Skip to content ↓

Orchard School Bristol


What’s it all about?

At Orchard School, our Year 7 and 8 curriculum has been developed to support GCSE subject knowledge and is designed to cover all the Humanities subjects.  This is achieved by a teacher taking responsibility for all areas and rotating subject content.  This encourages interactive lessons and a greater understanding of individual students.

Students are taught in mixed ability groups with a top set in Years 7 and 8 and are formally assessed every term to ensure that they are taught according to their specific learning requirements.  Key Stage 4 students opt for Humanities subjects at GCSE.  We offer GCSEs in History and Geography.  All students take Religious Education for at least two years.

IN BRIEF: Humanities involves the following three subjects: History, Geography and Religious Education. It supports English in developing your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Curriculm content

Our students have 3 lessons per week of Humanities (History, Geography, and Religious Education) at Key Stage 3. If they have chosen to study these at Key Stage 4, they also have 3 lessons a week.
History curriculum content overviews, click links:
Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11;
Geography curriculum content overviews, click links:
Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11;
RE curriculum content overviews, click links:
Years 7 and 8 – Year 9 – Year 10Year 11.


  • Gemma Hickey, BA, PGCE Secondary Education
  • Emma Courtney, BA, PGCE Secondary Education - (Acting Head of Fculty: Humanities)
  • Peter Hurran, BA, PGCE Secondary Education
  • Fergus O'Donovan BA PCGE Secondary Education
  • Chris Daniel, BA, PGCE Secondary Education
  • Laura Taylor, BA, PGCE Secondary Education
  • Steve Murray, BA, PGCE Secondary Education

You can see what topics are studied in each subject across each year group below:


Year Curriculum content
7 An overview of British history from 1066-1600s focusing on who had power and how people lived.
8 An overview of British history from 1600-1945 focusing on who had power and how people lived.
9 Civil Rights & Paper 2: Health and the people 1000-present
10 Paper 2: Norman England 1066-1100 & Paper 1: Conflict and Tension, World War 1
11 Paper 2: Germany democracy and dictatorship 1880-1945 & Revision


Year Curriculum content
7 Geography skills
How green is our city?
Why is our world hazardous?
8 Geography skills
How fragile is our earth?
Does money make you happy?
9 Geography skills
Natural hazards
Climatic hazards
10 Living world
UK physical landscapes - rivers
UK physical landscapes - coasts
11 Urban issues
The changing economic world
Resource management

Religious Education

Year Curriculum content
7 How do different religion celebrate?
What has religion got to do with me?
8 Ethics and morality - with a focus on monotheistic religions
Ethics and morality - with a focus on polytheistic religions
9 Medical issues and religion
10 Relationships and family
War and peace
Crime and punishment
Social justice
11 Christian beliefs and teachings
Islamic beliefs and teachings

Useful websites

Follow History on Twitter, @OrchardHistory!

Follow Geography on Twitter!