020 8590 2245

Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ

Humanities

Humanities-Main

What will students learn? (overview)
Years 7-8

What is RE? Ultimate questions; What is real? Worldviews; Tolerance; Christmas; Hinduism; Jesus; Holy Week; Buddhism; Islam

Year 8

Prejudice and discrimination; Evil and Suffering; Religious art; Pilgrimage; War; Forgiveness.

How will they be assessed?

Students will be assessed each half term. The style of assessments will be based on the GCSE format including the evaluation of a controversial statement.

How can parents support?

Parents can support by encouraging students to discuss the topics at home and to do further reading. Parents should support students in the organisation of their homework.

Exam Board: AQA
The study of religious beliefs, teachings and practices

(Exam paper 1 hr 45 mins – 50%)

Beliefs, teachings and practices of:

  • Christianity
  • Islam

Thematic studies

(Exam paper 1 hr 45 mins – 50%)

Four religious philosophical and ethical studies themes from:

  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and life
  • Religion: peace and conflict
  • Religion: crime and punishment
  • Religion: human rights and social justice.
Why take Religious Studies?

Religious Studies will help develop your key skills in communication; working with others; problem solving and improving your own learning. It will also aid your skills in making decisions about moral problems; help you be sure about your own beliefs and explain them clearly to others.

The units covered in Religious Studies have strong links with other subject areas, so you will be able to develop your learning in a range of fields. The course will also enable you to consider and evaluate the ultimate questions of life, which makes Religious Studies so unique. It’s not about making you religious, it’s about enabling you to think for yourself around religious and moral issues. You will study the topics from a variety of religious viewpoints.

GCSE Religious Studies also prepares you to work and deal with people of different cultures and beliefs. This can be very useful for careers requiring highly developed people skills such as the police, the caring professions and the armed forces.

What will students learn? (Overview)
Years 7-8
Year 7 History

Autumn
Who was in charge in the Middle Ages to the Stuart period? How important was the Church?

Spring
To what extent were the Roman and British Empires different? Why was slavery abolished?

Summer
How did industrialisation change Britain? What were the causes of the First World War?

Year 8 History

Autumn
What was the impact of the Russia Revolution? How are the growth of fascism and the Second World War linked?

Spring
Who was to blame for the Holocaust?

Summer
Why has the modern world changed? What has been the impact of immigration, the welfare state and terrorism?

How will they be assessed? (Overview)

Students will complete regularly assessed pieces of work. They will complete extended writing tasks which give them the opportunity to explain both sides of a historical debate and then argue to a conclusion. Students will have the opportunity to act on their targets and make improvements.

How can parents support?

Students will receive either a homework booklet with weekly revision tasks to prepare for their in-class knowledge tests or a homework project to complete depending on the unit of study. Parents can help students carry out additional research. Reading around the topic is strongly recommended (we can provide reading lists) as are visits to the many museums in London to develop a strong interest in History.

Exam Board: EDEXCEL
What will I be studying?
Paper 1: Crime and Punishment in Britain, 1000 – present and Whitechapel 1870 – 1900
  • Trial by ordeal in the Middle Ages
  • The witch trials of the sixteenth century
  • The ‘Bloody Code’
  • Jack the Ripper
Paper 2: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060 – 88 and Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941 – 91
  • The Battle of Hastings
  • William I’s changes
  • US-Soviet relationship
  • Arms race
Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Problems after WW1
  • Rise of the Nazis
  • Life in Nazi Germany
How will I be examined?

Paper 1: source and knowledge questions                   1 hour 15 minutes                    Mark: 30%

Paper 2: knowledge questions                                    1 hour 45 minutes                    Mark: 40%

Paper 3: source and knowledge questions                   1 hour 20 minutes                    Mark: 30%

What resources will I be using?

Official texts:

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Crime and punishment through time, c1000–present Student Book

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–1087 Student Book

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 Student Book

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–1939 Student Book

Will there be any trips?
  • Visit to the London Dungeons and Whitechapel
  • Residential trip to Germany
What skills will I learn?
  • Gathering and processing different types of information
  • Communicating clearly and expressing yourself verbally and on paper
  • Presenting balanced arguments, backed up by evidence

What careers might History be useful for?

A wide range, because the skills mentioned above can be applied to many professions. For example:

  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Conservation work
  • Various types of research
  • University/school teaching
  • Law
  • Museums
  • Politics
  • Design
  • Civil Service
  • Publishing

 
Year 7
Year 8
Autumn Term 1
 
What will we learn?

Geographical Skills – At Oaks Park, we believe it is essential students learn how to think geographically. By doing so, students are enabled to function with and interact in the world around them successfully. As a result, we start year 7 geography by investigating geographical skills.

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on keywords.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.

 

What will we learn?

Tectonics – The Earth is a dynamic and ferocious force. Tectonics processes and landscapes represent some of the most powerful and awe inspiriting landscapes on our planet. As a result, we believe it is essential students gain an understanding of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis.

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on keywords.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.
Autumn Term 2
What will we learn?

Rivers – As humans, we rely on roughly 1% of the water on Earth. This water is most easily accessible through rivers. Furthermore, rivers shape many aspects of our lives today, be it transport, farming, tourism or flooding and defence. As a result, understanding how these important features work is an important part of geography.

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on keywords.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.
 

What will we learn?

Changing Places – The recent Brexit vote has brought to the foreground one of the most pressing issues today, migration and population. However, population change and migration have been processes that have affected our planet for millennia and will only continue to do so into the future. As a result, we believe it is essential students understand and are prepared for this.

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on keywords.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.

 

 

 
Year 7
Year 8
Spring
Term 2
 What will we learn?

Geography of the UK – In our second term, we begin to focus specifically on the geography of the UK both physically and humanly. UK represents a set of diverse landscapes that as complex as they are fascinating. We feel students should explore this.

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on keywords.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.
 

What will we learn?

Coasts – In addition to rivers, coasts continue to be central to human activity. Be it for transport and trade, or simply a beach holiday and natural landscapes. However, with climate change, coasts are potentially one of the first areas to be affected.

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on key words.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.
 
Spring Term 2
 What will we learn?

Glaciation – Glaciers and glaciation represent the size and scale of geography. Glaciers and glaciation is a force and process that has shaped much of the world around us. Understanding this process is key to understanding the landscapes around us today and the future of these landscapes especially by climate change.

 

How will we be assessed?

  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on key words.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.
 

What will we learn?

Superpowers – In a rapidly globalising a developing world, countries around the world are vying for power. This sometimes leads to challenges and even conflicts. With more and more countries emerging as potential superpowers, we decide to take a look and see how the next century may develop.

 

How will we be assessed?

  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is informatively and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on key words.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.

 

 

 
Year 7
Year 8
Summer Term 1
 What will we learn?

Globalisation

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on keywords.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.
 

What will we learn?

Climate Change

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on keywords.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.

 

Summer Term 2
What will we learn?

Physical Geographical Enquiry – Fieldwork and research are central to any geographer’s toolkit of skills. Being able to identify an issue, plan and investigate this before finally drawing a conclusion is a skill not only geographers values, but also employers. As a result, we end the year by conducting a physical geographical enquiry.

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked

 

How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on keywords.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.
 

What will we learn?

Human Geographical Enquiry – Fieldwork and research are central to any geographer’s toolkit of skills. Being able to identify an issue, plan and investigate this before finally drawing a conclusion is a skill not only geographers values, but also employers. As a result, we end the year by conducting a physical geographical enquiry.

 

 

How will we be assessed?
  • Students complete fortnightly homework including knowledge quizzes
  • Students complete a mid-term assessment which is marked with formative comments to provide support for their final assessment
  • Students complete final assessment which is formative and summative marked and a grade is provided with this assessment.
  • Finally, students will complete either a report which will be formative marked
 How can I support my child?
  • Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this.
  • Using the glossaries of key terms students have been given and helping test your child on keywords.
  • Watching/reading the news and discussing any topical issues with your child.

 

 


Exam Board: EDEXCEL A
What will students learn? (Overview)
Years 9-11

Unit 1 - You will have an opportunity to explore many physical geographical topics including; The changing landscapes of the UK, Weather hazards and climate change, Coasts, Rivers, Ecosystems, and biodiversity and management.

Unit 2 - You will have an opportunity to explore many human geographical topics including; Changing Cities, Global Development and Resource Management including either energy and water management.

Unit 3 - This unit will combine some content from Units 1 and 2 with a particular focus on UK Challenges. The unit will also provide you with an opportunity to complete an exam based on fieldwork carried out during the summer field trip.

How will they be assessed? (Overview)

Students will have three exams and one piece of controlled assessment at the end of year 11. Each of these four elements will be worth 25% of their final grade each.

Prior to this, students complete end of unit tests after each topic and mid-term test during each unit. Students are provided with relevant feedback and are given support and intervention after each test if they are not making progress in line with expectations and predictions.

As a result of this continual assessment throughout the two years, students will be entered for either a higher or foundation tier exam.

How can parents support?

Parents can support students by:

Enquiring and supporting students complete biweekly homework

Revise for mid-term and end of unit tests, using the revision materials provided by the Oaks Park Geography department. The department provides revisions cards and summary guides for all topics, so students and parents should have all the information they need to revise at home.

Parents can also attend the ‘how to help your child revise’ session which is run annually by the geography department.

Mr F Ahmed - Geography Team Leader
fahmed@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

Ms R Sangha - History & Politics Team Leader
rsangha@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

Mr G Edwards - Religious Education Team Leader
gedwards@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

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