“The aim of the historian, like that of the artist, is to enlarge our picture of the world, to give us a new way of looking at things.” (James Joll)
We engage and inspire every student to achieve their potential and to fire their curiosity. Able, gifted and talented students benefit from a special ‘humanities’ day and all learners will design their own enquiries through source based investigation so as to become lifelong learners. History helps students develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express their own opinions. As much as possible, history at Rushcroft is related to current day issues to remind students of its relevance and that history is very capable of repeating itself.
The highest academic results are expected by the history department, yet students are also encouraged to develop other skills such as debating, learning creatively, for example by making models of trenches, and to connect events from the past to wider ideas that society engages with, such as progress in engineering through the study of the 1851 Great Exhibition to the culmination of our own 2051 version.
Additionally, history is a very popular choice at KS4 and during students’ exam years they are pushed to achieve their full potential and beyond through targeted revision sessions and intervention. Home learning is set every week that addresses a range of learning styles and skills.
All pupils at Rushcroft are invited to enjoy in the excitement of history with organised visits to places such as the World War I battlefields and various exhibitions in London, which instill respect and awe for the contributions and sacrifices of earlier generations.
Unit guide breakdowns and knowledge organisers for Years 7 to 10 can be downloaded from the list below.
Year 10: Knowledge organiser
Geography is taught to all pupils in Years 7-9 and it is very much seen as a GCSE core subject. Pupils choosing GCSE courses at Rushcroft are now encouraged to include courses which will enable them to achieve Ebacc as part of their Key Stage 4 education. Geography is a subject which can form part of the Ebacc. It is a solid academic subject and well respected by universities and employers alike.
Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is fun. The current GCSE course is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, tourism, coasts and natural hazards to name but a few. The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions which affect our world and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our world.
Geography at Rushcroft is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as, map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, data prevention, role play and debating techniques.
The study of geography improves students' literacy through report writing and written work. Practical use is made of numeracy skills through the interpretation of data and construction of graphs, as well as improving science knowledge and understanding. Geography is the subject that cements the core subjects together and provides a global perspective.
There has never been a better time for studying geography. The skills used in geographical studies are of potential interest to a wide range of employers. Statistics show that compared with other subjects, geographers are among the most employable. Many of those leaving university with a geography degree enter three fields of employment: administration and management; marketing or financial work - geographers possess the abilities and skills that employers look for.
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