Humanities

The Humanities curriculum at Wallingford School aims to:

  • Enable students to find their place in the world and make informed decisions about the future by considering the past
  • Develop students’ skills in literacy, numeracy, problem solving, verbal communication as well building tolerance and empathy
  • Encourage students to reach the highest possible standards through in-depth studies and academic rigour

KS3 Geography

Year 7

Term 1 - What is Geography

UK maps, Europe maps and map skills

Term 2 - Tectonics

Structure of the Earth, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, comparing hazards

Term 3 - Population and Settlement

Demographic data, UK population, UK migration

Term 4 - Japan

Map work, life in Japan, urban/rural differences

Term 5 - Ecosystems

Rainforests, use and impact, development in Brazil

Term 6 - Rivers

River structure, features, flooding, map work

Year 8

Term 1 - Rivers

River structure, features, flooding, map work

Term 2 - Adventure Landscapes

Formation and management of different landscapes

Term 3 - Africa

Issues and challenges in Africa, impact of AIDS, future of Africa

Term 4 & 5 - Glaciation

Glacial processes and landforms, use of glacial landscapes, map work

Term 6 - Global Issues

Endangered species, crime, climate change

Year 9

Term 1 - Development

Measuring development, views on development

Term 2 - Globalisation

Evaluating globalisation, impact of fashion industry

Term 3 - Tourism

Types of tourism, impact, tourism in UK, sustainable tourism

Term 4 - Think Like a Geographer

Critical investigation of a range of issues around the world

Term 5 & 6 - Coasts

Map work, coastal processes and landforms, impact of erosion, opinions on coastal defences

GCSE Geography

Year 10

Term 1 & 2 - Hazards

Earthquakes, hurricanes, UK extreme weather, climate change

Term 3 - Resource Management

Resources, focus on water

Term 4 - UK Landscapes

Rivers, coasts

Term 5 - Fieldwork

Tourism in Christchurch, coastal management at Southbourne

Term 6 - Urban Challenges

Year 11

Term 1 - UK Landscapes

Rivers

Term 2 & 3 - Changing Economic World

Development, Nigeria, UK economy

Term 4 - The Living World

Structure of ecosystems, rainforests and deserts

Term 5 - Revision and External Exams

A Level Geography

Hazards - types of hazard, management

Coasts - processes, landforms, management

Changing Places - nature of places, change, depth study of Wallingford and Birmingham

Population and Environment - food, production, health, population, ecology

Global Governance - globalisation, trade, governance of the commons

Fieldwork - preparation and visit to Wales

Carbon & Water Cycles - interactions, case studies

The Humanities curriculum at Wallingford School aims to:

  • Enable students to find their place in the world and make informed decisions about the future by considering the past
  • Develop students’ skills in literacy, numeracy, problem solving, verbal communication as well building tolerance and empathy
  • Encourage students to reach the highest possible standards through in-depth studies and academic rigour

KS3 History

Year 7

Term 1 - History Skills - Romans

Term 2 - 1066 and the Battle of Hastings

Term 3 - Castles

Term 4 - Middle Ages - Peasant Life - Black Death

Term 5 - The Power of the Church

Term 6 - Plains Indians

Year 8

Term 1 - Why did Henry VIII break with Rome?

Term 2 - Elizabeth Tudor

Term 3 - Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

Term 4 - The English Civil War

Term 5 - Industrial Revolution

Term 6 - Empire and Slavery

Year 9

Term 1 - What is empire? - World War I

Term 2 - Treaty of Versailles

Term 3 - Dictators

Term 4 - The Holocaust

Term 5 - Women's History

Term 6 - Micro topics: The Race Issue / Cold War / Rwanda

GCSE History

Year 10

Term 1 & 2 - Nazi Germany 1918-1929

Term 3 - Medicine Through Time - Medieval and Renaissance

Term 4 - Medicine Through Time - Industrial

Term 5 - Modern Medicine

Term 6 - Historic Environment, Medicine in WWI

Year 11

Term 1 - Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588

Term 2 - Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588 - Nazi Germany Revision

Term 3 & 4- Medicine through Time - Industrial - Modern - Historic Environment

Term 5 - Revision

Term 6 - Exams

A Level History

Year 12

Term 1 - Russia / Britain / Charles I, Civil War

Term 2 - Russia / Interregnum, Charles II

Term 3 - Russia / Charles II, Societal changes, Scientific Revolution, James II

Term 4 - Russia / Glorious Revolution

Term 5 - Impact of Glorious Revolution

Term 6 - American Development / Witchcraft Background

Year 13

Term 1 - USA / European and British Witch Craze

Term 2 - USA / Interpretations, research and note-making

Term 3 - USA / Coursework

Term 4 - USA

Term 5 - Revision

Term 6 - Exams

The Humanities curriculum at Wallingford School aims to:

  • Enable students to find their place in the world and make informed decisions about the future by considering the past
  • Develop students’ skills in literacy, numeracy, problem solving, verbal communication as well building tolerance and empathy
  • Encourage students to reach the highest possible standards through in-depth studies and academic rigour

KS3 Religious Studies

Year 7

Term 1 & 2 - Religious Truth

Within this unit students will consider and evaluate the different ‘truths’ of religion such as science vs religion, creation stories and religious leaders such as Jesus and Mohammad.

Term 3 & 4 - Sikhism

Students wil gain an in depth knowledge about how the Sikh religion started, the founder of Sikhism and what it means to be a Sikh and how it affects their lives.

Term 5 - Inspirational People of Faith

This unit looks at different people of faith who have made an impact in the world and been an inspiration to others such as Martin Luther King, Ghandi and Mother Teresa.

Term 6 - Hinduism

Students will gain an understanding of how Hindus worship, why they worship and how it affects their lives. This includes beliefs in life after death, the caste system and beliefs about God.

Year 8

Term 1 & 2- Prejudice and Discrimination

This unit focuses on why there is prejudice and discrimination in the world and what can be done to overcome it. Topics we look at include; the holocaust, Rwanda and Islamophobia.

Term 3 & 4 - Ultimate Questions

In this unit students will consider ‘big’ issues such as ‘is there a life after death?’ ‘Why do people suffer?’ and Plato’s cave.

Term 5 & 6 - Inspirational People of Faith

This unit looks at different people of faith who have made an impact in the world and been an inspiration to others such as Martin Luther King, Ghandi and Mother Teresa.

Year 9

Term 1 & 2 - Humanism

In this unit students will look at the non-religious world view of humanism, including their beliefs, campaigns and how they make moral decisions.

Term 3 & 4- Religious Moral and Ethical Issues

Within this unit students will be able to debate moral and ethical issues such as situation ethics, utilitarianism, organ transplantation and cloning.

Term 5 & 6 - Buddhism: Human Rights and Social Justics

In this unit students will get a chance to consider Buddhist views on key issues such as religious freedom, the rights of women and poverty and wealth.

GCSE Religious Studies

Year 10

Term 1 - Religion Crime and Punishment

Looks at religious views on crime and punishment including capital punishment, the causes of crime and the aims of punishment.

Term 2 - Islamic Beliefs

Looks at different beliefs within Islam. These include the nature of God, the Six Articles of Faith, day of judgement and Muslim beliefs about life after death.

Term 3 - Islamic Practices

Focuses on the different practices within Islam such as where Muslims worship, duties and festivals.

Term 4 - Religion and Life

Focuses on the origins of life, creation, abortion, euthanasia and fertility treatment.

Term 5 - Relationships and Families

Students will consider religious attitudes towards contraception, sex before and after marriage, divorce and the nature of families.

Term 6 - Religion Peace and Conflict

Looks at religious attitudes towards terrorism, use of violence during conflict and the ‘just war’ theory.

Year 11

Term 1 - Christian Beliefs

Looks at Christian views on the nature of God, the holy trinity, Jesus’ life and death and how Jesus’ teachings affect Christians today.

Term 2 - Christian Practices

Explores the practices of Christians, including worship and prayer, sacraments, festivals and church growth in the wider community

Term 3 & 4 - Revision

A Level Philosophy

Year 12

Term 1 - What is Knowledge?

Understanding and defining the nature of knowledge.

Term 2 - Perception as a Source of Knowledge / Limits of Knowledge

How we perceive material objects in the world including direct and indirect realism. Evaluating the limits of knowledge and dealing with scepticism and its objections.

Term 3 - Mid and end of term examination

Term 4 - Moral Philosophy

Evaluating theories such as utilitarianism, deontological ethics and applied Kantian ethics.

Term 5 - Aristotelian Virtue Ethics

Explore issues with Aristotle and his ideas on virtues, vices and moral responsibility.

Term 6 - Meta Ethics

Explore moral realism and moral anti-realism, including cognitivist theories such as Mackie’s error theory.

Year 13

Terms 1 & 2 - The Concept and Nature of God and the Arguments Relating to the Existence of God

Evaluating the different attributes of God and analysing the different arguments for God's existence such as Ontological arguments, teleological arguments and cosmological arguments.

Term 3 - Religious Language

This includes exploring cognitivist, empiricist and logical positivist views on religious language.

Term 4 - Metaphysics of Mind

Exploring a range of views about the theories of the mind including substance and property dualism.