Humanities and Languages

Geography (Available for KS3 and 4)

KS3 Geography encompasses fun and engaging lessons where the topic incorporates practical elements to further build on the covered topics. In year 7, pupils will learn;

  • Geographical knowledge including understand spacial awareness of countries and continents 

  • Recognising populated and environmental regions

  • Deserts and polar deserts

  • Contextual study of environmental regions of Africa

  • How physical geography has changed over time

  • Plate Tectonics

  • Rocks, rock types

  • Weathering and soils

  • Weather and Climate

  • Changes geographically from Ice Age to current day

  • Glaciation

  • Hydrology

  • Coastal environments

  • Globe, map and atlas skills

  • Using Ordnance survey maps

  • Grid references and scale

  • Topographic maps and other thematic mapping

  • Arial and satellite photography mapping

In year 8, pupils will learn;

  • Qualities of countries

  • Major Cities

  • Contextual study of environmental regions within Asia

  • Case study of 2018 Burma Cyclone

  • Population and urbanism

  • International development

  • Economic activity in different sectors

  • Human Use of natural resources, including human influences on the landscape

  • Environments and landscape

  • Effective functioning natural systems

  • Analysing and interpreting geographical place data

  • Analysing fieldwork from contrasting locations 

In KS4 pupils will learn;-

  • Development dynamics-  global inequality, how emerging countries have developed, development theories. Case Study into India and the effects of rapid development

  • The UK's evolving physical landscape- why physical landscape varies and learning about rock types

  • Coastal change and conflict- Coastal landscapes and processes that shape them, formations of coastal landscapes and longshore drift

  • River Processes and pressures- Processes that shape river landscapes in the UK, key features of rivers and their characteristics, waterfalls, challenges of river landscapes and case study on flooding and flooding management

  • The UK's evolving human landscape- how the UK's geography is evolving, Urban and rural areas, government strategies, urban zones around cities and an  ICT investigation. How major cities are changing, case study into local city Plymouth and how it is structured and functioning.

  • Geographical investigation including fieldwork on river processes and pressures and investigating rural areas

  • Challenges of the Urban world- Causes and challenges of rapid urban change, graphs and urbanisation rates, primate city and influences, push and pull factors of migrants, working conditions in emerging and developing countries and satellite imagery of geographical growth. Variations of life in megacities and emerging countries, studying line graphs reflecting populated cities, where migrants settle, and growth stages from analysing satellite imagery.

History (Available for KS3 and 4)

History at Colours Academy always is fully practical and engages pupils to endeavour to explore the subject further. In year 7, pupils will learn;

  • Life in the middle ages

  • Feudalism and the Doomsday book

  • The black death and it's social and economic impacts

  • Queen Elizabeth's reign

  • Queen Elizabeth's conflict with Catholics of Ireland, Scotland and Spain

  • The causes and  events of the Spanish Armada

  • The Slave trade and it's effects

  • The abolition of the salve trade

  • The industrial revolution

  • Major technological and scientific development in the Victorian era

  • Effects that the industrial revolution had on transport and communication 

In year 8, pupils will learn;

  • World war one

  • The peace settlement of world war one

  • World war two

  • The holocaust

  • The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  • Tors on Dartmoor throughout time

  • Dartmoor prison throughout time

  • Quarries on the Moor

  • Dartmoor's medieval village

  • Investigation into the history of the Clay Factory

  • British development from iron age to modern day

  • Changes in evolution from neolithic revelation to modern day

KS4 pupils will learn;

  • Thematic study of medicine in Britain- medieval medicine, medical renaissance, 18th and 19th Century medicine in Britain, cause of  disease and illness, approaches to prevention and treatment and Modern medical conveniences

  • The Bristish Sector of the Western Front-  Medicine in Modern Britain, surgery and treatment

  • Case Studies into Queen Elizabeth's accession- settlement to religion, queenMary of Scots, challenges to religious settlement, plots and revolts at home, relationship with Spain, The Spanish Armada, Education and Leisure, Raliegh and Virginia, exploration into poor and voyages of discovery

  • The American West- The plains Indians, migration and settlement, conflict and tension, ranching the cattle industry, the life of the Plain Indians