Humanities

Head of Faculty: Mr J Woods

In Key stage 3  students are taught the three Humanities subjects (Geography, History and Religious Studies) Student study each subject for 1 hour a week and home learning tasks are usually set half termly.

The vast majority of students pick at least one humanities subject at GCSE, with a large number choosing more than one.

Subject: Geography

Head of Subject: Mrs C Haggan

In Key stage 3 assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 Geography is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option and is a subject that is counted towards the English Baccalaureate. Students that opt to take Geography in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the WJEC EDUQAS GCSE Geography B. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. Feedback is related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Kirkby, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales. Demonstrate geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes, and the inter-relationships between places, environments and processes.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues and to make judgements.
  • Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.

 

Overview of the Geography Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Theme:  Settlement and local area

  • Introduction to geography
  • Baseline
  • What is a settlement?
  • Settlement needs and wants.
  • Growth of Liverpool
  • New towns
  • Local Area

 

 

Theme:  Ecosystems

  • Introduction to ecosystems
  • World ecosystems
  • Case study UK Ecosystems
  • Case study Rainforest
  • Case study Hot desert
  • Assessment: Hot desert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theme:  Places at risk

  • Climate Change
  • Svalbard
  • Coral reef
  • Las Vegas
  • Thailand

 

 

 

Theme:  Places at risk (continued)

Assessment: Antarctica

 

 

Theme:  Tourism

  • What is tourism?
  • Reasons for growth
  • Newquay case study
  • Advantages and disadvantages of tourism
  • National Parks
  • Tourism in Europe
  • Assessment:  Tourism in Spain

 

 

 

Theme:  Rivers

  • The water cycle
  • The drainage basin
  • Erosion, deposition and transportation
  • Upper, middle and lower course
  • Assessment: Rivers test

 

 

8 Theme : Tectonics

  • What happens at plate boundaries?
  • Earthquakes– How? What ? Why,? Where? Nepal/Iceland
  • Tsunamis– 2004 Boxing Day or Japan tsunami
  • Volcanoes– How? What? Why? Where?
  • DME—Hazard management

 

 

Theme:  Tectonics continued

 

 

Theme: Population

  • What is population?
  • Population density
  • Population structure—Pyramids
  • Overpopulation
  • Ageing population
  • Population policy
  • Assessment  – Exam question

 

 

Theme:  Migration

  • Origins of the UK population
  • Changing UK population
  • European Migration
  • Immigration and the influence of the media
  • British citizens
  • Assessment—Lampedusa

 

 

 

Theme: Globalisation

  • What is globalisation?
  • TNC’s
  • Trade Game
  • Fair trade
  • Primark
  • Pro’s & Con’s
  • Assessment—Milk prices

 

 

Theme: Coasts

  • Importance of the coast
  • Coastal processes
  • Landforms of erosion and deposition
  • Coastal management
  • Human uses
  • Assessment: Coasts Test

 

 

 

9 Theme: Development

  • What is development?
  • Measure of development
  • Development Gap
  • India slums—Dharavi
  • Aid
  • Assessment—Future development

 

 

Theme: Africa

  • Development Indicators/ Millennium Development Goals
  • Africa—Where?
  • Africa misconceptions
  • Diversity of Africa
  • ‘Blood Diamonds’-Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Assessment—Impacts Blood Diamonds

 

 

Theme: Extreme Weather

  • UK weather—Flooding
  • Hurricane
  • Tornadoes
  • Drought
  • Assessment—Katrina Vs Haiyan

 

 

Theme: Extreme Weather (continued)

 

 

Theme: Resources/ ‘What’s the Use’?

  • What is a resource?
  • Renewable
  • Non– Renewable
  • Assessment—DME Sustainable energy

 

 

Theme: Mapping Festivals

  • Map skills: OS/Satellite images
  • Flooding
  • Sustainability
  • Assessment—Design a festival in local area.

 

 

10 River processes and river management How ecosystems function Ecosystems under threat Global cities

 

Fieldwork 1

Coastal processes and landscapes and coastal management Water supply and demand

Issue of desertification

 

Fieldwork 2

11 Extreme weather patterns and climate change Changing patterns of retailing and leisure Distinctive features of UK cities and rural and urban change Development issues Revision and exam practise Revision and exam practise

 

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

Link to Spec

 

Additional Information

KS3 students have the opportunity to take part in Geography trips and fieldwork.

Homework support is available for all Geography students.

At KS4, students will take part in two local fieldwork activity days, to prepare them for Component 3 of the GCSE course (Applied Fieldwork Enquiry).

In Y11, students have the opportunity to attend regular revision classes and they receive intervention before their examinations.

 

 Teaching Staff

Mrs C Haggan Head of Geography
Mr J Woods Head of Humanities
   
   
   
   

 

Subject: History

Head of Subject: Mr J Woods

 

At Key Stage 4 History is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option. Students that opt to take History in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the Edexcel GCSE history

 

 

They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. Feedback is related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Kirkby, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.
  • Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.
  • Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

 

Overview of the History Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Theme: What is History?

  • Baseline Assessment of basic history skills.
  • Evidence skills
  • Chronology
  • Anachronisms
  • Historical terminology
Theme: Conquest

  • Foundation of Rome
  • Romulus and Remus
  • Roman army and conquest
  • Verus the life of a gladiator
Theme: Conquest

  • · Claimants to the throne in 1066
  • · Battle of Stamford Bridge
  • · Battle of Hastings
  • · Why did William win?
Theme: Conquest

  • William’s problems and solutions after 1066
  • The Feudal System
  • The Domesday Book
  • Castles
Theme: Everyday life in the past

  • Medieval Villages
  • Medieval Towns
  • Religion
  • Entertainment
  • Murder of Thomas Beckett

 

 

Theme: Everyday life in the past

  • Black Death
  • Medieval Medicine
  • Peasants Revolt
8 Theme: The Tudors & Stuarts

  • Religious differences
  • Henry V111 & the Reformation
  • Did Mary deserve her nick-name (assess)
  • Elizabeth 1

 

Theme: The Tudors & Stuarts

  •       Stuarts; Gunpowder plot
  • Causes of the English Civil War
  • The trial and execution of Charles 1  (assess)
  • Restoration
  • Witchcraft ; crime and punishment

 

Theme: Industrial revolution

  • How did Britain change between 1750-1900
  • Why was British industry so successful?
  • Who was Josiah Wedgewood ? (assess)

 

Theme: Industrial revolution

  • What were working conditions like?
  • Conditions in towns (assess)
  • Voting reform

 

Theme: Victorian England

  •   Jack the Ripper (assess)
  • · London in late nineteenth century
  • · Victims
  • · Suspects

 

Theme:  The Americas

· Slavery

· The Triangular Trade

· The Middle Passage

· Life on the Plantations

· Abolition (assess)

 

9 Theme :International Conflict

  • THE FIRST WORLD WAR
  •  The British Empire
  •  Causes of World War One
  •  Assassination at Sarajevo (assess)
  •  The Schlieffen Plan

 

Theme: International Conflict

  • · Battle of the Somme  (assess)
  • Trench Life
  • · Conscientious Objectors
  • · Home Front
  • · The Treaty of Versailles

 

Theme: Democracy & Dictatorship

  • What made Hitler evil?(assess)
  •  · Rise of Hitler

   Why did so few Germans  stand up to the Nazi’s?

Theme: Democracy & Dictatorship

  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • What happened to Jewish people in Nazi Germany?
  • The Holocaust

 

Theme: GCSE (USA Civil rights)

· America in the 50s and 60s (assess)

· Civil rights in education

· Key personalities—Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, JFK, etc.

· Assassination of JFK.

 

Theme:  GCSE (Vietnam)

Why did the USA involved in Vietnam?

Guerilla tactics?

USA tactics

Peace protests  (assess)

 

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Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

Link to Spec

 

Additional Information

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:

  • Interventions
  • Revision sessions
  • Homework support
  • Trips
  • Teams

 

Teaching Staff

Mrs J Woods Head of Faculty and Subject
Mr I Campbell Teacher of History
   
   
   
   

 

Subject: Religious Studies

Head of Subject: Mrs C Maloret

Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 students opt to study Religious Studies.  Religious studies students follow Eduqas  exam specification component A.  They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Kirkby, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief, including:
    • beliefs, practices and sources of authority
    • influence on individuals, communities and societies
    • similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs
  • Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence

 

 

 

Overview of the Religious Studies Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Key stage 3

Topics studied Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Half term 1 Community and founders Relationships Rules and laws
Half term 2 Responsibility and commitment Worship Human rights
Half term 3 Crime and punishment Creation extremism
Half term 4 forgiveness Life after death Good and evil
Half term 5 Nature of God abortion Prophethood
Half term 6 Festivals and celebrations Science versus religion Islam and Christianity beliefs in action

 

Key stage 4

Components Topic % of exam Topics
Component 1 Religious, philosophical and Ethical studies in the modern world 50% Issues of Relationships

Issues of Life and Death

Issues of Good and Evil

Issues of Human Rights

Component 2 Study of Christianity 25% Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity
Component 3 Study of a World Faith 25% Candidates will study the beliefs, teaching and practices of Islam.

 

 

 

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Religious Studies is Route A3 – including Component 3 Option 3: Islam C120P3

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/gcse/

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:

 

  • Debate club (Thursday lunch time)
  • ‘drop in’ revision sessions
  • Revision packs

 

Teaching Staff

Mrs C Maloret Head of Subject
Miss J Smith Teacher of Religious Studies