Subject Leader: Mr N Dawkins

Aims of the department

  • To encourage students to enjoy History and an interest in the past.
  • To develop an understanding of the methodology of the Historian.
  • To understand what motivated the actions of people in the past.
  • To help students develop a sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world.
  • To introduce students to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past.
  • To contribute to pupils knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures.
  • To understand the present in light of the past.
  • To use an understanding of the past to inform choices in the present/future.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

What will students study?

The work covered throughout Key Stage 3 aims to give students an understanding of how developments from Medieval Times to the end of the 20th Century helped shape the economy, society, culture and political structure of Britain. Opportunities are also offered to study developments in Europe and the non-European world. The study of History will run closely alongside Geography and R.E. with students being asked to consider key questions and themes which link the 3 Humanities subjects close together.

Students will be expected to build up a number of Key skills to allow them a deeper understanding of the topics they study. They are:     

  • Chronological understanding
  • Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity
  • Change and continuity
  • Cause and consequence
  • Significance
  • Interpretation

Throughout their study units students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate, in a variety of ways, the level they have reached in each of these skill areas.  Students study a number of units in each year of Key Stage 3.

Year 7

Unit 1 - Where have I come from?

This unit begins by the building up of key skills students will need to be successful Historians at our school. As the unit develops students will study the origins of their families and develop key research skills.

Unit 2 - How was power challenged in Tudor Times?

In this unit students are introduced to the major political, religious and social challenges to authority in Tudor times. Particular attention is paid to the methods of control rulers tried to employ.

Unit 3 - Would you have felt safe in the UK in the past?

Students in this unit will discover the major threats to the political, social and economic order within the British isles in Stuart times. Particular focus will be paid to the impact of these threats to people living within Britain at this time.

Year 8

Unit 1 - Where have my rights come from?

In this unit students will study the impact political movements have had throughout History on different nations. Particular attention will be paid to Britain and America in the past.

Unit 2 - What was the impact of the Industrial Revolution on Britain?

Students are given the chance to discover the effects of the Industrial revolution in Britain. Focus will be placed around changes in the workplace and housing.

Unit 3 - What was the impact of Empires on Communities?

This unit will reveal to students the effects of Britain’s desire to be a global power had on its subjects. Students will discover how this global power was built on the back of slavery.

Year 9

Unit 1 - How did people suffer during WW1?

Students are given the chance to discover how and why Britain went to war on a global scale in 1914. As the unit develops students will cover aspects of World War One including trench life, weapons and the peace treaty to end the war.

Unit 2 - How did Total war affect civilians?

This unit will reveal to students the effects of modern warfare on everyday life. In particular students will learn about evacuation and the Holocaust which both left a lasting impression on British and European society as a whole.

Unit 3 - What has been the impact of technology on communities in the last 100 years?

This last unit will reveal to students how powerful technology has altered the lives of citizens in the last 100 years

How will students be assessed?

  1. Assessment of students work is of the following types:
  2. Ongoing through observation, interaction between teacher and student
  3. Student self-review and peer review
  4. Assessment of homework/class work
  5. End of unit assessment

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Teacher in Charge: Mr N Dawkins

What course do students follow?

GCSE HISTORY 9-1 Edexcel

Specification code: 1HIO

What will students study?

Pupils will study five topics with three exams in year 11.

In Depth Study - Germany 1918-39

This study will focus on the huge problems Germany faced after World War One before moving on to cover how Hitler and the Nazis rose to power.

Development Study - Crime and Punishment through time

This study will focus on various crimes throughout history and how crime has evolved. Topics such as Jack the ripper, the suffragettes, highway robbers and Robin Hood will be covered. Students will also discover the punishments criminals have had to endure throughout history such as being hung, drawn and quartered, hanging or even having fingers chopped off!

British Depth Study - Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-88

This module highlights the changes and continuities that happened in England during and after the Norman invasion. How William I took control and tried to tackle resistance is covered in this module.

Historic environment - Whitechapel, 1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city

This topic investigates the living conditions in Industrial Britain and how this impacted on crime and punishment in the period. Policing methods and the infamous Jack the Ripper crimes will be investigated using historical sources to highlight the issues that Industrialisation caused in Britain during this period.

Period study - The American west 1835-1895

This study will focus on the expansion of the USA into Native American territory during the 19th century. Topics focus on Native American beliefs, development of settlements and conflicts that arose between Native Americans and the settlers.

Details of Examination

There will be three examination papers on the above topics.

All pupils will be entered for the same examination papers.

There is no coursework element to this study

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Assessment resources

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