History

In years 7 and 8 we aim to promote the students’ understanding of their place in the world. The study of history enables the students to delve into the past and draw conclusions about the way in which society has developed at a personal, local, national and international level. History fires the curiosity and imagination of students, moving and inspiring them by the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps them develop their own identity through an understanding of the history of their communities and prepares students for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life. It enhances employability and develops the ability to take part in a society that is democratic, encourages mutual respect for ethnic/cultural diversity and helps them become confident individuals.

History at Key Stage 3 looks at a developing range of key concepts, such as ‘chronological understanding’, ‘diversity’, ’cause and consequence and ‘significance’. There is also an emphasis on developing skills such as ‘enquiry’, ‘using evidence’, and communicating about the past.’ These skills are developed through the study of phases and aspects of History. Key Stage 3 History looks at Britain and the wider world and the relationship between the two.

In Year 7 students study the Romans, A study on the History of the local area, Battle of Hastings, the medieval period, the Crusades, the Tudors and American History from Slavery to Civil Rights. The Year 7 course aims to develop Historical knowledge and understanding and to develop the skills needed to interpret Historical source material. Students will compare the development of different parts of the world during the ancient and medieval times and will begin to be able to understand the cause and effect of historical events.

In Year 8 students explore British History between the years 1750-1900 investigating the Industrial Revolution and the English Civil War. Students will compare the development of Britain’s social, economic and political growth between the 17th -19th centuries and begin to understand the cause and effect of Historical events. Students examine the Twentieth century in greater depth. They focus on the origins of the First World War One, the Second World War, peacemaking, the dictators in Europe, appeasement the origins of World War II, the impact of war on civilians (including the Holocaust and the atomic bomb) and the post-war legacy.

Assessment
All students complete assessments at the end of each half term and are provided with targeted feedback on how to improve their levels /grades. These assessments will measure the student’s knowledge as well as their application of historical skills.

Assessment is directly related to the History National Curriculum attainment targets. At the end of each module the levels are given to the learners and a report is compiled which goes towards their final KS3 level.

GCSE

Current Y11 Current Y9 and 10
Course Title- History A Modern World Course Title- History 9-1
Exam Board -Edexcel A Exam Board- Edexcel

About the course
GCSE History looks in detail at a diverse range of topics.

Topics and how they are assessed?
Current Y11
Unit 1 – International Relations – The Cold War – 25%
Unit 2 – Germany 1918 -1939 -25%
Unit 3 – British Society 1945 -70 – 25%
Unit 4 – America (controlled assessment) – 25%

Current Ys9 and 10
Paper 1- Thematic study and historic environment: 11 Medicine in Britain, C1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatments and the trenches. 30% of the qualification
Paper 2- Period study and British Depth study: B4 Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88 and 24/25 The American west, c1835-1895. 40% of qualification.
Paper 3- Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939. 30% of qualification.

The most important attributes for GCSE History are enthusiasm and hard work. Good verbal and written communication skills are also important. It is essential that candidates possess an enquiring mind, an interest in the past and the ability to communicate this effectively.

Successful History students will become practiced in their analytical research and study skills that are useful in Higher education and in the workplace. History is a well respected discipline and is invaluable to any student intending to follow an academic subject.

Homework
Homework is an integral part of learning and provides an opportunity to develop independent study skills. It includes a variety of different tasks e.g. researching, written work and source work. It is set every 2 weeks in KS3 and weekly in KS4.

Revision, intervention and Enrichment
The History department holds regular revision sessions for KS4. They are allocated a time slot of Wednesdays after school. The department will also run intervention sessions during the exam period which are focused on exam skills for KS4.