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Humanities at Stockport Academy

Course Details

Year 7 are following KPIs.


They study the topics:

·         What is a geographer?  (This covers location of places and teaches them geographical skills.)

·         How does geology shape the UK?

·         Will Africa always be poor?

·         What is the world of work?

·         What are rivers and how do they impact on people?

As this is the first year for KPIs these topics may change slightly next year.  Year 7 may not cover all of these either as there is a lot of content to cover in the lessons that they have.

 

Year 8 are still following the level system.


They study the topics:

·         Coasts

·         Asia & China

·         The tropical rainforests

·         Siberia v Sahara

·         OS map skills

 

Year 9 are still following the level system.


They study the topics:

·         Development – Africa & Ghana

·         Tourism

·         Tectonics

·         Global warming & Antarctica

·         Trade

 

As KPIs are phased in across KS3 this outline of study is likely to change. 

Geography is not just about facts and figures, it is the world subject.  This new GCSE Geography course will enable you to explore case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). You will be encouraged to understand your role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.


During the course of the two years we will study the following topics:


Living with the physical environment - Natural Hazards (looking at the causes, effects and responses to earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and climate change) and ecosystems (looking at a UK ecosystem, studying the tropical rainforests and hot deserts).  Then you will look at the river and coastal landscapes of the UK.


Challenges of the urban environment Urban change and growth around the world (focusing on the opportunities and challenges in a city, in a NEE or LIC and the issues in a UK city), sustainability of resources and transport in urban areas, the gap between rich and poor countries, location of multinational companies, employment structures in different countries, the economic situation of the UK and management of resources, with a focus on water supply.

Finally to complete the third exam pupils must complete fieldwork.  This needs to take place outside the classroom and school grounds on at least two occasions, so pupils will be taken to two different places over the course of the two years to complete fieldwork enquiries which will enable them to answer paper 3.


How will this qualification be assessed?

Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment


Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment in the human environment

Both of these will be assessed by a written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes.  Each one will be worth 88 marks and will constitute 35% of the final grade.


Paper 3 - Geographical Applications

This paper replaces the controlled assessment element of Geography.  It will be a written exam of 1 hour 15 minutes.  It will be worth 76 marks (including 6 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG) and will constitute 30% of the final grade. 

All three exams will include multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose questions.

Year 7 are following KPIs.


They study the topics:

·         The Norman Conquest

·         Medieval Religion

·         Challenges to the kings and authority

·         Medieval life

·         Religious Reformation in 1500s Europe

As this is the first year for KPIs these topics may change slightly next year.  Year 7 may not cover all of these either as there is a lot of content to cover in the lessons that they have.


Year 8 are still following the level system.


They study the topics:

·         The Industrial Revolution

·         Jack the Ripper

·         The Slave Trade and The Civil Rights Movement

·         Dictators of the 20th century

·         The Titanic


Year 9 are still following the level system.


They study the topics:

·         WWI

·         WWII

·         The Holocaust

·         The Cold War

·         The Vietnam War


As KPIs are phased in across KS3, this outline of study is likely to change. 

GCSE History is a subject which will allow you to study events which have shaped the world we live in. The course covers many different events and changes over time such as:


Understanding the Modern World:

America, 1920-1973- This module focuses on the ‘boom’ period of 1920s America, the Wall Street Crash, Roosevelt’s New Deal, America during WWII, the experience of African-Americans between 1950-1970 and the experience of women in the 1960s and 1970s.

Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918- This module focuses on the long-term and short-term factors that contributed to the start of WWI, the conditions of fighting in the trenches, the key battles of WWI and how the war eventually ended.


Shaping the Nation:

Britain: Power and the People: c1170 to the present day- This module focuses on how authority in Britain was challenged by the people looking at such events as The Peasants’ Revolt, The Magna Carta, The English and American Revolutions, Chartism, The Suffragettes, and the late 20th century’s moves toward greater gender and ethnic equality.


Elizabethan England, c1568-1603- This module focuses on Queen Elizabeth I and her government, the way of life in Elizabethan England and the troubles Elizabeth experienced at home and abroad during her reign.

 

How will this qualification be assessed?

Paper one (1 hour 45 minutes) – Understanding the Modern World

Paper two (1 hour 45 minutes) – Shaping the Nation

 

Religious Studies is not about being religious, it is about establishing yourself as a person. It is about knowing what you think and being aware of what others think. Studying this course will help you to be able to explain your opinion. It gives you the skills and confidence to be able to say, ‘this is what I think and this is why I think it!’

 

The course is divided into two units. The first is the study of the beliefs and practices of two religions; Christianity and Islam.


The second unit is ‘thematic studies’, which focuses on the following themes:

Theme A: Religion and life.

Theme B: Religion, peace and conflict.

Theme C: Religion, crime and punishment

Theme D: Religion, human rights and social justice

 

How will this qualification be assessed?

 

External assessment (100% of the overall GCSE)

The Religious Studies GCSE is assessed solely by examination at the end of the course. Each of the units is assessed by a 1 hour 45 minute exam and will each count towards 50% of the overall grade.


The exam board for Religious Studies is AQA.

Trips and Activities

Teaching Staff

Mr Massey - CAL Humanities

Mrs Finley - Teacher of Geography

Mr Roberts - Teacher of History

Mrs Phillips - Teacher of Religious Studies

Mr Trueman - Teacher of History

 

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