Humanities at OGC in Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 the students are taught Humanities in their class groups. The students are taught a different area of the Humanities Curriculum each half term, the result of this is that the students will have covered 6 areas of History, 6 of Geography and 6 of R.E during their 3 years of Humanities teaching in years 7 to 9.
The areas covered have just been recently refreshed by the Humanities teaching team, and each area will now start with a key question, that the students will be able answer by the end of the 6/7 week teaching sequence. For example in year 8 the students study the Iron Age in History, learning about early settlements, weapons and tools. The opening question to help relate to their own world around them is “What’s that at the top of Highdown Hill?” The topics are delivered using a range of resources, including artifacts, photographs and visits to relevant places.
During these 18 topics taught in Key Stage 3 the students will develop key skills within the History, Geography and R.E National Curriculum; for example a sense of chronology within History, and understanding of different locations within Geography and a knowledge of different beliefs and cultures within R.E.
All students are supported and challenged to extend their thinking and learning to include cross-curricular links to Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and other curriculum areas.
Below are links to the Humanities Topics for this half term –
History and Geography at OGC in Key Stage 4
The students have the opportunity to continue their studies within the Humanities curriculum in year 10 and 11, by choosing Entry Level/GCSE qualification in History or Geography. This would be a two year course fulfilling the requirements of this national qualification. For example Entry Level History requires the students to submit 20 pieces of coursework, within 4 topic areas, such as The Western Front in World War One and Turning Points of the Second World War. These pieces of work are marked externally for the students to then receive their qualification at the end of year 11.