Humanities

Humanities includes the study of Geography and History which are taught as separate subjects at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

Our Head of Department  for Geography is Mr Ash

KS3 Geography Curriculum

The Geography we teach to our Key Stage Three pupils at EGA is intended to develop their key skills and basic knowledge of the subject. The course will gradually deepen their understanding of the world around them and build on the experiences that pupils bring with them into the classroom. We have attempted to provide a variety of topics, all of which contribute in a profound way to the forming of a critical mind, a clinical thinker and an inquisitive nature in all our pupils.

Above all, our KS3 course is intended to inspire the pupils and engage their natural interest in the subject. We have included modules on the local area so that pupils are then able to experience geography outside the school’s walls and begin to ask their own questions about the environments around them. In doing so we hope that pupils will volunteer their own observations in class debates and discussions.

By far the most exciting area of our course is the obligation to undertake fieldwork. The department is united in its ambition to minibus pupils across the country to further secure our pupil’s understanding of concepts and fuel their enthusiasm. It will always be one of the more memorable elements of school geography and a necessary rite-of-passage.

Year 7

Autumn 1: Personal Geography
Autumn 2: Volcanoes
Spring 1: The Rainforest
Spring 2: USA and Mexico (Migration)
Summer 1: Atmospheric hazards
Summer 2: Settlement

Year 8

Autumn 1: Crime
Autumn 2: Rivers and Flooding
Spring 1: Global inequalities (development)
Spring 2: Antarctica (Project)
Summer 1: Environmental Challenges
Summer 2: China

Year 9

Autumn 1: Population
Autumn 2: Atmospheric hazards
Spring 1: India
Spring 2: Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Summer 1: Globalisation and fashion
Summer 2: Coastal Processes

KS4 Geography Curriculum

At Evelyn Grace Academy we follow the OCR B specification. This qualification helps put the student on the path to becoming a geography specialist by giving them the skills and knowledge relevant to the modern age. This qualification covers the four key themes of geography - rivers and coasts, population and settlement, natural hazards, and economic development.

In addition to this, we take pupils to Epping Forest to undertake the fieldwork element of their course. This gives our pupils the opportunity to experience the subject away from the classroom and show independence in producing a report. We complete our fieldwork in Year 10 and our pupils enter their final GCSE year having already completed 25% of their overall assessment.

The Geography department at EGA is a committed and vibrant learning environment, one in which every pupil is offered the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Our aim is to inspire critical thinkers and to captivate their innate interest in our subject.

Year 10

Autumn 1: Economic Development
Autumn 2: Rivers
Spring 1: Population
Spring 2: Settlement (Fieldwork)
Summer 1: Controlled Assessment
Summer 2: Revision and Exams  

Year 11

Autumn 1: Natural Hazards
Autumn 2: Coasts
Spring 1: Completion of Controlled Assessment
Spring 2: Revision
Summer 1: Revision
Summer 2: Exams

Our Head of Department for History is Ms Ukonu

KS3 History Curriculum

History at EGA aims to add to our students’ ability to understand themselves and the world they inhabit. A good history education should leave students with the ability to see the world in a different way; to appreciate where we came from and where we could be headed. Along the way our students will also develop many skills that will benefit them in all subjects and in whatever walk of life they choose. History teaches precise communication, the ability to structure arguments and the habit of substantiating claims with evidence. It also helps develop a sense of perspective.

In order to facilitate our vision, we do not teach history in traditional periods such as ‘Tudors’ or ‘Victorians’. Rather we teach in broad themes which help students to identify patterns throughout time, develop a strong sense of chronology and appreciate how we are connected to our past. One a year students also engage in a depth study which allows them to examine a short period of time in more detail – adding depth to their broader ‘big picture’ of history. Assessment in history is based on regular extended writing tasks which are often completed as homework. In this way we ensure students are prepared for forthcoming changes to Key Stage 4 and for A level.

Year 7

Autumn 1: Living Conditions
Autumn 2: Living Conditions
Spring 1: Movement and Migration
Spring 2: Movement and Migration
Summer 1: Industrial Revolution 
Summer 2: Representations of History: Titanic

Year 8

Autumn 1: Power and Rule
Autumn 2: Power and Rule
Spring 1: Protest and Rebellion  
Spring 2: Protest and Rebellion 
Summer 1: Slavery 
Summer 2: Slavery

Year 9

Autumn 1: War and Conflict  
Autumn 2: War and Conflict 
Spring 1: War and Civilians
Spring 2: War and Civilians
Summer 1: Holocaust
Summer 2: Nazi Germany

KS4 History Curriculum

At Evelyn Grace Academy we follow the Edexcel A specification. This qualification helps put the student on the path to becoming a history specialist by giving them the skills necessary for pursuit of A level and beyond.  This qualification consists of four equally weighted units, one of which is controlled assessment and the remainder are terminal exams.

The History department at EGA is well experienced and we believe in challenging, engaging, academic work. We select topics and design lessons with the goal of inspiring and motivating our students as well as providing them with a rigorous education that will serve them well through GCSE, Key Stage 5 and beyond.

Year 10

Autumn 1:  Germany in Transition 1919-1939
Autumn 2:  Germany in Transition 1919-1939
Spring 1: Elizabethan Age
Spring 2: Elizabethan Age
Summer 1: Developments in the USA 1929-2000
Summer 2: Developments in the USA 1929-2000

Year 11

Autumn 1:  Developments in the USA 1929-2000
Autumn 2: Crime and punishment in Britain C.500 to  the present day
Spring 1: Crime and Punishment in Britain C. 500 to the present
Spring 2: Crime and Punishment in the Britain
Summer 1: Revision
Summer 2: Exams

We provide access to a range of enrichment activities for all year groups including:

Sam Learning

How to support your child:

Check their planners to see what homework they have and ensure it is completed to a high standard
If your child accesses the internet to support their work, make sure they are using the information as opposed to copying it
Encourage your child to read for pleasure; it does not necessarily have to be about history or geography (though it helps)