History

Understanding what has happened in the past and how this has shaped the development of our world is an essential part of understanding how we live in the   present. History examines different time periods and things which have happened have changed and shaped our world.

Key Stage 3

The two key themes of Ruling, and Living and Working are covered in each year group from Year 7 to 9.

Year 7

Topics and skills studied:  Key skills starting with a focus on Historical sources as well as an investigation into Historical time periods and chronology.  For key enquiry questions we will investigate interpretations of William’ victory at the battle of Hastings; Investigate how King William was able to control England after 1066; The causes and consequence of the Peasants revolt through the use of source evidence; Interpreting how difficult life was for people during the Middle Ages; The reasons for the murder of Thomas Becket and the significance of Magna Carta.
Students are assessed based on levelled assessments from Essay writing (Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?) to Source analysis (Investigating source interpretations of William the conqueror). An end of year exam with a Source-based and extended writing section will also form part of their assessment as well as mini-exams at the end of every 10 week block.

Year 8

Topics and skills studied: The Tudor monarchy and the main causes of the English Civil war. We will also look at British colonial rule in India; Empire and the slave trade; the Industrial revolution from 1750-1900; Victorian London and the Jack the Ripper killings.
Students are assessed based on levelled assessments from extended writing (Why did the English civil war break out in 1642) to Source analysis (Investigating different interpretations of King Charles I). An end of year exam with a Source-based and extended writing section will also form part of their assessment as well as mini-exams at the end of every 10 week block.

Year 9

Topics Studied: Students will investigate and evaluate the causes and consequences of the First World War; the Trenches and the Battle of the Somme; the interwar dictatorships of Stalin’s Russia, Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy. We will then investigate in depth the Treatment of the Jews and the Holocaust; mass migration to Post-war Britain- the Windrush generation; the key events and turning points of the Cold war from 1945-1991.

Students are assessed based on levelled assessments from extended writing tasks (Why did World War I break out in 1914?) to Source analysis (Interpretations of the Battle of the Somme). An end of year exam with a Source-based and extended writing section will also form part of their assessment as well as mini-exams at the end of every 10 week block.

Key Stage 4 Starting from 2016-17.

Edexcel GCSE History

Year 10:

Unit themes cover:

  • Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
  • Paper 2: The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189–1216.
  • Paper 2: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91.

Year 11 (from 2017-18)

Unit themes cover

  • Paper 2: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 (Continued).
  • Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39.

What skills will I be examined on?

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied: 35%.

A02: Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order

historical concepts: 35%

A03: Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to

make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events

studied: 15%.

A04: Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about

interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in

the context of historical events studied: 15%.

 

Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in History (Paper 1 and 2) for 2016-17 only.

Year 11:

Unit themes cover:

  • Breadth study in change – Changes in Medicine 1845-1945.
  • Dictatorship and conflict in Russia 1924-45.

What skills will I be examined on?

  • Can I remember the facts?
  • Can I organize my writing to make a sensible answer?
  • Can I select the right information for the right question – keep to the point?
  • When looking at events, changes and situations can I describe them, analyse them (argue and see more than one view) and explain my own ideas?

Objectives 2 and 3:

  • Can I use historical sources/evidence well and show an understanding of different sources by describing and explaining what they say?
  • Can I also be a real detective and ask how useful evidence is to an enquiry and how reliable it is i.e. whether it can be trusted?
  • Can you also understand how and why different interpretations or views of the past are created?
  • Can you argue which views you agree/disagree with and why?
  • Don’t panic we will be developing these skills as we go!

In many cases it will simply be a case of building on what you already know about the skills necessary to succeed in History

Key stage 5

Edexcel A Level History
(for the academic year 2015-16)

Year 12:

  • Unit 1: In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96.
  • Unit 2: South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation.’

 

Year 13:

  • Unit 3: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399–1509.
  • Unit 4: Coursework: International relations: Appeasement during the thirties.