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History

Welcome to History the Department

Welcome to the curriculum page for History.  The curriculum is delivered in three specialist rooms, supported by a wide variety of resources and specialist IT equipment.

History is taught as a discreet subject within the Humanities Faculty.  Within lessons pupils are challenged to be creative thinkers and reflective learners through a variety of engaging learning activities.  Excellent literacy is a fundamental skill needed to achieve in both these subjects and therefore there is a strong element of literacy underpinning teaching and learning within Humanities.   All Humanities staff understand the importance of learning outside the classroom and the Humanities faculty is committed to increasing the fieldwork and outside learning opportunities offered.
Styles of teaching range from the formal delivery of lessons through to independent enquiry and group work. The study and evaluation of a range of sources such as documents, artefacts, pictures, photographs, films, music, oral accounts and guest speakers are central to our approach.I.C.T. is used regularly to ensure that pupils are able to access a wide variety of web based sources. Visits to historic sites are seen as an integral part of the course and are organised whenever possible in KS3 and KS4.
In line with school policy, pupils are taught in banded groups. These are influenced initially by KS2 English results. However, departmental assessments take place at regular intervals and movement between groups occurs throughout the year

Departmental staff: Miss Owen, Miss Cresswell, Miss Prior, Miss Vance

Curriculum

Year 7 – Lesson contact time is 3 hours per fortnight.
The topics followed are:

  • Medieval England, 1066-1485.
  • The Tudors, 1485-1603.

 

Year 8 – Lesson contact time is 3 hours per fortnight.
The topics followed are:

  • The Stuarts – James I, Charles I and Civil War, Restoration of Charles II.
  • How Britain changed from 1750-1900.
  • Victorian Crime and Punishment.

 

Year 9 – Lesson contact time is 3 hours per fortnight.
The topics followed are:

  • The First World War
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • Depth Study of Germany, 1920-1930s.

 

Year 10 – Lesson contact time is 5 hours per fortnight.
The topics followed are:

  • Crime and Punishment through time, 1000-present.
  • Crime and Policing in Whitechapel.
  • Henry VIII and his Ministers.
  • Depth Study of Germany, 1920s -1930s.

 

Year 11 – Lesson contact time is 5 hours per fortnight.
The topics followed are:

  • Controlled Assessment – Britain in the First and Second World War.
  • USA 1920-1930s.
  • Origins of the Second World War

 

Equipment / Kit
To support your son’s learning and engagement in this subject he needs to have:

  • Blue or black pen x 2
  • Green pen
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Planner

It will also help your child has

  • Set of colouring pens or pencils
  • Set of highlighters
  • A pair of compasses

 

Resources
All year 11 students have been issued with a revision guide:  ‘AQA GCSE Modern World History Revision guide’ by Ben Walsh.

 

Useful websites:
www.historylearningsite.co.uk
www.johndclare.net
www.schoolshistory.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/learning/subjects/history

 

Qualifications
Please specify exam board, number of papers, methods of assessment e.g.:
In Year 11 students follow AQA GCSE History specification, modern world.  This is assessed through controlled assessment (25%) and 2 examinations to be taken at the end of year 11.
In Year 10 students have following new Edexcel 9-1 curriculum.  This will be assessed by 3 examinations at the end of year 11.

 

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