Humanities

Humanities

We aim to develop students’ awareness of the human, physical and spiritual world in which they live and an understanding of how each of these factors influences modern life.

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We encourage our students to think critically and formulate logical and well supported opinions both verbally and in writing. As well as building these skills in young people, the Department has a proven track record of examination success at GCSE level, supporting all pupils to fulfil their great potential.

 

Curriculum

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students study Geography, History and RS as separate subjects. In Years 7 and 9, Geography and History are both allocated two lessons per week and Religious Studies one lesson. In Year 8, Geography and History are allocated two lessons per week, but Religious Studies is delivered to each teaching group as a rolling 8 week block of lessons.

 

Humanities

In Years 10 and 11, students choose their GCSE options from Geography, History, and Sociology, and we are proud to attract numerous pupils to study more than one of these subjects.

All students follow the full course GCSE in Philosophy and Applied Ethics which begins in Year 9 and for which they are taught one period a week in Years 10 and 11.

 

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Department aims to support pupils in their progress through the provision of additional learning opportunities. For example, there are a range of revision and catch-up clinics for Pupils in Years 10 and 11 to support them through their GCSE studies. We also aim to widen pupils' educational experiences by offering field trips at both key stages. In the past these have included historical trips to Warwick Castle, and the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, as well as geographical fieldwork undertaken in the Peak District National Park and Norfolk.

 

 

Geography

The Geography team aims to equip pupils at Judgemeadow Community College with a deep knowledge of the human and natural world around us and with a wide range of transferable skills that they will use throughout their lives. We will enable pupils to solve problems, make decisions, improve their spatial awareness and appreciate the unique characteristics of the world around us.

 

KS3 Curriculum

The units of study that pupils will undertake in Years 7, 8 and 9 are designed to awaken pupils' interest in Geography and to begin building the core knowledge and communication skills that they will need should they choose the subject to study at GCSE. The programme of study is outlined below:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Investigating the UK The Dangerous Earth The Population Bomb
The Vanishing UK Kenya and Tourism A Global View
Italy Divided Water on the Land Toucans or Tellies?
Yorkshire Dales Dilemma Blowing Up a Storm The Power to Choose
Investigating my Local Area China: A Superpower 80 : 20 Global Inequalities

 

KS4 Curriculum

The Geography Team has a proven track record of delivering high quality GCSE results, last year attaining 79% A*-C. We currently follow the GCSE syllabus for AQA A which comprises six units of study, examined in two written papers worth 37.5% each and a piece of Controlled Assessment worth 25%.

All pupils study the following units:

    • The Restless Earth
    • Changing Urban Environments
    • Population Change
    • Tourism

 

The other two units of study are chosen individually by teaching staff from the following options:

 

History

There are many different reasons to study History, as it is a superb combination of all the other school subjects. Firstly, History helps you explore and discover how your world evolved. It helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions of the world we live in and to express and support your own opinions. History at Judgemeadow enables you to learn how and why people behaved as they did, whether they are Henry VIII, Hitler or Roosevelt. It provides students with a range of skills employers demand.

 

"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."
                                                                                - Edmund Burke

 

KS3 Curriculum

The units of study that are undertaken by pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are designed to awaken pupils' interest in History and to begin building the core knowledge, communication and evaluation skills that they need should they choose to study History at GCSE. The programme of study is outlined below:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
What is History? The Tudors The Industrial Revolution
Tollund Man The Stuarts World War I
The Norman Conquest The British Empire World War II
Medieval England Slavery The Holocaust

 

 

KS4 Curriculum

The History Team has a strong track record for delivering high quality GCSE results, last year attaining 77% A*-C. We currently follow the GCSE Syllabus for the Edexcel Certificate Click here to view it.This comprises 4 units of study, examined in two written papers worth 50% each.

All pupils study the following units:

 

Sociology

Sociology at Judgemeadow Community College aims to allow students to develop a wide ranging and deep knowledge about the society that they live in. The course aims to allow students a perspective of how sociologists understand the structure of society's issues. The course gives the students transferable skills such as, questioning the evidence and information that they will be using thus developing their skills of critical and analytical thinking.

 

KS4 Curriculum

The Sociology Team have a proven track record of delivering high quality GCSE results, last year attaining 73% A*-C which is 12% above the national average. We currently follow the GCSE Syllabus for AQA which comprises of two units of study, examined at the end of year 11. The exam consists of two written papers with each worth 50%, and lasting an hour and a half.
To view the Syllabus please click here.

All pupils study the following units:

Unit 1

Unit 2