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DEPARTMENT CONTEXT

STAFF CODE

NAME

RESPONSIBILITES

BRR Rob Brown Director of Learning Humanities
TIH Helen Timmins Deputy Headteacher and History Teacher
WIS Susan Pitman Second in Department and Head of Geography
DEG Gemma Denham Assistant Headteacher and RE Teacher
RAL Sonia Ral Sociology Teacher/Standard and Achievement Leader Year 11
HEB Baar Hersi Head of Business Studies
RET Tony Regan Business Studies Teacher
BOR Ryan Bourne Geography Teacher

Facilities:

  • History: 2 specialist teaching rooms
  • Geography: 2 specialist teaching rooms
  • RE: 1 specialist RE room
  • Sociology: 1 specialist teaching room  (the RE room)

          CURRICULUM PLANS

Humanities

Years 7 & 8

(KS3)

 

RE: Students are taught in mixed ability groups.  We have a broad and balanced curriculum in which students have the opportunity to experience at least four of the six major world religions, as agreed by the Hillingdon SACRE. Students cover key beliefs, practices and worship within each topic in Year 7. Christianity is then studied in depth, including the application of beliefs to moral issues in the Year 8 course.

Geography: Students are taught in mixed ability groups. They are offered a variety of both Physical and Human Geography topics paying close attention to the new National Curriculum. In Year 7 the students learn and apply Map Skills particularly applied to the local area. This is followed by a study of rivers and the management of floods, the influence of global warming and the level of development in different locations. Year 8 learn about the causes and effects of Natural Hazards, comparing how rich and poor countries are able to deal with them. Weather is taught to support this area as hurricanes are classed as a Natural Hazard.

History: Students are taught in mixed ability groups and the course is in line with National Curriculum guidelines. In Year 7 students begin by learning about the key historical skills. Following this they then explore a thematic study on medicine through time (new addition to support with new thematic Crime and Punishment topic at KS4), Anglo-Saxon and Norman England (also studied at KS4), The Tudors, The English Civil War and the British Empire. Students in Year 8 will study slavery, Jack the Ripper, causes and events of WW1, inter-war years, rise of the Nazi Party, life in Nazi Germany (studied KS4) and finally the Holocaust. This encompasses 1000 years of British History and the wider world. Assessments test each of the key historical skills/concepts.

PSHE: PSHE is delivered discreetly through one 50 minute lesson a week from Years 7-10. The PSHE programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to deal with a range of issues they face as they grow up. Key topics covered include: Drugs and alcohol education, Emotional health and well-being, Sex and relationship education (SRE), Nutrition and physical activity, Economic understanding, enterprise and personal finance, Personal safety, Careers education, British Values, Work-related learning and Citizenship.

1 x 50 minute lesson for RE, PSHE and History

 

2 x 50 minute lesson for Geography

Year 9, 10 and 11

(KS4)

 

 

RE (AQA GCSE Religious studies A) The course begins at the start of Year 9 and runs through to two exams taken at the end of Year 11. The first term of Year 9 is used to further investigate key beliefs of Christianity and Islam, which are then applied to four different ethical and philosophical themes over the GCSE course. The students are examined externally on both parts of the course, one exam is 50% of the course ‘Christianity and Islam Key beliefs and practices’, the second exam is also 50% of the course, ‘Philosophical and Ethical themes: Christianity and Islam’.

Geography: (Edexcel GCSE in Geography B 1GBO)

The course is taught over a three year time frame and is assessed by three exams at the end of Year 11. Two of the exams are the traditional format but one of the exams is based on four pieces of fieldwork that cover rivers, coasts, towns and the countryside. Examination papers include:

Component 1: Global Geographical Issues

Component 2: UK Geographical issue

Component 3: People and Environmental issues - Making Geographical Decisions.

The Year 9 explore an in depth study of the hazards we face on Earth, beginning with extreme weather events such as hurricanes and floods and then learn about why earthquakes and volcanoes happen and how we have learned to reduce their impacts.

History: Edexcel GCSE (1HI0) – We cover four topics assessed via three exams in Year 11. Paper 1 is Crime and Punishment through the time period AD 1000-2016; this is a thematic study supported by a trip to Whitechapel in Year 10. Paper 2 focuses on a British depth study of Anglo-Saxon and Norman England and a period study of the Middle East in the 20th Century (covered at A-level). Unit 4 is a modern depth study of Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 (covered at A-level). Paper 1 - 30%, Paper 2 - 40% and Paper 3 - 30%, all externally examined.

Edexcel GCSE Business Studies (2BS01)

The course begins at the start of Year 9 and runs through to two exams in Year 11.

In Year 9, students study Unit 1 - ‘Introduction to Small Business’ and look at what makes someone a successful business person.  In Year 10, after completion of Unit 1, students focus on Unit 2: ‘Investigating Small Business’. This unit is a controlled assessment, which is internally assessed and is worth 25% of the course. The students will investigate a small chosen business by carrying out primary and secondary research. In Year 11 students move to Unit 3 ‘Building a Business’ and learn the systems, models and theories which govern successful businesses.  External assessments of both Unit 1 (25% of the course) and Unit 3 (50% of the course) follow.

Sociology: AQA Sociology GCSE (4190): students are introduced to the course in Year 9 studying Society, The Family, Education, Crime and Deviance. These are all from Unit 1 which will be examined externally, at the end of Year 11. Students then begin Unit 2 in Year 10, studying: Mass media, Power and Politics, Research methods, Social Inequality. Again, this is externally examined in Year 11, with both papers equally weighted towards the GCSE qualification.

3 x 50 minutes per week

 

Year 12 and 13 (KS5)

RE:  We offer A-level Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics (0CR) (H573) where students complete three key areas of study over the two year course. Unit 1 is the Philosophy of Religion paper, where students learn about Ancient Greek Philosophy, arguments for the existence of God and ideas about the nature of God. Unit 2 is Religious Ethics - this is the study and application of a variety of ethical theories to modern ethical issues. The last unit is Unit 3, Developments in Religious Thought. Here, students examine key religious concepts and significant historical and social developments in theological thought. All units are examined at the end of the course.

Geography: Edexcel A Level Geography (9GEO) Unit 1: Physical. Unit 2: Human Paper. Unit 3: Synoptic Paper followed by Unit 4 which is a geographical investigation.

History: OCR A-Level (H505) – Three papers and one piece of Coursework. Paper 1 examines Germany 1918-1963 (covered in part in KS3 and 4) and is supported by a trip to Munich. Paper 2 examines British study of the Early Tudors. Paper three is a study of The Middle East ‘Ottomans to Arab Spring 1908-2011’. The final unit is a topic of student’s choice leading to a 3000-4000 word essay that is internally moderated.

Business: AQA A Level Business (7131, 7132). Students learn a range of topics to prepare for unit 1 ‘What is Business’. Further to this they learn to analyse data within Business for the second unit of study. Finally, students explore case studies requiring analysis. All examinations take place in Year 13 and are equally weighted.

Paper 1: Multiple-choice questions, short answer and two essays. (33.3%)

Paper 2: Three compulsory data response questions. (33.3%)

Paper 3: One compulsory case study consisting of six questions. (33.3%)

Sociology: OCR A level Sociology (H580). The Sociology course covers three key elements:

Component 1 - Introducing Socialisation, Culture and Identity with Youth Culture.

Component 2 - Researching and understanding Social inequalities (includes research methods).

Component 3 - Globalisation and the digital social world.

All units are equally weighted and assessed externally at the end of Year 13.

 

5 x 50 minutes per week

 

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION

  • Sociology catch up session offered for two days a week.
  • GCSE Ethics catch up and intervention offered on Wednesdays after school.
  • History catch up and intervention offered after school.
  • Geography catch up and intervention offered on two days after school.
  • GCSE Geography field trip for Year 10 students in the summer term (location TBC).
  • Humanities KS3 trip to take place in 2017/2018 (TBC).
  • A-level Philosophy students due to attend the annual Holocaust memorial ceremony in Northwood.
  • RE/Ethics students will attend an Interfaith event each term - hosted by Swakelys School for Girls.