Humanities

Humanities Mission Statement 

The Humanities department is leading the way with the school's new vision of High-Performance Learning (HPL). We have created learning conditions for pupils to succeed based upon growth mindsets.  We encourage our pupils to take risks without fear of failure and try to ‘lift the lid on learning’, enabling more pupils to try more challenging work thus helping to raise attainment. We believe there is a moral imperative to develop curricula that do not put a ceiling on pupil achievement. The department promotes Enquiry Based Learning (EBL), one of the 7 pillars of HPL, getting the pupils fully engaged to solve problems and gain new skills to take on the challenges of the 21st century. We explain 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 in a drive to become more sustainable linking to the United Nations 2015 Goals. In particular, we play a pivotal role in raising awareness and tackling Climate Crisis issues. We believe this is our moral purpose and obligation as the leading school in Alexandria. 

The Geography Curriculum has been crafted by our specialists to the bespoke needs of our BSA pupils. It is both inspirational and aspirational and caters for the post-educational needs in the rapidly changing world. We have developed a culture of committed shared values in the department, equipping pupils with a tool kit and the skills to be resilient learners. Our teachers have a desire for all pupils to succeed and belief that they can. We have created a supportive climate in which everyone’s voice matters and collaborate to solve problems, discuss and debate issues of this century. Teachers here have created a shared thirst for learning and develop that sense of awe and wonder. 

The Geography Curriculum has been designed as spiraling EBL themes and through embracing rich Geography knowledge in line with the ‘ knowledge rich curriculum’. The pupils’ accumulation of knowledge helps them to approach fieldwork more maturely. The curriculum supports pupils in anchoring Geography processes in their long term memory, so that it becomes knowledge they can always access in their working memories. This knowledge spirals upwards in intensity as pupils travel through the key stages. We are stretching and challenging the hearts and minds of pupils throughout their school journey with extension work. 

Geography Topics

 

Term

Year

7

8

9

Autumn

Geography

 

Geographical Skills

Types of Geography

Fieldwork in the park

Map skills

 

           Let’s go shopping

Pupils explore the role of shopping in shaping society. They begin to understand Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) and conduct some fieldwork research into shopping habits and patterns.

Coastal Environments Coastal processes and environments topic with elements of Corniche fieldwork. 

 

Plastic in the Sea

Using EBL pupils investigate the causes and effects of plastic in the sea. They design possible solutions.  

The Middle East

A regional study: pupils study the physical and human geography of the Middle East.

 

Environment Fieldwork

Pupils conduct their own investigation into the local environment (EBL).

 

International Development

Pupils consider what has caused the development gap, ways development is measured and consider ways it could be reduced. 

 

Spring

Geography

 

Egyptian Geography

Further understanding of EBL and conducting an independent enquiry. They explore urban problems in Alexandria and provide solutions.

 

Africa

An investigation into the continent looking at physical and human geography.

Climate Crisis

A focus on climate causes, effects and solutions in the 21st century.

 

Plate Tectonics

Pupils investigate the physical causes and effects of hazards such as earthquakes.  Furthermore, they look at the human implications this has.

 

 

International Development

 

Egyptian Geography

Further understanding of EBL and conducting an independent enquiry. They explore urban problems in Alexandria and provide solutions. 

 

Plate Tectonics

Pupils investigate the physical causes and effects of hazards such as earthquakes.  Furthermore, they look at the human implications this has.

 

Summer

Geography

 

 

Plastic in the Sea

Using EBL pupils investigate the causes and effects of plastic in the sea. They design possible solutions.  

    Geographical Information         Systems (GIS)

Investigating the birth of GIS and the role it plays in modern day society.

 

Plate Tectonics

Finishing investigating the physical causes and effects of hazards such as earthquakes.  Furthermore, they will look at the human implications this has.

 

We equip our pupils with learning power and character traits through field trips. These soft skills are linked to HPL such as the Concern for Society value, which helps provide the pupils with the cultural capital to invest in the future. The shared values of BSA help the pupils to develop an all-encompassing love for learning by being outdoors. This ecotherapy helps to improve mental and physical wellbeing through engaging in outdoor activities in nature and lies at the heart of our curriculum. What a wonderful way to learn at BSA.

Fieldtrip Matrix for Geography

Year group

Autumn

Spring 

Summer

7

Kafr Abdou Garden fieldwork (EBL)

Shopping Enquiry (EBL)

-Independent fieldwork opportunity e.g. traffic survey

8

Weather and Climate Microclimate Enquiry around BSA (EBL)

 

-

9

-

Environmental Investigation around Kafr Abdou (EBL)

-

10-11

-

Cyprus Fieldwork Centre (EBL)

-

12

-

Urban study around Kafr Abdou, focus on traffic (EBL)

-

History Topics

Term

Year

7

8

9

Autumn

Historical skills

Romans in Alexandria/Archaeology

Tudors 

Industrial Revolution/WW1

 

World War One

Interwar period

Spring

The Crusades 

Medieval period

Industrial Revolution

Ancient Egypt Old Kingdom

World War Two

The Middle East

Summer

Tudors

Causes of World War One

Holocaust/Middle East

EBL Project

Fieldtrip Matrix for History

Year group

Autumn

Spring 

Summer

7

Greco-Roman Enquiry Based Learning  fieldwork 

Catacombs

-

-

8

 

Pyramid Builders Cairo trip

-

9

-

El Alamein WW2 Trip

Nile Cruise Middle Kingdom Trip

-

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

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https://www.revisingsecondaryhistory.com/great-work

The Big Vision, The BSA Way

A big part of the Humanities vision is the promotion of the ‘Green Agenda’ and tackling the Climate Crisis. The recent focus on plastic in the ocean campaigns inspired us to do our first beach clean-up on the Corniche this year. The Minister of Environment recently read out in parliament one of our pupil's letters about protecting the environment. We work closely with Banlastic and Go Clean to further the environment crusade. Furthermore, we have been heavily promoting reusable products designed by BSA pupils such as a BSA water bottle and carrier bag. The Eco Warriors gang have been instrumental in introducing and promoting recycling through the whole of BSA, ranging from paper to plastic which is collected daily by the Kafr Abdou Community Group. Also a campaign to save energy in Egypt’s current energy-starved situation has been implemented. We even provided the original idea for this Group by our regeneration project in the Allenby gardens next to the British Consulate a few years ago.  A longtime charity favourite is raising money for Water Aid and trying to encourage the principle of the universal right to access to clean water and sanitation. It’s clear that the department is hands-on when it comes to project work and is making a difference in the community! “Act local and think global” is our motto which interlinks with the school principles of Global Citizenship and HPL Concern for Others focus. Also, we are promoting sustainability and acting responsibly in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals with the United Nations. Check out our pictures below showing the green agenda.

 

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Student comments

“I really enjoy Geography because we do lots of different activities like debates, which really help me to learn.”

“We need Geography; it teaches us about real-world problems.”

“Geography is amazing because it expands our knowledge and teaches us how to think for ourselves.”
 

Edexcel IGCSE Geography overview

Geography is optional at IGCSE and A Level.

Here are a few of the 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.

Paper 1: Physical geography  Externally assessed • 70 marks 40% 

  • Section A: Coastal environments 

  • Section B: Hazardous environments including fieldwork from Coasts 

Assessment Examination of 1 hour and 10 minutes, consisting of two sections. The questions are a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer, data-response and open-ended questions. 

 

Paper 2: Human geography 

Externally assessed 

105 marks 60% of the total International GCSE Content summary 

Assessment Examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes, consisting of three sections. The questions are a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer, data-response and open-ended questions. 

  • Section A : economic activity and energy and urban environments. 

  • Section B fieldwork-related question on: urban environments. 

  • Section C: fragile environments and climate change or development and human welfare.

We encourage and challenge our pupils not just in lesson time but at home. Here are some useful websites to consolidate and further research topics: 

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

www.theday.co.uk 

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/

There are two papers for International Edexcel AS Level:

IAS Unit 1: Global Challenges 

Externally assessed Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 

90 marks 60% of the total IAS 30% of the total IAL Content overview 

  •  Topic 1: World at Risk 

  •  Topic 2: Going Global 

Assessment overview 

  • Section A: Data response and short-answer questions. 

  • Section B: Choice of longer/guided essay questions, on either Topic 1: World at Risk or Topic 2: Going Global. IAS 

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations 

Externally assessed Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes Availability: January and June 

60 marks 40% of the total IAS 20% of the total IAL Content overview 

  •  Topic 1: Crowded Coasts 

  •  Topic 2: Urban Problems, Planning and Regeneration 

Assessment overview

  • Section A: Data response and short-answer questions on Topics 1 and 2: Crowded Coasts and Urban Problems, Planning and Regeneration. 

  • Section B: Compulsory short-answer questions on research and fieldwork investigation. 

  • Section C: one fieldwork question on Topic 2: Urban Problems, Planning and Regeneration.

Edexcel International GCSE History overview

History is optional at IGCSE and A Level.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-internationa...

Paper 1: Depth Studies

Pupils study two depth studies. 

Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918-45

A world divided: superpower relations, 1943-72

 

Paper 2:  Investigation and Breadth Studies

Pupils study one historical investigation and one breadth study.

Russia 1905-1924

The Middle East: conflict, crisis and change, 1917-2012

Summary of the paper in History

Paper 1: 50% of exam total. 1 examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

Paper 2: 50% of exam total. 1 examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

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

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

http://www.johndclare.net/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/

http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/revision/

http://www.mrallsophistory.com/revision/

https://www.revisingsecondaryhistory.com/great-work

International A Level Edexcel

This course is modular and is not solely examined at the end of the two-year course. Pupils have the flexibility to re-sit any module during different times of the two-year course.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-internationa...

Unit overview 

IAS Units: 

Edexcel International Advanced Subsidiary GCE in History. Course code: XHI01

Unit 1: Depth Study with Interpretations

Germany, 1918-1945

Unit 2: Breadth Study with Source Evaluation

Russia, 1917-91: From Lenin to Yeltsin

Unit 1: 1 paper of 2 hours

Unit 2: 1 paper of 2 hours