Curriculum Leader: Mrs R Reid

Subject Teachers: Ms C Bidwell, Ms S Burns, Ms K England & Ms E Wickens

Famous Quote

If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday Pearl Buc

Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:

To encourage students to think critically about why the world today is how it is - How has our past affected society today?  History enables students to develop knowledge and understanding about the past and how and why things have changed.  We want students to develop their enquiry skills, learn to evaluate evidence and help them to reach their own judgments and opinions about key historical events.

Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 3

Each Year group covers a new unit of work each half term.

Year 7 start with an introduction to History and a study into England pre-1066. This is followed by an investigation into the Norman Conquest and its immediate and long term consequences.  Spring Term sees Year 7 studying Medieval Life 1066 – 1509. We start our investigations with the changing power of the church and state during this time, then delve deeper into ordinary people’s lives with our Medieval social history unit which focuses on women, crime and punishment, medicine, food and drink, homes and living conditions.  They finish the academic year off by studying the consolidation of power of the church and state during Tudor England before spending the final part of the summer term on our social history unit investigating the lives of ordinary people between 1485-1601.

Year 8 build on their learning from the previous year by looking at the Stuarts and the causes of the English Civil War, considering the impact on both the state and church in England and moving on to the Restoration era with a social history unit (1642-1700).  Spring term in year 8 is dominated by a study of World History centered around the British Empire and the big social changes of the period 1745-1900, primarily focused on the Industrial Revolution at the time. Students have the opportunity to study different colonial countries and make their own judgements about the impact of the empire. Year 8 end the year by considering the significance of the Slave trade and Civil Rights movements.

Year 9 is primarily focused on the 2oth century.  The year runs chronologically starting with the origins of World War One and looking in depth at the conflict in the early 20th century.  The year group then moves on to look at the steps to war in Europe and the rise of extremism in the 1930s.  They then look in some depth at the turning points of World War Two and the impact this had on Europe and the rest of the world thereafter.  This leads into the Summer scheme of learning which concentrates on the Cold War and the Holocaust.

Assessment Method - Key Stage 3

Assessments in KS3 History take a number of forms including rigorous extended pieces of written work as well as more creative design tasks.  Additionally research work and the analysis of sources form part of the assessment cycle.

Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 4                        Exam Board: AQA

The GCSE History course runs over two years.  In each year students will complete the learning of two units, currently with one piece of controlled assessment and summative examinations at the end of year 11 for the remaining units.  Each unit is worth 25% of the total mark.

In year 10, students start with a study into Germany 1918-1939, looking at the creation of the Weimar Republic, The Rise of Nazi Party and the Nazi Dictatorship up until the outbreak of World War Two.

Their second unit is on International Relations 1943-1991, primarily focusing on the Cold War era, the development of tensions, the three key crises in the 1960s and the end of the Cold War era.

Starting year 11, students build on their understanding of international tension by a depth study, culminating in three pieces of extended written work as part of the controlled assessment.  The focus of this is the conflict in Vietnam, not only the origins but also the conflict itself as well as the public reaction to the war in Vietnam.

The final unit of the GCSE course focuses on Britain between the wars. Students use a variety of evidence and study aspects of life at this time including the Depression, WW2, the Home Front and important government changes such as the creation and development of the NHS. The focus of this unit is for students to develop good source skills to help build their understanding.

Assessment Method - Key Stage 4

Three examinations of 1 hour 15 minutes (Germany, Cold War and Britain 1931-51) and one unit of controlled assessment. The Controlled Assessment entails completing three pieces of written work and requires the students to complete their own research on a topic.

Extra-Curricular Activities / Clubs:

  • Year 8 trip to Basing House
  • Year 11 revision trip to Berlin.
Subject Documents Date  
KS3 History Curriculum Map and Assessmen... 02nd Dec 2016 Download
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