History

History

Aims

Our aim is to give students a broad and in depth understanding of the past, through an exploration of different cultures and societies that existed throughout different periods of time. Students learn about key events, people and the factors that influenced the development of history and determine the precise significance of their role in affecting both the past and the present.

History requires students to develop a wide variety of key historical skills, such as essay writing, source analysis and debating. Such skills help to form analytical, problem solving and independent thinkers, which are both heavily demanded by employers for a multitude of careers and extremely beneficial in understanding the contemporary world.

Teaching and Learning

The History Department teaches in a way that offers both a fresh insight into topics and builds on prior learning. Lessons are usually conducted in an active learning style, where students are encouraged to form their own interpretations of the past. Lessons can be in the form of group work, class debates, roles plays, discussion and drama.

An example of a topic taught is “The History of Crime and Punishment”. Students look at the changes and continuities affecting themes relating to this from the Roman era to the present. Topics studied can include “Trial by Ordeal”, witch hunts, the changing use of the death penalty, the development of prisons and transportation, the creation of the police force and the increased use of forensics in modern criminal investigations. Practical activities for this include student-led presentations and mock trials in class. This topic concludes with an in depth source led investigation into the murders of Jack the Ripper.

In the past the department has run a variety of very successful trips, visiting “The Old Operating Theatre” in London and the World War One Battlefields at Ypres-Salient in Belgium. These trips provide students with exciting opportunities to engage in practical learning experiences outside of the classroom and we will continue to offer trips like these in the future.

Assessment for learning                            

Students will undertake an assessed piece of work each half term, which is marked in detail using a “Closing the Gap” sheet to give more detailed feedback. Students would be then expected to correct or improve on their work based on this. In addition to this, students will be given lessons focused specifically on how to answer a style of examination question. They will be taught the precise assessment criteria and be shown examples of specimen answers of varied levels of quality, which they will be expected to mark and reach an informed judgement on. Peer marking is also performed and widely encouraged across the department.

Home Learning

Homework is set on a regular basis, in accordance to the school’s homework timetable. This can consist on a written exercise, essay writing, research or revision for an assessment. Each individual staff member will publish it on “Show my Homework”, which students can find by following their link.

Examination groups will also be issued with revision booklets that are focused on a certain unit they will be examined on. It is highly recommended that these booklets form the foundation of revision for an examination. Additionally, they will also be given regular past examination questions to complete at home in timed conditions as a part of their revision process.

Equipment

Students are expected to arrive to every History lesson with their exercise booklet and any textbooks that have been issued. They must additionally have equipment that includes a pen, pencil, ruler, eraser highlighters, scissors and glue.

 

Key Stage 3

History

Programme of Study

Year

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

7

  • The Norman Conquest
  • The control of the King in the Middle Ages
  • Why was the Church so powerful in the Middle Ages?
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants Revolt
  • Life in Tudor England
  • The reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • Changes to religion in England during the 16th Century
  • The English Civil War
  • How Parliament gained power in England in the 17th Century

Assessments

1. Was Simon Schama right about the Battle of Hastings?

2. Did the Black Death change anything?

3. Dead Famous Presentations

4. Did Tudor people follow the religious orders of their monarch completely?

5. Family Research Project

6. End of Year examination

8

  • The development of towns and cities in Britain during the 19th Century
  • The British Empire
  • The Slave Trade
  • The First World War
  • The rise of Hitler in Germany
  • The Second World War
  • The Holocaust
  • Civil Rights for Black Americans in the USA since 1945

Assessments

  1. What was it like to live in the cities of the Industrial Revolution?
  2. Was the British Empire really ‘glorious’?
  1. World War One Assessment – GCSE exam practice
  2. The Home Front in the Local Area
  1. Civil Rights Movement Presentations
  2. End of year examination

 

Additional Information

Key Stage 3 History is an exciting course that covers many significant eras of British and World History across two years. It has been modified to support the latest developments in the National Curriculum and to prepare students for GCSE History.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Many useful links for revision can be found here:

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/EDUCATION/SUBJECTS/ZK26N39   

HTTP:WWW.SCHOOLHISTORY.CO.UK

 

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr G Hall – Head of History

Key Stage 4 (Year 9 & 10)

 

History

Programme of Study

Students follow the Edexcel syllabus.

Specification number: 1HI0

Link to the specification website: HTTP://QUALIFICATIONS.PEARSON.COM/EN/QUALIFICATIONS/EDEXCEL-GCSES/HISTORY-2016.HTML

Year 9

The development of Crime and Punishment c43AD – Present (GCSE Preparation)

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919 – 39

Year 10

Medicine Through Time, c1250 – Present

Early Elizabeth England 1558 - 1588

Year 11

Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1991

Exam revision

 

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

Paper 1: Medicine Through Time, c1250 – Present

Written examination

1 hour & 15 minutes

30%

Paper 2: Early Elizabeth England 1558 – 1588

Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1991

Written examination

1 hour & 45 minutes

40%

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919 – 39

Written examination

1 hour & 15 minutes

30%

 

Additional Information

For a long time, the department has run a highly successful day trip to London, where we have taken GCSE students to visit places of historical interest such as “The Old Operating Theatre” and the Science Museum. Additionally, we also lead an annual visit to the World War One Battlefields at Ypres-Salient in Belgium.

Students will be given lessons focused specifically on how to answer a style of examination question. They will be taught the precise assessment criteria and be shown examples of specimen answers of varied levels of quality, which they will be expected to mark and reach an informed judgement on. Peer marking is also performed and widely used across the department.

Students will also be issued with revision booklets that are focused on a certain unit that they will be examined on. It is highly recommended that these booklets form the foundation of revision for an examination. Additional revision classes will be held during the run up to examinations, both after school and during school holiday time.  Additionally, students will also be given regular past examination questions to complete at home in timed conditions as a part of their revision process.

History is a highly regarded academic subject that helps to create creates problem-solvers, independent thinkers, confident speakers and writers. These skills are transferable to the modern workplace and are welcomed by employers and can lead to a variety of careers, including Law, Journalism, Teaching, the Civil Service and Banking.

How Parents/ Carers can help

The course specification:

HTTP://QUALIFICATIONS.PEARSON.COM/EN/QUALIFICATIONS/EDEXCEL-GCSES/HISTORY-2016.HTML

Medicine Through Time:

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/EDUCATION/TOPICS/ZNSNB9Q/RESOURCES/1

Elizabeth I

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/EDUCATION/TOPICS/ZWWDMP3/RESOURCES/1

Germany 1919 – 39

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/SCHOOLS/GCSEBITESIZE/HISTORY/MWH/GERMANY/

Superpower Relations and the Cold War

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/EDUCTION/TOPICS/ZQPCV4J

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr G Hall – Head of History

 

Key Stage 4 (Year 11)

History

Programme of Study

Students follow the Edexcel syllabus.

Specification number: 2HB01

Link to the specification website

HTTP://QUALIFICATIONS.PEARSON.COM/CONTENT/DEMO/EN/QUALIFICATIONS/EDEXCEL-GCSES/HISTORY-B-2009.HTML

 

Year 10

Medicine and Public Health in Britain c50AD to the present day

Life in Germany c1919 - c1945

The transformation of Surgery c1845 – c1918

Year 11

Crime, policing and punishment in England c1880 – c1990

Life in Germany c1919 – c1945 (continued)

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

1A: Medicine and Public Health in Britain c50AD to the present day

Examination

1 hour and 15 minutes

25%

2C: Life in Germany c1919 – c1945

Examination

1 hour and 15 minutes

25%

3A: The transformation of surgery c1845 – c1918

Examination

1 hour and 15 minutes

25%

CA8: Crime, policing and punishment in England c1880 – c1990

Controlled assessment

2 hours and 30 minutes

25%

 

Additional Information

For a long time, the department has run a highly successful day trip to London, where we have taken GCSE students to visit places such as “The Old Operating Theatre” and the Science Museum. Additionally, we also lead an annual visit to the World War One Battlefields at Ypres-Salient in Belgium.

Students will be given lessons focused specifically on how to answer a style of examination question. They will be taught the precise assessment criteria and be shown examples of specimen answers of varied levels of quality, which they will be expected to mark and reach an informed judgement on. Peer marking is also performed and widely encouraged across the department.

Students will also be issued with revision booklets that are focused on a certain unit they will be examined on. It is highly recommended that these booklets form the foundation of revision for an examination. Additional revision classes will be held during the run up to examinations, both after school and during the Easter holidays.  Additionally, students will also be given regular past examination questions to complete at home in timed conditions as a part of their revision process.

History is a highly regarded academic subject that helps to create creates problem-solvers, independent thinkers, confident speakers and writers. These skills are transferable to the modern workplace and are welcomed by employers and can lead to a variety of careers, including Law, Journalism, Teaching, the Civil Service and Banking.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Medicine Through Time:

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/EDUCATION/TOPICS/ZNSNB9Q/RESOURCES/1

The transformation of Surgery

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/SCHOOLS/GCSEBITESIZE/HISTORY/SHP/MODERN/INDREVSURGERYREV1.SHTML

Life Germany 1919 – 45

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/SCHOOLS/GCSEBITESIZE/HISTORY/MWH/GERMANY/

Crime, policing and punishment in England

HTTP://WWW.VICTORIANWEB.ORG/HISTORY/POLICE.HTML

HTTP://WWW.OLDBAILEYONLINE.ORG/STATIC/POLICING.JSP

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr G Hall – Head of History

 

Key Stage 5

History

Programme of Study

Students follow the Edexcel syllabus.

Specification number: 9HI0

Link to the specification website:

HTTP://QUALIFICATIONS.PEARSON.COM/EN/QUALIFICATIONS/EDEXCEL-A-LEVELS/HISTORY-2015.HTML  

Year 12

Germany and West Germany, 1918 – 89

The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911-46

Year 13

Britain: losing and gaining an Empire, 1763-1914

Coursework

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Component

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

Paper 1: Germany and West Germany, 1918 – 89

Examination

30%

Paper 2: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911-46

Examination

20%

Paper 3: Britain: losing and gaining an Empire, 1763-1914

Examination

30%

Coursework

One 3 – 4000 piece of extended writing

20%

 

Additional Information

The current History A-level was introduced in 2015. It is a course that fulfils the new requirement to study a significant amount of British History and to cover a period of at least 200 years. The options chosen will link together thematically. It is a challenging subject which develops powers of thought as well as giving an understanding of History and an affection and interest for it.

In Year 12, students will engage in a broad study of Germany over time, whilst studying the rise and fall of Fascist Italy in depth. The study of the British Empire in Year 13 will see students looking at a developing theme over time and for the coursework unit, they will produce an extended piece of written work based on their independent research of a historical controversy. 

How Parents/ Carers can help

Germany and West Germany

HTTP://WWW.THESTUDENTROOM.CO.UK/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=3041473

http://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/lon/prj/asa/top/ver/enindex.htm

The rise and fall of Fascist Italy

HTTP://WWW.THESTUDENTROOM.CO.UK/WIKI/REVISION:FASCISM_IN_ITALY

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr G Hall – Head of History

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