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History

Year 5 - pupils will be starting to develop their understanding of History and the historical skills and second order concepts within this subject. Year 5 will be introduced to the big question, ‘What is history?’ as well historical skills such as chronology, how to organise information and analysing evidence. Throughout the Autumn Term, our students will study the topic of Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Throughout the Spring Term, students will move on to look at the Greeks and Anglo Saxons. Lastly, in the Summer Term, our students will look at the Vikings and the Shang Dynasty. Throughout the academic year, we will continue to look at enquiry questions which are the big ‘historical questions’ asked about events. The pupils will then uncover the answers to this big question lesson by lesson. At the end of each of these enquiry questions, our students will be assessed on both the content and the skills learnt throughout the enquiry and will have many opportunities to revisit their prior learning throughout the year.

Year 6 - pupils will be starting to develop their understanding of History and the historical skills and second order concepts within this subject. Year 6 will be introduced to the big question, ‘What is history?’ as well historical skills such as chronology, how to organise information and analysing evidence. Throughout the Autumn term, our students will study the topic of Early Islamic Civilisation and the Crusades. Throughout the Spring Term, students will move on to look at the Medicine and Health throughout the Ages. Lastly, in the Summer Term, our students will look at Medieval History including Normand Conquest, power and other medieval monarchs. Throughout the academic year, we will continue to look at enquiry questions which are the big ‘historical questions’ asked about events. The pupils will then uncover the answers to this big question lesson by lesson. At the end of each of these enquiry questions, our students will be assessed on both the content and the skills learnt throughout the enquiry and will have many opportunities to revisit their prior learning throughout the year.

Year 7 - pupils will be starting to develop their understanding of History and the historical skills and second order concepts within this subject. Throughout the Autumn Term, our students will study the topic the Aztecs and Explorers and their settlements. Throughout the Spring Term, students will move on to look at both the early and late Tudors. Lastly, in the Summer Term, our students will look at the Stuarts where they will focus upon both James I, Charles I and Cromwell’s rule. They will have opportunities to start formulating their own responses and ideas about the past through extended writing and will also have the chance to pose their own big questions of the past. The students will then uncover the answers to these big questions lesson by lesson. At the end of each of these enquiry questions, our pupils will be assessed on both the content and the skills learnt throughout the enquiry and will have many opportunities to revisit their prior learning throughout the year.

Year 8 -  pupils will be starting to develop their understanding of History and the historical skills and second order concepts within this subject. Throughout the Autumn Term, our students will study the topic the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the British Empire, Victorian living conditions and Jack the Ripper. Throughout the Spring Term, students will move on to look at Titanic and other innovative Victorian inventions. Lastly, in the Summer Term, our students will look at the demise of the British Empire and Apartheid. They will have opportunities to start formulating their own responses and ideas about the past through extended writing and will also have the chance to pose their own big questions of the past. The students will then uncover the answers to these big questions lesson by lesson. At the end of each of these enquiry questions, our pupils will be assessed on both the content and the skills learnt throughout the enquiry and will have many opportunities to revisit their prior learning throughout the year.

Throughout Year 5 – 8 our pupils will be in a strong position for Year 9 and their upcoming GCSE’s with a strong focus on their skills, writing technique, knowledge and understanding of the bigger picture of the past.

History Curriculum Overview 2021_22

Geography

Year 5 - pupils will be starting to develop their understanding of Geography, the geographical skills. Year 5 will be introduced to the big question, ‘What is Geography?’. Furthermore, they will be also introduced to map skills and will begin to discover how to use atlases and how to identify the physical features within. Throughout the Autumn Term, pupils will study the topics of Rainforests, deforestation, pollution and water cycle. Throughout the Spring Term, students will study the topic of the United Kingdom, its location and nations. They will also be looking at OS maps, 4 and 6 figure grid references as well as physical and human Geography. Throughout the Summer Term, students will study key topographical features of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and hazards occurring in the mountains.  At the end of each term, our pupils will be assessed on both the content and the skills learnt throughout their lessons and will have many opportunities to revisit their prior learning throughout the year.

Year 6 - pupils will continue to develop their understanding of Geography and the geographical skills learnt in Year 5. We will revisit the key map skills and ensure that the learning in Year 6 embeds that’s of the previous year. Throughout the Autumn term, our students will study the topic of rocks, fossils and dinosaurs and rivers. Throughout the Spring Term, students will study the topic of urbanisation and population. Lastly, the Summer Term will see our students concentrate on the topic of North America. At the end of each of these terms, our pupils will be assessed on both the content and the skills learnt throughout their lessons and will have many opportunities to revisit their prior learning throughout the year.

Year 7 - pupils will continue to develop their understanding of Geography and the skills learnt in Key Stage 2. Throughout the Autumn Term, our students will study the topics of tectonic plates and natural hazards. Additionally, in the Spring Term, our students will move on to the topic of incredible India; this will look at both culture, life and the geography of India. Throughout the Summer Term our students will concentrate on map skills which will include looking at mapping the world, 4 and 6 figure grid reference, lines of longitude and latitude and geographical regions of the world. At the end of each of these terms, our pupils will be assessed on both the content and the skills learnt throughout their lessons and will have many opportunities to revisit their prior learning throughout the year.

Year 8 - pupils will continue to develop their understanding of Geography and will look to start mastering the skills learnt in this subject at their time in Brooklands. Throughout the Autumn Term, our students will study the topics of Ice Age, climate change,  Greenhouse effects, pollution, fossil fuels and human activities on our climate. Furthermore, throughout the Spring Term, our students will study the topics of extreme environments, expedition to the South Pole, OS maps and will also be given the opportunity to analyse and interpret places and data. Throughout the Summer Term, our students will study the topic of Africa, colonisation, Apartheid, deserts and extreme conditions within the regions of Africa. At the end of each of these terms, our pupils will be assessed on both the content and the skills learnt throughout their lessons and will have many opportunities to revisit their prior learning throughout the year. At the end of Year 8, we strive for pupils to be in a great position for Year 9 and their upcoming GCSE’s with a strong focus on their skills, writing technique, knowledge and understanding of the Geography subject.

Geography Curriculum Overview 2021_22

Religious Education

Year 5 - pupils will be starting to develop their understanding of RE and skills and basic concepts within this subject. We will start the Year 5 term with an introduction to Judaism and Christianity. Our focus here will be looking at Christianity and Humanism and how they compare and contrast with one another. In the Spring Term, we will move our focus and discussions to look at the religion of Buddhism and Religious Traditions around the world as well as the place of magic and science. Lastly, in the summer term our students will look at the Mysteries of Faith and Inspirational people. RE plays a significant role in the personal development of children and young people. This subject promotes and builds every child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and education is fundamental to the heart of our caring school.

Year 6 - pupils will continue to develop their understanding of RE and the skills and concepts within this subject. In the Autumn Term, Year 6 will be introduced to Hinduism and Islam. Following this, the Spring Term will look at Sikhism and Quakers. In the Summer Term our students will explore The Historical and Biblical Christ, looking at a detective story and Pilgrimages. At the core of RE is the intention to enable children and young people to become "religiously educated” in order to face the demands of the contemporary world. Given the opportunities for encountering people of different beliefs and lifestyles, RE also has a key role to play in fostering respect and social cohesion.

Year 7 - pupils will be starting to develop their understanding of Philosophy and Ethics and second order concepts within this subject. In the Autumn Term they will explore the A to Z of Religion and Belief and then a focus on Extremism. Furthermore, in the Spring Term the students will explore Comparative Cultures, Eastern and Western Traditions and their past, present and future. In the Summer Term they will investigate the wonders of Belief and non-belief and the Big Question: ‘Does God exist?’. The cultural education in Philosophy and Ethics includes learning about a range of different religious traditions, giving students an opportunity to learn what it means to belong, to become confident in themselves and be able to respond positively to similarities and differences in our changing multi-ethnic and multi-faith society.

Year 8 - pupils will be continuing to develop and deepen their understanding of Philosophy and Ethics and the application of their skills in the second order concepts within this subject. In the Autumn Term our students will explore Creation Theories and the dichotomy and unification between Belief versus Science. Furthermore, in the Spring Term they will explore the many aspects of Human Rights and in the Summer Term they will delve deeply into the many contentious issues surrounding Animal Rights. Philosophy and Ethics will allow pupils to become "skilled cultural navigators”, as well as to be able to handle the differences of faith and belief around them. Moreover, it  allows them to establish their own sense of identity and belonging. The spiritual education within RE involves the experience and search for meaning, the purpose of life and the values by which we live. In learning about a range of different religious traditions and why people believe, pupils have the opportunity to learn from their experiences and to reflect on and interpret spirituality in their own lives. Furthermore, our subject provides opportunities for pupils to debate moral dilemmas about right and wrong, good and bad, in a safe environment.

RE, Philosophy & Ethics Curriculum Overview 2021_22