All students will study both History and Geography four times per fortnight at Key Stage 3. Homework is set once each week for both subjects – this may be a written or learning task. In Key Stage 3 homework may be set as a termly project, which students should spend approximately 30 minutes a week on.
In Key Stage 3 students study six topics a year covering a wide variety of themes and issues from the Geography of Food to Natural Hazards and The Rise of China. The curriculum is broadly a 50:50 mix of physical and human geography. Throughout Key Stage 3, students gradually develop the skills and technical vocabulary required for success in GCSE Geography and beyond.
Key Stage 4
Students at PACA study AQA Geography GCSE. The specification consists of six inter-connected topics:
- Natural Hazards
- Living World (Climate and Ecosystems)
- Landscapes of the UK (Coasts and Rivers)
- Urban Issues & Challenges
- Economic Development
- Challenges of Resource Management
Students sit three exams at the end of year 11 including papers on Physical Geography and Human Geography, and an Issue Evaluation based on pre-released material and Fieldwork questions.
Beyond the Classroom
Fieldwork is an essential part of Geography in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Past fieldwork experiences have included trips to Cuckmere Haven and Brighton New England Quarter, as well as residential trips to the Isle of Wight and the Jurassic Coast Dorset.
The KS3 curriculum is engaging and diverse, we try to cover a range of important topics and start to build the skills they will need for KS4
We start in year 7 with a time travel project that allows students to develop essential historical skills and gives them a taste of different times. We move on to look at the Norman
Conquest and Medieval life. In the summer term, we delve into the exciting worlds of the Tudors and Stuarts.
In year 8 students start to develop more complex historical skills and deal with some challenging topics, like the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the British Empire and the Industrial Revolution.
History GCSE provided students with a firm academic basis and is an ideal subject to study for anyone wanting to pursue academic A-Levels. Students learn to read and interpret complex historical sources and interpretations. Students are encouraged to aim high and we provide with a wide range of revision resources to help them deal with the challenging content. It is an ideal subject for students with a keen interest in current affairs and who enjoy engaging with political debate.
We follow an Edexcel GCSE program, and we teach the following topics:
|What topics will I study?|
|Paper One||Paper Two||Paper Three|
Thematic Study and Historic Environment
Period Study and British Depth Study
Modern Depth Study
Medicine in Britain (C1250-Present)
Superpower relations and the Cold War (1941-91)
Weimar and Nazi Germany (1918-1939)
The British Sector of the Western Front during WW1
Early Elizabethan England
Learning beyond the classroom
This year we are collaborating with Brighton University to offer an exciting competition for year 8 students around the use of the Pavilion as a hospital during WW1. The winners will get to go on a free tour of the Pavilion with expert guides and get to visit the University.
Every year we offer a trip to the Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum for students in years 9 and 10
Last year we also ran a whole school trip to the Sussex Weald living museum in activities week and hope to have a visit to another local historical site this summer.