History

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Key Stage Three

The teaching of history in years 7-9 will the broad study of British and World history from the Anglo-Saxons to the end of the Second World War.

An outline of the topics and questions that are considered are detailed below.

Year 7 (800-1660)

How do we study History?

What was England like before 1066 – Why did William of Normandy become King of England in 1066 and what were the consequences?

Who challenged the power of Medieval Kings and how did they succeed?

What effect did religion have on people’s lives in the Middle Ages?

What were the causes of social change in the Middle Ages?

The Crusades – why did Britain go to war?

The Wars of the Roses

Why did Henry VIII break away from Rome?

What challenges faced the Tudor monarchs?

The Renaissance – what was the impact of the Renaissance?

What were the causes of the Civil War and what were the consequences?

 

Year 8 (1660-1900)

What makes a good enquiry?

The Restoration of the Monarchy and the Development of Parliament 1666-1740

How diverse was Britain through history

The British Empire – why did Britain gain an empire?

The origins, nature and consequences of slavery.

Why were there revolutions in America and France?

How did Britain respond to the revolution in France?

How significant a threat was Napoleon?

How far did everyone benefit from the Industrial Revolution?

What was Britain’s position in the world by 1900?

 

Year 9 (1900-1945)

What was wrong with the electoral system in the 1800s?

How did women campaign for electoral reform?

What were the causes of World War I?

What was life like for soldiers in the trenches?

Why and how did Hitler come to power?

Why was there a Second World War?

The impact of World War II on the British people.

The persecution of the Jews 1919-1945 – the Holocaust

Students in year 9 will begin the GCSE History Course in the Summer Term starting with SECTION A: MODERN DEPTH STUDY Germany 1918-1939

Assessment in KS3 History

Formal assessments are carried out at the end of each topic. There is also an end of year examination on everything from the year.

 

Key Stage Four

Year 10 & 11

History is a popular option at GCSE and students are taught in mixed ability groups. The 9-1 GCSE includes four topics examined in four examinations at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework for History GCSE and the examination body is Edexcel.  

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PAPER 1 (30%) 1hour 15 minutes examination

SECTION A: HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT –Whitechapel c 1870-1900 crime, policing and the inner city

SECTION B: THEMATIC STUDY – Crime & Punishment in Britain c.1000-present

PAPER 2 (40%) 1hour 45 minute examination

SECTION A: PERIOD STUDY –Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1991

SECTION B: BRITISH DEPTH STUDY – The reigns of King Richard I & King John 1189-1216

PAPER 3 (30%) 1 hour 15 minute examination

SECTION A: MODERN DEPTH STUDY Germany 1918-1939

 

Key Stage 5

The A Level consists of three units, two examined units (breadth & depth studies) worth 40% each on the Tudors 1485-1603 and Germany 1918-1945 and their third unit being one 3000 word essay on American Civil Rights Movements undertaken in an independent fashion, worth 20% of their overall grade.

AQA is the examination board for these units.

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Year 12

UNIT 1C: THE TUDORS – HENRY VII & HENRY VIII

UNIT 2O:  DEMOCRACY AND NAZISM: GERMANY 1918 -1933

Year 13

UNIT 1C: THE TUDORS – EDWARD VI, MARY I AND ELIZABETH I

UNIT 2O:  DEMOCRACY AND NAZISM: GERMANY 1933-1945

UNIT 3: HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION – AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS 1865-1965

Assessed in two written exam each being 2 hours 30 minutes

  • three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A-level

 For the Tudors, questions are divided into two sections

  • Section A – one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations (30 marks)
  • Section B – two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)

 For Germany, the questions are divided into two sections

  • Section A – one compulsory question linked to source analysis (30 marks)
  • Section B – two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)

Trips

Year 7 students visit Hampton Court

Year 8 students visit The Museum of London

Year 9 students visit Ypres, Belgium to experience the trenches and the battlefields of WW1.

A Level students are given the opportunity to attend A Level conferences in London on their three examined units.