History is fascinating. Studying it will feed your child's curiosity about the world and help them to understand today's cultures and world events through what they have learnt about the past.

Studying the subject will help your child to develop valuable life skills, such as analysis, evaluation and discussion, regardless of the path they follow.

What will I study?

In year 7 and 8 all students have 3 lessons per fortnight. There have been some changes to the curriculum to incorporate the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for the new GCSE style examinations.

At key stage 3 we aim to give all students the following skills:

·    The ability to use information critically no matter the source. This is vital when interpreting the news media, reading books or even in conversation.

·       To effectively analyse and evaluate interpretations and judgements on significance.

·       To see both sides of a given situation and construct effective arguments for either side.

·        To independently and effectively pursue areas of History which interest them.

Teachers will provide written feedback every 8 lessons on extended pieces of work and there will be targets, linked to Doodle skills, identified by the teacher. These will then be actioned by the students to ensure progress is made.

Homework will be set fortnightly and will be linked to the topic being studied in lessons. These will consist of research tasks, projects, consolidation of skills or key word understanding.

At KS4 we follow the Edexcel History specification.

The history qualification will engage students and provide them with a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain and the wider world. It will develop skills that will support progression to further study of history and a wide range of other subjects.

Topics have been chosen to build on and extend knowledge from Key stage 3. The course will cover new areas of content and revisit and deepen knowledge and skills developed previously.

There are three external exams:

Paper 1 – British Thematic Study with Historic Environment: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Paper 2 – Period Study and British Depth Study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 and Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

The assessments are designed for students of all abilities with a mixture of short- and long-answer questions. Questions will focus on a variety of historical areas, such as what happened, why things happened, the impact of key events, how far you agree with a view. Students also analyse historical sources and come up with ideas for tackling an historical investigation.

Curriculum

Unit 1 - Norman conquest - Battle of Hastings and the Norman conquest. This unit will also introduce some key historical skills.

Unit 2 - Tudor England - a study of Henry VIII and religious changes, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

Unit 3- Industrial Britain - Looking at how the move from countryside to towns affected people including work, housing, health and children. A local study of iron industry will be undertaken.

Unit 4 - Empire and slavery- A focus on the slave trade and the role of the British Empire.

Unit 5 - Men and women get the vote - Chartists and Suffragettes.

Unit 1- Causes of WWI - looking at the long and short term causes of World war One, analysing who was to blame.

Unit 2 - Events of WWI - Trenches project with focus on conditions and events such as the Christmas true, Battle of the Somme and weapon development.

Unit 3 - Interwar, causes of WWII - Consequences of WWI, Treaty of Versailles and the rise of Hitler.

Unit 4 - WWII and Nazi Germany - Events of WWII including Britain at ‘total war’ and a depth study on life in Nazi Germany.

Unit 5 - Holocaust - a study Jewish persecution across Nazi occupied Europe

Term 1 - Thematic study: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present

Term 2 - Thematic study: Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Term 3 - British depth study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

Term 4 - British depth study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

Term 5 - period study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

Term 6 - period study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

Term 7 - Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Term 8 - Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Term 9 - Revision and final examinations


For more information regarding the History Curriculum please contact the Head of Department via our contact form