Humanities

Lower School Humanities

Humanities fires students’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs about the past, present and in the future. Humanities helps students develop their own identities through an understanding at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past. Humanities explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected.

 

Term

Year

7

8

9

Autumn

Making and mapping connections/The Romans/ Lets go shopping

  The students will learn new map skills looking at the UK and Egypt. They will also enquire ancient Roman history and local history in Alexandria. Students conduct some fieldwork research into shopping habits and patterns

Or warming planet /Britain 1500-1750/ Coasts

A focus on climate change in the 21st century.  Coastal processes and environments topic with elements of corniche fieldwork They also investigate the key Monarchs in UK history.

Close up on China/20th century History

An in depth look at the role of China in the 21st century.

Focus on World War 1 and the Russian Revolution world events.

Spring

Plate Tectonics /Medieval period

Students will investigate the physical causes and effects of Hazards such as earthquakes. They will also look into the different aspects of English history to appreciate different key themes such as power and religion, which are transferable throughout all historical topics.

Coasts/Weather and Climate/Black People of America

Understanding how to use weather equipment and why the weather changes. Enquiring into the complexities and dilemmas of the slave trade.

Global Fashion / 20th century history

Looking at globalization and arguments for and against the phenomena. Investigating the reasons for World War II and actual turning points in the war.

Summer

Egyptian Geography/Islamic Civilisation

Looking at locational Geography, and local religion and traditions from the past and present.

People and the Planet/ Pyramid Builders/Industrial Britain

An investigation into the growth of world population. Unit on ancient Egyptian history in Cairo. Understanding the significance of Britain’s role in industrial development.

Oceans/20th century History Arab-Israel Conflict

Understanding the complex nature of oceans in the 21st century. Investigating key local events after world war II Arab-Israel Conflict and research on Nasser.

 

Please click on the below website addresses from the school to see what wonderful fieldtrips the Humanities Department are leading:

http://www.bsalex.net/school-news/al-enby-garden-geography-fieldwork

http://www.bsalex.net/school-news/year-8-national-museum-and-cemetery-trip

http://www.bsalex.net/school-news/y9-field-trip-rosetta-rashid

IGCSE Geography overview

Summary of key skills developed in geography:

  • develop and apply practical geographical enquiry skills
  • undertake geographical investigations that include both primary and secondary data collection and presentation, analysis and drawing conclusions
  • develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork
  • develop their awareness of global issues and recognise the need for a sustainable future.

The Examination is one three hour paper covering the following topics:

Section A – The Natural Environment: The Coastal Environments and Hazardous Environments

Section B – People and their Environments: Energy and Industry/ Urban Environments

Section C – Practical Geographical Enquiry: Fieldwork Techniques

Section D – Global Issues:  Fragile Environments

Useful websites to consolidate and further research can be found on:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z98jmp3

http://www.geography-site.co.uk/

http://www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography/

http://www.bbc.com/news/science_and_environment/