Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy



Both subjects below are taught across KS3 and are an option at KS4


Geography teaches students about the earth’s places, people, environments and societies.  It helps students to understand the relationships between people and the environment.  It is unique in bridging the social sciences (Human Geography) and the earth sciences (Physical Geography).  Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the essential context of places and regions.



Pupils follow the new national curriculum for KS3. They study Human and Physical features across a range of places. These are some of the topics they study.

Year 7 -

Map skills and Crime
Around the world in 7 continents
Exploring the UK
Physical processes
Human interaction
Population and Migration Human processes
Example Medium Term Plan Year 7

Year 8 –

Rivers- Processes and Flooding
Issues relating to Africa
Issues relating to USA
Issues relating to China
Exploring Fantastic places.

Year 9 –

Globalisation (Fashion Industry)
The impact of Hazards on people and places
Focus on earthquakes and volcanoes.
Tourism -Concentrating on Thailand
Independent survey

KS4 (Year 9 -11)

Currently we follow the AQA A specification and scheme of work.
Pupils in Year 9 can take Geography as an option towards the end of year 9.

The specific topics are:

Water on Land, Focus on using Key terminology when describing processes.
Changing Populations Focus on Maps/ Graphs and case studies
Coastal zone
Focus on skills: Map work, Data, and Annotation, sketching and using facts        
Development Gap
Restless Earth, Focus on how to answer case studies.
Tourism Focus on exam Skills    
Controlled assessment

Geography Long Term Plan of Study


Useful links to support progress in Geography

Ordnance Survey Mapzone https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone
BBC Bitesize Geography http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrw76sg
Educational Quizzes http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/geography/
Geography All The Way http://www.geographyalltheway.com/ks3_geography.htm
Internet Geography http://www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk/ks3/index.html
Google Maps https://www.google.co.uk/maps


Geog.1 RoseMarie Gallagher
Geog.2 RoseMarie Gallagher
Geog.3 RoseMarie Gallagher

KS3 Geography Complete Study & Practice ISBN 10/EAN: 1841463922 / 9781841463926


The subject offers the opportunity for future study at A level and beyond and combines well with other Humanities subjects, including Economics as well as English Literature. Some people argue that the subject is not as useful as other more practical and vocationally based ones, but we believe it teaches valuable skills which can easily be transferred to a number of different employment situations and remember - we deal in facts :

  • More History graduates find employment than students in any other subjects let the past be YOUR future.
  • Historians are involved in teaching, journalism, law, business management, accountancy, film and TV and Social Work amongst many other things.
  • This is because historians develop the skills that employers need – research and analysis, communication and presentation, the ability to construct an argument and be critical and a capacity to empathise with other points of view.
  • History helps us to become more sensitive to the feelings and attitudes of those around us and to appreciate where we have come from
History - GCSE
Geography - GCSE

History Long Term Curriculum Plan Revised April 2019

Useful links to support progress in History

Bitesize, Year 7 to 8


History learning site

Historical Association Student Area

We also recommend reading History magazines a selection of which are available to borrow from Mr O'Conner such as 'History Today', 'Living History' and 'BBC History Magazine'.

 For GCSE revision we highly recommend the 'OCR (B) GCSE Schools History Project Second edition' which is available to purchase at a reduced cost through your History lessons.



 Religious study allows us all to reflect on our own beliefs and values while improving and developing our understanding of others. The study of RE at OSCA involves self-reflection, discussion and helps promote respect and understanding.

Religious Education Long Term Curriculum Plan

Long Term Plan of Study

Year 7: Who Is a Jew? (An Introduction to Judaism)

What Is Christianity?

What does it mean to be a Muslim and follow Islam?

What do Hindus believe?

What is Sikhism?           What is Buddhism?



Year 8: Is there a God?

Should We Have Rules?

Should we be bothered about poverty?

Is All Life Precious?

Is Death the End?

RE Medium Term Plan
RE Homework 

Useful links to support progress in RE

Useful resources for Religious Education



  • KS3 Religious Education Complete Study and Practice by CPG Books
  • AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A (2016) by Lesley Parry, Jan Hayes, Sheila Butler
  • Teach Yourself books on Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism
  • Religious Studies for Common Entrance 13+ Revision Guide (2015) by Michael Wilcockson