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Curriculum Statement

Faculty: Humanities | Subject: Geography

Subject Overview:

Geography is a constantly evolving subject which aims to use topical examples to enhance the curiosity and wonder of the people and places around us. At Key Stage 3 pupils examine a range of physical and human features covering social, political, economic and environmental issues at a local, national, international and global scale. Core knowledge is essential for pupils to make sense of the world around them and the curriculum then encourages them to apply this knowledge to new situations and areas using appropriate geographical vocabulary. Regular fieldwork is an essential part of learning to be a geographer and allows for a greater depth of understanding to be reached. In Geography pupils learn and use a wide range of skills from literacy and numeracy to communication and GIS all of which can be used throughout their education and into the world of work.

 

YEAR 7

Key Topics

Key Information

Pupils study the following topics;

  • The location of different countries and oceans around the world
  • Coastal environments – challenges and benefits
  • Africa – how does Africa have links to the UK?
  • Urbanisation – past, present and future
  • Fieldwork in Plymouth on regeneration of urban areas
  • Population – changes past, present and future and the impact of these changes
  • The geography of our school – fieldwork techniques and investigation of the school grounds

Homework Tasks

Homework is set weekly and comprises a variety of tasks to consolidate and extend pupils understanding.

Assessment

Pupils are assessed formally once per half term against National Curriculum levels.

Formative assessment takes places regularly through marking of pupils books and designated exercises.

Key Skills

Skills are learnt, consolidated and extended throughout key stage 3 in preparation for learning at key stage 4 and 5.

Basic skills that are learnt in Year 7:

  • Communication skills – writing sentences and paragraphs to show understanding
  • Descriptive writing
  • Presentation skills to show understanding
  • Using photographs
  • Using aerial photographs
  • Using geographical descriptions
  • Research skills
  • Using an atlas
  • Mapskills
  • Using a variety of sources to investigate an area or event
  • Note taking
  • Fieldsketching
  • Drawing sketch maps
  • Questionnaire formulation
  • Bi-polar analysis
  • Use of ranging poles and clinometers to measure gradient
  • Ability to select appropriate fieldwork equipment for the investigation being undertaken
  • Use of geographical vocabulary

 

YEAR 8

Key Topics

Key Information

Pupils study the following topics;

  • Ecosystems – including Savannah Grasslands, deserts and tropical rainforests – physical features and human impact
  • Cool Geography – a study of cold environments caused by both latitude and altitude
  • Countries of the world including; Russia, China, New Zealand, Chile, Canada, Egypt and South Africa
  • Weather an climate – is the UK weather getting worse and weird weather
  • Economic activity with a focus on tourism
  • Fieldwork on Dartmoor to investigate the economic uses of the area and the physical feature

Homework Tasks

Homework is set weekly and comprises a variety of tasks to consolidate and extend pupils understanding.

Assessment

Pupils are assessed formally once per half term against National Curriculum levels.

Formative assessment takes places regularly through marking of pupils books and designated exercises.

Key Skills

Skills are consolidated in Year 8 with some additions

  • Communication skills – writing sentences and paragraphs to show understanding
  • Descriptive writing
  • Research skills
  • Presentation skills to show understanding
  • Using photographs
  • Using aerial photographs
  • Using geographical descriptions
  • Using an atlas
  • Mapskills
  • Using a variety of sources to investigate an area or event
  • Note taking
  • Bi-polar analysis
  • Fieldsketching
  • Drawing sketch maps
  • Ability to select appropriate fieldwork equipment for the investigation being undertaken
  • Evaluating sources and reaching conclusions
  • Choropleth map construction
  • Street transects
  • Pedestrian counts
  • Use of geographical vocabulary
  • Rivers and flooding including a fieldtrip to Boscastle to evaluate the flood defences
  • Hazards including tornadoes and an in depth case study of hurricane Katrina
  • Plate tectonics
  • Volcanoes – physical features and in depth case studies to show the impact on humans
  • Earthquakes - physical features and in depth case studies to show the impact on humans
  • India – physical and human features of the country and how development varies within it and what the future may hold for India

 

YEAR 9

Key Topics

Key Information

Pupils study the following topics:

  • Rivers and flooding including a fieldtrip to Boscastle to evaluate the flood defences
  • Hazards including tornadoes and an in depth case study of hurricane Katrina
  • Plate tectonics
  • Volcanoes – physical features and in depth case studies to show the impact on humans
  • Earthquakes - physical features and in depth case studies to show the impact on humans
  • India – physical and human features of the country and how development varies within it and what the future may hold for India

Homework Tasks

Homework is set weekly and comprises a variety of tasks to consolidate and extend pupils understanding.

Assessment

Pupils are assessed formally once per half term against National Curriculum levels.

Formative assessment takes places regularly through marking of pupils books and designated exercises.

Key Skills

Skills are extended in Year 9 in preparation for GCSE.

  • Communication skills – analysing information and evaluating evidence to reach a substantiated conclusion
  • Independent research skills
  • Presentation skills to show understanding and teach others
  • Using photographs to investigate an area
  • Using aerial photographs
  • Using detailed geographical explanations
  • Using an atlas to investigate an area and present findings of what the area is like in terms of physical and human features and why
  • Mapskills
  • Using a variety of sources to investigate an area or event
  • Note taking
  • Bi-polar analysis
  • Fieldsketching
  • Drawing sketch maps
  • Evaluating sources and reaching conclusions linked to bias
  • Choropleth map analysis
  • Street transects
  • Using weather/satellite images
  • Ability to draw and interpret geographical diagrams
  • Use of specific geographical vocabulary

 

 


 

Curriculum Statement

Faculty: Humanities | Subject: History

Subject Overview:

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Study in history will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Pupils will learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Furthermore, studying history helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

 

YEAR 7

Key Topics

Key Information

Students will study the following topics over the years 1066-1600:

  • What is history?
  • Key terms and use of evidence
  • 1066 and the Norman Conquest
  • The Battle of Hastings
  • Norman Rule
  • Medieval Life
  • Black Death and daily life
  • Wars of the Roses
  • Joan of Arc
  • Henry VIII
  • The Break with Rome
  • Elizabeth I
  • The Spanish Armada
  • Rebellions: Power and control
  • The Cornish Rebellion
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • The causes and events of the English Civil War
  • Cromwell
  • Changes from 1750-1900
  • Agricultural Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Life expectancy in the 1800s
  • Slavery from life in Africa through life as a slave and on to the abolition of the slave trade.
  • Civil Rights in the USA from Martin Luther King to Obama
  • The causes of the First World War
  • Recruitment and propaganda in World War One
  • Life in the trenches
  • The end of the war and the peace treaties
  • Votes for Women
  • The Rise of Hitler
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • The causes and some key events in the Second World War
  • The Home Front
  • The Holocaust and why it happened
  • The dropping of the atomic bomb
  • The 1960 and 1970s

Homework Tasks

Homework for Year 7 students consists of a variety of tasks to further develop skills and understanding from classroom based learning as well as the opportunity for creativity and individual elaboration.

Assessment

Students will be given three formal assessments over the year that will focus on assessing a range of skills and techniques from cause and consequence to source evaluation.

Key Skills

Students will begin to develop their understanding of historical concepts such as:

- continuity and change

- cause and consequence

- similarity and difference

- significance

These are used to:

- make connections

- draw contrasts

- analyse trends

- frame historically-valid questions

- create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

Students will also learn methods of historical enquiry, including:

- how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims through analysis of purpose, reliability and usefulness.

 

YEAR 8

Key Topics

Key Information

Students will study the following topics that cover 1600-1900:

Homework Tasks

Homework for Year 8 students consists of a variety of tasks to further develop skills and understanding from classroom based learning as well as the opportunity for creativity and individual elaboration.

Assessment

Students will be given three formal assessments over the year that will focus on assessing a range of skills and techniques from significance to analysis of sources

Key Skills

Students will build on the their acquisition of skills from Year 7 to further develop their understanding of historical concepts such as:

- continuity and change

- cause and consequence

- similarity and difference

- significance

These are used to:

- make connections

- draw contrasts

- analyse trends

- frame historically-valid questions

- create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

Students will also develop their methods and skills of historical enquiry to a greater depth, including:

- how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims through analysis of purpose, reliability and usefulness.

 

YEAR 9

Key Topics

Students will study the following topics with the focus in Year 9 on the twentieth century:

Homework Tasks

As in previous years, homework for Year 9 students consists of a variety of tasks to further develop skills and understanding from classroom based learning as well as the opportunity for creativity and individual elaboration.

Assessment

Students will be given three formal assessments over the year that will focus on assessing a range of skills and techniques from significance to source analysis.

Key Skills

Students will extend their understanding of historical concepts such as:

- continuity and change

- cause and consequence

- similarity and difference

- significance

These are used to:

- make connections

- draw contrasts

- analyse trends

- frame historically-valid questions

- create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

Students will also broaden their skills of historical enquiry, including:

- how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims through analysis of purpose, reliability and usefulness with a development in rigour to build on previous work.

 


Curriculum Statement

Faculty: Humanities | Subject: R.E.

Subject Overview:

Religious Education forms part of the basic curriculum of every maintained school. As such RE holds a unique place within the curriculum and within Education Law (see the Education Act 1996). In Liskeard School we follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus which is the statutory mechanism for delivering RE in Cornish schools. RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Islam and Buddhism and other world views that answer questions such as these. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

 

YEAR 7

Key Topics

Key Information

Pupils will study the following topics:

Ultimate Questions

  • The soul
  • Beliefs about the origins of the world
  • Suffering
  • The nature of God

Life of Jesus

  • Key events in his life
  • Fulfilment of Old Testament Prophecies
  • Jesus’ teachings in a modern world

The Buddha and Buddhist Teachings

  • Gotama Buddha and his life
  • Enlightenment
  • Previous and future Buddhas
  • Key teachings of Buddhism

Homework Tasks

Homework for Year 7 students consists of a variety of tasks to further develop skills and understanding from classroom based learning as well as the opportunity for creativity and expression of their own beliefs.

Assessment

Students will be given two formal assessments over the year that will focus on assessing a range of skills from describing religious beliefs and practices to analysing and evaluating their impact.

Key Skills

Pupils will:

  • Use religious vocabulary to describe and explain key features of religions
  • Show an understanding of sources, practices and beliefs, ideas feelings and experiences
  • Make links between beliefs and suggest reasons for any similarities and differences
  • Ask and suggest answers to questions of identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.
  • Explain what inspires and influences them and express their own and other’s views clearly.

 

YEAR 8

Key Topics

Key Information

Pupils will study the following topics:

The Church

  • Church history and different denominations
  • The Church Year
  • Rites of Passage

Islam

  • Beliefs about Allah
  • The Qur’an and the Hadith
  • Muhammad and his life

The Bible and Buddhist Teachings

  • Origins of the Bible
  • How the Bible is used and interpreted
  • Buddhist texts such as the Lotus Sutra

Homework Tasks

Homework for Year 8 students consists of a variety of tasks to further develop skills and understanding from classroom based learning as well as the opportunity for creativity and expression of their own beliefs.

Assessment

Students will be given two formal assessments over the year that will focus on assessing a range of skills from describing religious beliefs and practices to analysing and evaluating their impact.

Key Skills

Pupils will continue to develop and build on their skills from Year 7 to:

  • Explain why the impact of religions and beliefs on individuals, communities and societies varies
  • Interpret sources and arguments, explaining the reasons that are used in different ways by different traditions to provide answers to ultimate questions and ethical issues.
  • Use reasoning and examples to express insights into their own and others’ views on questions of identity and belonging, meaning and purpose and truth.

 

YEAR 9

Key Topics

Key Information

All pupils in Year 9 begin studying either for their Full Course RE GCSE or their Full Course Humanities GCSE. Please see the Key Stage 4 information sheet for information on what they are taught and how they are assessed in Year 9.

 

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