Curriculum Leader: Mr J Pavey
History builds upon each students growing understanding of the past. It takes students on a journey through the past, starting in 1066 and ending with terrorism in the 21st century. It also looks at other cultures such as the Native Americans. It enables students to understand the world around them, to empathise with others and to appreciate concepts such as significance, cause and consequence.
In studying History, students will start in 1066 and follow an overview of British history through to modern day. They will consider the implications of these events on local history and visit local sites that are the result of these changes. They will also look at Britain’s impact on the world as well as studies of life as Native Americans, following their story through the American West to today. In looking at events of the 20th and 21st century students will begin to appreciate the importance and continued relevance of History today.
Students are studying the Edexcel GCSE History B which comprises 3 exams and 4 subject areas. These are the reign of Elizabeth I, The History of medicine from the Middle Ages to today, The American West and Germany between the wars. They will consider how to evaluate sources and how to construct arguments as well as understanding what impact the events studied have had on Britain today
To enhance the students learning experiences within History we offer trips to students including the opportunity visit the Imperial War Museum, Iceland the trenches of World War One, Normandy and Poland.
Geography is one of the most popular subjects studied by students at the Academy. It is a subject that ensures curiosity about the world around us, inspiring student imaginations and understanding of different people, places and geographical processes.
At Key Stage 3 students explore a wide variety of geographical topics, taking students on a journey from the shores of Eastbourne to the four corners of the world. In doing so students study the World’s ecosystems, Countries and Continents, Water on the land, Tectonic Process, Population, Development, Urbanisation, Tourism, Natural Disasters and Weather and climate.
In studying these topics students are encouraged to develop the skills needed at GCSE, this includes a variety of fieldwork skills, which they acquire through a variety of fieldwork opportunities.
Students are studying the AQA GCSE Geography A course. This covers elements of Human and Physical geography as well as large focus on geographical skills and analysis. There is also a 3rd exam paper that focuses on geographical enquiry and using skills learnt on fieldwork enrichment days.
To enhance the students learning experiences within Geography we offer trips to students including the opportunity visit the Cuckmere River, Newhaven and Eastbourne Beach. We also offer trips abroad when possible which in recent years have included New York, Rome and Iceland