Curriculum Leader

Mrs C King

Teaching Staff

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

Miss. A Swales – Teacher of Geography

Miss. F Cameron – Teacher for History and SCITT Lead Tutor for History

Miss. L Coward – Lead 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.

Hadley Cell

Year 9 create a Hadley Cell

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. 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. At KS3 students are taught in mixed ability classes.

Year 7


  • Dangerous World – Natural hazards
  • Our World – The British Isles
  • Developing World – Issues in Africa
  • Lost World – Map skills
  • Emerging World – India and China
  • Frozen World – Glaciation History


  • History skills – Chronology and source work
  • The Stormin’ Normans – Norman Conquest
  • Castles
  • Muck and Misery in Medieval times
  • Religious Rollercoaster – Medieval church and Tudors

Year 8


  • Water World – River and flooding
  • Shrinking World – The impacts of TNCs
  • Arid World – Desert landscapes
  • Changing World – Climate change
  • Investigative World – Fieldwork


  • The Slave Trade
  • Civil Rights in the USA – Martin Luther King
  • Charles 1st and the Civil War
  • Vile Victorian Life – Living conditions in the Victorian period
  • The war to end all wars – World War 1


Students have the option to choose Geography, History or both at GCSE. Students study six one hour lessons per fortnight in Year 9 and five one hour lessons per fortnight in Years 10 and 11.

Subject Specification Geography: AQA GCSE Geography The course is linear and comprises of three examinations. For further information, please click here AQA GCSE Geography 

Subject Specification History: OCR GCSE History B. The course is linear and comprises of 3 examinations.  For further information, please click here. OCR GCSE History B

Year 9


  • Tectonic hazards – earthquakes
  • Urban growth in LICs – focus on Rio de Janeiro
  • Tropical Storms
  • Resources in the UK – focus on Water
  • Coasts
  • Urban growth in HICs – focus on Leeds


  • Rise of Hitler and Holocaust
  • The People’s Health 1250 to present
  • Living under Nazi Rule 1933-1945

Year 10


  • River and flooding
  • Ecosystems – focus on Tropical rainforests and Deserts
  • Economic Geography – focus on India
  • Extreme weather in the UK
  • Climate change
  • Fieldwork and write up


  • Viking Expansion c750-1050
  • The Norman Conquest 1065-1087
  • History Around Us – Fountains Abbey

Year 11


  • Fieldwork and write up
  • Issue Evaluation preparation
  • Revision and preparation for exam


  • Exam skills for Vikings and Germany
  • Exam skills for Peoples health and Normans
  • Exam skills for History Around Us

Extra-Curricular Activities

Fieldwork is a very important part of Geography and History at KS4. Geography Students have the opportunity to collect primary data for their fieldwork study. Recently this trip has comprised a visit to Hornsea and York.

History pupils visit Fountains Abbey as part of their History Around Us topic.

Year 11 intervention is held every Tuesday, 3-4 pm on week B and 4-5pm on week A. Geography also run a Year 11 revision session for 30 minutes every Wednesday lunchtime.

Useful Links and Resources

AQA Geography

OCR History