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Mr A Mallett - Head of Humanities
Ms C Caffull
Mr B Hardie 

The Aims of the Department

In the History department we hope to bring the world of history alive with courses that are interesting, informative and enjoyable. Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, to develop their own views on the past and, just as importantly, understand how the issues from the past are often relevant to our lives today.
 We endeavour to use a wide range of activities to ensure all pupils have access to the work we undertake and are able to show the wide range of skills we know our pupils possess.
Above all, the History department hopes to provide pupils with a genuine interest in history!
History’s place in the curriculum
History is a popular subject throughout the school with 105 students opting to study GCSE in Year 10 in September 2014. Students are encouraged to investigate the past and understand the way that it has been interpreted differently. They develop source analysis and evaluation skills along with the ability to carry out an historical enquiry and formulate judgements on the causes and consequences of events.
Our historians become confident when encouraged to apply higher order thinking skills to problems and can explain how relations between countries have changed over time as a result of specific events.
History teaching at Emerson Park provides a grounding for all students at Key Stage 3, and those who continue at GCSE are able to support their learning by developing their written communication and debating skills. 
The three specialist History rooms are well resourced with interactive whiteboards and a wide range of textbooks for all topics. As well as this, pupils are encouraged to investigate all aspects of History using Chrome Book computers purchased in March 2014 for the History department as well as ICT facilities in the Humanities Block, around the Academy and in their own time.
During Key Stage 3 pupils study a range of historical subjects as set out in the National Curriculum. The curriculum allows us the freedom to investigate our chosen areas of study in real depth.
In Year 7 pupils study England in the ‘Middle Ages’ (1066-1509) from the Norman invasion of 1066, the subsequent Norman conquest of England and key events in this period such as the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt. Pupils will then go on to study ‘Early Modern England’ (1509-1745). They will investigate what life was like under the Tudor Monarchs as well as looking at the English Civil War.
In Year 8 pupils will study life in ‘Industrial Britain’ (1745 – 1901). Through a range of enquiries pupils will analyse the importance of the key events of this period. They will gain an in-depth knowledge of the industrialisation of Britain and the growth of the British Empire. Pupils will also study the development of the Civil Rights movement in the USA and the changes that have occurred since the 1960s to the present day.
In Year 9 pupils will focus their studies on the ‘Twentieth Century World’. They will investigate both the First and Second World Wars, studying the causes and key events. Pupils will also consider the rise of dictators at this time, learning about Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia. The study of World War One takes on special significance this year as it is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war. Already two pupils have accompanied Mrs Goodyear on a trip to the trenches in Belgium to commemorate this event. We will also be running a two day trip for pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 in the summer of 2015 to allow a wider range of pupils to experience the battlefields first hand.
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History is a very successful subject at Emerson Park Academy, with an average pass rate of 70% over the last ten years. History is one of the most popular subjects at GCSE Level every year. In September 2014 we will have over 200 pupils studying GCSE across Year 10 and 11.
There have been recent changes to the GCSE syllabus which, I believe, will help our pupils gain even greater success. Pupils will follow the OCR specification J147 and will be examined on: 
  • Germany 1918 - 1945
  • The Cold War 1945 - 1975
  •  Britain 1890 -1918
The pupils will also undertake a ‘Historical Enquiry’ which will be completed as a Controlled Assessment. This means that pupils will be able to undertake all their research in class and for homework before completing a written piece of work in exam conditions. This assessment will involve a study of America: 1919 – 1941.
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The department is staffed by an experienced team who are passionate about the subject. All pupils are encouraged to ask for help if needed and staff are readily available for pupils at lunch time and after school if assistance is needed. Extra reading around the topics being studied is encouraged and will be beneficial to all, no matter what ability. Pupils are also encouraged to concentrate on their literacy skills and will be given time to make corrections to errors in their work. We believe a good standard of literacy is important and will help develop skills required across the curriculum. Staff will use the Academy Marking Policy (Gr-Grammar error; //- New paragraph needed; Sp- Spelling error; P- punctuation error; ?- Unclear point/ sentence) to ensure pupils are able to identify errors.
Students visiting Tyne Cot Military Cemetery in Ypres

Students exploring a trench system at Hill 62 just outside Ypres

Tyne Cot Military Cemetery in Ypres

Students walking through the infamous gates of Auschwitz

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Students visiting Wawel Castle in Krakow



Ms. M. Coleman
Mr W Coker 

Welcome you to the Geography Department at Emerson Park Academy! We are a well-qualified department with an excellent track record of preparing our students for the role of a global citizen in the dynamic 21st century.  We believe in delivering lessons which inspire our students to think about many of the dominant issues that affect our beautiful and complex world; ranging from decision-making exercises on whether or not to protect the rainforests, role plays about attitudes to the London 2012 Olympics, or creating a home-made volcano complete with explosions! The curriculum at Keystage 3 helps to engage and inspire pupils, with many of them opting to take the subject at GCSE. This has been helped by the announcement of the new EBacc and our student’s feedback on the new GCSE has been very positive. Numbers have increased every year since 2010 and results have improved dramatically compared to several years ago.

The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.


The Geography department uses fieldwork to enhance learning outside of the classroom.  Last year the department ran successful trips to London Docklands and the Olympic Village as well as a Coastal fieldtrip to Walton-on-the-Naze. This year GCSE students have travelled to the Netherlands to study the city of Amsterdam and the Delta Works Project.


Students are also given the opportunity to learn about Geographical Information Systems using Google Earth and other new software like geo-caching.