Notre Dame Catholic College
and Sixth Form

Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.”

– Michael Palin

Maths

Our history curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential historical knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces students to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Miss A Cavanagh

Miss A Cavanagh

Head of Department for History

Our geography curriculum is carefully designed and delivered to:

  • inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives” (OPENING HEARTS through inspiration)
  • equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. (OPENING MINDS to new knowledge)
  • deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments (OPENING MINDS to deeper understanding)
  • further develop geographical skills including data analysis, source interpretation and the effective communication of geographical information (OPENING DOORS through the application of developing skills)

 

Year 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum Content

Our Key Stage 3 history curriculum honours the breadth and ambition of the history national curriculum for Key Stage 3. (Please see addition national curriculum audit).

It is delivered in chronological order to support the development of pupils’ web of historical knowledge and ability to make links with their building knowledge of the past.

We have also linked clearly to the development of skills, with analysis of features and inference having a focus in Year 7 and 8.  In all years, students analyse the utility of a source.

History has two compulsory topics which we have placed into Year 8 and 9, we have also established clear links to local history throughout KS3.  We feel it is essential for students to study the events that have changed the face of Liverpool over the course of history, deepening their understanding of their local community.

Year 7Unit/Topic
AutumnRick Riordan's 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief'
SpringCharles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist'
SummerArthur Conan Doyles' 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'
Year 8Unit/Topic
AutumnCharlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'
SpringJohn Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'
SummerWilliam Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'
Year 9Unit/Topic
AutumnSusan Hill's 'Woman in Black'
SpringWilliam Shakespeare's 'Henry V'
SummerMarjorie Blackman's 'Naughts and Crosses'

At GCSE, each unit selected allows students to develop their knowledge clearly and also have clear links to current events around the world.  

Year 10Unit/Topic
Autumn19th Century novel - 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens
SpringExplorations in creative reading and writing (English Language Paper One)
SpringModern texts and poetry - 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestley
SummerWriters' viewpoints and perspectives - non-fiction (English Language Paper 2)
Year 11Unit/Topic
Autumn 1'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare
SpringAQA Relationships Poetry Anthology
SummerRevision and Examination

Key Stage 4 History students follow the Edexcel GCSE History specification. For further details, please follow the link below.

Download Full GCSE History

Key Stage 5 History students follow the AQA A Level History specification. For further details, please follow the link below.’

Download Full A Level History

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