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History: Key Stage 3

Subject Content: Year 7

Introduction to History – Students will start to develop their skills in history in this unit as well as explore some key historical events

Romans – The Romans are one of the most well-known people from the ancient world.  Students will explore their society and people as well as their conquests and contributions to the modern world

Medieval life – Ranging from the Norman conquest through to castles and the Black Death, medieval life will give students an opportunity to study a really significant time in our history

Subject Content: Year 8

Tudors – When Henry VIII wanted to divorce his first wife he began a process of religious change in England from Catholicism to Protestantism. Students will have the opportunity to study life in Tudor England and the role of Elizabeth I in changing England.

The English Civil War – This was a time of significant change for the UK and the effects of the civil war are still with us today.  Students will have the opportunity to study a period that still shapes our way of life from the reasons for the war and the fight between parliament and crown to the eventual execution of the King.

Empire – The sun was never supposed to set on the British Empire, and in this topic students will have to opportunity to see if this was true as well as investigating both the good, the bad and the ugly parts of empire from India as the jewel in the imperial crown, to the Black Hole of Calcutta for the Indian mutiny to the grab for Africa.

Slavery – One of the darkest parts of history, the forced migration of millions of people from Africa to the New World to live as slaves. This is a vital unit for students to study which will allow them to explore the reasons given for the slave trade, the conditions and treatment of the slaves and the eventual end to slavery. This will enable students to gain an understanding of the repercussions still felt today.

Subject Content: Year 9

·Industrial Revolution – The industrial Revolution is what made Britain great, this allowed our small island to become the richest and most powerful country in the world. Students will investigate how the people of Britain changed both at work and at home and how the revolution affected the whole country

- First World War – The Great War changed Britain and the world forever, students will explore the cause and effects of the war both in the long term and the short term, and they will also learn about the end of WWI and how it led to WWII

· Home Front – During the 2nd World War Britain faced war on its own shores for the first time in hundreds of years, during the Blitz and the struggles to survive rationing, students will investigate the effects of WWII on people at home such as women at work and the Home Guard and the changes that came from this period

· Holocaust – One of the most horrifying events of world history when one group of people decided to exterminate another group. Students will look at the reasons given for the holocaust and the terrible conditions people lived in and how it affected the survivors. A vital topic for students to study so that we never forget

KS3 Skills Taught

Students are to develop skills in recognising diversity, understanding cause and consequence, and change and continuity.

They will also to develop a strong chronological understanding of History using such skills as communicating in a variety of different ways, interpreting evidence and establishing the significance of sources and information and developing a method of historical enquiry.

Key Stage 4

Edexcel History A

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Subject Content & Assessment Detail

  • Thematic study and historical environment: Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000 – present - 30%
  • Period study: Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941 – 91 and British depth study: Early Elizabethan England  - 40%
  • Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 39 - 30%

Skills Taught

This GCSE requires students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical periods, themes and topics studied and their chronology through:

• Making connections and comparisons between different aspects of the periods, themes and topics studied

• Describing, analysing and evaluating the causes and consequences of historical events and situations

• Describing, analysing and evaluating changes and developments in the periods, themes and topics studied

• Assessing the significance of individuals, events, developments and/or ideas in the history studied.

This GCSE requires students to understand, analyse and evaluate how the past has been interpreted and represented in different ways, using a range of appropriate media. This GCSE requires students to:

• Investigate specific historical questions, problems or issues, reviewing and reflecting on progress being made

• Use a range of historical sources (such as written and visual sources, artefacts, film, ICT, paintings, photographs, music, oral accounts, and buildings and sites) critically in their context, deploying appropriate information and reaching reasoned conclusions.

• Independently select, organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways

• Use appropriate historical terms and ideas to communicate their knowledge and understanding.