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Updated September 2017

Faculty Leader:

Mrs Jane Wearing ( - History and Government and Politics

Other staff and subject specialisms:

Mr Calvin Hand – Programme Leader – Geography

Mrs Jennie Russell - Programme Leader - Modern Foreign Languages

Miss Kelly Lewis – Assistant Programme Leader – Teaching and Learning – Geography

Mr Robin Ghosal – Vice Principal –- Geography

Mr Tim Toepritz - History

Miss Ella Hartley – History and Government and Politics

Miss Megan Turner - History

Mrs Margaret Robson - MFL

Miss Jenny Gavins – MFL

Miss Amy Brierley - Geography

Miss Hannah Cook – RE

Miss Sue Beasley – Psychology



History at Crawshaw is a subject that aims to develop a curiosity about the past.  The curriculum we study allows students to get an insight into British and world history from the medieval times to the 20thCentury.  Events over time are studied to ensure a good preparation for GCSE, where we look at Health over time and the expansion of America as well as as Normans and the interwar period. At A level, history continues to be a popular subject, and we aim to ensure that students enter University or the employment market with excellent communication skills, analytical confidence and a clear understanding of how the past might shape our future.

Head of Faculty

Mrs Jane Wearing (

Subject Teachers 

Mr Tim Toepritz, Miss Ella Hartley and Miss Megan Turner

At Key Stage 3 History is taught for three or four hours a fortnight, at GCSE it is taught for six hours a fortnight and at Post-16, students receive 8 or 9 hours a fortnight teaching as well as some guided independent study time.


2016 saw the start of a brand new linear GCSE in History which will no longer have a controlled assessment element. We are excited at these changes as they expand the

students’ focus away from just two topics to four giving them a much better foundation for post-16 study.


What’s assessed

Component 1 focuses on the modern world. In Section A, there’s a choice of four different period study options, which focus on two key developments in a country’s history over a 50 year period.

In Section B students answer questions on one of five modern wider world depth study options. Each option looks at conflict and tension, including how and why conflict and tension arose, what the consequences were and the role of the nations and states involved.

As our specification has no prohibited combinations, the topic you choose in Section A does not affect your choice of options in Section B.

How it’s assessed

· Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

· 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

· 50% of GCSE

Section A

We will be studying:

· 1A America 1840-1895: Expansion and consolidation

Section B

Each paper also contains a choice of five wider world depth studies.

We will be studying:

· Conflict and tension, 1918-1939


· Two sections • Section A – six compulsory questions

· Section B – four compulsory questions


What’s assessed

In Component 2, students study events and developments which have shaped the history of the UK.

Section A, the thematic study, enables students to look at key developments over a long sweep of time.

In Section B, a British depth study, incorporating the study of an historic environment, students look at the complexity of British society at a critical time in the country’s development and how the historic environment was shaped by that society.

As our specification has no prohibited combinations, the topic you choose in Section A does not affect your choice of options in Section B.

How it’s assessed

· Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

· 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

· 50% of GCSE

Section A

At Crawshaw we will be studying

· 2A Britain: health and the people

Section B

Each paper also includes a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment. We will be focusing on:

· Norman England


· Two sections • Section A – four compulsory questions

· Section B – four compulsory questions


History has been in the first tranche of subjects to be ‘strengthened’ under new government guidelines.  Current Year 12 students are the second to begin the new linear History A level.  

Year 12 students are studying units AQA 1C (The Tudors 1485-1603) and 2O (Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945).  The specification can be found here:  They will also complete an extended Historical Investigation, which is an independently researched essay of 3500 words.


Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.

Programme Leader

Mr C Hand

Subject Teachers

Mr R Ghosal

Mrs K Lewis

Mr A Daly

Miss A Brierley

Curriculum overview 

KS3 Geography

Geography at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of contemporary Geographical issues in a fun, exciting and interactive way. Each unit that students study has been carefully chosen because of its relevance to our understanding of and interaction with the twenty first century world.

Year 7 Curriculum content

Year 8 Curriculum content

Year 9 Curriculum content

Assessments are taken half termly and largely take the form of GCSE style questions to help prepare and embed skills that students will need if they take Geography as a GCSE option.

GCSE Geography

The GCSE Geography course enables students to deepen and broaden their understanding of the physical and human processes that affect our planet. The AQA GCSE course we deliver is entirely exam based with no controlled assessment. There are three exams that students will take in the summer term of Year 11, one Physical Geography and one Human Geography paper worth 35% respectively alongside a Geographical Skills paper worth 30%. Students will have to partake in two days of fieldwork to prepare for the Geographical Skills paper with recent destinations including the Holderness Coastline and York.

Year 10 Curriculum content

Year 11 Curriculum content

AS and A Level Geography

The AQA AS and A-level Geography course allows students to investigate in even greater depth the full complexity of Geography in a way that challenges perceptions and develops students’ investigative and analytical skills. Students that take the AS in Geography will complete two exams at the end of Y12 each worth 50%. In February, students will attend a two night residential at the Cranedale Centre in North Yorkshire to complete the fieldwork that is required for the second exam.

Those students who continue with A-level Geography into Y13 will take two exams worth 40% each. Students must also undertake an individual investigation based on a question developed by the student in a topic area they are interested in. This is worth the remaining 20% and will take the form of a 3,000-4,000 word report which is completed independently outside of the classroom.

Year 12 Curriculum content

Year 13 Curriculum content

Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) at Crawshaw is an opportunity for students to investigate their own beliefs and others.

Subject Teacher

Miss H Cook

Curriculum overview 


Year 7 Curriculum content

Year 8 Curriculum content

Year 9 Curriculum content


At KS4 Philosophy and Ethics is offered as an optional choice for students to take. Students will undertake the OCR GCSE in Applied Ethics. The link below leads to the course specification;

Year 10 Curriculum content

Year 11 Curriculum content

Government and Politics

Teachers:  Mrs Jane Wearing and Miss E Hartley

 Exam board: AQA

AS and A level

Government and Politics has become an established and well loved offering in the Pudsey Confederation.  This course will examine British Politics in Year 12 and American Politics and political ideology in Year 13.  The kind of questions we will be looking at will be:

How democratic are the systems of the two countries?

How successful are the governments of the two countries at helping their people?

Why don’t enough people vote?

Why did it take so long for America to get a Black President?

Who makes the major decisions on war, education, and healthcare?

Why can’t governments sort out inequality?

What kind of student could take this course?

Politics is interesting, and it is aimed at interesting and interested students.

We are looking for clued-up, engaged students who raise their head to look critically at the world around them, and who listen to or watch current affairs programmes.  We want you to have confidence in your own opinions, and yet be willing to learn that there are complex political ideas behind those opinions.  You will need a grade 5 in a Humanities subject, and in English Language or Literature.  This course will be best suited to those looking to combine it with other A levels, such as History, Law, English, Economics, Geography, or Sociology.  

What further career opportunities can this course offer?

This course will open many doors.  It is well respected at all Universities and could ultimately lead to a career in Law, journalism, Social Work, teaching, academic research, or local government.  The skills in analysis and evaluation that you will gain will give you the edge in HE.

The specification can be found here:


Sociology is one of the first wave of new A levels to be introduced and is taught at the other two schools in the Confederation, although Mrs Wearing is an experienced Sociology teacher and is always on hand to answer any questions for Crawshaw students.  Year 12 are now following a linear course in which their AS grade cannot be taken through to contribute to their final A2 grade.  All subjects will be following this path by 2017. 

The specification for the year 12 is here:  

Current year 13 students are completing the old specification which can be found here:

Students in the new year 12 will study ‘Education’, ‘Methods in Context’, ‘Culture and Identity’, ‘Families and Households’, ‘Health’, and ‘Work, Poverty and Welfare’.  These are examined at AS with 2x 1.5 hour exams and at A2 with 3x 2hour exams. 


Subject Teacher Sue Beasley – responsible for the provision of A and AS level Psychology across the confederation.

Psychology is available at Key stage 5 only. AS and A level Psychology provide students with the opportunity to explore the science of brain and behaviour. Students are introduced to understanding surrounding a number of basic behaviours including insights into infant attachments, the functioning of memory, and the causes of abnormal patterns of behaviour. Students are acquainted with some of the research techniques used to study human behaviour and have the opportunity to be involved in the research process which underpins the discipline. This includes recording and analyzing data.

Skills of description, evaluation and application of psychological knowledge are nurtured across the course. Assessment rests heavily on an understanding of scientific principles, 25% of marks for AS and A level rest on appreciation of the research process. A further 10% of marks come from application of Maths skills for the purpose of data analysis.

In addition to the assessed skills, students depart Psychology with an enhanced understanding of their own actions and those of others. This enables students to function more effectively in the adult world.

The AQA spec is followed.

AS Level (7181)

Paper 1 - Introductory topics in Psychology: Social Influence, Memory, and Attachment.

Paper 2 - Psychology in context: Approaches Psychopathology and Research Methods 

A level  (7182)

Paper 1 - Introductory topics in Psychology: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology

Paper 2 - Psychology in context: Approaches in Psychology, Bio Psychology, Research Methods

Paper 3 – Issues and options in Psychology: Possible options – Relationships, Schizophrenia, Addiction


Modern Foreign Languages

  1. Brief introduction to subject aims/description

In Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) we have seven key aims: 

  • To engender respect for and interest in other cultures.
  • To offer students the chance to study a foreign language.
  • To promote independent learning, an appreciation of language.
  • To teach students to recognise and 'recycle' key language.
  • To help every student achieve his or her potential at all key stages.
  • To raise awareness of career opportunities involving foreign languages
  • To teach in the target language as much as is practicably possible.


  1. Head of Subject

    Mrs.  J Russell

  1. Subject Teachers

   Miss   M. Robson

   Miss J Gavins


  1. Curriculum overview including links to exam board specifications

Key Stage 3

Most students study French throughout Key Stage 3 and can expect to learn about the following: 

Year 7:  Meeting and greeting, the alphabet, numbers and age, dates and birthdays, items in school, likes and dislikes, pets, food and drink, nationalities and countries, where you live and the weather. 

Grammar is taught within topic areas and includes: the definite and indefinite article, the present tense, adjectives and adjectival agreements.

 Year 8: Describing members of the family, my school, hobbies and my town.

 Grammar is taught within topic areas and includes: further practice and development of grammar taught in Y7, reflexive verbs, some irregular verbs in the present tense, the partitive article, modal verbs, and the future tense.

Year 9:  Town and meeting up with friends, leisure time, tv, cinema, music and the Internet, shopping, festivals, eating out.

Grammar is taught within topic areas and includes: further practice and development of grammar taught in Y7 and Y8. In Y9, students are introduced to ‘re’ and ‘ir’ verbs, more irregular verbs in the present tense, the perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs with both avoir and être, and the comparative of adjectives.

Students in Y9 also begin their study of Spanish.

We use the ‘Viva’ course and students’ learning will include:

Pronunciation, greetings, numbers, ages and birthdays, family and pets, likes and dislikes, hobbies, the weather, talking about your school, giving and justifying opinions.

Grammar is taught within topic areas.

Pupils will cover the following: nouns and gender, adjectival agreement, the verbs tener, hacer and jugar, ser and  estar. Regular ar, er and ir verbs.


Key Stage 4

AQA examination board. Students have the choice of:

  • continuing their study of French which leads to an AQA GCSE qualification.  You can find details of the examination specification here:

You can find examples of draft examination papers here:

  • beginning the study of Spanish which also leads to an AQA GCSE qualification.  You can find details of the examination specification here:


You can find examples of draft examination papers here:


Key Stage 5

Welsh examination board.

We offer French to both AS and A2 level as part of the Pudsey Confederation. 

A -Level Course Guide., for more details click here:


Useful Websites for Language Learning:

French: (free after 4pm and at weekends)



Spanish: (ask your teacher for a password) (ask your teacher for a password)  (free after 4pm and at weekends)



Trips Abroad

Year 7

Students have the opportunity to visit an area of Normandy (France) in June.  Activities include visits to the Normandy landing beaches, learning about World War 2 and the Bayeux Tapestry. 


Year 10/11 

There is also a trip to France for Key stage 4 students.   



Assessment is continuous at KS3, 4 and 5.  At least two skill areas, i.e. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are tested at the end of each unit. Pupils also sit internal exams according to the school calendar. We encourage pupils to assess and improve their own work based on levels and public examination mark schemes and, therefore, to be aware of how to progress.

At KS4 and 5 we emphasise the importance of learning vocabulary, revision and exam technique.  The new GCSE now involves external examinations at the end of Year 11 with no coursework therefore putting even more emphasis on continuous learning.  Throughout all key stages, students increase their knowledge of sound spelling links, grammar, and language patterns through the study of topics:

Career opportunities

Besides specialist careers in interpreting, translating and teaching, a combination of languages with other skills is very sought after, especially in the area of IT, law, finance and skills.


What the Students say...

“I am really pleased I took French. It really benefitted me when we went on the Paris trip and it’s good to learn a new language.”

“Taking French was a good choice as I have learned how to speak a new language. This will open many doors for me.”

“I am glad I studied French to A-level. I am now at university doing French. I spent a year in France as part of my degree course and really loved it. I am even thinking of living there.”

“I have found learning Spanish much easier than I thought it would be as we get lots of help.”