History

Welcome to the History department

 

In History we ask questions, explore sources and evidence and arrive at an interpretation. We then use our best writing skills to sharpen our answers. This will lead to even more questions and a new enquiry gets underway…

The History department believes that the knowledge and understanding of historical events is crucial in our understanding of who we are today. Past events shape the way our world is today and the way people live their lives. History teaches you skills to question, challenge, justify and present arguments about different historical events. To develop as a historian students will focus on both the contextual knowledge as well as the relevant skills required to analyse the events of the past.

Teachers

Mr I Vickers – Course Leader

Mrs C Webster 

Phase 2 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Our Phase 2 course is based on a series of ‘Enquiries’ which run chronologically, starting in 1066 and at the end of Year 8, students look at the ‘Space Race’ of the 1960s.

Examples of these include:

  •     How much change did William the Conqueror really bring to England after 1066?
  •       What do maps tell us about Islam during the Middle Ages?
  •       How significant is the Tudor ship – The Mary Rose ?
  •       Why was a ship called the Isle Of Wight carrying slaves leaving Portsmouth in 1720?

How important was deception to the Allies on D-Day in 1944?

Topics – Year 7 
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn The Middle Ages 1066-1509 The Middle Ages 1066-1509
Spring The Tudors 1485-1603 The Tudors 1485-1603
Summer The English Civil War and beyond 1642- 1750  The Restoration 1642- 1750

 

Topics – Year 8
Term 1 Term 2
Autumn The English Civil War and beyond 1642- 1750  The Restoration 1642- 1750
Spring Revolution : 

French and Industrial 

Victorian Britain: 

Empire, Medicine and Prison 

Summer The Great War The 20th Century

 

Topics – Year 9 
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn World War Two : Dunkirk, Battle of Britain and D Day  Modern World : eg The Space Race 
Spring Medicine in World War One  Medicine in World War One 
Summer The Weimar Republic and rise of the Nazi Party 1929-33 The Weimar Republic and rise of the Nazi Party 1929-33

 

 How parents can support 
Homework Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks. 
Reading Provision of reading materials- newspaper articles, magazine articles- discussions around reading material.
Useful Websites BBC Bitesize / YouTube – recommendations through Google Classroom

 

Phase 3 (Years 10 and 11) 

History GCSE – Edexcel 

History takes an exciting and in-depth look into four very different topics over the course of Years 10 and 11. The course is designed to encourage students to adopt an ‘enquiry’ approach, always gathering as much information as possible and using this as a springboard to asking even more questions. The study of Medicine from 1250 until today is the longest span of time covered. We track developments in areas such as genetics, surgery and epidemics like plague, looking out for breakthroughs in treatment and prevention and identifying why these happened at a particular point in time. 

The study of Britain, either side of the 1066 invasion of William the Conqueror, emphasises the impact of such a key event on Britain itself. Analysing what changes and what stays the same is also central to the study of The American West in the 1800s. The desire to cross American Plains for a new life is a story of survival and determination – but the clash with the Native Americans shows how cultures clash. 

We study life in Nazi Germany before World War Two but the topic starts on the day of the German surrender in 1918 at the end of the First World War and looks at how a defeated nation came to be led by Adolf Hitler. 

The History course enables students to explore a range of important issues at local, national and international levels whilst engaging with the past and present simultaneously. 

Assessment: Three exam papers; the longest is 1 hour 45 minutes 

Paper 1: British thematic study with the historic environment. Medicine in Britain 1250-present including an enquiry into treatment and surgery on the Western Front 1914-18 

Paper 2: British depth study : Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060- 1088.  Period Study: The American West, c.1835-1895.

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study. Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.

Topics – Year 10 
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Anglo Saxon England Before 1066  The Norman Conquest 1066
Spring Norman England 1066-88 American West : Development              of the Plains 1836-62
Summer American West : Development              of the Plains 1862-9 American West : Conflict and Conquest 1876-96 

 

Topics – Year 11
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn The Weimar Republic and rise of the Nazi Party 1919-33 The Weimar Republic and rise of the Nazi Party 33-39
Spring Medicine in  The Nineteeth and Twentieth Century  Revision 
Summer Revision  Examinations

 

Support available 
Useful Websites The History Google Classrooms are regularly updated.

Highly recommended BBC Bitesize (Exam Board Specific)

Intervention Parents and students will be contacted.
Masterclasses Twice each half Term; open to all Year 11 students. 

 

How parents can support 
Homework In Week A students complete a written assessment in class, completing the second question at home. The topics for the next assessment are explored in Week B.  
Revision Guide All Year 11 students have been provided with a PEARSON REVISION GUIDE for each module.
Exam Practice The Revision Guide (above) includes additional questions.

 

 Career opportunities 

GCSE History leads directly on to A Level History. It works well in combination with other humanities subjects (Geography and R.S.), and English. Many students who enjoy history also study it at A Level to contrast with their main science or a language.

GCSE History helps improve literacy skills which are useful in any course which requires reading and writing. The medicine topic links well with Science courses. There are a wide variety of history and history-related courses at university.

Most people who study history to GCSE or higher level find it helps them to develop skills useful for a wide range of professional jobs such as journalism, publishing, civil service, law, police force, work in the media. Some people pursue careers which involve History directly, such as work in the Heritage industry e.g. National Trust, museum and archive work, archaeology and teaching.

 

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