understanding of key world religions, which are set by the local authority, and also key historic events that have shaped our future.

These subjects cover themes that encourage motivation and a broader range of relevant approaches to learning.

Humanities

Year 7

What do pupils study? How is progress assessed?
Autumn 1 Religious Education: The existence of God: a study of the different beliefs about God from across the world and the arguments for and against the existence of God.

 

Hinduism: An examination of the religious, symbolic and cultural aspects of Hinduism. This will include examination on the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi.

In Year 7 the programmes of study aim to introduce and consolidate the key Historical and Religious concepts and skills that pupils will need to use throughout KS3 and KS4. The curriculum is equally balanced between the two subjects.
Progress is assessed using KS3 National Curriculum Levels in a variety of ways including essay writing, project work, role plays, mapping exercises, class debates and presentations.

 

To engage students further, although behaviour dependable, a number of educational trips have been organised to various different sites such as Hartlepool historic quay, a Vihara, and a synagogue.

Autumn 2 History:

 

The Black Death: a study of the causes and symptoms of the plague and an examination of the effects of the black death on Britain.

 

Spring 1 Religious Education: Judaism: the beginnings of Judaism and the key figures in its history, including Abraham and Moses, before looking at the experiences of the Jewish people in the 1930s and 1940s.

 

Supernatural experiences: an examination and evaluation of supernatural experiences, awe and wonder and the evidence in our world for existence beyond the physical.

Spring 2 History:

 

Henry 8th: students will study who this man is and why he is so significant in the history of Britain, and also examine the effects he had on the reformation of church and state during his reign.

 

 

Summer 1 Religious education:

Buddhism: students will learn about the early life of the Buddha and how the religion began. Students will produce work based upon the key beliefs of Buddhists and how these principles can be acted upon in a modern society.

 

Religious Festivals: investigation of the symbolism and traditions of the most important festivals in a range of religions across the world.

Summer 2 History:

 

Transatlantic slave trade: slavery has long existed in human society, but the transatlantic slave trade was unique because of the impact it had on Africa. Students will study the causes, consequences and abolition of slavery in Britain.

 

 

 

Humanities

Year 8

What do pupils study? How is progress assessed?
Autumn 1

 

Religious Education:

Sikhism: the foundation, key beliefs and practices within Sikhism and the role of the Sikh community in Britain today

 

Prejudice and Racism: as part of the unit, pupils will examine issues related to prejudice and racism, examining why prejudice exists and how racism can be overcome

In Year 8 the topics selected for study aim to challenge pupils’ perceptions of the world around them and form opinions of past events by focusing on the lives of people at the time. The curriculum is equally balanced between History and Religious Studies in preparation for year 9.

 

Progress is assessed using KS3 National Curriculum Levels in a variety of ways including essay writing, project work, role plays, mapping exercises, class debates and presentations.

 

To engage students further, although behaviour dependable, a number of educational trips have been organised to various different sites such as a mosque, church, Eden camp and many more.

Autumn 2 History:

World War One: Caused by a complex alliance system, the First World War was both brutal and devastating. Students will study the war that was fought from trenches, on land and at sea, and ended in countless tragedies and a controversial treaty.

 

 

Spring 1 Religious Education:

Christian Morals: An introduction to the start of Christianity followed by a focus on the key teachings of Christianity, their influence and role in modern British society.

 

‘Religion and the Media’. This topic focuses on the Freedom of Expression, censorship, the portrayal of religion by the media and the clash between religious beliefs and the modern media.

Spring 2 History:

Suffragette movement: the foundation, methods and motivation of the suffragette movement, and the role of the First World War in Women successfully becoming equal, and receiving the vote in Britain.

 

Summer 1 Religious education:

Islam: Past, Present and Future: students will learn about the foundation, key beliefs, practices and traditions of Islam.

 

Leaders and Religious Inspiration: Pupils will study some influential people whose religious beliefs inspired them to be leaders in positive causes.

Summer 2 History:

 

World War Two & Holocaust

 

 

 

 

 

KS4 – GCSE History

The new AQA GCSE History specification combines the most popular topics from the existing specifications, so students will study well-established periods of history as well as some exciting new topics. It builds on the skills and topics at Key Stage 3, and will help develop essential skills for further study.

Humanities

Year 9

What do pupils study? How is progress assessed?
Autumn 1 Unit 1 – A – Germany & the growth of the economy This scheme of study is based on the GCSE AQA History specification, and is to be studied from year 9 through to year 11.

 

The course will be based on building students skills of analysis, critical thinking and reasoning, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively. Their knowledge and progress will be assessed by role plays, story boards, written work, essay questions and many more methods, along with their ability to answer examination questions, similar to the exams they will sit in June/July.

Autumn 2 Unit 1 – A – Germany & the depression
 
Spring 1 Unit 1 – A – Germany & the depression
Spring 2 Unit 1 – A – Nazi rule
Summer 1 Unit 1 – A – Nazi rule
Summer2 Creation of revision materials for the topic studied & mock exams

 

Humanities

Year 10

What do pupils study? How is progress assessed?
Autumn 1 Unit 1 – B – Peace making

 

This scheme of study is based on the GCSE AQA History specification, and is to be studied from year 9 through to year 11.

 

This year of the course will start to develop key skills students need when studying GCSE History. Students will develop intellectual independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research. Students will be assessed through mock exams, similar to those that they will be sitting in June/July, but also by role plays, story boards, written work and many more methods.

Autumn 2 Unit 1 – B – League of Nations and international peace

 

Spring 1 Unit 1 – B – Outbreak of World War Two

 

 

Spring 2 Creation of revision materials for the topic studied & mock exams

 

Summer 1 Unit 2 – A – Medicine stands still & the beginnings of change

 

Summer2 Unit 2 – A – Revolution of medicine

 

 

 

Humanities

Year 11

What do pupils study? How is progress assessed?
Autumn 1 Unit 2 – A – Recap & modern medicine This scheme of study is based on the GCSE AQA History specification, and is to be studied from year 9 through to year 11.

 

This year of the course will focus on revision from the past two years, and also mainly focus on preparing students for their examination in the summer term. There will be assessment through the usual methods to track students’ progress, but with a larger emphasis on exam preparation.

Autumn 2 Unit 2 – B – Normal quest & control

 

 

Spring 1 Unit 2 – B – Life under the Normans & church

 

Spring 2 Unit 2 – B – historic event of the Normans

 

Summer 1 Revision & exam preparation

 

Summer 2 Revision & exam preparation