History

Teachers

  • Jodie Lansdale, Director of Learning
  • Jake Lambert
  • Elliot Blake

History is a fascinating subject which allows students to develop, not only a greater understanding of the past, but also how the past has affected the world that we live in today. Studying History allows the students to develop analytical skills which will help them in Further and Higher Education, as well as future careers.

Key Stage 3

All Key Stage 3 students get one lesson of History per week. The students are taught to consider a range of historical concepts, such as cause and consequences, continuity and change, as well as looking at information from the Normans to Twentieth Century history.  The topics that the students cover vary with some units concentrating on British history, with topics such as the Battle of Hastings and Medieval monachs,  as well as looking at topics further afield, such as the Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

Students are assessed at the end of each unit to monitor progress. The students also peer and self-assess their work as an integral part of the learning process.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 History is a non-compulsory subject that students can choose as one of their option choices. At Key Stage 4 students have two lessons of History per week. We follow the GCSE syllabus for Edexcel B SHP History. This course comprises of five distinct units.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 students will take four lessons of History per week. The students complete the AS unit in one year, this can be kept as a discrete qualification. If the student chooses they can continue History to complete the A level qualification.  We deliver the GCE A Level AQA History syllabus.  The full A-Level course comprises three distinct units, one unit of British History, one unit of non-British History and an independent study, which is non-examined.

Year group or Course title

Year 7

Course content

Chronology and evidence

The Battle of Hastings

The Norman Conquest

Monarchy in the Middle Ages

Life in the Middle Ages

The Reformation

Assessment 

 

An Assessment is carried out after each unit.

 Equipment Needed 

Standard school equipment

Homework

Homework is set regularly.

Enrichment opportunities

A visit to The Tower of London

Model making

 

Year group or Course title

Year 8

Course content

Slavery and Empire

Revolution

World War One

Nazi Germany

The Holocaust

World War Two

Assessment

An assessment is carried out at the end of the unit.

Equipment Needed

Standard school equipment

Homework 

Homework is set regularly.

Enrichment opportunities

A visit to the Imperial War Museum

Model making

 

 

Year group or Course title

GCSE History

Course content

Paper 1

Medicine in Britain c, 1250 - present and the British sector of the Western Front 1914 - 18: injuries and treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2

The American-West, c1835 - 1895

Early Elizabethan England 1558 - 88

Paper 3

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939

Assessment 

 

All units are assessed at the end of the course.

Paper 1 is worth 30% of the qualification.

Paper 2 is worth 40% of the qualification. (20% for each topic).

Paper 3 is worth 30% of the qualification.

Equipment Needed 

Standard school equipment.

 Homework 

Homework is set weekly.

Enrichment opportunities 

Visit to Hampton Court Palace, Ypres and the First World War Battlefields in Belgium and Berlin.

Revision classes are run after school.

 

Year group or Course title

A Level History

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1C - The Tudors 1485 - 1547

AS Level

Unit 2Q

A Level

Unit 1C - The Tudors 1485 - 1603

A Level

Unit 2Q

Non-examined unit - British Political History 1900 - 2010 

Assessment

At AS both units are assessed by examination, each worth 50% of the overall grade.  

At A Level both examined units are worth 40% of the overall grade and the non-examined unit is worth 20% of the overall grade.

Equipment Needed 

Standard school equipment

Homework 

Homework is set weekly for each unit.

Enrichment opportunities

Visits to Hampton Court Palace and Berlin.