Head of Geography and History: Miss G Robinson
Key Stage 3 Geography:
Geography at Key Stage 3 aims to develop pupils’ understanding of physical and human patterns and processes, at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Pupils build upon their locational knowledge of places at different stages of development, within and between countries, focusing on the impacts of socio-economic processes, such as globalisation and urbanisation. Pupils consolidate their understanding of the significance of development gap issues by linking this to the challenges of managing physical processes, such as a range of natural hazards and threats to the natural environment.
Key Stage 3 History
History at Key Stage 3 aims to develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, as a chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day. Pupils develop the skills to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement about the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, over time. This follows a chronology from Medieval times, English Civil War and restoration, Victorian Times, WWI and WWII to modern history.
Key Stage 3 French
Subject Lead: Miss M Wales
Modern Foreign Languages at George Pindar School is characterised by our commitment, enthusiasm and willingness to Language Teaching and Learning. We believe that all students can benefit from the study of a foreign language and we are proud of the fact that we offer French to all our students.
At Key Stage 3, students study French with the emphasis being on having fun whilst learning the language. Language games, songs and speaking work ensure that all students are well motivated to achieve well and make good progress.
Key Stage 4
Exam Board: AQA
GCSE French forms part of the valued English Baccalaureate qualification. It teaches students how to communicate about a wide variety of everyday topics. Throughout the course, students will develop their reading, writing and listening skills. They are assessed through a conversation lasting at least five minutes, a written examination testing their reading of the French language and a listening examination. Revising and learning the vocabulary are essential to success on this course.
Assessment: 100% Exam
Exam Board: AQA
Unit 1 Is called ‘Living with the Physical Environment’ (35%) It includes: The Challenge of Natural Hazards The Living World: Ecosystems such as tropical rainforests and hot deserts and Physical Landscape in the UK, focusing on rivers and coasts.
Unit 2 Is called ‘Challenges in the Human Environment’ (35%) It includes: Urban Issues and challenges, The Changing Economic world and The Challenge of resource management.
Unit 3 Is called ‘Geographical Applications’ (30%) and is skills based. Students complete two sets of field work investigating the links between physical and human geography. Questions in the exam relate to the fieldwork enquiry process. The issue evaluation is an information booklet on an issue to investigate and then answer questions about in the exam.
Assessment: 100% exam
Exam Board: Edexcel
Topic One - Warfare and British Society (1250 to present)
London & the Second World War (1939-1945)
Topic Two – Superpower Relations and the Cold War (1941-1991)
British depth option (Currently Henry VIII and his Ministers (1509-1540)
Topic Three – In depth study of Weimar and Nazi Germany (1918-1939)
During the course, amongst other things, you may study:
Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War
The Battle of Waterloo
The difference between democracy and dictatorship
Germany and the rise of Hitler
The horrors of World War One and the Peace Settlements
Attempts at Peacekeeping 1919-39
The World after World War 2
The Nuclear Age
The Cold War
Assessment: 100% Exam