Geography is a compulsory subject at KS3 and the course is intended to introduce students to a wide range of geographical issues and topics. Accordingly, the programme of study in each year at KS3 incorporates a variety of places, scales and ideas and is planned for progression of skills, knowledge and understanding. Units of study vary in length and style, and allow for progression of knowledge, skills and understanding.
Our KS3 History curriculum aims to provide the opportunity to study a variety of issues and themes, providing the girls with a broad skills base. We follow six themes, taught chronologically: Movement and Settlement; Empires; Conflict and Co-operation; Ordinary Life; Power, Democracy and Human Rights; Ideas and Beliefs.
At KGGS we take RE seriously, following the aims of the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus, which states that students should learn about religion and explore human experience. In Year 9, we begin teaching the Edexcel GCSE syllabus, Religion and Life, to enable as many students as possible to achieve certification in this subject.
GCSE Geography offers students the opportunity to study aspects of both physical and human geography and their associated processes. The course aims to make students of Geography effective and independent learners, with critical, reflective and enquiring minds. We develop a knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world. We explore the differences and similarities between people's views of the world, its environments, societies and cultures. We strive to understand the significance of values and attitudes towards the development and resolution of issues. We develop and apply our students' learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out of classroom activities.
KS4 History aims to actively engage students in the process of historical enquiry to develop them as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. We seek to develop students' knowledge and coherent understanding of selected periods, societies and aspects of history and their awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and accorded significance for different reasons and purposes.
There are two pathways to follow in Religious Studies. All students will be timetabled for Core RS, one lesson per week, continuing their GCSE studies begun in Y9 and, for most pupils, resulting in a Full GCSE in RS at the end of Y11. Those who wish to study the subject in more detail should choose Full Course GCSE as an option subject. These students will also study Sociology, resulting in 2 GCSE qualifications. If you enjoy thinking about the way people make decisions and like forming your own opinions, then Full Course GCSE RS will give you opportunities to explore many new ideas and learn about others' beliefs.
As a student following AS/A Level Geography course, you will have the opportunity to study core human and physical geography. In each area of study you will consider your own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support your learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies.
As a student following the A Level course you will have the opportunity to further your interest in the world around you. You will develop an enquiring mind and the ability to weigh up different evidence or arguments. The qualification you will gain is highly regarded by universities and one that demonstrates your ability to be critical, analytical, to form judgements and express your opinions.
Religious Studies helps candidates to develop their understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues in depth. Religious Ethics develops an understanding of the bases of morality and ethics and considers a variety of responses to ethical issues. You will be examining and debating ethical topics from their original development through to their present day applications. Developments in Christian Theology deepens understanding of the ways in which culture shapes and is shaped by religious belief. You will be able to explore some of the big questions that Christians face in the modern world.
As a student following the A Level course, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge to help explain people's thoughts and behaviour through various theories and approaches. You will learn to analyse key studies and theories, effectively highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.
AS/A Sociology will give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the social processes and social change that affect your everyday life. From the start of the course, you will be encouraged to see the links between the different areas of Sociology, and to develop your own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.