Geography

Geography is taught as a discrete subject within Humanities in Y7-9 with 3 one hour lessons per fortnight. The focus of the curriculum is to give students an opportunity to study a breadth of topics and places within Geography and to prepare them for the GCSE course.

The curriculum encourages students to explore the world around them and to think critically about some of the major geographical issues affecting the world today. Throughout the curriculum there is a focus on issues relating to sustainability and how people interact with the natural environment.

Year 7

Map Skills
The Geography of the UK
How does the Earth Work
Weather and Climate

Year 8

Earthquakes and hazard management
Ecosystems
Development

Year 9

China Population
Geography
Cities and sustainability
Coastal Environments

History

History is taught as a discrete subject within Humanities in Y7-9 with 3 one hour lessons per fortnight. The focus of the curriculum is to develop students understanding of the historical development of the UK, to explore key themes within world history and to prepare them for the GCSE course.

The History curriculum encourages students to ask questions, organise their ideas and findings and obtain information from a wide variety of sources. Students are encouraged to reach conclusions based on their own research. Students are taught to understand how development from early Middle Ages through to the mid-20th Century have helped shape the economy, society, culture and political structure of modern Britain. Students will also study developments in Europe and the rest of the world and are helped to understand how the histories of different countries are linked.

Year 7

Historical Skills
Medieval Society

Year 8

Tudors and Stuarts
Industrial Revolution

Year 9

20th Century Studies

Religious Studies

RE is taught as a discrete subject within Humanities in Y7-9 with 1 one hour lesson per fortnight. The curriculum follows the Derby City Agreed Syllabus for RE and also prepares the students to study RE at GCSE.

Christianity is taught as the core religion throughout the course and the course also has a focus on Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. The curriculum develops understating of religious beliefs and practice and also explores. It is designed to help students explore their own spirituality and engage with a range of philosophical and ethical issues in the world today.

Year 7

The Nature of God
What is Belief?
Worship

Year 8

Science and Religion
Islam in the world today

Year 9

Human Relationships
Is religion a cause for good in the world today?
Buddhism

Geography GCSE

We follow the Eduqaas Geography GCSE Specification B Course in Y10 and Y11.

The course is assessed by 100% final examination and is made up of 3 components.

Component 1: Thematic Studies (40%)

  1. Changing Places – Changing Economics. Here students cover key ideas such as 'Urbanisation in contrasting global cities' and 'A global perspective on development issues'
  2. Changing Environments. Here students cover ideas such as 'Shaping the landscape - coasts and coastal management' and examine 'Climate Change – cause and effect'
  3. Environmental Challenges: ideas such as 'Ecosystem under threat' and 'Water supply and demand' will be studied

Component 2: Decision Making Exercise (30%)

This component takes a problem solving approach to a contemporary geographical issue.

Component 3: Fieldwork Techniques (30%)

This component assesses fieldwork skills and its application to wider conceptual frameworks within geography.

The course involves 2 days of fieldwork one in the Peak District National Park with a focus on physical geography fieldwork and one in Chesterfield exploring human geography fieldwork techniques.

Year 10

Theme 1 Changing Places – Changing Economics.

Theme 2 Changing Environments. Human Geography Fieldwork Visit

Fieldwork techniques
Problems Solving Skills

Year 11

Theme 2 Changing Environments. Physical Geography Fieldwork Visit

Theme 3 Environmental Challenges

Fieldwork techniques
Problems Solving Skills

Religious Studies GCSE

We offer the OCR Religious Studies GCSE Course in Y10 and Y11.

The course is assessed by 100% final examination and is made up of 2 components.

The course is based on Christianity with a choice of a second religion; either Islam or Buddhism.

Component 1: Beliefs and teachings & Practices (50%)

This unit involves the study of religious beliefs and practices from both Christianity and either Islam or Buddhism.

Component 2: Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world (50%)

This component involves study of Christian beliefs about the following issues:

  • Relationships and families
  • The existence of God, gods and the ultimate reality
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Dialogue between religious and non-religious beliefs

Year 10

Beliefs Teaching and Practices Christianity

Beliefs Teaching and Practices Islam or Buddhism

Year 11

Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world

  • Relationships and families
  • The existence of God, gods and the ultimate reality
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Dialogue between religious and non-religious beliefs

The course involves visits to two local places of worship.

History GCSE

We offer the AQA History GCSE Course in Y10 and Y11.

The course is assessed by 100% final examination and is made up of 2 components.

Component 1: Understanding the modern world (50%)

Section A: Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

This period study focuses on the development of Germany during development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.

Section B: Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

This unit focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it.

Component 2: Shaping the nation (50%)

Section A: Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time.

Section B: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

The study will focus on major events of Elizabeth I’s reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints, and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

Year 10

Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

Year 11

Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

PSHE

From September 2017 PSHE will be taught as part of the Humanities curriculum in Y7-11 with 1 x one hour lesson per fortnight.

The curriculum is broad and will cover key PSHE topics as well as areas of Citizenship and Careers Education and Guidance. The curriculum focuses on the development of skills such as personal responsibility, staying safe, making good decisions and tolerance. It also allows British Values and the SMSC (Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural) curriculum to be explored in greater detail.

Where possible, external organisations/visitors are used to support the curriculum.

Year 7

Personal Safety
Puberty
Anti-Bullying
Children’s Rights and Responsibilities
Personal Responsibilities

Year 8

Careers and the world of work
Drug Awareness
Personal Safety Relationships

Year 9

Personal Safety
Careers and Options
Human Rights
Safe and Healthy Relationships
Safe and Healthy Choices

Year 10

Criminal Justice
Work Experience
Clued Up about Sexual Health
Drugs and Society
Having Your Say

Year 11

Careers
Personal Responsibilities and Personal Safety
Young People Rights and Responsibilities