HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT

VISION & INTENT

The Humanities Curriculum Team’s view is that each student that comes to Eastlea needs to be aware of the world and their place in it. They will be taught consistently good lessons to enable all to make outstanding progress over their life in the school and in their GCSEs and leave our school with the knowledge and skills to be successful Global Citizens.

KEY STAGE 3 HUMANITIES 

Humanities at KS3 delivers 4 subjects. Geography and History are delivered as separate subjects, by specialists for 1 lesson per week, and RE/Citizenship which are delivered together with each half term being taught as a separate subject.

The Geography curriculum is being taught to students in Year 7 and Year 8 for 2 lesson per week. The curriculum is designed to help students understand the how the different parts of the planet and environment interact on different scales with people and societies. This spiral curriculum promotes all the key aspects of Geography and is designed to help encourage students to make their own links between the different aspects of their environment and how changing factors can make large impacts to other things. It is also designed to prepare students for the content and skills demands of the new Geography GCSE. Students are regularly provided with a range of opportunities to work in teams and independently. Throughout the curriculum, students are encouraged to develop enquiry skills, ICT skills, source interpretation and analysis, literacy and numeracy skills; all essential for further studies in Geography and other core subjects.

 

In Year 7 students study the following topics:

  • What is Geography and how do we find places around the world?

  • How can we predict climate?

  • What are settlements and why do they grow?

  • How developed is Russia?

  • How London has changed throughout History?

  • How can rivers shape the landscape?

In Year 8 students study the following topics:

  • What controls the population of an area?

  • What are Tectonic Hazards and How Are They Caused?

  • Should the UK have a closer relationship to India or China?

  • Why is climate change an important issue?

  • How do coastal processes impact the landscape?

  • How can we predict ecosystems?

In Year 9 students study the following topics before they begin the GCSE in term 2:

  • How has the World changed since it was created?

  • How does international development affect industry?

  • How did glaciation affect our landscape?

 

Students complete a formal assessment at the end of each unit. Students’ work is regularly marked with the level they are working at with formative diagnostic comments and targets to work towards.

Please find the various Medium Term Plans for years 7 -11, together with the Long Term Plan for Geography below:

 

 

 

 

 

The History curriculum is being taught to students in Year 7 through to Year 8 for 2 lesson per week. The curriculum is designed to help students understand the larger periods of History and to allow students to begin to find links between events and explore the idea of significance at a range of scales. It is also designed to prepare students for the content and skills demands of the new History GCSE. Students are regularly provided with a range of opportunities to work in teams and independently. Throughout the curriculum, students are encouraged to develop enquiry skills, ICT skills, source interpretation and analysis, literacy and numeracy skills; all essential for further studies in History and other core subjects.

 

In Year 7 students study the following topics as an enquiry into the changing power of the Monarchy, Church and Parliament in England:

  • The Norman Invasion 1066

  • The Murder of Thomas Becket

  • Magna Carta

  • The Black Death

  • The Peasant’s Revolt

  • The Tudors and the Reformation

  • The English Civil War

  • The Glorious Revolution

In Year 8 students study the following topics which give an overview of the modern period:

  • The Industrial Revolution

  • Empire Building (Portuguese, Benin and Mughal)

  • The British Empire

  • World War One

  • Liberation in the Twentieth Century (India, South Africa and Romania)

  • Protest and equality in Britain (Suffragettes, Bristol Bus Boycott and Stonewall)

In Year 9 students study the following topics before they begin the GCSE in term 2:

  • World War Two

  • The Holocaust

  • Local study of Canning Town and London

 

Students complete a formal assessment at the end of each unit. Students’ work is regularly marked with the level they are working at with formative diagnostic comments and targets to work towards.

Please find the various Medium Term Plans for years 7 -11, together with the Long Term Plan for History below:

KEY STAGE 3 HUMANITIES

Citizenship at Key Stage 3

The Citizenship curriculum is being taught to students in Year 7 and Year 8 for 1 lesson per week, in rotation with RE. Students have the option to choose to study Citizenship as a GCSE in KS4. The curriculum promotes interest in the wider world through topics aimed at breaking down complex ideas like Politics, Media, Community and Human Rights. Students are encouraged to look at recent and local case-studies when learning these topics to build up a level of knowledge about how their local area works.

 

The KS3 curriculum includes:

How we fit into our Community;                          Human Rights and Responsibilities;

Diversity and Multi-cultural communities;           Consumer and Political Rights;

The Power of the Media;                                      Police and the use of “Stop and Search”;

The law and the legal profession;                        Racism;

Environmental Awareness

 

Students are assessed as normal through Citizenship and complete a formal assessment after each unit. They are given the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through independent work and team building activities, mock trials, local investigations and research projects.

Please find the various Medium Term Plans for years 7 -11, together with the Long Term Plan for Citizenship below:

HUMANITIES KEY STAGE 3

Religious Education at Key Stage 3

The RE curriculum is being taught to students in Year 7 and Year 8 for 1 lesson per week, in rotation with Citizenship. Students will spend one and a half terms studying RE and one and a half terms studying Citizenship. The RE curriculum promotes students understanding of others and of the world around them. Students are encouraged to ask (and try to answer) ‘big’ questions. This contributes to the student’s spiritual, cultural, moral and social development. The curriculum content represents the environment that the students live in to promote cultural cohesion.

 

The KS3 curriculum includes:

Belonging to a religion;                                       Being Human;

Matters of life and death;                                    Forgiveness;

National, local and personal religious identity;    Believing in God (and why others do not believe);

Moral decisions;                                                  Peace and Conflict;

Environmental issues;                                          Social Justice;

 

Students are assessed as normal through RE and complete a formal assessment after each unit. They are given opportunities throughout to deliver their work in a creative manner as well as ensuring that students have the opportunity to work in groups and independently.

Please find the various Medium Term Plans for years 7 -11, together with the Long Term Plan for Religious Studies below:

HUMANITIES KEY STAGE 4 

Sociology (only available at KS4)

Students have the option to choose to study Sociology at GCSE in KS4. The Eduqas specification is taught through year nine, ten and eleven for 3 lessons every week. Sociology studies how society works. It will help you to understand how individuals fit into a wider social network and encourages students to question beliefs about society which they may have previously taken for granted. Sociologists are interested in why society works in the way that it does and the extent to which our behaviour and opportunities can be shaped by our social class, age, ethnicity, gender and race. 

For further details on the modules all students will study for two exams please click the below button:

 

GCSE qualifications are general qualifications which will enable students to progress to training in employment or further education courses. GCSE Sociology is a good preparation for A Levels in Sociology, History, Law and Politics. Sociology can lead to job opportunities in law, medicine, government, social work – community projects, charity work, welfare advisors and other areas of social services.

Please find the various Medium Term Plans for years 9 -11, together with the Long Term Plan for Sociology below:

HUMANITIES KEY STAGE 4 

Geography

Currently, Geography results in Eastlea are excellent, having risen from 25% A*-C in 2012 to 80% A*-C in 2017, and being well above national average for two years. Geography also has shown exceptional performance at the high grades, rising from 8% A*-A in 2012 to 30% A*-A in 2017. Eastlea students complete the new 9-1 AQA Geography course from Year 9 to Year 11. Within this GCSE, there are three exam papers to be completed at the end of Year 11.

For a breakdown of the papers and units, please click on the button:

GCSE qualifications are general qualifications which will enable students to progress to training in employment or further education courses. GCSE Geography is a good preparation for A Levels in Geography, Geology, Sociology, Law and Politics. Geography is the subject with the highest percentage of graduates obtaining relevant employment after completion of a degree and as a multi-disciplinary subject, the job opportunities are vast. Past students have gone on to the top colleges in London to complete A – Levels in Geography and pure sciences.

Please find the various Medium Term Plans for years 9 -11, together with the Long Term Plan for Geography below:

KEY STAGE 4 HUMANITIES

History 

Currently, History results in Eastlea are exceeding student performance in core subjects. History achieved 48.9% A* to C in 2017 and we are hoping to improve on these grades in 2018. We have a strong department and enthusiastic teachers who strive to raise attainment for all students.

Eastlea students complete the new 9-1 Edexcel History course from Year 9 to Year 11. Within this GCSE, there are three exam papers to be completed at the end of Year 11.

 

For the breakdown of the papers and the units, please click the button below: 

 

GCSE qualifications are general qualifications which will enable students to progress to training in employment or further education courses. GCSE History is a good preparation for A Levels in History, Sociology, Law and Politics. History can lead to job opportunities in Law, Media, Criminology, Architecture, and Journalism. Past students have gone on to the top colleges in London to complete A – Levels in History and Sciences.

Please find the various Medium Term Plans for years 9 -11, together with the Long Term Plan for History below:

KEY STAGE 4 HUMANITIES

Citizenship 

Currently, Citizenship results at Eastlea are excellent. Citizenship achieved 90.5% A* to C in 2017 outperforming almost all other subjects in the school. Citizenship also performed well at A* to A with 28.6% of students achieving in this bracket.

Eastlea students complete the new 9-1 Edexcel History course from Year 9 to Year 11. Within this GCSE, there are three exam papers to be completed at the end of Year 11.

 

For the breakdown of the papers and the units, please click the button below:  

GCSE qualifications are general qualifications which will enable students to progress to training in employment or further education courses. GCSE Citizenship is a good preparation for A Levels in Citizenship and other Humanities subjects.

Please find the various Medium Term Plans for years 9 -11, together with the Long Term Plan for Citizenship below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious Studies

All students complete GCSE RE for 1 lesson per week throughout the whole of KS4. The Eduqas specification is taught through year nine, ten and eleven. Religious Studies improves student’s knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism while developing students’ knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, and sources of wisdom and authority. 

 

This course also provides opportunities for learners to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life. This challenges students to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contributes to their preparation for adult life in our society and global community.

For further information, please click the button below: 

GCSE qualifications are general qualifications which will enable students to progress to training in employment or further education courses. GCSE RS is a good preparation for A Levels. 

Please find the various Medium Term Plans for years 9 -11, together with the Long Term Plan for Religious Studies below:

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION IN HUMANITIES

Humanities offer multiple interventions at GCSE to help support our students to make the best progress.

Lunch time, before school and after school support sessions. Any student can arrange to meet their teacher in their classroom for extra help meeting the exam specification.

Exam skills sessions. Humanities Exam skills sessions are run after school on Thursday for all year 11 students.

GCSE Geography residential. Year 11 Geography students visited Norfolk to learn about costal defence and tourist sites. Their learning helped them to achieve fantastic results in their exams in 2017.

History field trips. The History team run a number of trips a year, recent locations visited have included the Imperial War Museum and Museum of London.

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
IN HUMANITIES

As part of the Humanities Curriculum team, we also offer the following extra-curricular activities:

Amnesty Club – political rights club where students are able to raise awareness and campaign for different political events and to promote social justice;

Enrichment Games

Film club – Year 7 film club offering students a chance to watch films and to discuss them as part of their lunchtime enrichment;

Humanities Homework club

USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES IN HUMANITIES

Geography:

Recommended Internet Sites to help students achieve:

Geographical Association: www.geography.org.uk

Juicy Geography: www.juicygeography.co.uk

Interactiveclimatemap: www.uwsp.edu/geO/faculty/ritter/interactive_climate_map/climate_map/html

SLN geography: www.sln.org.uk/geography/

Global Eye: www.globaleye.org.uk

Map Action: www.mapaction.org

Radical Geography: www.radicalgeography.co.uk/

GeoActive: geoactive.wordpress.com/

 

History:

Recommended Internet Sites to help students achieve:

www.schoolhistory.co.uk

www.historyonthenet.com

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/

 

Citizenship:

Recommended Internet Sites to help students achieve:

http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/page.php?427

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3ckjxs

CONTACT DETAILS FOR HUMANITIES

Michael Walker – Curriculum Team Leader of Humanities

Rukshana Bhanu and Reynu Miah – Subject Coordinator of Humanities 

If you wish to make contact please mark FAO at: 

info@eastlea.newham.sch.uk 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & INFORMATION 

FOR HUMANITIES

2019 has been another very successful year for Humanities: 

                   Grades 9-7   National Average   Grades 9-4   National Average 

Citizenship  26.9             17.0                      80.8              66.1

History        17.1             25                         78.0              64.3

Geography  23.4             21.4                      70.1              65.8

Sociology    7.6               18.1                      53.8              62.8

 

The Geography Department (Mr M Walker) has been very successful in recent years in intra-schools engineering projects. 

London City Airport is one of the biggest employers located in Newham. All secondary schools in the borough were invited to submit plans of how they would expand the airport by suggesting an additional route that London City Airport could fly to. Out of the four projects, four of our students (Nashieka Bramble, Tasnim Bidisha, Mithila Haque and Jogile Kovalciukaite) got through to the final by developing a 15 minute presentation on the “Economic reasons to develop a flight path to Ostrava, Czech Republic”. 

The final was held at London City Airport’s Aviation House where the students presented their ideas in front of 10 members of the Airport and the finalists from various Newham schools. 

At the final, Eastlea’s presentation was judged the best of the five finalist schools and the judges praised the professional delivery of the material, the team’s obvious enthusiasm for their destination and the level of research they had completed to persuade the judges. Overall they were judged to have created the best pitch on the day and won the whole competition. As winners, they have been awarded certificates, a prize of £400, a professional mentor each for the whole of Year 10 and 2 weeks of work experience at the airport! 

 

Eastlea’s Geography students have also been successful in the Lend Lease Competition. We have entered the competition for four years, winning twice and finishing second twice. 

Through Citizenship lessons Eastlea Humanities students campaign to make a difference to issues which they identify in their local community and around the world. Students research their issue, create resources to protest and contact people in positions of power who can actually take action. Students also raise awareness of the issue in school and in the local area by teaching lessons and also creating assemblies. Some recent issues which students have chosen to tackle include: Homophobic bullying, international arms sales and child brides.

Through these campaigns, students have regularly interacted with the local MP on a range of issues and have formed petitions to directly pressure a range of companies on a variety of issues.

The Humanities Curriculum Team also works with a range of external organisations to provide enrichment to our curriculum. In the last 12 months we have worked with the following organisations including:

  • Amnesty International

  • Geographical Association

  • Museum of London – Generation Windrush outreach

  • British Library

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