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Welcome to Humanities

Welcome to Humanities at Kirk Hallam Community Academy

Humanities is about people: how people create the world they live in and how the world they live in makes them the people that they are. The Humanities Faculty incorporates the three subjects of History, Geography and Religious Studies at Key Stages 3 , 4 and 5. We focus on the students' whole learning experience, encouraging them to learn about issues and to examine their own values and attitudes as individuals in a post-industrial, global and interdependent society. We encourage our students to play an active, well-informed role in the community and prepare them for further and higher education and the world of work.

The three main subjects are taught as separate subjects by enthusiastic subject specialists. Having a Humanities Faculty allows us to share good practice across the subjects and draw on, and emphasise the cross curricular links that already exist. All three subjects are popular with Kirk Hallam Community Academy students and we have a wealth of extra-curricular activities and trips which take place throughout the year.


We are determined to make every student who walks into our classrooms love History. We aim to show every student the value, importance and relevance of past events and why a knowledge of the past is important to our future.

Our teachers are all passionate and skilled Historians with our own areas of expertise these have developed from our own wide range of study throughout our academic careers.

From year 7-13 our pupils will study a variety of different topics which reflect the depth of knowledge and expertise of the department. Topics pupils will cover during their time at Kirk Hallam range from the Norman conquest of England in year 7, the First and Second World Wars in year 8. At GCSE pupils are offered the AQA History course where they will study Health and the people, Norman England, Germany & the Cold War. At A-Level pupils will receive specialist teaching on topics such as the British Empire 1857-1965, Russia 1894-1941 & the later Tudor period.

Our philosophy on History is that it should:

  • History should be exciting and interesting. We aim for our lessons to engage our pupils and to make them want to find out more about the topic.
  • History should be relevant. It should teach students something about the world they live in and help them make sense of modern life as well as teaching them about past lives.
  • History should teach skills. Students should leave us with not only a knowledge of the past but critical thinking skills, debating skills, the ability to weigh up arguments alongside the ability to spot bias and propaganda .

Here at Kirk Hallam, History is a popular choice at GCSE and A-Level reflecting how much our pupils enjoy our subject.


Mr J Fairclough (Head of History)

Miss R Thornhill (Head of Year 10)

Mr B Hughes (Classroom teacher)

Countdown plan 2019-19

Date: Topics Homework’s
September – October. Germany democracy to dictatorship.
Growth of democracy
Germany and the Great depression

Lessons including- Impact of WW1 on Germany
Uprisings and the Golden years
Wall Street Crash
Who voted for the Nazis and why?
Revision for Health and the People quizzes

Exam questions from Germany
November- December Experiences of Germans under the Nazi regime

Economic changes
Social policies
Control and resistance
Exam questions from Germany

Norman’s quizzes.

Battle of Hastings Project
January - February Conflict and Tension: East and West 1945-72

Origins of the Cold War.
What happened after WW2?
The Iron Curtain.
Events in China, Korea and Vietnam.
Battle of Hastings Project

Germany quizzes
March Development of the Cold War

Military rivalries
The Space race
The Thaw
The Berlin Wall
Exam questions on Cold War

Germany quizzes
April Transformation of the Cold War
Cuban Missile Crisis
The Prague Spring
Easing Tensions

Teaching of Battle of Hastings- Historic environment
Thematic Revision
May - June Revision



Y13 A level Geography COUNTDOWN

Welcome to Geography at Kirk Hallam Academy. Geography has traditionally been categorised as physical; the natural world, and human; man's influence on our world. The teachers at Kirk Hallam Academy investigate these areas with the students and extend the topics to ask how man interacts with the physical environment. The students will be shown how these interactions are changing both locally and across the world and perhaps most importantly how they are impacting us all.

The local geography around Kirk Hallam and Ilkeston is tackled through fieldwork completed in the town, further to this we explore Derbyshire in both GCSE and A-level courses. A-level sees us visit Nottingham, Whitby and Scarborough to work on both human and physical aspects of geography.

Currently a trip to either Italy or Iceland is offered to year 11 and year 13 students. Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Amalfi and Sorrento are all visited on the trip to Italy. Iceland includes visiting glaciers, volcanic craters, geysers, spectacular waterfalls and the capital of Reykjavik.

At KS3

We introduce the world of geography to our students. We look at rivers in particular and some of the positives and negatives of the world we live in. In year 8 we investigate Africa and the challenges faced by selected countries. We examine our risky world and finally visit Antarctica for a landscape that is truly different. We introduce the concept of field work and start to ask ourselves the questions posed by our modern world.


AQA GCSE Geography is a three year course starting in year 9. The curriculum is diverse and covers aspects of physical and human geography. Natural hazards, landscapes, the living world, environmental and urban challenges, resource management and geographical skills are all studied and tested. Students will also be examined on their ability to understand wider issues in the UK. Fieldwork is compulsory.

At KS5 (A-level)

AQA A-level Geography is a two year course and gives our students time to explore six topics in detail. The course asks us to look at hazards, the water and carbon cycles and coasts. Human topics are governance, population and how our world is changing. Fieldwork remains a major component of the course. Students will produce their own investigation which will count towards their final grade (20%) which gives them a chance to enquire about a local issue they are interested in.

Key dates: Fieldwork

GCSE/A-Level Castleton fieldwork 16th October 2018

GCSE/A-Level Burbage fieldwork 8th November 2018

Italy trip to the Bay of Naples, Italy, 10th February 2019

A-Level fieldwork Scarborough 26th January 2019


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Staff: Miss J Cocker (Head of Religious Studies)

Miss K Briggs (Head of Year 7)

Mr R Milner (School Leader)

"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy". Hamlet.

Our aim is to develop a curriculum across all year groups that encourages curiosity, enthusiasm and critical thinking skills, that allows students to explore a diversity of religious and philosophical thought. We allow students to debate ultimate questions, Is God real? Why does suffering exist? What is the purpose of life? Students will develop their own opinions to key issues within the world and evaluate different perspectives.

In a rapidly changing multi- ethnic society Religious Studies has never been more relevant than in today's world. Understanding the diversity of religious beliefs, and how those beliefs affect the meaning of peoples lives, allows us to understand the impact on individuals, culture and behaviour.

The Religious Studies department is determined to deliver specialist teaching, which we all have developed over the course of our academic careers. We pride ourselves on developing a classroom space where pupils feel confident voicing their opinions to controversial topics, and develop a passion for understanding the world in which we all must share.

Religious Studies is available throughout Y7-Y11, and is available at A-Level from Y12-13.

Our KS3-KS4 course of study will include:

Y7- World Religions, Christianity, Buddhism, Abraham and Moses, Sikhism and Hinduism.

Y8- Islam, Inspirational People, Introduction to Philosophy, Crime and Punishment and Judaism.

Y9- Y11- AQA GCSE Religious Studies covering-

Paper 1-

Christian Beliefs and Practices.

Islamic Beliefs and Practices.

Paper 2 (Students choose four topics from the six)-

Theme A-Relationships and Families.

Theme B- Religion and Life.

Theme C- The Existence of God and Revelation .

Theme D- Religion, Peace and Conflict.

Theme E- Religion, Crime and Punishment.

Theme F- Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice.

Mock examinations-

Monday 12th November- 1hr-Islamic Beliefs and Religion and Life

Key dates for 2019 examinations:

Monday 13th May- Paper 1 - 1hr 45 minutes

Monday 20th May- Paper 2- 1hr 45 minutes

KS5 Course of study will include:

Examination Dates for 2019:

Tuesday 4th June 2019 am: Philosophy Paper

Tuesday 11th June 2019 am: Ethics Paper

Monday 17th June 2019 pm: Developments in Christian Thought

Y13 A level Philosophy and Ethics COUNTDOWN


July 2020


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