Geography is a popular subject with the Humanities Faculty, housed in two demountable classrooms separate from the main building of the school. Both classrooms are well equipped. A broad range of topics is studied, with a balance between human and physical geography units of work. In KS3, the time allocation is 1.5 hours per week and in KS4, this rises to 2.5 hours per week.

In KS3, the National Curriculum is followed. The KS4 GCSE scheme follows AQA syllabus A scheme. This qualification has three final written exam papers, with each exam being between 1 ½ and 1 ¾ hours’ duration. 

From September 2017, year 9 will begin the GCSE course in September to allow plenty of time to cover the content.

​Year 7

  • Introduction & types of Geography
  • Locational maps
  • Restless Earth - Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunami (Causes, Consequences, reactions and responses).
  • Map work skills using Ordnance Survey maps.
  • World of work - Introduction to Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quarternary sectors of industry.
  • Regional study – India, incorporated into the work topic through the theme of Tertiary Industry in “Work”.

 ​Year 8

  • Global maps to develop locational knowledge- building on Y7 maps to support Y8 study.
  • Development
  • Rivers
  • Regional Study – Africa
  • Rocks, Soil and Weathering
  • Regional Study – Russia, incorporated into the “Cold Climates” theme
  • Map skills revision - review and development of Y7 OS Map work

​Year 9

  • Global maps to develop locational knowledge- building on Y8 maps to support Y9 study.
  • Weather in the UK
  • Global weather systems
  • Tropical climates
  • Desert climates
  • River systems

​Y10 – 11

Year 10/11 syllabus is AQA – A. Assessment 3 x exam papers.

Year 10

  • Urban issues and challenges, including:
  • The changing economic world
  • Fieldwork:- Assessed by exam.

Year 11

  • The challenge of resource management and Geographic skill, including:
  • Food
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Hazards
  • Revision

​Useful revision sites for KS4:


History at Lacon Childe is a forward (and backward!) looking subject. We aim to be as dynamic and modern in our approach to History teaching and learning as possible. This website is just one part of our plan to maintain a vibrant and exciting department that allows students to learn in a supportive and challenging atmosphere in which all potential is fulfilled. We also aim to provide a wide variety of skills for our students, and in particular, transferable ones which will be of great use after leaving Lacon Childe. Those who learn to analyse and communicate ideas effectively are in a strong position in most Further Education courses and careers.

Curriculum Content - History

Content led by reforms to National Curriculum, resources available and work to support GCSE activities.


Year 7

·         Introduction and Types of Evidence

·         Castles as evidence

·         Personal Research Project

·         Were the Romans Rotten?

·         Invasion


Year 8 - How difficult has it been to challenge authority in the past?

·         How was Medieval England different?

·         King John and the Magna Carta

·         The Peasants' Revolt

·         The Medieval Church

·         Henry VIII and the break with Rome

·         The English Civil War

·         The French Revolution

·         Warfare through time


Year 9

·         World War I

·         Hitler's rise to power

·         World War II

·         Holocaust

·         Slavery


Y10 – 11

·         Syllabus used - AQA Syllabus A History

·         Currently, 25% Controlled Assessment and 75% exam - 2 x 1hr 45minute exams.

·         Medicine through time

·         Germany 1919 – 1945

·         Goodrich Castle 



Recommended Revision Guide - My Revision Notes, AQA GCSE Schools History Project, Second Edition by Johnson/Pellow/Cloake, Published by Hodder Education. 

Religious education

In RE the aim is to encourage the pupils in

  • developing questioning and enquiry skills when considering religions and various different aspects of belief
  • self-understanding and reflection
  • communication and sharing of ideas

Year 7 pupils have been looking at various explanations and representations of Creation and have been encouraged to consider their own beliefs.

Pupils in Year 8 have been examining the mysteries of the events marked by the Christmas celebrations, considering the relevance to the 21st Century and looking at the work of charities such as Crisis at Christmas.


In Year 9 pupils have been reflecting on the journey to adulthood, looking at how significant events along the way are celebrated and how different religions mark adult commitment to a religion.