Through the study of Geography, students will develop independent enquiry skills. They are encouraged to use these to explore and investigate key issues which affect the modern world through a mixture of human and physical geography. Students develop ICT skills, data handling skills, debating and thinking skills, together with decision making techniques. Students study Geography for two periods a week at key stage 3 and three periods at key stage 4. In year 7, students cover a diverse number of enquiry based topics which range from developing map-reading and atlas skills, to the study of why settlements develop and spread.
In year 8, students study the growth of tourism in Britain and the wider world. They examine a naturally occurring land-form such as Niagara Falls, as well as the water cycle, the course of a river, weather and climate, and environmental issues.
Students engage in an intense study of four different nation states throughout year 9. These include enquiries into the Brazilian rainforests and the Australian Great Barrier Reef; an investigation into Japan and the natural phenomenon of a tsunami; plus a study of Kenya.
Through the study of History, students develop some important skills, such as literacy, analysing sources of information, researching and forming an argument. These vital life and academic skills may open many doors to further and higher education and beyond. It is our desire that students will engage with the subject, asking challenging questions and taking a full and active role in exploring the past in order to enrich their learning. Students study History for two periods a week at key stage 3 and three periods at key stage 4.
In year 7, students will focus on a variety of topics which range from Roman Britain to Medieval England up to the end of the Plantagenet dynasty. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of source analysis and historical investigation as well as chronological understanding.
In year 8, students study early modern British history from the reign of the Tudor dynasty to that of the Stuarts, including a local study of the pilgrim fathers. Students undertake an enquiry-based project and develop their ability to critically analyse sources whilst evaluating how interpretations are formed.
In year 9, students follow British history in the modern period including an analysis of the causes of the First World War to the causes of and impact of the Holocaust. Students also investigate the impact of the Second World War on the Bassetlaw area.
Students will discover how religion is at the centre of global issues and cultural conflicts. They will investigate why religion continues to thrive and the reasons for this despite the threat to religious understanding from new technologies and scientific explanations of the world.
Developing their comprehension of how religious traditions are adaptable, students will discover why contemporary religion has room for scepticism, science, and the secular, which allows it to keep going in our rapidly changing world. Students study Religious Education for one period a week at key stage 3 and two periods at key stage 4.
In year 7, students develop an overall appreciation and comprehension of all the major world religions and the ways they practice and worship. They also examine religious themes of justice, the significance of religion as a cultural denominator and the importance of religion in environmental matters.
Students in year 8 examine concepts such as evil and suffering, the religious arguments associated with animal rights, and the debate over religious explanations of the natural world against those offered by the scientific community. Students also undertake an enquiry into poverty and equality in relation to religious understanding, and explore various festivals of faith.
In year 9, students look at the roles of key individuals and personalities associated with the various faith groups around the world and how they impact on their own religion and world affairs. Students examine how religion helps us to develop an ethical and moral understanding of the world around us.
Clubs and trips
Staff ensure that students have every opportunity to enrich themselves through the study of humanities. There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities both within the academy and externally. There is a Humanities club and a homework club with a regular revision booster sessions that run twice a week from Easter onwards.
Year 12 History students have previously attended two lecture series, one on the early Stuart dynasty and one on Stalinist Russia, while year 13 students visited the University of Sheffield to research their historical enquiries. Year 10 students visited the battlefields of the First World War including Ypres and the Somme, year 9 students visited the Holocaust Centre near Newark, and year 8 students have worked with undergraduate students from the University of Sheffield on the ‘Hand on History’ project. Students have also visited Lincoln Castle to view the Magna Carta and assess the castle defences. In year 11, students have the opportunity to attend GCSE revision and booster clubs running twice a week in the lead up to examinations.
The Religious Studies department runs a regular GCSE revision/booster club which runs once a week from Easter onwards. There is also the opportunity for key stage 3 students to attend a Religious Education club, run by an outside provider. This involves students taking part in fun and engaging games and activities which allow them to consider the role of religion in a number of contemporary situations. The club also offers students the opportunity to work on independent learning projects and enquiries, and explore their own relationship with religion and faith.