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City of Peterborough Academy

KS3 & KS4 Humanities

KS3 Humanities Curriculum

At the City of Peterborough Academy the humanities department incorporates the subjects of Geography, History, Citizenship 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 the Discover curriculum at Key Stage 3.

The Discover curriculum incorporates the subjects of History, Geography, Citizenship and RE in to a thematic study. The combination of these subjects means pupils will gain an understanding of people, the world they live in and their values. History looks at the things people have done in the past. We try to explain how and why they did those things. Geography looks at how people live in and use the environment around them in this country and abroad. Religious Education looks at the variety of religious beliefs people have used to explain the world we live in. Citizenship helps pupils to better understand their own society. Pupils will gain knowledge in Humanities as well as developing skills and opinions. Many of the topics are designed to help pupils form their own answers to problems that no one has yet solved.

KS4 Geography

Geography at GCSE is split into three disparate areas; the physical world, the human world, and fieldwork studies.

When examining the physical world students study tectonic and weather hazards, climate change and ecosystems (hot and cold environments alongside smaller local areas) and the physical landscapes of the UK.

The human world topic covers development and urbanisation, economic development and quality of life, and global resource management including food and water.

The fieldwork section of the course proposes a research question for students who will spend two days (either separately or on a single residential visit) researching and gathering data in order to answer that question.


All three sections are assessed with a separate exam paper,

Paper s 1 and 2 are 1hr 30mins.

Paper 3 is 1hr 15mins.

KS4 History

The department follows the Edexcel History syllabus. There are four key areas of History taught which are examined by three exam papers at the end of Year 11. The course offers a balance of depth and thematic studies and a balance between early modern and modern history.

Paper 1 - Pupils in History will undertake a thematic study of British medicine through time which will include an in depth study of medical advances in the trenches during WWI.

Paper 2 - Pupils will examine a period British study looking at the relationship between Henry VIII and his ministers. Pupils will also study  an international period study of the American West.

Paper 3 - The modern depth study that pupils will study will be Weimar and Nazi Germany (1918-1939) looking at the build up to WWII.

The course will allow pupils to further develop their historical skills through sources as well as causation and significance based questions.

History at GCSE can lead to many different areas, both in terms of further education and career options.

Further Education

A History GCSE is important for anyone considering further education in the following subjects:

History, Politics, International Relations, European studies, Social Policy, Archaeology, Law, Art history.

GCSE History pupils will need a love of the past and a desire to understand how the past has shaped our future. History helps pupils to develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express their own opinions. They will develop skills and knowledge to truly understand the world we live in.


Humanities Staff

Assistant Principal / Head of Faculty                                         Mrs K Horsfield  
Teaching and Learning Lead / Teacher of Geography             Mr S Downie  
Standards and Progress Lead / Teacher of History                 Mr O Gale  
Teacher of Geography & Citizenship                                         Mr D Thayer  
Teacher of History (ITT)                                                              Miss C Gundry  
 Teacher of History (ITT)                                                            Mr C Crumpton                        

    Teacher of Geography (ITT)                                                     Miss C Humphries