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Curriculum Lead for Humanities: Miss L Cotterill
History & Geography Teacher: Mr G Rossiter
History, Geography & RE Teacher: Mr J Bowater

Geography Teacher: Mr C Millen
RE Teacher: Miss S Bayliss


KEY STAGE 3 (Years 7 and 8)

During Key Stage 3 pupils learn about significant individuals and events in the history of Britain from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. They also learn about key aspects of European and world history. They show their understanding by making connections between events and changes in the different periods and areas studied, and by comparing the structure of societies and economic, cultural and political developments. They evaluate and use sources of information, using their historical knowledge to analyse the past and explain how it can be represented and interpreted in different ways.

They will be taught a range of historical topics to include:

  • Year 7 - Historical Skills; Medieval Britain 1066 to 1500 (Battle of Hastings, Murder of Becket, King John, The Black Death, The Peasants Revolt); The Native Americans; The Tudors and the Stuarts.
  • Year 8 - The French Revolution; The Slave Trade; WW1; Rise of Hitler; WW2; The Holocaust.

KEY STAGE 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

At Key Stage 4 history is an optional subject. Those who choose it for GCSE will follow the OCR History A(Schools History Project) syllabus, which has three basic elements:

  • Medicine through Time – a study in development and change. Paper 1 (45%)
  • The American West 1840 – 1890 - an in-depth study. Paper 1 (45%)
  • Public Health in Britain 1800-1914. Paper 2 (30%)
  • Castles – History Around Us. Controlled Assessment (25%)

Currently all three elements are examined in Year 11. The qualification is worth 1 GCSE, with no entry level or foundation level papers possible.

The specific aims of the course are: to give insight into history through empathy; to provide an evidence-based approach to history; to develop a sense of time through the study of continuity and change and to foster the skills of analysis and critical judgement. Through their historical studies pupils will have opportunities to prepare themselves for citizenship, work and leisure.


For pupils to really understand the world around them, they need to get under the skin of the people and places within it. The aim of the Geography course at both Key Stage 3 and 4 (GCSE) is to:

  • Encourage pupils to enjoy Geography.
  • Develop pupils’ analytical skills by exploring and questioning the world around them.
  • Explore the relationship between the Earth and its people, through the study of place, space and environment.
  • Explore the relationships between people, physical features, human activities and environmental resources.
  • Encourage pupils to question: Where? What? Why? And How?
  • Make pupils aware that Geography matters to everyone.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7- 9):

Geography in Years 7- 9 is based on the National Curriculum programme of study, and focuses on a range of exciting and topical issues including Deadly Geography, Crime, Globalisation, Map Skills, Coasts, Tourism, Energy, and The Geography of Stuff. Students are assessed using National Curriculum levels at the end of every Unit, and their progress is recorded and reflected on. Students at Key Stage Three will also get the opportunity to carry out local and national field work.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 - 11):

Geography at GCSE is delivered using the AQA A Specification. Students study a range of topics including Restless Earth, the Coastal Environment, the Development Gap, Changing Urban Environments and Tourism. These are examined by two exams in Year 11; Physical Geography worth 37.5% and Human Geography worth 37.5% of the total grade. Students will also complete a controlled assessment task based on one of their previously studied units which is worth the final 25% of the grade. In order to complete the controlled assessment, students will also complete a piece of fieldwork.

Geography is a dynamic and inspiring subject at Alcester, and helps students understand an often turbulent and awe-inspiring world around them.

Religious Education

Religious Education in Years 7 and 8 is based on  the philosophy of religion and on the Warwickshire Local Education Authority Syllabus. Of the six world religions that are studied, Christianity is the primary focus. RE is taught on a non–confessional basis and encourages those of any faith and none to reflect on the human quest for meaning and purpose and to respect the views of others. These are essential skills preparing students to live and work in the “global village.” Year 7 focuses on Christianity and Islam, through the life of Christ, the environment and the nature of religion. Year 8 focuses on the 5 pillars of Islam, Jewish festivals, Buddhism, Sikhism and exploring religion through art. Year 7 and 8 study the teachings of important philosophers and reflect on their contribution to religion and debate.

Pupils have the opportunity to explore and reflect on religious ideas and moral issues throughout their time at the school.

All students are taught RE. In Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel full course in Religious Studies & Citizenship. Alcester Academy believes that education is not only about intellectual and physical development of young people but also their spiritual, moral and cultural development. The Year 11 option group are studying another GCSE qualification, AQA Religious Studies B, as they completed their Edexcel full course in Year 10.

The First module covers moral issues such as Marriage and Family Life, Life and Death issues on Abortion and Euthanasia, attitudes to others as in Sexism and Racism, and the study of people’s ideas on the existence of God are some of the moral issues covered. The Second module contains the following topics: Religion and Parliament, War and Peace, Crime and Punishment and Religion and the Environment. These two modules are covered in Years 9, 10 and 11, and students take the Religion and Life examination in Year 10 and the Religion and Society examination in Year 11.

The department offers a regular programme of revision booster classes for Year 11 students.

RE is a popular and well-resourced subject, taught by an innovative and creative team.

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