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History

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Introduction

History is a study of the past and how it has affected the people and the world around us. It informs and challenges whilst providing a greater understanding of how past events influence the modern world.

Studying History develops critical thinking skills to allow students to analyse numerous perspectives and sources which in turn develop their own viewpoints about the past. History is crucial for dealing with the 21st century – scrutinising information to distinguish between fact and opinion to identify ‘fake news’. The study of the subject enhances communication skills with a variety of activities in lessons such as debates, class discussions, group work and extended writing. 

History encourages pupils to become lifelong learners and equips them for a huge variety of careers such as law, journalism, media, medicine and policy making – in fact, for anything that requires intelligent, analytical and flexible thinkers. These skills and attributes are highly sought after by colleges, apprenticeships, universities as well as employers.

Great Britain has been shaped over the centuries by monarchs, religious divisions, social protest and the development of democracy. Students will be stretched to consider many social issues and moral questions while getting to grips with the chronological order and how important turning points and events shape our shared history.We pose three key questions to our KS3 students to address over the three years:

  • What does it mean to be British?
  • How does society achieve change?
  • What conditions are required for a clash of opposition?

 Our KS4 students are assessed over two exam papers with the key themes of Making of the Modern World and Shaping the NationThe GCSE History content comprises the following elements:

  • One period study
  • One thematic study
  • One wider world depth study
  • One British depth study including the historic environment.

 

                          

 

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KS3

Year 7

What does it mean to be British?

English History: Pre1066 with the fall of the Anglo Saxons and establishment of Norman control, the foundations of democratic principles and religious challenge. 

Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5 Topic 6
Year 7 History
Why did the Anglo-Saxon rule end in 1066? How did the Normans establish control over England? How did life change in Medieval England? What was the War of the Roses? Who were the Tudors & Why was there an English Civil War? Why were the French Royal family executed?

Year 8

How does society achieve change?

Liberation History: From the end of the Royal dictatorships, abolition of inequalities, improvement of civil rights and impact conflict.  

Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5 Topic 6
Year 8 History
How did slavery end? How did women win suffrage? Why was WW1 meant to end all wars? How did Russia become communist? How did Pakistan become independent? How did civil resistance improve equality before the law?

 

Year 9

What conditions are required for a clash of opposition?

Case study is the end of WW1. Interwar period and WW2. 

Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5
Year 9 History
What happened to the losers of WW1? Why was there a rise of dictators by the 1930s? Was WW2 preventable? What was the turning point for an allied victory during WW2? Why was the Holocaust allowed to take place?

 

 

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KS4 

 

GCSE History
Exam board AQA Course code 8145
Examined by Two exam papers at the end of year 11. Each paper has a mixture of 8-10 interpretation and essay-based questions and both papers are   2 hours long. There is one tier of paper for all levels (9-1).
Key topics taught

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

Section A: Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

Section B: Conflict and tension: The inter-war years, 1918–1939 

 

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

Section A: Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day 

Section B: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603 

 Order of study: 

Year 10

  • Britain: Health and the people: C1000 to the present day (thematic study)
  • Elizabethan England 1568-1603 (British depth study including the historic environment)

 

Year 11

  • Germany 1890-1945 (period study)
  • Conflict and Tension 1918-1939 (wider world depth study)

 

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Support

  • Access to revision material on Foldr
  • Revision cards
  • CGP Revision Guides
  • GSCE Revision drop in/catch up
  • History club
  • Watching historical films and documentaries
  •  History film club
  • Keeping up to date with the news
  • Reading fiction based on events, time periods and themes covered within the topics