The Geography Department at OSA is made up of a small group of creative, knowledgeable and experienced teachers who are committed to student success and the enjoyment of Geography for all.
Year 7/8 Curriculum
The Year 7 and 8 curriculum offers a diverse and stimulating diet for young learners including our cross-curricular project ‘Warhorse’ in the first term. A range of interesting and engaging units of work are taught in year 7, with a balance of Geography, History, and Religious Education & Personal Social Education units. There is a focus on Literacy and Thinking skills across the year 7 Humanities curriculum; this is then developed in year 8 with in-depth subject specialist teaching. Topics studied in year 8 include: The Geography of Crime, Earthquakes and Volcanoes.
Students follow the WJEC GCSE Geography. Students study the GCSE course over Years 9 and 10, sitting a mock exam at the end of Year 10. Based on their mock exam we will then spend Year 11 addressing any final topics that students need to revise before they take their GCSE exam in Year 11. ethos of student-centred Geographical enquiry. The specification focuses the minds of students on the geographical issues that are relevant to their generation. Students have the opportunity to consider stakeholder views on a variety of geographical issues and, in doing so; become knowledgeable, yet critical, Geographers.
AS and A2
Our popular Key Stage 5 offer is WJEC Geography. The A level comprises of a four unit course with an enquiry based approach to fieldwork and learning. It is a popular course enjoyed by learners in centres all over England and Wales for a number of reasons. The course encourages students to understand a global world, its complex challenges and such issues as climate change, shifts in economic power, poverty and deprivation and sustainability. It also provides progression from either GCSE Geography A or GCSE Geography B.
We offer several exciting extra-curricular opportunities including: a strategy board games club, ‘Reach for the Stars’ Able, Gifted and Talented Project, as well as Humanities Homework Help. Field trips are offered wherever appropriate to learning.
GCSE results are good and show year on year improvement. A*-A grades this year were 17% and A*-C results were 61% , 100% of students gained GCSE Geography results of A*-G.
The History Department at OSA is made up of a small group of vibrant, dynamic and experienced teachers who are committed to student success and the enjoyment of History for all.
The key skills from Year 7 are then developed in Year 8 History with in-depth subject specialist teaching. Year 8 History topics focus on the period 1500 until 1945 covering a vast array of topics ranging from Tudor monarchs and the rise and fall of the British Empire to slavery and the development of Civil Rights in America. The topics are designed to engage all students throughout the year and also to prepare them for the challenges ahead as they move in to their GCSE years.
Students follow the Eduqas GCSE History Linear Specification (A), all students sit the same exam and there are no tiers. Students study the GCSE course over Years 9 and 10, sitting a mock exam at the end of Year 10. Based on their mock exam we will then spend Year 11 addressing any final topics that students need to revise and ensuring they are fully prepared before they take their GCSE exam in Year 11.
The 4 topics studied include: Nazi Germany, USA 1929-2000, Crime and Punishment through time (500 – present) and Elizabethan England.
This course has been chosen to suit a wide variety of students and allow for the most interesting topic which the students can also access with ease.
Our popular Key Stage 5 offer is Edexcel History. This includes the study of Apartheid in South Africa, the development of the USA and finishing with Warfare through time. The Personal Study element allows students to pursue their own areas of interest by developing their own Historical coursework titles and conducting their own research. By the end of the two year course the students will be well versed in independent study as well as many other skills that History can offer. The students will move into either further education such as university or perhaps into the world of work with a vast range of skills they can apply for the rest of their lives.
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
Religious Education at Oxford Spires Academy hopes to fill children with awe and wonder. Students are encouraged to look at life from other people’s perspectives. This enables them to work together and understand the global community. The RE Department at OSA is made up of a small group of creative, knowledgeable and experienced teachers who are committed to student success.
Year 8 Curriculum
The Year 8 curriculum offers a diverse and stimulating diet for young learners. We provide in-depth subject specialist teaching, with both thematic and religion based units. Year 8 topic elements include Movers & Shakers, What can we learn from Religions? Buddhism and Sikhism.
At year 9 students embark on their GCSE programme. Students follow the Eduqas syllabus Religious Philosophical and Ethical studies in the modern world. They will study; Human Relations, Life and Death, Good and Evil, Human Rights. The students then study two world faiths. We have chosen Christianity and Islam.
AS and A2
At A-level students study Eduqas Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics. The students will look at some of the great Philosophers and how the have shaped many areas of thinking. Learners are encouraged to adopt an enquiring critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.