Key Stage 4
Our History curriculum helps students gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires students’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. The curriculum is also designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Our Geography curriculum inspires students to be curious and have a fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips students with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As students progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. The curriculum is also designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Most recently our department has designed a new curriculum for all year groups around the AQA 2016 specification. It gives the opportunity for pupils to investigate, ask and explore a range of skills that will lead to success in their GCSE. We use a range of tools to support this. This includes the extensive use of images, videos and various resources. Our most recent addition has seen ever room in Geography receive a new set of Atlases. These allow pupils to create a sense of place.
Throughout Geography, we are developing independent learning with key research skills. All pupils have the opportunity to undertake a piece of research. This is designed so that when GCSE pupils have to complete a piece of research for their examination, everyone has developed an analytical and critical approach to it. This year we were able to undertake research in both Formby and Southport.
During the summer term of 2017 we introduced the ‘Lord Derby Academy Young Geographer’. This award gives our pupils the encouragement to undertake a piece of summer work. As members of the Royal Geographical Society, we have been able to develop a competition based on their criteria for the national award. All pupils are encouraged to research and create an A3 poster based on the theme of the year.
Royal Geographical Society
KS4 AQA Bitesize
Humanities enrichment activities are displayed on the Enrichment page.
Mr M. Kemp: Head of Department, Humanities
Ms P Blackmore: Classroom Teacher, Humanities
Mr A. Lloyd: Head of Geography
Miss S Bannon: Classroom Teacher, Humanities /Head of year 8
Mr S Owen: Classroom Teacher, Humanities/Head of Year 11
Miss L O’Neill, Classroom Teacher, Humanities
Mr D Lindsay, Classroom Teacher, Humanities