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Key Stage 3

Geography

Aims

The aim of Key Stage 3 (KS3) Geography is to gain an understanding of the world we live in. The first part of the course will develop map work skills that have been gained from KS2. Through Geography lessons pupils will develop an interest in, and understanding of, Cambridge and why it is such a nice place to live. The second half of the course aims to develop an understanding of how varied our world is by looking at National Parks and Ecosystems. Melbourn Village College pupils follow the new National Curriculum.

Content

We will look at map work and give pupils the chance to gain a better understanding of the world we live in. This block of work will also include local settlements including Melbourn, Cambridge and the surrounding villages. Pupils will develop their understanding of the UK and how it is divided up into regions and countries. Again, comparisons will be made with Cambridge. Work will then be carried out on ecosystems on a local and international scale. This will include a trip to Stockbridge meadows. The main extended piece of work will be on Africa. Pupils will be given the chance to look into the history, wildlife, wealth and additional information within a country in the continent. Pupils will need to gain information from a variety of sources, including writing to the tourism board within that country.

Homework

This is usually set every third week as part of a rotation with History and Religious Education. It will be a mixture of written work, research and creative projects. An emphasis will be placed on long-term project work in KS3. 

Assessment

Assessments take place when appropriate and target the different skill areas mentioned above. Their grades will be placed on Go4schools and in the front of their exercise books.

History

Aims

The aim of Key Stage 3 (KS3) History is to develop an interest in, and understanding of, English history by examining sources, assessing evidence and studying the past through story-telling, discussion and focused written work. Melbourn Village College pupils follow the new National Curriculum.

Content

We will begin by studying an introductory topic entitled 'What is History?' which will include a case study on the development of Britain in the Dark Ages. We will then move on to study 1066, the year of the Norman Invasion. The journey will continue through Norman history, studying many of the medieval kings, the Great Plague, Magna Carta, the death of Thomas Becket and the War of the Roses. The last area of study will be why the people of this island began to explore and create an Empire across the world, discovering new cultures, lands and riches.

Homework

This is usually set every third week as part of a rotation with Geography and Religious Education. It will be a mixture of written work, research and creative projects. An emphasis will be placed on long-term project work in KS3.

Assessment

Assessments take place when appropriate and target the different skill areas mentioned above.

Religious Education

Aims

To enable pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of religion and to develop the ability to explore and reflect on human experience.

Content

The course consists of the following units:

  • A baseline assessment
  • The Island - a unit based on the 'Theatre of Learning' programme which investigates the various concepts that we will be covering over the next three years
  • The incarnation of Jesus - what does the event of Jesus' birth mean to Christians?
  • Hinduism - looking at the gods, beliefs and practises of the Hindu faith
  • Where do we look for God? - incorporating philosophy of religion.

Homework

Every third week as part of a rotation with Geography and History

Assessment

Pupils are assessed in three written assessments based on the units outlined above.

Music

In Years 7, 8 and 9, pupils’ learning and assessment is centred around the three core areas of British National Curriculum Music. These are Performing, Composing and Understanding.

Pupils develop keyboard and percussion skills through a wide range of performing and composing based activities. Understanding and listening skills are learned through exposure to and analysis of a diverse spectrum of musical styles, including European Classical, World, Minimalist, Jazz and Popular music.

Key Stage 4

Geography

At MVC geography helps pupils make sense of the world around them by developing their enquiry skills - encouraging questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people's lives, now and in the future.
Geography helps develop successful learners who can suggest solutions to local and global issues.
Geography helps inspire pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and the sustainability of the planet.

GCSE

The GCSE course (WJEC Spec B) is designed to help pupils understand how geographical influences and relationships link people and their surroundings and how the environment can be protected. It helps them to understand and appreciate the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world and how this might affect their quality of life. It promotes an issue based, investigative approach The emphasis is on problem solving and enquiry throughout and will include opportunities for pupils to learn about the world around them through fieldwork. Pupils can also draw on their own knowledge and experiences of places.

History

Although a challenging course, GCSE History takes a wide ranging look at topics as varied as Jack the Ripper's reign of terror to the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, as well as looking at the change in attitudes towards Native Americans and the introduction of the death penalty in Britain for theft.

Homework

This will be set every week of the GCSE course, there will be written work, exam preparation, revision cards and coursework. Parents are expected to encourage pupils to complete all homework in detail and on time. A detailed Home Study Guide will be provided for pupils and homework will be set using this guide, the History Department may be contacted at gtobutt@melbournvc.org.

An overview of the course is available here.

Religious Education

Religious Studies (OCR J621) Specification B
Philosophy and/or Applied Ethics

This course involves two main areas of study (Philosophy and Ethics) split over four units of work. Areas such as religious experiences, the end of life, the media, good and evil, science, medical ethics and peace and justice will be covered – three topics per unit. As you can see the above involves the nature and key concepts of up to two major religions and ethical considerations for members of these faiths. At the present time, this is covered through Christianity and some Sikhism with the scope for this to be extended to other beliefs and religions such as Humanism and Baha’i in the final question of the exam paper.

You should enjoy debating and trying to view a concept or idea from someone else’s point of view, making connections between different approaches. An ability to investigate and question ideas, looking at the impact on people and society is required. Also presenting your own point of view is important, especially when it comes to the exams!

There are four exams (Units B601 – 604) of one hour each. Each unit counts for 25% of the total mark. You will be required to complete two full questions (parts a-e) out of a choice from the three units per paper. Each question is made up of five parts – parts a – c are point marked, part d looks for you to describe, analyse and explain your answer, whilst part e asks for reasoning and arguments.

Health and Social Care

Current year 11 pupils study the AQA GCSE Course in Health and Social care. The single award is made of two units – Unit 48201, a formal examination, and Unit 48202, which includes two controlled assessment tasks.

The areas of study for the GCSE include understanding personal development and relationships and Health, Social care and Early Years provision. Pupils will be taught about the different life stages and growth, focusing on the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development throughout human life.  

Year 10 pupils (and future Key Stage 4) study the Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social care. This route can lead on to the Cambridge Technical qualifications at Post-16. We follow the OCR specification for this qualification.

The pupils have the opportunity to study pathways which include life stages, creative activities within the care setting, and child protection within different settings.

The pupils have to complete two mandatory units studying the essential care values for individuals in care settings (unit R021) and communication and work within health, social care and Early Years setting (R022). The pupils sit a formal examination at the end of course, and create a minimum of three tasks, which are assessed by Melbourn staff and externally moderated.

Music

In GCSE music pupils will learn about music with other, interested musicians. It is a practical subject, offering contrast from academic subjects and makes good use of the music skills developed in one-to-one instrumental or signing lessons.

GCSE Music is for you if:

  • You play an instrument and/or enjoy singing
  • You want to develop Music Composing skills, using software
  • You want to develop your knowledge and understanding of different forms and styles of music, including: The concerto through time; Rhythms of the world; Film Music; Pop Music and much more.

The OCR qualification consists of the following elements: Performance 30% (2 recorded performances); Composition 30% (2 compositions) and a Listening paper worth 40% (1 hour and 30 minutes duration).

Teaching Staff

Mrs M Gunner RE, Psychology/Head of Department mgunner@melbournvc.org 
Miss C Joyce History, Health & Social Care/2nd in command Humanities cjoyce@melbournvc.org 
Mr Andrew Kennedy Geography/Head of Yr 10 akennedy@melbournvc.org 
Mr M Stagg Social Studies mstagg@melbournvc.org 
Mr J Thomson Music/Head of Yr 8 jthomson@melbournvc.org 
Mr G Tobutt History gtobutt@melbournvc.org 

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