Mrs. C King – Curriculum Leader

Mr. A Bourke – Teacher of Geography and D of E Co-ordinator

Miss. F Cameron – Teacher of History and SCITT Lead tutor for History

Miss. L Coward – Lead Teacher of History

Miss C Nagle – Teacher of Geography

Mr K Sykes – Teacher of History

At Corpus Christi Catholic College, Humanities is taught as two separate subjects, Geography and History. The Geography department aims to stimulate an interest in places and help students make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. The History department aims to develop knowledge and understanding of present existing social, political, religious and economic conditions as well as nurturing student’s attitudes towards respecting other religions, cultures and diversity in general. The department aims for students to develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly and to express their own opinions.

Key stage 3 Teaching and Assessment

In Year 7, students study one hour per week in both Geography and History. In Year 8, this increases to three one hour lessons per fortnight for both subjects and in year 9, students study two one hour lessons per week in both subjects. In Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability classes. The ability and prior attainment of students in Geography and History is taken into consideration when creating teaching groups in Years 8 and 9. Students are assessed in a variety of ways. Skills are continually assessed and monitored throughout each unit of work. Teachers feedback on the progress of each student at half termly intervals.

KS3 Geography – Course Content

Year 7

Dangerous World: Volcanoes


·       Where are volcanoes located?

·       What are the effects of volcanic eruptions?

·       How do we respond to volcanic eruptions?

Exploring the British Isles


·       What is an ecosystem?

·       Which landforms exist in Britain?

·       How is the British coastline changing?

·       What is the British weather like?

Project work ·       The 3Rs: Litter project
Live it, Love it, Leeds ·       Map skills based on areas around Leeds


Year 8

Water World: Rivers and Flooding


·       How are river landforms created?

·       What causes a river to flood?

·       How can we respond to flooding?


Hot deserts


·       Where are the great deserts?

·       What are the characteristics of a desert?

·       How do plants and animals adapt to life in the desert?

Aid, Trade and Tourism ·       What is an economic activity?

·       Why do countries trade?

·       What is Aid?

·       How can countries develop?

Weather and Climate ·       Where do tropical storms occur?

·       What is the structure of a tropical storm?

·       What are the effects of tropical storms?

·       How do we respond to tropical storms?

Water Issues (Decision making) ·       The water debate: Is the Three Gorge Dam a success?
An Urban World


·       Why has the world turned urban?

·       What are the impacts of urbanisation?

·       What population issues affect the world?


Year 9

Dangerous World: Earthquakes


·       What causes earthquakes?

·       What are the effects of earthquakes?

·       How do we respond to earthquakes?

Geography of my stuff


·       How do Trans National Corporations affect us?

·       How much do we rely on other countries?

·       How do our decisions affect other people around the world?

Tropical Rainforests ·       How are humans changing the rainforest?

·       How do animals and plants adapt to life in the rainforest?

·       How can we make rainforests more sustainable?

Climate change ·       How has global climate changed from the ice age to the present day?

·       Are humans changing the climate?

·       What changes might happen in the future?

Energy ·       How are our energy needs changing?

·       What energy issues will the population of tomorrow face?

KS3 History – Course Content

Year 7

What is History? ·       Chronology

·       Source work

·       History Skills

Rule Makers and Breakers ·       Norman Conquest

·       Medieval Monarchs

Muck and Misery in the Middle Ages ·       Medieval villages and towns

·       Medieval medicine

·       Black Death


Year 8

Religious Roller-coaster ·       Medieval Church

·       Henry VIII and the break with Rome

·       Elizabeth I

Crown V People ·       English Civil War

·       Cromwell

·       Witchcraft

Blood and Profit: Britain’s Slave Trade ·       Triangle of Trade

·       Life for Slaves

·       Abolition of Slavery

Vile Victorian Life ·       Industrial and Transport Revolution

·       Working Conditions

·       Public Health and disease

·       Workhouses

·       Child Workers

·       Oliver Twist

Civil Rights in the USA ·       Life for Black People in the 1950s and 1960s

·       Rosa Parks

·       Martin Luther King

·       The Civil Rights Movement


Year 9

The War to End All Wars ·       Causes of World War One

·       Life for soldiers on the Western Front

·       Battle of the Somme

6 million: A Study of the Holocaust ·       Rise of Hitler

·       Persecution of the Jews

Britain in World War Two ·       Causes of World War Two

·       Turning Points in World War Two

Home Front in World War Two ·       Life for Civilians in World War Two

·       Blitz

·       Evacuation of Children

Medicine Through Time ·       Prehistoric Medicine

·       Ancient Medicine

·       Medieval and Victorian Medicine

Key stage 4 Teaching and Assessment

Students have the option to choose Geography, History or both at GCSE. Students study five one hour lessons per fortnight. The Geography department currently follow the AQA A specification. The course is linear and comprises of two examinations (37.5% each) and one piece of coursework (25%) that is written up under controlled conditions. The History department currently follow the OCR History A (Schools History Project). The course is linear and comprises of two examinations (45% and 30%) and one piece of coursework (25%) that is written up under controlled conditions.

 GCSE Geography – Course Content AQA A


Unit Title

Unit Content

10 The Restless Earth ·       Earthquakes

·       Volcanoes

·       Fold Mountains

·       Tsunamis

10 Changing Urban Environments ·       Cities in MEDCs

·       Cities in LEDCs

·       Sustainable cities

10 Rocks, Resources and Scenery ·       Chalk

·       Granite

·       Limestone

·       Quarrying

10 Controlled assessment ·       2000 word project based on the collection of primary data.
11 Population Change


·       China’s One Child Policy

·       An ageing population

·       Current migration issues

11 Water on the Land ·       River formations

·       Flooding issues

·       Moving water

11 Tourism ·       Tourism trends

·       Eco tourism


GCSE History – Course Content


Unit Title

Unit Content 

10 Unit 1 Studies in Development



Medicine Through Time

·       Disease and Infection

·       Surgery and Anatomy

·       Public Health

10 Unit 3 Historical Enquiry

History Around Us: Controlled Assessment

Investigation and research of a local historical site – Saltaire

Complete one essay based around the historical site

11 Unit 2 Germany 1919-1945

Enquiry in depth

The Nazi Rise to Power

Control and opposition

German economy and society

Race and Youth

Culture and Propaganda

Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams


Fieldwork is a very important part of Geography and History. Geography Students in year 10 have the opportunity to collect primary data for their controlled assessment. In recent years, this has involved an overnight residential trip to Malham. In year 11, students learn about urban regeneration by visiting different areas around Leeds. This trip involves a visit to Leeds Dock and various brownfield and greenfield sites around Leeds. History students have the opportunity every two years to visit the world war one battle fields of France and Belgium. This is a four day visit which allows students to enrich their knowledge and experience learning outside the classroom. KS4 students visit the Saltaire World Heritage site as part of the “History Around Us” module.

Homework and out of hours study support

The aim of homework is to help consolidate what students have learned in the classroom. It is also used to help students develop their independent research and revision skills. At key stage 3 homework is set fortnightly.

At key stage 4, weekly homeworks are set and students will be expected to attend after school revision and intervention sessions as required.