Humanities

Department Staff

Introduction

This department joins a collection of subjects, and is based on the top floor of West Block. The main subjects are Geography, History and Ethics & Religion.

Department Successes

2017 A-Level Results

2017 KS4 Results

Geography

At Lincoln Castle Academy we believe that the aims of a geography education include:

  • Developing in young people a knowledge and understanding of the place they live in, of other people and places and of how people and places inter-relate and interconnect.
  • Developing the skills needed to carry out geographical study, for example map work and fieldwork.
  • Stimulating an interest in and encouraging an appreciation of, the world around us.
  • Developing concern for the world around us and an ability and willingness to take positive action, both locally and globally.

History

Learning History at Lincoln Castle Academy isn’t just about knowing dates and facts. We hope that you will find the study of History fun and exciting. You will develop skills which you can use in other subject areas as well as later on in life. All of us in the History Department believe strongly there has never been a more important time to study History – a subject that is not only academically challenging but crucial for an understanding of one another and of the world we live in. We are committed to passing on our love of the subject, in the courses we teach and through our extra-curricular activities. History requires and encourages a range of skills, both general and subject-specific.

We aim to develop all of the following in our teaching:

  • The ability to evaluate a range of evidence of different kinds, and to use it to structure arguments and to reach balanced conclusions.
  • The awareness that different historians have interpreted the past differently, and of the existence of different types of historical sources, and of the problems they pose
  • The understanding of our common heritage and of the present-day world through a study of events, developments and ideas that have gone before
  • The love of History, the awareness of its existence outside the classroom, of the opportunity it provides for leisure and of its value in helping us to understand one another
  • The ability to understand the factors that influenced the behaviour of people from different times and places

Ethics & Religion

Ethics, Religion and Philosophy at Lincoln Castle Academy is staffed by two specialist teachers. The department provides compulsory RE at Key Stage 3, and Religious Studies as a GCSE option at Key Stage 4 where we focus on a detailed study of Christianity, Islam and Philosophical and Ethical Issues. In addition to this the department also offers A Level Religious Studies, focusing on the Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics, and Developments in Christian Thought.

In the study of Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, we aim to encourage students to develop the following skills:

  • To appreciate and respect the diversity of beliefs and values within society
  • To reflect on personal beliefs and values
  • To be able to evaluate and justify different beliefs, values and stances in response to philosophical and ethical issues
  • To be tolerant and respectful people
  • To develop skills of empathy, understanding and openness (to other beliefs and customs)
  • To develop a sense of wonder about the world we live in.

Department Facilities

We have seven classrooms, including two fully fitted with ICT facilities.

Key Stage 3

Geography

The modules are taught as follows:

Year 7

  • It's Geography
  • Mapping & Making Connections
  • Floods
  • Settlement
  • London: Your Capital City
  • Sport

Year 8

  • Let's Go Shopping!
  • Oi Brazil!
  • Ecosystems
  • Coasts
  • Coffee Time!
  • Crime
  • Rivers

Year 9

  • Tourism: Good or Bad?
  • Our Warming Planet
  • Development
  • Off To The USA
  • Exploring Britain
  • Where Should We Get Our Energy?
  • China

History

Topics studied include:

Year 7

  • The Roman Empire
  • Medieval Britain 1066 - 1500

Year 8

  • Britain 1500 - 1750
  • Native Americans

Year 9

  • Britain 1750 - 1900
  • The 20th Century, including the Holocaust and Northern Ireland conflict

ERP

At KS 3 pupils receive one 50-minute lesson of Ethics and Religion per week and they are taught in mixed ability groups. Pupils are taught a series of units in each year which touch upon all six major religions, although major learning opportunities focus on Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Pupils are formally assessed once every half term.

Activities are designed to look at Assessment Target 1 (Learning from Religion) and Assessment Target 2 (Learning about Religion) in equal measure. These assessments are marked according to common mark schemes and are awarded levels based on the school marking policy, which are then recorded for tracking and monitoring purposes.

Key Stage 4

Geography

Students opting to study Geography at GCSE level follow the OCR Specification A. This is a lively and innovative specification which was developed in association with The Geographical Association.

Students study in and out of the classroom, following these modules:

  • Extreme Environments: the challenge of living in a desert or polar environment.
  • Similarities and Differences: a comparison of a location in the UK with one abroad.
  • Issues in Our Fast Changing World: these include global climate change; trade, aid and superpowers; the challenge of planning.
  • You as a Global Citizen: the impact of our decisions as a consumer.

Students opting to study Countryside and Environment gain a BTEC qualification. It is a course suitable for students with a keen interest in environmental matters and that are thinking of pursuing a career connected with the countryside. The modules studied depend on students’ needs and interests. They may include:

  • Countryside & Environmental Industry & Organisations
  • Countryside Access & Recreations
  • Urban Habitat Conservation

History

In Year 9 you will have the choice of continuing to study History at GCSE.

It is important when you are making up your mind to think carefully about what History can offer you. By taking History at GCSE you are improving a number of skills that you may not have considered. You will improve your group co-operation, communication and writing skills. You will learn how to put an argument together and how to give a balanced view of an issue. All these skills are very important to employers and universities.

In addition to the skills that you will develop, studying History at GCSE is fun and interesting. These include modern topics such as the two world wars. You will also study a diverse range of topics such as Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. There are many reasons to choose History at GCSE and we hope that you will consider this very interesting and rewarding subject.

GCSE History

This course allows students to study periods of history and their significance. Sources of evidence are used to reach conclusions and develop understanding of how the past has been represented.

Students will study Modern World History (AQA Syllabus B).

Students can gain a GCSE at grade A*-G.

This includes the following areas of study:

  • Peace to war 1900-49
  • In depth study of Britain in the First World War
  • Governments in action focusing on Russia & Germany
  • Coursework focusing on Britain & the Second World War
Assessment
  • 2 written examinations which together equal 75% of the overall assessment
  • 2 pieces of written coursework which together equal 25% of the overall assessment.

ERP

GCSE exams:

  • Christianity: 1 hour, 25%
  • Islam: 1 hour, 25%
  • Philosophy and Ethics: 2 hours, 50%

Religious Studies can be studied as one of students' GCSE options. We follow the OCR specification consisting of a detailed study of:

Year 10

  • Christian beliefs and practices
  • Muslim beliefs and practices

Year 11

  • Philosophical and ethical issues from the Christian perspective, including
    • Relationships and families
    • The existence of God
    • Religion, peace and conflict
    • Dialogue within and between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes

Key Stage 5

Geography

This A-Level Geography course gives you a strong foundation for understanding the two main themes of the subject: human geography and physical geography. Between them, they are what makes our planet tick.

Human geography deals with how people and the environment interact and the way we both exist. It also looks at how people and groups move and live in the world around us. For example, you will learn about articles you see in the papers and on the news everyday, including issues of sustainability.

Physical geography on the other hand, is all about the scientific aspects of our world, with an emphasis on how we can manage them.

AS Assessment

Unit 1 Physical and Human Geography

This is a two hour written examination with structured short and extended questions (35% of A-Level).

Unit 2 Geographical Skills

This is a 1 hour written examination based on a resource booklet and the student's own fieldwork (15% of A-Level).

A2 Assessment

Unit 3 Contemporary Geographical Issues

This is a 2 hour 30 minutes written examination (30% of A-Level). As well as an essay, there are short and extended questions.

Unit 4 Geographical Issue Evaluation

This is a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination with questions based on a pre-released Information Booklet that the student will have studied (20% of A-Level).

History

In Year 12 students will focus on the Historical concepts of Change and Consolidation and Periods of Change.

Students will study English and European History 1483 - 1564.

The A2 course focuses on the State and the people:

Change and Continuity. Students will be given the opportunity of studying Elizabethan Britain. They will also be required to carry out a Historical Enquiry on a topic of their choice.

In the Summer term of 2011 we also worked with Colin McFarlane and other celebrities on a celebrity-led mentoring project that aimed to use cultural history to empower young people.

ERP

Religion is a major part of everyday life, whether you are religious or not. This makes it a really interesting and complex subject. Many of the things in our world today have a direct link to religious thinking. When we look at moral philosophy much of the thinking is from great religious thinkers. Looking at the ideas helps us understand more of the world we live in.

By studying A Level  Religious studies, you will develop your debating skills, improve your research skills and deepen your knowledge of different religious and moral ideas. You are required to answer questions by extended written answers and so will develop essay writing skills. You will also learn that there are many differences within religious groups and quite often there is no right or wrong answer.

A Level Religious Studies is assessed entirely by examination at the end of the two years of study. There are three papers, each lasting two hours. These papers cover the three detailed areas of study addressed over the two year course, namely:

  • Religion and Ethics: 2 hours, 33.3%
  • Philosophy of religion: 2 hours, 33.3%
  • Developments in Christian thought: 2 hours, 33.3%

Our Ethos and Values

At Lincoln Castle Academy, we value:

Hard work, perseverance and academic excellence

The development of character, compassion and responsible citizenship

Ourselves, each other and boundless ambition