Geography and History

Teaching Staff

Mr J Hawkins – Teacher (Geography)
Mr W McGarvey – Second in EBacc faculty and Teacher (History)
Mr J Mitchell – Teacher

Weekly Lesson Allocations

  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8/9) – 2x 50 minute lessons per week
  • Key Stage 4 (Years 10/11) – 3x 50 minute lessons per week in the option pools

Humanities Curriculum Statement

Our Geography curriculum creates opportunities which will inspire in pupils a curiosity about the world and its people. Our aims are to equip pupils with knowledge about the world’s diverse environments, people and places. Pupils will understand the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Pupils will be able to explain how people and environments are interconnected and how they change over time. Pupils should appreciate the fragile nature of many places and how as responsible citizens they can help to manage them sustainably. Our curriculum provides the opportunities for pupils to visit different places and conduct fieldwork. This shows that learning about geography can happen both inside and outside the classroom.

History is an academic subject rich in powerful stories about our ancestors. It provides coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Studying History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

History education within THOA aims to equip our students with both the knowledge and the skills required to become well-rounded individuals. Our curriculum is structured to nurture a love of History through the development of key historical skills and a depth of knowledge. Students develop the five key concepts using evidence, interpretations, significance, change and continuity and cause and consequence. These concepts are used as tools for students to make sense of, and understand, the volume of knowledge required for the development of expertise. Students study a wide range of historical periods from Medieval Britain to modern day medicine. This enables students to study the past from a variety of standpoints and to make connections and comparisons over time.

Curriculum Overview – History (pdf)

Key Stage 3:

KS3 – Curriculum Overview – Geography (pdf)

Key Stage three is assessed using threshold statements.  A child will be given a working at threshold at each data capture:

In year 9 pupils are assessed using GCSE grades.

Pupils are set homework booklets half termly to develop their scientific enquiry skills. There are a choice of tasks and these are self, peer and teacher assessed. Key Stage 3 Homework booklets can be downloaded from here: THOA Homework Site

Key stage 4:

KS4 – Curriculum Overview –


Syllabus: 8035
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website:
Subjects: GCSE History

Geography GCSE syllabus content:

Pupils will study:

  • Geographical Skills – including map skills, graphical skills and fieldwork skills.
  • Physical Geography – investigating topics such as rivers, coasts, weather and climate.
  • Human Geography – studying topics such as population, settlement and development.
  • Fieldtrips – Pupils will undertake two fieldtrips: a river study in Carding Mill Valley on the Long Mynd in Shropshire and an investigation into urban regeneration in Birmingham.


Syllabus: 3145
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website:
Subjects: GCSE Geography

History GCSE syllabus content:

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

  • Period study: Germany 1890 to 1945: Democracy to Dictatorship, including Hitler and Nazi Germany.
  • World Depth Study: Conflict and tension: 1918-1939 including the impact of World War One and the outbreak of the World War Two.

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

  • Thematic study: Medicine from 1050 to present day.
  • British Depth Study: Elizabethan England 1568 to 1603

Student Resources

THOA Geography Website