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.
Mr I Vickers – Course Leader
Ms B Feltham
Mrs C Webster
Mrs A Pettit
Phase 2 (Years 7 and 8)
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.
- 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
|Autumn||The Middle Ages 1066-1509||The Middle Ages 1066-1509|
|Spring||The Tudors 1485-1603||The Tudors 1485-1603|
|Summer||Civil War and beyond 1642- 1750||Civil War and beyond 1642- 1750|
Topics – Year 8
|Autumn||Change and Revolution 1750 -1900||Change and Revolution 1750-1900|
|Spring||Victorian Britain||Victorian Britain|
|Summer||The 20th Century||The 20th Century|
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||www.gcsepod.com / BBC Bitesize / YouTube|
|Exam Practice||CGP Revision Guides (above) for examples of answers.
Timed exam questions at home.
|Resources||Revision Guides will contain practice questions.|
Phase 3 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
History GCSE – Edexcel
History takes an exciting and in-depth look into four very different topics over the course of Year 9, 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.
In Year Nine aspects of all of the four units are approached in order to develop specific skills linking closely with Phase 2.
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 9
|Autumn||Medicine in Britain : Enquiry – Treatment and Injuries on the Western Front 1914-8||Weimar Germany and the rise of extremism|
|Spring||The End of The Weimar Republic and rise of the Nazi Party 1929-33||The End of The Weimar Republic and rise of the Nazi Party 1929-33|
|Summer||The Native Americans in the early 19th Century||The Anglo Saxons prior to 1066|
Topics – Year 10
|Autumn||The Norman Conquest 1066||Norman England 1066-88|
|Spring||American West : Development of the Plains 1862-9||American West : Conflict and Conquest 1876-96|
|Summer||Nazi Control and Dictatorship 1929-33||Life in Nazi Germany 1933-9|
Topics – Year 11
|Autumn||Medicine in Britain 1250-1700||Medicine in Britain 1700-Modern Day|
|Spring||Revision of all Units||Revision of all Units|
|Summer||Revision and end of year exams.||Examinations|
|Useful Websites||The History Google Classrooms are regularly updated.
Highly recommended : GCSEpod and 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 is 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.|