The geography course at Key Stage 3 aims to prepare students for the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. In Year 7 students study a variety of topics in physical and human geography. During the year students will build on their geographical knowledge and develop their skills. In Year 8 students will use the knowledge and skills developed during Year 7 to develop their sustainable decision making skills.
In Key Stage 4 students study for the OCR B GCSE geography. This course is based around 4 themes: Population and settlement, rivers and coasts, natural hazards and economic activity. The course is assessed in with the completion of a piece of coursework (25%), a sustainable decision making exercise in the form of an examination (25%) and a geographical themes examination (50%).
In Years 7 and 8 we aim to provide an overview of a number of key historical events, people and changes, each six week unit of work is based on a particular topic and is centred around a crucial historical skill.
In the History department we follow the Edexcel History A GCSE: Modern World History. Through our planning, teaching, assessment and marking, teachers of History aim to develop students’ ability to recall, select and use historical knowledge, understand historical terms and concepts, communicate information in a clear and coherent manner; both verbally and in written form, interpret and evaluate a wide range of sources, respect individuals beliefs and different cultures, make reasoned and balanced judgements, reflect on their own learning and finally to understand their role as a global citizen.