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27/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'sanguine'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/tQHOS2zjsG

24/06/22

This week in our Weekly Vlog, Mr Anderson speaks about the huge success of our School Production earlier this week. You will also see a few sneak peek performances from their rehearsal! Check it out here: https://t.co/ElctOw7Etj https://t.co/U4ag8bWtTL

22/06/22

Did you know that today is ? Our Year 7 students have been set two challenges by Mrs Vincent to help promote this important occasion! https://t.co/bNci5wQrvM

22/06/22

Earlier this week we welcomed who performed a fantastic production of 'What you Will' to our students. It was a great engaging introduction to and it transported our students to the world of Elizabethan Theatre! https://t.co/HQWLa4MQpj

22/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'laudable'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/GLQFLblBBy

21/06/22

We are excited to confirm that there are a few limited tickets still available to purchase for our school production this afternoon! Booking details can be found here: https://t.co/ro78Wv7I9i https://t.co/1hXHHripY1

21/06/22

After months of rehearsing, we are so excited to see our students perform in our first ever school production, 'Will Power', this afternoon! Good luck to our students taking part and special thanks goes to Mr Anderson and Mr Lee for all of their hard work! https://t.co/xub2gMsHS2

20/06/22

We are so happy to hear that SST's first ever school trip was a big success on Friday. Our Choir students went to Thorpe Park and had a great time! https://t.co/L3QIUiH1y3

17/06/22

Our students enjoyed the weather yesterday afternoon as Miss Orme moved 'Make it Club' to the Courtyard to make the most of this glorious sunshine ☀️#ExtraCurricular https://t.co/iDjdRmLuR2

15/06/22

This week in Drama, our Year 8 students are learning sequencing, and are seen here performing still images! https://t.co/xi7uEibghq

14/06/22

This morning we are off to Primary School for a Transition Meeting. Tilly, Oliver and Will are looking forward to speaking to the students joining us next year! https://t.co/B9o3LbPgJw

14/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'Iniquitous'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/omofup2Udb

13/06/22

As part of our transition, there will be a series of weekly challenges for our newest recruits to take part in which are uploaded every week! This week we are challenging students to a Drama challenge. Head over to our website for further info! https://t.co/Z6eqOKai3b https://t.co/LCcdJORzPg

09/06/22

We are delighted to announce Briony, Year 8, has been commended in the Spanish category for the South East region. Well done Briony! https://t.co/C3XeIF5oYK

09/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'perpetrator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/pFbBEcLEcF

08/06/22

With June being GRT History Month, our students learnt about what makes a home for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community in assembly this morning! https://t.co/DsrMUdJkRm

07/06/22

This morning Mr Payne, Yasmina and Emilis are off to Leeds & Broomfield CE Primary to meet with the Year 6 students starting with us in September! We are excited to start our Primary visits this term https://t.co/YuZw1R0d9a

07/06/22

We are so happy to welcome our students back for Term 6 after a restful break! We are looking forward to another packed full term! https://t.co/OWSZS7oOhl

26/05/22

Our students continued their project in collaboration with today. They have been discussing how our different cultures are affected by issues raised by the United Nations in their Sustainable Development Goals and how we can work towards a more sustainable future! https://t.co/t2tIkJGMfh

25/05/22

This week we are celebrating Citizenship Week by challenging our students to plan a local project taking action on one of the sustainable goals! https://t.co/xw3mgbMl6r

24/05/22

Recently we challenged our newest recruits to an Art Challenge, as part of . They were asked to photograph objects or settings which have human characteristics. We were so impressed with the entries! Check out these brilliant submissions from Oscar, Eliana & Ava! https://t.co/rc5Xa3vuTC

23/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'bystander'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/DasJ6cuLKE

20/05/22

We are so proud of our Girls Football Team who made it through to the final yesterday! After a brilliant performance we sadly lost in a penalty shootout however their achievement goes down in our SST history as the first team to make it to a final! Well done girls! https://t.co/UVZRGvSO9k

19/05/22

Good luck to our Year 7 and 8 Girls Football Team playing in the championship final this afternoon at the Gallagher Stadium! https://t.co/mdQdUACkGX

18/05/22

Session 5 is all about reflection and evaluation. Our students have been busy updating their competencies on their iPads using ! https://t.co/f9bNDFHMJP

18/05/22

During session 4 of our we welcome Matt from “We are with you” agency. He is speaking to our students about peer related issues including risks of drugs, energy drinks and the consequences of taking drugs! https://t.co/0NjCeWaVoH

18/05/22

Session 3 is all about prejudice related incidents. Here they are working hard to create a poster to explain what they have learned! https://t.co/D3ixBkokWK

18/05/22

Session 2 is focused on students working together. They have learnt that everybody is different in lots of different ways and we need to treat everybody the same. https://t.co/u5kFWKuKRo

18/05/22

Session 1 of our is focused on exploring stereotypes! Our students are understanding the importance of not judging a book by its cover! https://t.co/qaoZVVaICR

18/05/22

The sun is shining for our Empower Day! Today will be a series of sessions focused on reacting to situations in life and considering how our reactions and actions can affect others! https://t.co/cfbsF83zf6

18/05/22

Today is the day of our Students v Staff Football match! If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUCbluM https://t.co/hnP6aX0crR

17/05/22

Today we virtually hosted a school in Belgium, where three teachers taught a STEM lesson to our Year 7 students. This is part of a long standing relationship between and https://t.co/Vu7z4eubVd

17/05/22

We are pleased to open our school for current Year 5 students and parents to take part in a student led tour on the following dates! Head over to our website to secure a ticket: https://t.co/VYfMaksVIa https://t.co/tXDVUHK6hW

16/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'collaborator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/3wYtcuUodw

12/05/22

Today we had the 1st session of our 'Learning Alliance Beyond Borders' project that 15 SST students will be working on with students from . They will be learning about each other’s cultures, and working together to look at innovative ways to tackle climate change! https://t.co/h2Uyujn8ZU

11/05/22

Check out this car that the students in GreenPower Car Club have made! They enjoyed doing some practice runs yesterday without the body work of the car in place so that they can check everything is working properly before it is raced! https://t.co/oPXmXTVCm2

10/05/22

Congratulations to our Girls Football team who only went and got through to the Championship FINAL! They will be playing at Gallagher Stadium on Thursday, 19 May. Further information on how you can watch will be available soon! https://t.co/kzW0O6yIgL

09/05/22

We are thrilled to announce our long-awaited Staff vs Students football match, which will be taking place after school on Wednesday, 18 May, to raise money for our Library. If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUBTcgE https://t.co/NRwMOlKEtr

09/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'resistance'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/sSHHaJbNXQ

06/05/22

Check out how much fun we had raising money for Ukraine by cycling from Kent to Kyiv last week in our weekly vlog! Who else is super impressed with Mr Lee's slow motion cycling?! https://t.co/uNwz14fz7z https://t.co/qMAGGMgJ7g

Humanities

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The Humanities department staffing includes:

- Mrs E Young – Lead Teacher of Humanities
- Mrs L Gilham – Teacher of Humanities
- Mrs L Marcelle – Teacher of Humanities
- Mr R Skinner – Teacher of Humanities

A popular and inspiring combination of subjects at SST Maidstone, the Humanities curriculum provides a uniquely collaborative approach to ensure the depth and breadth of the Geography, History and Religious Studies curriculum are covered, whilst promoting the integrated knowledge and skills. Students are challenged to ask key questions, engage in moral debates and justify decisions across the three Humanities, interlinking ideas and concepts together.

The Humanities department runs a GlobeTrotters club each week with a number of Year 7 and Year 8 students attending and is one of the lead subjects to promote awareness of key themes as part of the Personal Development curriculum. Whole School events are organised by the department to raise awareness; for example, Black History Month, Remembrance Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and LGBTQ+ History Month. This allows the department to build moral and cultural understanding of themes across the school rather than within their subject areas.

The department has strong collaborative links with other departments, such as:

  • Linked project with Drama to help students understand the emotions behind the World War II Refugee crisis.
  • Collaborative ‘Island’ project with a number of departments to support the transition of Year 7 into the school.
  • Comparing and evaluating different translatons of Bible passages and cross curricular studies of Anglo Saxon and Normans with Languages and Linguistics
  • Population growth models, linking to the Maths curriculum.

Curriculum Intent

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Curriculum Information

Geography

Year 7

  • Precision and application of key skills in Geography (Integrated Island Project)
  • Map skills: Four and six figure grid references, longitude and latitude, contour lines, bearings, compass points, use of keys to identify symbols
  • Human Geography - Settlement Patterns – rural vs urban
  • Environmental regions - Isles of Scilly; climate, ecosystems and habitats
  • Natural Hazards and Natural Disasters
  • Layers of the earth
  • Tectonic plate theory
  • Earthquakes and volcanos – products of tectonic plates
  • Coastal Processes
  • Coastal erosion, landforms and processes
  • Types of waves and transportation – swash and backwash and longshore drift
  • Coastal management – hard and soft engineering
  • The Middle East
  • Variation in climate, ecosystems and habitats throughout the Middle East
  • Population density and distribution
  • Physical Geography of Jerusalem
  • Africa
  • Effects of European colonisation from the fifteenth to the twelfth century
  • Population pyramids – population diversity, distribution and change
  • The effects of urbanisation and challenges it brings
  • The relationship between Africa and China
  • Fairtrade
  • Globalisation and production of consumer goods - Primary, Tertiary, Secondary industries
  • Development Gap between HICs and LICs – exploitation of labour and impact
  • Fairtrade – Farm Africa – a case study

Year 8

  • Natural Hazards
  • Tectonic plate theory plate theory, impact and management in HICs and LICs
  • Oceanic and continental plates.
  • Geological timescales
  • Importance of drought resistant crops for LICs
  • Russia
  • Physical landforms
  • Biomes and climate
  • Population density and distribution
  • Advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power
  • Glaciation and Hydro activity
  • Differences between ice sheets and tundra
  • Transportation of glaciers and glacial depositional landforms
  • Water cycle, river landscapes and settlements
  • Climate change
  • Natural and human causes of climate change
  • The impact on flora and fauna
  • The importance of Antarctica and the threat it faces
  • Asia
  • Physical geography of Asia
  • Monsson climate – advantages and disadvantages
  • Flora, fauna and human adaption to mountain biomes
  • Population structure in Japan and Afghanistan
  • Impact of urbanisation
  • China as an economic power
  • Physical geography (field work – a local study)
  • Continents and oceans
  • Relationship between land and populations
  • Data collection – analysis and application

Year 9

  • Australia – A Contrasting world
  • Ecosystems and adaption
  • Natural hazards, climate change and pollution
  • Resilience of the Australian population
  • How do we use the planet as a resource and what are the implications?
  • Global distribution
  • Social/economic implications
  • Sustainability
  • What is Development?
  • Development around the world
  • Geographical inequality
  • Government and Charity response to aid development.
  • Challenging Landscapes
  • Climate and ecosystems across the globe
  • Flora and fauna, adaption to survive in extreme environmental conditions
  • Human adaption to harsh environs
  • Why are Rivers important?
  • Water cycle, rivers, weathering, transportation, and erosion
  • The relationship between humans and the Ganges
  • River flooding - impact and methods to resolve issues
  • Why are national parks important?
  • How national parks can be used responsibly
  • Why national parks are important for biodiversity
  • Map skills, including Four and six figure grid references

Years 10 and 11

Students will be able to opt to study Geography at GCSE, following the AQA specification.

Sixth Form Courses

Students will be able to opt to study Geography at A Level in the Sixth Form at SST or at another school within the Trust, on our Maidstone Campus.

 

 

History

Year 7

  • Precision and application of key skills in History (Integrated Island Project)
  • Source skills: Inference and interpretation
  • Chronological understanding of early Britain
  • Migration; Early settlers or invaders – Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings.
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Anglo-Saxon Britain, pre-1066
  • 1066 Norman Invasion
  • Normalisation of England, 1066-1085
  • Migration
  • Religious migration – Jews in Medieval England and aftermath of the Reformation; The Huguenots and Puritans
  • Economic migration – The Irish, and Windrush Generation
  • How migrants have changed Britain
  • The Crusades
  • Threats to the Byzantine Empire - Causes of the First Crusade
  • Outremer - Taking and keeping control
  • The Jihad - Saladin, and the reconquest of Jerusalem
  • Investigating the Slave Trade
  • Britain and Africa’s role in the transatlantic slave trade
  • Slaves’ lives in the Americas and resistance
  • The road to abolition and slavery after 1807
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Transition from agriculture and the cottage industry to industrialisation
  • Child labour in mills, factories and mines and changing attitudes and legislation
  • Surviving Victorian Britain

Year 8

  • The Origin and Development of the British Empire
    The Origins of the British Empire, 17th, and 18th centuries
    British expansion in India and Africa
    Impact of British rule

  • The Origins of the First World War
    Empire building and the forging of the Alliance System
    Life on the Western Front and war poetry
    The end of the war: losses and gains and a world changed

  • Female Suffrage
    The electoral system, in the 19th century
    Victorian attitudes towards women
    How women gained the vote

  • Major Conflicts of the Second World War
    Long and Short-Term Causes of the Second World War
    Dunkirk to Stalingrad
    The Nuclear Age

  • Interpretations of the Holocaust
    The persecution of Medieval Jews
    Jewish life in 19th and 20th century Europe
    Life for Jews in Nazi Germany and Nazi occupied Europe
    Jewish resistance against the Nazis

  • The Home Front
    Government response
    The Blitz Spirit
    The Land Army and Home Guard

Year 9

  • Progress and change through time: What’s the best way to bring about change?Elizabeth Fry and prison reform
    The American Civil War and English Civil War – a comparative study
    Gandhi and the Salt Marches
    Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil rights in the USA
    Government use of propaganda
    Changes to the law
    Acts of terrorism
  • Challenges to the Catholic Church
  • Martin Luther and the Reformation
  • Henry VIII’s Break with Rome
  • Elizabeth I’s Religious Settlement
  • The Russian Revolution
    Russia in the early 20th century – Rise of Communism
    The Russian Revolution, 1917 and impact
    The Succession Crisis – Lenin to Stalin
  • Conflict in the 20th century
    Korea as a Cold War battlefield
    Cuban Missile Crisis
    The USA and the Vietnam War

  • Conflict in the Middle East
    Arabs under Ottoman rule
    Causes of the Arab-Israeli War
    How the Cold War caused conflict in the Middle East
    War on Terrorism

Years 10 and 11

Students will be able to opt to study History at GCSE, following the Edexcel specification.

Sixth Form Courses

Students will be able to opt to study History at A Level in the Sixth Form at SST or at another school within the Trust, on our Maidstone Campus.

 

Religious Studies

Year 7

  • Precision and application of key skills in History (Integrated Island Project)
    The Abrahamic Faiths; Origin and Religious Identity
    An introduction to philosophy
    Rules and Commandments
  • Religion and Stewardship
    Religious response to natural disasters
    Religion and the environment
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
    Religious response to tackling prejudice and discrimination
    What does it mean to be British?
    Multi-faith and multi-cultural societies
  • Religious and Conflict
    Just War Theory
    Holy War
    Extremism
  • Religion and Human Rights
    The UN and Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Historic and modern-day Human Right’s abuses
    Amnesty International
  • Religion and Charity
    Acts of charity
    Christian Aid, and Fair Trade – case studies
    Religious attitudes to charity

Year 8

  • The Existence of God
    Islam and the Kalam Cosmological Argument
    Christianity and Thomas Aquinas’s ‘5 Ways’
    Buddhism and the Ultimate Question
    Religious experiences and miracles
  • Community Cohesion
    Multi-faith societies – advantages and disadvantages
    Religious attitudes towards immigration and social cohesion
    Religious tolerance

  • Challenges belonging to a faith
    Religion and commitment
    Islam and submission to Allah
    Challenges for British Sikhs
    Buddhism and the Three Jewels
  • Religion and Morality
    Religious and non-religious principles to live by
    Challenges to morality
    The act of worship
  • Religion and Suffering
    Religious responses to the existence of suffering
    Solutions to reducing and preventing suffering
    Suffering and the afterlife
  • Religion and the Spiritual Arts
    Religious belief and symbolism
    Comparison between West & East religious depictions
    Spirituality and inspiration through the arts
    Annual National Spiritual Arts Competition

Year 9

  • Key ideas from Greek Philosophers
    An introduction to Greek philosophy and Socrates
    Introduction to Plato and his key ideas
    Introduction to Aristotle and logical reasoning
    Epictetus and his Stoic ideas
    Diogenes and human nature
    Epicurus and his view on how to achieve happiness
  • Philosophical questioning
    How to construct a good philosophical question and how to create our own
    Who Heraclitus was and questions of personal identity
    John Rawls and questions of fairness and equality

  • Religion and Morality - How free are we?
    Christian and atheist ideas about freedom and freewill
    Freewill and determinism
    The problem of evil and Christianity’s understanding of how freewill links to this
    The Euthyphro dilemma – does goodness come from God?
    Do we need God to know right and wrong (Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky)
  • Ethics
    Utilitarianism – brief history and modern philosophers and examples
    NML – foundation understanding of the key principles and influence on Catholic ethics
    Virtue Ethics – foundation understanding of Aristotle’s ideas and modern developments

  • Crime and punishment
    The aims of punishment
    UK prisons – does the prison system in the UK work?
    The Death Penalty

  • Examine ethical issues and dilemmas in medical ethics
    Cloning is and ethical questions it raises
    Issues surrounding Organ transplants
    Sanctity of life vs quality of life
    Ethical and religious views of AIH and IVF
    Ethical and religious views of Abortion
    Ethical and religious views on Euthanasia and assisted dying

Years 10 and 11

Students will be able to opt to study Religious Studies at GCSE, following the AQA specification.

Sixth Form Courses

Students will be able to opt to study Religious Studies at A Level in the Sixth Form at SST or at another school within the Trust, on our Maidstone Campus.

Transition Information

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Unit Plans

   

Extended Curriculum Opportunities

Click here to view the Extended Curriculum Opportunities for Geography. 

Click here to view the Extended Curriculum Opportunities for History. 

Click here to view the Extended Curriculum Opportunities for Religious Studies.