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Geography

Key Stage 3:

Pupils are taught in mixed ability tutor groups in Year 7 and are put into sets for Years 8 and 9.

Geographical skills are taught throughout the units. These include; map skills, interpreting graphs, tables, photographs, diagrams, extended writing and essay writing.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

Pupils follow the Edexcel B specification. The units studied give pupils a sound understanding of important physical processes such as coastal processes with an overview of the UK’s geology, river processes and the hydrological cycle. Hazardous earth including volcanoes and earthquakes, ecosystems and forests under threat. These topics are interlinked and although they may study them separately the unit is designed to show them how physical geography combines to create a ‘life support system’ for the planet.

They also focus on human geography at a variety of scales. Pupils will study how populations grow and change, the challenges of an urbanising world as well as changing UK cities. Where people live and work, and how they exploit and use resources. The compulsory topics will introduce pupils to the main aspects of how people live on our planet and the impact they have.

Pupils also develop their geographical skills further including; interpreting maps and graphs, fieldwork and mathematical skills. Pupils complete at least 2 days of fieldwork, one in a human and one in a physical environment.

Sixth Form:

In Year 12 A Level candidates study the Edexcel specification, designed to be compatible with GCSE work and reflecting modern approaches to the subject. Physical Geography topics include; Hazardous earth, Coasts, the Carbon and Water Cycle as well as water security. Human geography topics include; Globalisation, Regeneration and Superpowers. There is also an important fieldwork aspect in which the pupils are given the opportunity to take part in a residential field trip to Dorset. Here they look at both physical and human fieldwork techniques and complete an independent investigation looking more closely into something that interests them.


History

Key Stage 3:

Pupils in Year 7 study History in their mixed ability tutor groups. At the end of Year 7 the students are put into sets. The decision to put a pupil into a particular set is made as a result of both teacher judgement and their STEPs assessment level. Students are formally and informally assessed regularly throughout KS3. The progress of all students is reviewed every term and the sets are adjusted accordingly. Pupils study History twice a week in Years 7 and 9 and once a week in Year 8.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

Pupils opting for the subject in Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus. They will study the Cold War, Medicine through time, Weimar and Nazi Germany and Richard I and King John during the two years.

Sixth Form:

The students follow the Edexcel A Level History specification. The students study examined units on Chinese, Russian & British History. In year 12 they look at Communism in the Soviet Union and Mao’s China. In year 13 they study rebellions during the Tudor period. They will also be expected to produce a coursework assignment.


Psychology

Sixth Form:

Students follow the AQA Psychology A Specification

At AS level candidates will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the core areas of psychology - social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences.

At A2 level the specification offers a range of topics chosen for their relevance, accessibility and popularity. These options bring together explanations from different psychological approaches and students address issues and debates in contemporary psychology.

By studying both psychological research and scientific methodology students gain a broad range of skills which prepare them for higher education or a wide range of potential careers.


Religious Studies

Key Stage 3:

Pupils are taught in mixed ability classes and follow the Bromley Agreed Syllabus. They have one hour a week (5% of curriculum time) and Christianity is the main religion taught. In years 7 and 8 pupils are taught from a thematic approach. In year 9 pupils look at Philosophy and Ethics before starting their GCSE course in January.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

Most pupils will study Religious Studies in both Years 10 and 11 as part of the core curriculum and will take GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

Sixth Form:

Students follow the OCR syllabus and study courses in ethics and philosophy. In ethics, students study a combination of ethical theories and their application to topical issues. In philosophy, students study some of life’s basic questions and answer them through past and present philosophical thought.


Sociology

Key Stage 4:

Pupils opting for the subject in Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus. The topics studied will include: Studying Society, Education, Families, Crime and Deviance, Mass Media, Power and Social Inequality which are examined at the end of Year 11.

Sixth Form:

Year 12
Unit G671: Exploring Socialisation, Culture and Identity (worth 50% of the AS Level and 25% of the overall A Level). Students are examined in this unit in January of Year 12.

Unit G672: Topics in Socialisation, Culture and Identity - Sociology of the Family (worth 50% of the AS Level and 25% of the overall A Level). Students are examined in May of Year 12.

Year 13
Unit G673: Power and Control. Crime and Deviance (worth 25% of the overall A Level). Students are examined in June of Year 13.

Unit G674: Exploring Social Inequality and Difference (worth 25% of the overall A Level). Students are examined in June of Year 13.

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