EBACC Faculty

Head of Faculty: Jo Taljaard



Head of Department: James Senese



The History Department at All Saints aims to develop students’ interest in and enjoyment of studying the past whilst acquiring transferrable skills, habits of mind and concepts essential to the 21st century citizen. History prepares young people for the future, equipping them with the knowledge and skills prized in adult life, enhancing their employability and ability to participate in our democratic society to the full.

The study of History:

  • Encourages mutual understanding and tolerance of our ethnic and cultural diversity
  • Helps students become confident and questioning individuals
  • Develops critical reasoning and analytical skills including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively
  • Promotes intellectual rigour and independence including the ability to carry out research using ICT and historical sources
  • Develops the ability to construct an argument by selecting and ordering relevant evidence and communicating findings in a structured, clear and persuasive manner both orally and in writing
  • Promotes additional communication skills such as negotiating, questioning and summarising
  • Encourages self-motivation and self-reliance with the ability to work independently
  • Develops thinking skills
  • Assists students in being the best they can be


Key Stage 3 - (Y7-8)

Year 7: History forms part of the Humanities curriculum in Year 7. Student in Year 7 study 1066 up to Henry VIII. Topics covered are: The Battle of Hastings, how and why castles were built, the feudal system, Magna Carta and Henry VIII

Year 8: History Term 1 – Britain 1750 -1900 – Topics include: The Industrial Revolution, Life in Towns. Then the Slave Trade leading to; “Life on the Plantations”.

Term 2 – Causes and events leading to World War One. What was it like to fight in the First World War? The Treaty of Versailles – How as peace achieved?

Term 3 – Hitler’s rise to power. Life in Nazi Germany. Britain during the Blitz.

Key Stage 4 - (Y9-11)

GCSE (9-1) History Edexcel Exam board

Paper 1 - Medicine through Time c.1250 – present (including the British Sector of the Western Front 1914-1918)

Paper 2 -

  • Part One: Early Elizabethan England c.1558 – 1588
  • Part Two: The American West c.1835 – 1895

Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany

Key Stage 5 - (Y12-13)

Edexcel Exam Board AS/A Level

Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in 20th century Europe

Year 12: Germany and West Germany 1918 -1989

The rise and fall of fascism in Italy c.1911-1946

Year 13: Ireland and the Union c.1774 - 1923

Coursework: analysis and evaluation of interpretations on a topic of the students’ choice


Head of Department: James Senese



The Geography Department at All Saints Academy is experienced and knowledgeable. We are committed to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum covering both Human and Physical Geography. We have designed lessons that challenge and develop opinions whilst imparting knowledge of people, patterns and places. Our aim is to inspire and support students so they develop a passion for Geography and make good progress.


Key Stage 3 - (Y7-8)

Year 7: Map Skills, India, Coasts, Population, Settlement, Development

Year 8: Map skills, Brazil, Urbanisation, Tectonic Hazards, Climatic Hazards, Globalisation

Key Stage 4 - (Y9-11)

At GCSE our current Year 11 follow OCR B Geography and our Year 9 and 10 follow WJEC B.

Year 9: Weather, Development, Rivers, Retail in Plymouth, water Supply, Urbanisation

Year 10: Newquay fieldwork, Coasts, Urban and Rural change, Ecosystems, Climate change, Desertification

Year 11: Rivers, Coasts, Hazards, Globalisation, Development, Population, Settlement, Dawlish Coursework

Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Faculty: Jo Taljaard



All Saints Academy Plymouth MFL Department is a dynamic, enthusiastic department who is committed to broadening students’ understanding of the world and developing strong, life-long linguistic skills.

  • To provide a collaborative approach to teaching and learning that encompasses the four communication skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and endeavours to make language learning fun and meaningful, providing pupils with many opportunities to develop the habits that are necessary to become a successful learner, such as resilience, creativity, resourcefulness and reflection.
  • To challenge students by using a high a ratio of target language when appropriate and encouraging students to communicate in the target language with each other in pair and group work.
  • To promote an environment of reflection and improvement. We consistently emphasise that it is ok to make mistakes and that where the students learn, is in deciding how they move on from their errors. This open environment allows pupils to grow in confidence and not feel intimidated in speaking out in front of the class.
  • To broaden students’ cultural references by providing opportunities to promote inter cultural understanding and ensure that all of our topics have cultural references to not only the target language country, but the wider Francophone or Germanic spheres. We also have link schools in France and Germany that provide students authentic experiences with native speakers.
  • To ensure that most students will achieve 6 sub levels of progress by year 8 and at least their personal target at the end of year 11


Key Stage 3 - (Y7-8)

We consider the students’ GCSE journey to begin from the day they begin learning a language at All Saints Academy Plymouth and that students should experience a smooth and progressive transition every year, this is reflected in the planning of topics, skills and assessment criteria in our curriculum.

French/ German – Key resource: Studio/Stimmt

Topics: personal details, school life, leisure, town, holidays, new technology, topics specific to the target language countries, festivals

Students study will various grammatical concepts, tenses and other key linguistic and cultural skills

Key Stage 4 - (Y9-11)

GCSE French /German / Spanish – Key resources – Studio/Stimmt/Viva

Examination board: AQA – terminal examinations 25% per skill

Topics and themes
  • Identity and Culture:
    • Topic 1: Me, my family and friends- Relationships with family and friends/ Marriage/partnership.
    • Topic 2: Technology in everyday life/ Social media/ Mobile technology.
    • Topic 3: Free-time activities/ Music/ Cinema and TV/ Food and eating out/ Sport.
    • Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest:
    • Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region.
    • Topic 2: Social issues/ Charity/voluntary work/ Healthy/unhealthy living.
    • Topic 3: Global issues The environment/ Poverty/homelessness.
    • Topic 4: Travel and tourism
  • Current and future study and employment
    • Topic 1: My studies.
    • Topic 2: Life at school/college.
    • Topic 3: Education post-16.
    • Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions


Students will complete at least 6 tests per academic year based on topics and skills studied each half term. These tests will focus on at least two of the four skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing). Students working towards their GCSE exams will also sit PPE exams will be conducted at various points across the academic year.


Books are marked regularly and students are given feedback both in class and upon marking class / homework using ‘What Went Well’ and ‘Even Better If’. Self-assessment and peer assessment is used often in lessons as is the visual marking strategy of ‘green’ = good ‘yellow’ = think again. Teachers will always provide progressive targets that link directly to GCSE/ academic or character outcomes.

How parents can help/Independent learning

To further improve, students are encouraged to work independently outside of the classroom to develop their language skills and consolidate work/topics covered in class. The following websites/apps can be used to help with this:

Further information about our KS4 course with a variety of online resources can be found at www.aqa.co.uk

Students can also do simple things like changing the language of their mobile phone and watching target language films and television which are easily available on the internet.

Religious Studies

Head of Faculty: Laura Payne



Religious Studies (RS) at All Saints Academy is a core academic subject. We have high expectations of success for our students. The subject teaches students to think well regardless of religious belief. RS asks about meaning and purpose in life from beginning to end. It gives space for individual reflection and wondering who and why. Questioning is encouraged. We explore Christianity along with other principal religions and world views, and how they affect the fabric of personal and social life. RS does not shy away from identifying the reality of evil, injustice and suffering and it opens up visions of how life for all the world’s citizens may be transformed by truth, beauty and goodness. Critical thinking and creative learning lie at the heart of RS.


Key Stage 3 - (Y7-8)

Year 7: Humanities

The RS component of Humanities begins with work from the Understanding Christianity Project looking at an overview of the 'story' of the Bible. Then we study Inspirational People and how their faith/beliefs influence their work. The students then make a comprehensive study of Buddhism before returning to the Understanding Christianity Project for the units on Jesus.

Year 8: RS

Term 1: Prejudice and discrimination. Environment and Medical issues

Term 2: Judaism and Sikhism

Term 3: Christianity

Key Stage 4 - (Y9-11)

Year 9: GCSE Edexcel B Main beliefs and Practices of Christianity and Islam

Year 10: GCSE Edexcel B Christianity, Life and Death issues and Marriage and Family Life

Year 11: GCSE Edexcel B Islam, Crime and Punishment and War and Peace.

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