RESPECT college encompasses Modern Foreign Languages and the Humanities including Sociology.
Modern Foreign Languages include French and German.
Students will work on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through interactive and text based resources and using assessment for learning booklets to record progress and plan improvement.
• Bi-annual residential trips
• Hosting visitors from our twin towns.
Students who choose French as an option at Key Stage 4 will follow the syllabus Edexcel GCSE French – 2FR01 (QAN: 500/4621/4).
Students who choose German as an option at Key Stage 4 will follow the syllabus Edexcel GCSE German – 2GN01 (QAN: 500/4593/3).
At KS3 our priority is ensuring students are engaged and enjoy their history lessons as well as developing key knowledge, skills and understanding that will help them to progress across the curriculum and prepare them well for GCSE should they opt for History in year 9. Our curriculum is enquiry led and the students are encouraged to ask as well as answer questions about the past and present. The KS3 course is structured around the following ‘Big’ questions:
• Did people love or hate the Roman Empire?
• How did the Normans conquer England?
• Why was Elizabeth I so successful?
• Why did Charles I lose control?
• Why is it so important to remember the slave trade?
• How significant was the Titanic?
• How should we remember the First World War?
• What was the impact of Hitler’s dictatorship in Germany?
• How has the story of JFK’s assassination been told in different ways?
We have a brand new course at KS4 which is proving to be popular with students. The course takes a look at history ‘over time’ which means we start with pre-history and go right up until the current day for one of the units and ‘in depth’ as well. For this we look at Nazi Germany and terrorism. This gives students a broad understanding of the past and present and means there is a period of interest for everyone!
Students will follow the OCR GCSE History – J415 (QAN: 500/4532/5) which is organized around the following enquiry questions:
• Why do people have better health and live longer lives today than people in the past? (This is the study over time of ‘Medicine through Time’ which is a focus on human nature and reasons for change and continuity as well as for steps forward and backwards over time).
• How did Hitler rise to power and what effect did he have on people’s lives in Germany? (This is our depth study which focuses on Germany post WWI and the reasons for the rise of the Nazis and their impact on ordinary Germans including young people, women and, of course, Jews).
• Terrorism: Why has America had a lasting influence in the Middle East? (This is a modern world study and carried out as a controlled assessment. We focus on terrorism for this including 9’11 in answer to this question).
• The encouragement of a spirit of geographical enquiry
• Local issues investigated with map work and settlement investigation
• Fieldwork focus with Lincoln, Ilkeston exploration and American Adventure usage?
• Resources and environmental issues within our National Parks
• Fairtrade, rainforest management – what difference can we make?
• Complex geographical issues questioning attitudes and values.
KS3 course structure
Geography is a global subject in every way, involving an awareness of the environmental, social, political and cultural issues that are relevant to everyday life. Geography at Ilkeston Academy aims to bring these issues alive by relating them as closely to the experience of the learner.
The focus of the KS3 Geography course is to build upon the skills that the students have gained at KS2, within a place context, using fieldwork wherever possible.
The aim of the KS3 course is to cultivate a sense of location, knowledge of places, an understanding of the human and physical landscape around us and a respect for the environment.
KS4 Course structure
Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA GCSE Geography – 9032 (QAN: 600/6067/0). This specification has been selected as it combines Physical, Human and Environmental Geography in a balanced way and involves studies within the UK, the EU and developing countries.
During the course, students will learn more about the natural landscape around us and discover the many ways in which humans have influenced it.
In KS3 we learn about what we value first and foremost.
It is impossible to watch television without being bombarded by debates about the religious and ethical dimensions of cloning, euthanasia, abortion, divorce, gay marriage, animal rights, war, capital punishment, and other issues that divide public opinion.
We have therefore chosen a GCSE that reflects these current debates as we feel that we should encourage our students to discuss them so they can think as individuals. We will develop our own opinions on religious, philosophical and ethical issues and develop the skills to argue our case effectively.
We accept that others are different from ourselves and understand why, in the hope of reducing our prejudices. We hope to develop empathy and reflection skills. We use a wide range of learning strategies including, card sorts, discussions, debates, creative media, independent research, group work and extended writing. All lessons have clear lesson objectives linking to the levels of the students.
The Students can choose to take either the short course Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies – 3RS01 (QAN: 500/4526/X) or the full course Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies – 2RS01 (QAN: 500/4488/6).
Sociology is taught at GCSE and at A Level. Students will follow the OCR GCSE Sociology – J696 (QAN: 500/4557/X) and study the society we live in; in particular looking at how your social class; gender or ethnic identity can affect how you live your life. For example we are particularly interested in how the type of family that you live in can make a difference on what exam results you get. We also study crime and we try and find out why there is only one female prisoner to every seven men? We use a wide range of learning strategies including, role plays, card sorts, discussions, debates, creative media, independent research, group work and extended writing. All lessons have clear lesson objectives linking to the levels of the students.
Personal Development focuses on what our students need to help them to grow into mature, well informed young adults.
In KS3 we introduce students to the topics of drugs (smoking and alcohol); relationships; potential careers to help them choose their options and how to manage your finances. We also teach units of Citizenship to begin to get our students to think about the implications of being a good citizen; for example understanding what democracy is and being aware of how to avoid crime.
We step it up a gear in KS4. We teach students about relationships like in KS3, but we also discuss about how to deal with sexual pressure and what contraception is best for them. We also teach students about the effects of alcohol and how to drink responsibly as well as informing them of the effects of hard drugs such as heroin. We have a wide variety of different speakers who add extra interest. In KS4 it is also essential that our students have begun to think about how they can achieve their goals in life, we help them choose potential careers and help them make the right choices to ensure they can achieve them. We have guest speakers wherever possible to ensure that the information we provide is up to date and specialist, for example careers advisors/the homeless/Society for Protection of Unborn Children to name just a few. We are proud of our Personal Development course as we feel it has a real positive impact on every student here and helps them CREATE.
Students in KS4 study towards achieving an ASDAN Level 1 (QAN: 100/3558/8) or Level 2 (QAN: 100/3559/X) Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE).
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