Humanities

Welcome to the Humanities Faculty. The Faculty comprises of the following departments; History, Geography and Religious Studies.  We have 8 teachers in the faculty; Mrs L Goy, Mr P Carley-Annear, Mrs K Pearce, Mrs A Moore, Mrs S Davies, Mrs K Horner, Miss C Martin, Mr C Lanyon.

 

The History Department

The Head of Department is Lucy Goy.

Courses taught at Key Stage 4:

For GCSE (9-1) History we teach the Pearson Edexcel GCSE course. The units include:

Paper 1 – Thematic Study and historic environment – CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN BRITAIN, c1000-present plus Whitechape, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city

Paper 2 – Period Study (Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91) plus British Depth Study (Elizabethan England, 1558-1588)

Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

At key stage 4 we expect the majority of students to leave with a grade 5 or above.

Courses taught at Key Stage 5:

At Key Stage 5 we offer the Edexcel History AS/A2 course. The units include: 

AS The Crusades, c1095-1204

AS Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c.1053-1106

A2 Civil Rights and race relations in the USA, 1850-2009

A2 coursework: the reasons why America did not achieve its objectives in the Vietnam War

Setting

Students are in mixed ability classes in Year 7 and then are set in Year 8.

Assessment

We assess for learning and progress within all of our lessons by using different strategies. We assess Key Stage 3 with twice termly formal assessed pieces of work which are fully taught, fully prepared, examined and then improved upon by students following detailed and focused teacher / peer feedback. Every Key Stage 3 assessment will begin with typical GCSEstyle question stem and is designed to develop the historical skills needed to succeed at a higher level. All assessments are differentiated and there are levels of extra challenge as well as support for those that need it to achieve their potential.

At Key Stage 4 all our courses have exam related questions woven into the schemes of work. Typically, students will be expected to completing them within lessons following teaching and learning time. In this way we build up a wealth of knowledge about our students’ learning and progress. We are also creating many opportunites for them to receive and repsond to expert teacher

feedback. Across the year there will be 4 formal assessments, but exam style questions are an integral part of our normal teaching and learning. 

The subject curriculum

The subjects at KS3 are from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present day. We believe that giving the students an overview of the past is very important; we also teach depth studies of particular features of the past such as slavery, the First World War and the Holocaust. 

How can I help my son/daughter?

You can help your son/daughter by supporting them with homework. This could be simply checking their planners for homework and then making sure that they are leaving enough time to complete the work properly.  At KS4 a typical piece of History homework should take about 1 hour and at A Level it could be an hour or more.

You could search out topical films, documentaries and articles to encourage your child’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the topics they will study. The department will provide students with examples of what these may be.

Parents/Carers can access “Show my Homework” on this website to check what needs to be done and when it has to be done by.

In Year 11, there is weekly intervention sessions and as many students as possible are encouraged to attend. They really do make a world of positive difference to student knowledge, understanding and exam techniques.

Revision guides are available to purchase on Parent Pay and cost £3.50. These cover 3 of our 4 examined courses (Germany, Cold War and Elizabethan England). As a department, we will make certain that we are resourcing the revision needs for our Crime and Punishment course.

Geography

The Lead Teacher of Geography is Karen Horner.

Courses taught at Key Stage 4:

GCSE Geography – AQA specification A For exams up to June 2017

At key stage 4 we would expect the majority of students to leave with a bank of geographical skills such as map reading and use of Geographical information systems.

Topics covered are:

Unit 1: Physical Geography – Restless earth, Coastal zone, Water on the land.

Unit 2: Human Geography – Population change, tourism, Development Gap.

Unit 3: Controlled assessment

 

GCSE Geography – Eduqas Specification A for exams from June 2018

Topics covered are: Distinctive landscapes, Coastal hazards, Development issues, Weather and climate, Ecosystems, Resources issues, Rural-Urban Links.

Students will also study use of fieldwork.

Courses taught at Key Stage 5:

A level Geography – AQA exam board for year 13

  • At AS level students study a range of topics including Geography of health, population change, rivers and coasts.  They are also required to complete a piece of fieldwork
  • At A2 they cover the development gap, world cities, and tectonics.

A level Geography – AQA exam board for year 12 (new specification)

  • At AS, students will cover topics of Water and carbon cycles, changing places and contemporary urban environments. As part of this students will be expected to complete 2 days of fieldwork. Assessment will be through 2 exams.
  • At A2, students will cover topics to include global systems and governance and hazards. These will be assessed through 2 exam units. Students will also develop their own investigation to study.

Setting

Students are in mixed ability classes for the first half term in Year 7 and then are set for the remainder of the year and into Year 8.

Assessment

Key stage 3 – assessment is done through independent research projects which are set as homework and classroom assessment questions.

Key stage 4 & 5 – assessment is continual across the key stage.  We use a range of assessment questions from past papers.

The subject curriculum

Topics in key stage 3 range from local, Redruth and its surroundings, to global, resources issues and its impact in different locations. They cover a range of physical geography including coastal landforms and glaciers as well as human geography, population change and trade links. Students will gain an overview of global trends as well as individual places such as Svalbard in the Icy world or Changing China.

How can I help my son/daughter

  • Encourage them to take an interest in the news and current affairs.
  • Look at places in an atlas.
  • Think about how / why local landforms have been formed.
  • At KS4 and 5 – use bitesize and revision websites.  Keep a folder of news articles or wider reading around the topics we do in class. 

 

Setting

Students are in mixed ability classes in Year 7 and then are set in Year 8.

Assessment

Throughout their time with us we continually assess and reset students based on their progress and attainment.  We believe that all students should be put in a set best suited to their ability.  We continually encourage and challenge our students in whichever set they are taught.

The subject curriculum

The subjects at KS3 are from the Stone Age to the present day. We believe that giving the students an overview of the past is very important; we also teach depth studies of particular features of the past such as slavery, the First World War and the Holocaust.

How can I help my son/daughter?

You can help your son/daughter by supporting them with homework. This could be simply checking their planners for homework and then making sure that they are leaving enough time to complete the work properly.  At KS3 a typical piece of History homework should take about 30 minutes, at KS4 about an hour and at A level it could be an hour or more.

Parents/Carers can access “Show my Homework” on this website to check what needs to be done and when it has to be done by.

Providing encouragement and a quiet place to work at home will also help enormously. Access to a computer is an advantage, but is not necessary for all homework. Lastly, nearly all students benefit from help with personal organisation of planners and books.

Revision guides are available to purchase from Mr T Johnson or Miss L Johnson. Two versions are available; one higher ability and one average ability.

Religious Studies

Welcome to The Religious Studies Department, Head of Department is Sarah Davies.

The subject curriculum

At key stage three students cover topics from the following;

Religion in Cornwall

Religious traditions

How Christians celebrate Easter and Christmas.

In year 7 students look at Christianity and Buddhism

During year 8, students look at both Christianity and Islam.

How religious people might put their belief into action

How the Bible is used to influence Christian behaviour

The new GCSE course which students in year 10 and below will be studying is  Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies, specification B, Beliefs in Action. Area of Study 1 = Religion and Ethics through Christianity, and Area of Study 2 = Religion, Peace and Conflict through Islam.

Courses taught at Key Stage 4:

Students begin the GCSE course at the start of year 9 where they have one lesson a week, then in year 10 and 11 they will have one lesson a fortnight.

  • At key stage 4 we would expect the majority of students to leave with a full GCSE in religious studies.  Some students will leave with short GCSE in Religious Studies.
  • We follow Edexcel – Religion and Life and Religion and Society – looking at Christianity and Islam.

Setting

Students are taught in tutor groups during year 7. From year 8 onwards they are set.  We believe that placing students in groups according to ability helps encourage attainment and build confidence.  We continually challenge and encourage our students.

Assessment

Students are evaluated through set assessments in class which are tailored towards their target levels; they will also be set homework projects which will count towards their assessment grade.

The students studying for GCSE are assessed through past GCSE questions.

How can I help my son/daughter?

GCSE bitesize has a wealth of information for students who are studying GCSE religious studies.

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs

BBC learning zone also features informative articles on religious topics.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/

RE online is a website that is dedicated to the Christian Religion with a variety of topics.

www.reonline.org.uk