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Name of Faculty: Humanities
Members of Staff: 

Mr T. Griffiths (Head of Religious Education)

Ms A. Miller

Miss C. Williams

Ms N. Doona

Mr P. Tomkins

 

About the Department:
The Religious Education (RE) department is a lively department which encourages all students to use their creativity in order to learn from religion. The RE department provides all students with the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, relating to their own experience of religion. The RE department works towards developing the social, emotional and spiritual aspect of every student at Hendon School. Students have the opportunity to go on a range of exciting trips. These include a year 7 trip to St Paul’s Cathedral as part of their joint RE and Maths work.


About the Courses:

 

Years 7 – 9:

In year 7, students will be studying the following topics: investigating the major 6 world religions; evaluating religious values; identifying the 5 Pillars of Islam; analysing the idea of ‘community’; researching and creating places of worship (joint with the Maths faculty); understanding and applying the way citizenship is practiced in religions. Year 8 includes: investigating people who have made a difference in the world; examining the lives of founders of religions; empathising with religious forms of worship; identifying significant events in the lives of religious people and assessing the importance of rites of passage. In year 9, students will study the following: comparing different views of the nature of God and asking ultimate belief questions; considering and empathising with moral issues within the contemporary world; examining the religious issues connected to war and peace and then in the summer term preparing for a full course GCSE in Religious Studies.

 

GCSE: 
All students study the full course GCSE in Religious Education. The specification is OCR. Topics include ‘Believing in God’, ‘Marriage and the Family’, ‘Religion and Community Cohesion’ and ‘Matters of Life and Death’.

 

A-Level:

A-level students are provided the opportunity to take Philosophy and Ethics as part of the Religious Studies A-level course. This gives students the advantage to continue developing their knowledge and understanding of world issues and key theories that have shaped modern thinking. This A-level opens doors to continuing education and careers in Politics, Journalism, Law, English, Philosophy, Medicine, Theology and many more important roles in today’s society.

Name of Department: Psychology

Members of Staff:

Miss H. Chamberlain - Head of Psychology

Miss D. Feely - Teacher of Psychology

Miss D. Bitlice - Teacher of Psychology

 

About the Department:

In Psychology, our aim is to create and develop critical, analytical thinkers. In light of this, we encourage students to generate their own research investigations where they include an aim, hypothesis, the type of experimental method (i.e Lab/Field/Natural), the sampling technique and any arising ethical issues. Research is central to Psychology, and research suggests that students perform better in Psychology exams that require ‘application’ when they have completed their own research investigations.

 

In Psychology lessons, students spend a significant amount of time working in groups; this is to ensure that students are sharing vital information and are able to learn from one another. For example, one of the key topics in AS Psychology is ‘Social Influence’ (Obedience) – students are put into groups where they can argue for and against Milgram’s study being unethical. They are then given the opportunity to present this debate in the form of a court case.

About the Course:

A-Level:

Students study the AQA A specification. In year 12 they are given the opportunity to visit London Zoo where they receive a session titled ‘Phobias’ – this is designed to develop their knowledge on individual differences, an integral aspect of Unit 2. Similarly, students in year 13 attend an institution that caters for those suffering from mental health illnesses, such as Depression and Schizophrenia. This trip is extremely useful in extending and challenging the knowledge acquired in Unit 4.

Students are taught six separate topics in year 12 and a further six separate topics in year 13. There are 2 exams taken at the end of the AS course, and a further 2 exams taken at the end of the A2 course.

The following textbooks are recommended resources:

AS Level:

The Complete Companion (AS book) – 3rd Edition, Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan

Psychology AS for AQA – Jean Marc Lawton, Richard Gross

AQA Psychology (A) AS: Student’s Book by Jane Wilson, Rosie McGinley

 

A2 Level:

The Complete Companion (A2 book) – 3rd Edition, Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan

Psychology A2 for AQA – Jean Marc Lawton, Richard Gross

AQA Psychology (A) A2:  Student’s Book by James Bailey and Simon Green

Name of Faculty: Humanities

Members of Staff:

Ms J. Begum

Mr W. Bowles

 

About the Department:

Politics is offered at key stage 5 only. It is about the study of human interactions, looking at theories of power, influence and conflict. Students will study the political system, political processes and institutions of the United Kingdom.

 

About the Course:

 

A-Level:

Students study the Edexcel specification. In the AS course, students study two units, focusing on the broader theories of politics and civil society, and also look in depth at the history and uniqueness of government in the United Kingdom. Both these units are examined at the end of the AS course.

 

At A2, students look in detail at the spectrum of political ideologies that occur around the world, and will analyse and evaluate their relative merits. The final A2 unit looks at other ideological traditions. Students will take two exams at the end of the A2 course.

Name of Faculty: Humanities

Members of Staff:

Ms J. Begum (Head of History) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Ms E. Peto (Currently on Maternity Leave) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Mr R. Watson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Ms M. Alfred-Kamara (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Mr W. Spouge (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Mr J. Ashley-Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

About the Department:

We are an enthusiastic and creative department who work tirelessly for all our students. Our commitment to our students is evident in the high quality lessons that we produce and deliver. Additionally, we work very hard to ensure that our students reach their potential and make progress. This is achieved through effective teaching and marking, organising intervention sessions and revision classes after school. Our staff have worked hard to plan trips which include the Imperial War Museum (Year 9), Belfast, Northern Ireland (Year 10) and the Churchill War Museum (Year 12.)

 

About the Courses:

Years 7 – 9

In year 7, students study English, British, European and world history including The Norman Conquest, Life in Medieval England, Islamic Civilizations, and The Renaissance. There is an opportunity for students to study Local History which explores the history of London through the Ages. In year 8, students study the English Civil Wars, Slavery in the USA and in Britain and the Industrial Revolution. Year 9 includes the study of WWI, the Inter-war period with emphasis on the Suffragette movement in the UK, and WWII. The History and RE Department deliver a joint scheme of work on the Holocaust.

 

GCSE

The History Department offers the Edexcel A specification. This focuses on Modern World History. The units on offer are: The USA, 1919-1941, A Divided Union? The USA 1945-70, International Relations (Sections 1-3), and Northern Ireland, c. 1968-99 (Controlled Assessment.) There is an annual trip to Belfast for Year 11 students.  Students are assessed through regular homework which focuses mainly on developing and strengthening exam skills.

 

A-Level

The History Department offers the OCR A specification. The units on offer are: The Cold War in Europe from 1945 to the 1990s, Churchill 1924-45, Civil Rights in the USA, 1865-1992, and Nazi Germany (Coursework.) Students are assessed through a series of essays or source based exam questions with the aim of developing their exam technique.

Name of Faculty: Humanities
Members of Staff: 
Mr G Berry (Head of Geography) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Mr R. Spicer (Head of Humanities) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Miss N. Doona (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Mrs R. O’Donnell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

About the Department: 
In geography, we aim to give our students a detailed perception of the world in which they live, the processes that occur around them and their influence and responsibilities that are a part of their place in a global society. As a department, we are always working hard to create and deliver inspiring and engaging lessons of first-class standard, with our curriculum aiming to reflect recent geographical developments in the news and the wider world. 
We offer geography fieldtrips at all key stages, with longer residential trips for the GCSE and A-level courses. These are very valuable part of the courses, and students gain a lot from being able to connect their classroom learning with the real-life contexts and experiences they have on the fieldtrips. Students regularly enjoy these trips, and benefit from the additional learning gained by going on them.

Hendon Geographers have visited Iceland in 2010 and 2012, and enjoyed an intensive learning experience from the great variety of geographical processes occurring in the country, such as geysers, coastal erosion, volcanic eruptions and geothermal energy. Currently, plans are under way to visit Iceland again in 2014, and we are also looking to expand the department’s international trips by linking with the South Africa school partnership team, working towards further student visits in 2015.


About the Course: 
Years 7 – 9

Over the course of our three year key stage 3 course, we develop and build upon some of the core geographical skills, such as place description, presentation of spatial ideas, the complexity of interactions between people and their environments, an ability to apply the concept of sustainability, and the interdependence of physical and human processes. All of these skills and concepts will be studied at a range of scales (local – global). The topic areas we cover include the geography of our local area, the physical geography of the UK, including rivers, coasts and glaciers, the human geography of the UK, such as settlement development, migration and population issues, as well as issues of global importance, such as the study of natural hazards, the responsibility of development decisions and the impacts of globalisation in the UK and further around the world.

GCSE

Students study the GCSE Edexcel B specification. This builds effectively on concepts and topics introduced in key stage 3, whilst also stimulating and engaging students with new topics such as Changing Settlements and Extreme Environments being taught along with familiar topics such as Coastal Change and Population Dynamics.
The residential trip takes place in year 10, and students spend three days in the Sussex countryside. We study both physical and human geography topics, such as rural (countryside) environments, and coastal change and conflicts. These are in environments are new to many students, and the trip tests students adaptability and maturity as much as their geographical knowledge and processing skills. This is a fantastic opportunity which is thoroughly enjoyed by teachers and students alike.

 

A-Level
At sixth form, we follow the Edexcel specification to A-level. In the AS course, students study a wide variety of topics, from hazard management, climate change mitigation techniques, to the rebranding of places and the growth of megacities. The A2 course involves larger, global scale issues and themes, such as ‘The Technological Fix?’, ‘Water Conflicts’ and ‘Superpower Geographies’. There is a research element to both years of the A-Level course, and residential fieldwork is also required in both years in order for students to maximise their potential in the exams. Students frequently find the A-level course enjoyable and engaging, and for the past 4 years we have had students from each year group go on to study Geography at degree level.

skogarfoss waterfallDyrholaey coastline

Photos from Iceland 2010 Skogarfoss waterfall and Dyrholaey coastline

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