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Humanities

Updated September 2016

Faculty Leader

Mrs Jane Wearing (jane.wearing@crawshawacademy.org.uk) - 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 – Assistant Principal – Curriculum - Geography

Mrs Alison Raw - Assistant Principal - Behaviour - Geography

Mr Tim Toepritz - History

Miss Ella Hartley – History and Government and Politics

Miss Megan Turner - History

Mrs Margaret Robson - MFL

Mrs Natasha McIntyre - MFL

Miss Hannah Cook – RE

Miss Sue Beasley – Psychology

Subjects

History 

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 Romans to the 20thCentury.  Events over time are studied to ensure a good preparation for GCSE, where we look at Medicine through Time and the American West as well as a local depth study. 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 (jane.wearing@crawshawacademy.org.uk)

Subject Teachers 

Mr Tim Toepritz, Miss Ella Hartley and Miss Megan Turner

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

GCSE HISTORY

2016 sees 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 form just two topics to four giving them a much better foundation for post-16 study.

 

ASSESSMENT 1: UNDERSTANDING THE MODERN WORLD

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

Questions

  • Two sections • Section A – six compulsory questions
  • Section B – four compulsory questions

 

ASSESSMENT 2: SHAPING THE NATION

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

 Questions

  • Two sections • Section A – four compulsory questions
  • Section B – four compulsory questions

A LEVEL HISTORY

History has been in the first tranche of subjects to be ‘strengthened’ under new government guidelines.  Current Year 12 students are the first to begin the new linear History A level.  This means that they will still sit an AS level exam at the end of Year 12, but that this is a stand-alone qualification; ie, if they continue into A2, their grade at AS will not contribute to their final grade at the end of Year 13. 

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: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/as-and-a-level/history-7041-7042/spec-at-a-glance.  They will also complete an extended Historical Investigation, which is an independently researched essay of 3500 words.

Geography

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

Mrs A Raw

 

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 

KS3 

Year 7 Curriculum content

Year 8 Curriculum content

Year 9 Curriculum content

KS4

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;

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/82571-specification.pdf

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 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 B grade in a Humanities subject, and a B grade in English language.  This course will be best suited to those looking to combine it with other AS 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:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2150-W-SP-14.PDF

In Year 12 students study for 2 papers of equal weighting. 

AS examinations

Unit 1 – GOVP1

People, Politics and Participation

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

80 marks

Two structured, source-based topics from a choice of four.

 

Unit 2 – GOVP2

Governing Modern Britain

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

80 marks

Two structured, source-based topics from a choice of four.

 

In Year 13 students study for two more exams:

Unit 3 – GOV3A The Politics of the USA

25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

80 marks

Two topics from a choice of four.

Unit 4 – GOV4A The Government of the USA 

25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

80 marks

Two topics from a choice of four.

Sociology

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:http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192/introduction.  Current year 13 students are completing the old specification which can be found here:http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2190-W-SP-14.PDF.

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. 

 

Psychology

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