Society

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The society area of learning is led by John Kingdom. In the society area of learning we are involved in the study of human beings. We study human beings in the past, the present and the future. We investigate the decisions people make, the impact these have and the roles people play in society. The skills they develop allow Society students to become successful and enthusiastic learners.

The Society subjects are:

·         Creative

·         Geography

·         Ethics & Philosophy

·         History

·         Politics

·         Sociology

The creative curriculum is a significant part of the year 7 curriculum at the school. Through interdisciplinary project based work  students develop their collaborative knowhow and academic skills. This year the students will complete the following projects, Chocolate Challenge, Christmas Carols, Broadway Musicals.

Geography is a vibrant and relevant subject to our everyday lives. It also provides students with many transferrable skills and an amazing breadth of knowledge. In key stage 3 we investigate the UK, map skills, the weather and climate, settlements, transport, our world, tourism, hazards and football and fashion.

At GCSE we follow  Edexcel Syllabus A. We study the physical environment in component 1 and the human environment in component 2. Each component has a requirement for fieldwork, which we believe is an essential part of the geography experience. There is fieldwork throughout the key stages with local visits around the school grounds, numerous one day fieldtrips including to trips to Epping Forest and Walton-on-the-Naze and also residential opportunities with year 12 to North Wales and recently a trip to Iceland for all age groups.

At A-level we follow the OCR syllabus. The options we have chosen to study are coastal landscape, the earth’s life support systems, changing places making space, migration, climate change and disease dilemmas.

History is an intriguing subject that teaches us about our past, enabling us to understand who we are. Key Stage 3 History (year 7 and year 8) covers The Mediaeval period, the Tudor and Stuart period, Britain 1750-1900 and the turbulent events of the twentieth century world.

Students start their GCSE studies in Year 9 and study Medicine Through Time 1250-present in this year. We follow Edexcel's 9-1 course and through Years 10 and 11 students also study Germany 1918-45, Early Elizabethan England 1558-88 and Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1991. 

At A Level we follow AQA's history course. All students study Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964. The two A Level classes vary in their other topics of study with one studying Britain 1951-2007 and completing an historical investigation on Tudor rebellions and the other studying The Wars of the Roses and completing an historical investigation on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

Ethics and Philosophy (EP) is an exciting subject that enhances our understanding and appreciation for how people live and think. In Year 7 we study topics of Belonging, Beliefs and Community. Year 8 study the Family, Suffering, Jesus in Art and Pilgrimage. Year 9 follow topics of Spirituality and Religious Expression; Religion & Architecture; Religion and Media; Religion in Contemporary Society and Humanism. Year 10 and 11 students can opt for GCSE following OCR full course studying Christianity and Judaism. All Year 10 students take Core EP studying topics including: Rich and Poor; Crime and Punishment; Matters of Life; Animal Rights and Religion and Morality. At A-level, students study the OCR Religious Studies course covering Philosophy of Religion; Religion and Ethics and Developments of Christian Thought. This means that BCHS students get a full grounding to help them understand and interpret the beliefs and actions of their fellow human beings.

Sociology is the important study of people in society. This is a GCSE and A-Level subject. At GCSE, students follow the AQA course (Year 11 follow the OCR course). This includes the process of socialisation, gender socialisation, crime and deviance, the family, Education and the mass media. A-Level topics involve the study of culture and gender identity, ethnicity and social class and sociology of youth culture. Students also explore social inequalities and differences, research methods and the Digital World and Globalisation. Students learn outside the classroom with sociological research, a trip to the Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green and a Karl Marx Walking Tour.

Politics is an engaging course about the way society is run, how people engage with those that run it and how those in power engage with their people. This is an A-level course that follows the Edexcel specification. Students study government and politics, which includes in depth analysis of British political parties, elections, voting behaviour, the media, democracy and representation. They also study aspects of parliament, the role of the PM and cabinet, the judiciary and constitution. At A2, year 13 students specialise in American politics. Students gain hands on political experience with a trip to Parliament and a number of external talks offered through the year. Politics is sometimes referred to as “The art of the possible”. We encourage our students to believe that politics is actually “The art of making anything possible”.