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City of Peterborough Academy

KS3 Humanities

KS3 Humanities Curriculum

At the City of Peterborough Academy the humanities faculty incorporates the subjects of Geography, History and RE. We aim to broaden the knowledge and understanding of our pupils and contribute to their respect for and knowledge of other countries and cultures. During humanities lessons, pupils develop a wide range of skills and qualities relevant to modern society that help to shape and develop them into enterprising, global citizens.

To do so we use current and topical content so that our pupils can better relate and engage with the subjects. Humanities allow pupils to develop both their written and verbal skills. We use enquiry and extended writing as well as role-play and debate to broaden and deepen subject knowledge.

We try to develop curriculum links with other subjects and we have a strong national and international focus. Humanities play a key role in developing personal learning and thinking skills, as pupils can work both as an individual and as part of group. Pupils have many opportunities to think and act creatively and are encouraged to reflect on their successes and the areas where they can make further progress.

All pupils study Geography and History at Key Stage 3.

KS3 Geography

Pupils in Year 9 are taught geography according to the level they are working towards. Year 9 pupils build on the solid foundations of Year 7 and 8, extending their knowledge and developing their skills, allowing for easy transition into KS4. Pupils then follow a scheme of work that will ensure they make at least three levels of progress during the journey through KS3 and KS4. Regular assessment ensures that all pupils can track their progress and areas for improvement are easily identifiable. Geography today is exploring and explaining the world we live in, by looking at the relationship between people and the environment.

Geography in Year 9 is taught in line with the new national curriculum, focusing on the impact that humans have on the Earth and its inhabitants and concepts of cause and effect.  Pupils examine how globalisation impacts upon consumers and those in manufacturing jobs in the developing world, taking into account social, economic and environmental factors. Pupils also look at human geography relating to population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources. Pupils work towards an understanding of how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems. Pupils use their locational knowledge to deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world to focus on Africa, Europe, Asia (including China and India), focusing on their environmental regions, including polar, tropical rainforests and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities

Pupils will extend their understanding of geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography of a region within Europe, Africa, and Asia. There is renewed emphasis on human and physical processes by understanding how they operate and Pupils gain an environmental understanding of human and physical working together.  There is an increased emphasis on different regions and places around the world, understanding the importance of their location.

Assessment occurs regularly at the end of each unit of work, with an examination at the end of each term.

KS3 History

At KS3 we try to develop an understanding of time and chronology by studying a wide variety of historical events, individuals and periods, starting with an early focus on investigative skills and identification of key events leading onto in-depth studies into both the Roman and Incan Empires in Year 7 and concluding with the Year 9 course that focuses on conflict and peace in the 20th Century. Within this there are numerous opportunities to practice and develop skills that will allow students to critically engage with any historical event they encounter at KS4 or beyond.

Key skill development through KS3 is the progression from:

  • Level 3 - Listing
  • Level 4 - Describing
  • Level 5 - Explaining
  • Level 6+ -Comparing and contrasting

Using a variety of approaches and considering alternate opinions  the pupils all have the opportunity to be working at levels suitable for their own ability and with a clear pathway for their skill progression.

Humanities Staff

Head of Humanities / Teacher of Geography Mr D Thayer
Director of Careers / Teacher of History Mr A Curtis
Second in Humanities, Teacher of History Miss D Millard
  Teacher of Geography                                                                              Mr S Downie