Humanities - Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form
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Year Group Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
5 Our local area.
Map skills to locate the UK on a variety of scales and identify and map the geographical features of the UK. Pupils will locate Bilbrook on different maps at different scales. Using OS maps and grid references to investigate the local area. Exploring the settlement features of Bibrook.
Ancient Greece. Identify the main events of the era. Explore Greek myths e.g. Minotaur, Greek thinkers and philosophers and their impact today. Pupils will also explore the settlement of Sparta, the importance of Greek gods and how the Greeks developed the Olympics. Pupils will explore how the traditional Olympics is different to the modern version. The Alps.
Pupils will explore France (European casestudy and the Alps to cover mountains). Locate and use maps skills to investigate France. Explore how mountains are formed and how people earn money from mountains. They will make a judgement about tourism in the Alps.
Roman invasion.
Identify the main events of the era. Identify why the Romans invaded the UK. Pupils will explore their influence upon the UK by the building of roads, architecture design and health systems. Pupils will finish exploring how the Roman Empire withdrew from the UK and the impact this had upon the UK.
Water cycle and rivers.
Investigate and learn what the water cycle is and the different states of water. Map skills to investigate the world’s longest rivers. Explain how waterfalls are formed. Investigate human interaction with rivers by exploring the damage they create whilst in flood and how humans can prevent flooding. Fieldwork investigation to Cardingmill Valley to investigate the features of the river.
Local History Study.
The focus will be on the industrial revolution. Pupils will be introduced to how the UK changed during the IR. Pupils will research children’s working conditions and rights. Pupils will then visit Blists Hill to explore life during the industrial revolution.
Pupils will then assess how accurately Blists Hill presents the era.
6 Waste.
Define what waste is and investigate the waste created in school. Compare the waste generated in the UK to Europe and Mexico. Investigate how our rubbish can be recycled and debate the 5P carrier bag charge. Fieldwork investigation around school and in the local area.
Ancient Egypt. Investigate what is meant by the term civilisation. Investigate Egyptian creation stories and beliefs in God. Investigate the structure of Egyptian society and the importance of the Nile. Pupils will research mummification and the discovery of King Tut Brazil.
Use map skills to locate Brazil and map its key geographical features. Explore city life in Brazil and assess the impacts of the 2016 Olympics on improving Rio. Explore the TRF and tribal life in the Amazon. Explore how humans are destroying the TRF and the consequences of this.
UK invaders.
Investigate the Saxon and Viking invasions of the UK. Why was the UK invaded? Why did Christianity spread quickly? Exploring Viking Gods and their influence today. Using source skills to investigate the invasions and gather information about the Saxons and the Vikings.
Natural Hazards.
Explore the structure of the earth and how earthquakes and volcanoes are formed. Use map skills to describe the distribution of tectonic hazards. Pupils will use casestudies to investigate how these hazards impact upon people and how these Hazards can be reduced, Pupils will also design an earthquake proof building. Investigate the economic reasons why people choose to live near volcanoes.
Crime and punishment.
Define the term crime and punishment. Explore crime and punishment in chronological order starting from the Romans, Anglo Saxons, Normans and the difference between rich and poor crimes, Victorian punishments to crime and punishment today.
7 Africa.
Identify where Africa is and the difference between a country and a continent. Research the impact of the civil war upon Sudan. Investigate and assess different ways to help Sudan recover e.g Fairtrade and goat aid. Explore how natural resources (oil) are used and sold in Ghana and explore the differences between the school day for the UK and Ghana.
1066 – The Norman Conquest & medieval life.
Research what life was like before 1066 and investigate the events of 1066 and how it led to changes in the Monarchy. Asses the importance of castles in defending the new king of England, William the Conqueror. Investigate living conditions in the Medieval times and assessing the importance of the peasants revolt and the feudal system.
Extreme environments
Explore extreme environments of hot and Polar deserts. Use map skills to investigate where they can be found. Investigate the climate of hot and Polar deserts and understand why they are extreme environments. Research how people, plans and animals have adapted to these harsh conditions.
The English Reformation
Research how the Tudor family changed the religion of the UK and the impact this had. Explore his wives and how this led to the break from the Catholic Church. Assess Henry 8th as a king. Explore the problems Elizabeth faced during her reign as queen and the threat from Mary queen of Scots
Explore the Burgess model of urban development and apply to Bilbrook. Investigate landuse by exploring the different types of shops and create a land use map. Complete and write up a fieldwork investigation exploring the landuse of Bilbrook. Pupils will write an introduction, present graphs and draw conclusions from the fieldwork data they have collected.
Fieldwork investigation around Bilbrook / Wolverhampton.
Women’s Suffrage
Pupils will explore the role and image of women during the late 1800’s – 1900’s. Identify who could actually vote during this period. They will investigate who the suffragettes were and how the media portrayed them. They will evaluate the methods used by the suffragettes to gain the vote. Design their own debate around the issue.
8 India
Use maps to explore the continent of Asia and locate India. Locate the geographical features of India using maps and atlases. Explore living conditions in India and compare it with life in the UK.
Investigate tourism in the Himalayan mountains – how people use the area for economic gain and draw a conclusion. Investigate India as a population super power with a population over 1 billion.
Transatlantic slave trade
Pupils will investigate how the slave trade started and the conditions for the slaves. They will use sources to investigate the life of a slave while working on a plantation. Research how slaves resisted their work while on the plantations and then how the slave trade was abolished. Pupils will then explore 20th Century USA and their attitudes towards the Afro- American population and the work of MLK.
Explore how rocks are weathered and eroded at the coastline. Investigate the erosional features created by waves – caves, arches, stacks and stumps. Research how humans can stop coastal erosion at Happisburgh. Explore how people use the coast with an emphasis upon Barmouth using OS maps and images. Explore the conflict created by use of coastal areas.
WW1 and Peace
Pupils will identify the causes of WW1 and the assassination. Pupils will investigate trench and warfare conditions of soldiers and use sources of propaganda to explain why men joined the army. Pupils will then explore armistice and the end of the war and how Europe was peaceful again due to the treaty of Versailles. Pupils will assess how successful the treaty was in bringing peace to Europe. Fieldwork investigation to RAF Cosford to investigate trench warfare.
Urban problems
Investigate the problems caused by rapid urbanisation. Then leading to a focus upon crime. Identify why urban areas are crime hotspots. Pupils will investigate how crime affects them locally – GIS systems, in Bilbrook and Wolverhampton. Pupils will then also explore global crime such as the drug trade and blood diamonds.
Use of GIS systems to research.
WW2 and the Holocaust
Investigate the causes of WW2 and the rise of Hitler. Research Hitler’s actions e.g. the Hitler Youth. Explore evacuation of children in the UK and the Blitz. Pupils will then move onto the Holocaust exploring why it took place, the conditions and why it should never happen again.