History

Historical Resources

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historic-newspapers

 

Key Stage 3

 

Year 7

Pupils are introduced to History at Key Stage 3 with a study of the Roman Empire. During the spring term Britain 1066-1500 becomes our focus with an in-depth study of the major features of Britain’s medieval past following the Norman Conquest. Year 7 is completed with a study of Islamic civilisations at the time of the crusades and women in Medieval times.

Pupils are introduced to a rich variety of sources and historical artefacts to develop their skills, and a broad range of historical detail and concepts to enhance their understanding of the past.

Year 8

The initial focus of this year 8 course is Britain 1500-1750. We concentrate upon the far-reaching political, social and religious changes that shaped early Modern Britain from the Tudor monarchy to the Civil War and English Republic. Pupils have the opportunity to deal with a range of historical sources and to develop their understanding of the nature of the subject. Later in the year we study Britain 1750-1900. Public Health and the impact of industrialisation on Britain and Victorian Social Reformers.

Year 9

Some pupils will not continue History beyond year 9 so it is important that they are given an overview of the main events, personalities and developments which combined to shape both modern Britain and the 20th century world. We investigate the importance of the First World War and its consequences. We then move on to study both the social and political movements of the Twentieth century ranging from the Russian Revolution,the rise of Hitler and World War II to the development of technology in the home, medical and scientific advances and key events in popular culture. The considerable amount of original film footage enables us to bring these issues to the pupils’ attention and stimulate their imagination and historical understanding.

Key Stage 4


Exam Board: Edexcel (Pearson Certificate in History IGCSE)

Assessment Methods

The study of History at GCSE will be thought-provoking, active and engaging. It will give you a deeper understanding of the world in which you live and help you to develop your skills of research, analysis and evaluation. The study of the past will give you the opportunity to use ICT, evaluate film and video, and make group presentations and dramatic interpretations of the past to help you learn effectively. There is no controlled assessment which gives the Department more time to focus upon revision and exam technique. The topics we will study will set up students who are already considering taking their interest further to A Level.

 

Year 10


There are 3 papers to be examined in Summer 2018 and they are divided as such:

 

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain 1250 to present including a study of the British sector of the Western Front: injuries, treatment and the trenches

There are 52 marks in total available with a time allowance of 1 hour and 15 minutes

This paper assesses pupils’ ability to study thematically and use an historical environment.

 

Paper 2: This is divided into two topics –

Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 (studied in Year 11)

There are 64 marks in total available with a time allowance of 1 hour and 45 minutes

This paper assesses pupils’ understanding of different time periods through examining British history.

 

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39 (studied in Year 11)

There are 52 marks in total available with a time allowance of 1 hour and 20 minutes

This paper assesses pupils’ comprehension of the Modern Day.

 

Year 11

 

There are two papers and they are divided as such:-

Paper 1: covering two depth studies –

Development of a Dictatorship: Germany 1918-1945, and A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1945–1962

Paper 2: covering one historical investigation which will be Russia in Revolution 1914–1924 and one study in breadth which will be Changes in Medicine 1845-1945.

Overview of assessment for Paper 1:-

Students are assessed through an examination based on their depth studies.

Students answer two questions, one on each of the depth studies they have studied.

There are 50 marks available in total.

The examination time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Overview of assessment for Paper 2:-

Students are assessed through an examination based on their historical investigation and breadth study in change.

Students answer two questions, one question on their historical investigation and one question on their breadth study in change.

There are 50 marks available in total.

The examination time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

More information can be found on this course's page on the exam board's website

Key Stage 5

GCE AS/A2-Level

A Level History course is designed to offer students opportunities to learn about the past and present arguments and ideas effectively. You will learn to understand how people think and what motivates them. You will develop skills of interpretation, analysis and the ability to construct clear and logical arguments.

From 2015 the A Level History Course will be a two year in depth study of both Early Modern and Modern History which reflects the skills and understanding gleamed from the GCSE course in order to develop as committed Historians.

The topics will range from:

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry (25%)

England 1485 – 1558: the Early Tudors

Unit 2: Non-British period study (15%)

Democracies and Dictatorship: Germany 1919-1963

Unit 3: Thematic Study (40%)

Russia and its Rulers 1855 – 1964 (E Bonich)

OR Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 (A Barraclough)

Unit 4: A single 3,000 – 4,000 essay (20%)

Personal Coursework Question to be moderated in school.

For more information visit the course page on the exam board's website

 

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