Faculty name: Social Studies   Faculty Leader: Mrs Smith

Explanation of what the faculty covers:

History at Kirkby College aims to enthuse students to question, investigate and discovery the past.  In Year 7 students begin by using their skills to solve a murder mystery, investigating the find of a 3000 year old body in a peat bog in Denmark. Students will explore in depth the Norman Conquest, focusing on the events of the Battle of Hastings and how a foreign king was able to take control of England. Students go on to study the development of the coal mining industry and the significance of this industry to the local area and the dangers of mining.

In Year 8 students focus their studies on British involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Students learn about the causes and consequences of slavery in both Britain and the USA. Later in Year 8 students study the causes of World Wars I and investigate the experiences of soldiers on the Western Front.  Students are asked to form an opinion on whether the British Army were right to execute 300 British soldiers during the Great War.  Students are then taken through the events and consequences of the Holocaust and consider the lessons we can learn from studying this event.  The final topic in Year 8 is the development of medicine in the Ancient World to aid preparation for the GCSE.

History is a popular option for a large number of students at GCSE and is offered at A Level.  Students study a range of British and international topics; American West, Treatment of Casualties on the Western Front, Tsarist to Communist Russia.  Students are also given opportunities to visit historical sites to gain a better understanding of some of the topics studied.

Geography covers a variety of exciting and relevant topics at Key Stage 3.  Students begin by undertaking an enquiry in the school environment. This is then followed by looking at map skills which underpin many of the subjects in Geography. Students also study Natural Hazards; including looking at the impact of hazards. Other topics included within Key Stage 3 are ecosystems, water world, weather and climate as well as country studies of Kenya and India.

Throughout Key Stage 3 students develop a wide range of skills from team work and investigation to report writing and graphical skills. Alongside this we aim to keep students up to date with global affairs and update our resources to ensure Geography is both challenging and enjoyable. Our aim is to not only ensure students are prepared for their GCSEs but also to enhance their local and global knowledge and awareness.

At GCSE students study a range of topics building on skills and knowledge from Key Stage 3. Topics include developing students understanding of hazards, rivers and coasts, population and settlement and economic activity. There is also the study of contemporary issues such as global climate change, aid, resource management and world development. There are a number of opportunities throughout all key stages for work outside of the classroom and field work at a variety of scales.

Religion and Ethics sees students studying various spiritual, moral, cultural and ethical issues in Years 7 and 8 and in Year 9 they will take the GCSE short course qualification in RE examined at the end of that year. At Year 7 students will start with a study of the six main world religions with a specific look at belief structures ending with a challenge to students to define their own beliefs on ‘ultimate questions’. They then move on to look at the teachings of Jesus and whether they stand the test of time, ending with their answer as to who they think Jesus really was. They also study various cultural festivals and celebrations from around the world. At Year 8 students begin by looking at Buddhism, discussing their philosophies and interpretations of the world. This is followed by inspirational figures such as Malala Yousafzai and Martin Luther King and understanding why they fought for their causes. Lastly, a look at how one of the world’s largest religions, Islam, is structured and their beliefs and traditions. At Year 9 students study four modules on various aspects of life and society leading up to an exam in May.

 What we do at Key Stage 5

 At Key Stage 5 we offer 3 A Level choices; History, Geography and Psychology.  We aim to encourage our students to explore, question and investigate to develop a further understanding of the subject chosen and build their confidence to work independently.  We support them in developing skills required for further education and the work place.  Students have previously and continue to choose to continue their studies in these subjects at university.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Taylor & Ms Blagden's final letter for this school year to parents and carers may be found on our letters page, called Parent letter summer 2017. It includes some important dates for the Autumn term for information. Have a good Summer!