Head of Department: Mr Walton

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students will recall and use period knowledge from history studied at Key Stage 2.
Make accurate use of chronological terms and organize knowledge about the past.
Find out information by asking relevant questions
Draw conclusions by combining information from sources. Show some awareness of the value and limitations of individual sources, such as reconstructions and photographs.

Topics include: Britain Pre-1066 – Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings; 1066 and how the Normans kept power; Medieval Britain; Immigration in Britain.

Year 8

Students will build on their historical skills from Year 7.
Start to question sources on a more regular basis – including reliability and usefulness.
Extended writing skills.

Topics include: Tudor and Stuart England; The English Civil Wars; The French Revolution; Black Peoples of the Americas.

Year 9

Students will start preparing skills for GCSE, including considering the reasons historians interpret History in different ways.
Start to make more frequent use of sources in writing.

Topics include: Industrial Britain; World War One; Germany 1918-1939; World War Two; The Holocaust.

Key Stage 4 – Exam Board: Edexcel

Students will aim to:

  • Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience.
  • Engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers.
  • Develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context.
  • Develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them.
  • Organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

The course has 5 elements which are examined in 3 exam papers.

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment – 30%

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present (studied in Year 10)
The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches. (Studied in Year 10)

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study – 40%

The American West, c1835–c1895. (Studied in Year 10)
The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189–1216 (Studied in Year 11)

Paper 3: Modern depth study – 30%

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 (Studied in Year 11)

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