History

Years 7-9

Introduction and Overview

Year 7- Thinking Through Humanities

In year 7, History is taught as part of our ‘Thinking Through Humanities’ course, where we encourage the development of transferrable skills. The History focus is on Medieval History which includes units on The Norman Conquest, The Black Death, the Peasants Revolt and Medieval Life

In the Summer term we also organise a joint Humanities visit to a place of local historical significance.

Year 8 – 1500-1900

In year 8 we take a chronological approach and cover four different areas of study: In the Autumn term we examine Britain 1500-1750 which takes students from the Tudors to the Civil War and its impact on Britain. In the Spring we examine the Transatlantic Slave Trade from its origins to its abolition. Finally, in the Summer Term we examine the impact of the Industrial Revolution and focus particularly on Shropshire; students have the opportunity here to visit Coalbrookdale and Blists Hill to assess local significance.

Year 9 – Twentieth Century World

Year 9 starts with an examination of Russia from 1900-1989; we look at the causes and consequences of the Revolution as well as the impact of Communism on Russia. This is followed by a unit of study on the Holocaust and genocide in the 20th century; how and why the Holocaust happened and comparing it to other genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda. In the Spring of Y9 we examine the causes, course and consequences of the First World War and its links to the rise of Hitler in Germany. Students also have the opportunity here to visit the battlefields of the First World War in Belgium.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Support the completion of homework

Web Links

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/

Additional Reading

The library has many fiction and non-fiction books related to the topics studied above. The Horrible Histories are a very accessible place to start building up a good background knowledge of History.

Years 10-11

Introduction and Overview

Edexcel

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (Paper codes: 1HI0/10–12) Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes 30%* of the qualification

Option 11: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (Paper codes: 1HI0/20–29) Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 40%* of the qualification

B3: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

24/25: The American West, c1835–c1895

Paper 3: Modern depth study (Paper codes: 1HI0/30–33) Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes 30%* of the qualification

Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Using revision guides to complete practice papers
  • Ensure homework is complete to the deadline

 

Web Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/

Additional Reading

Revision guides will provided to purchase for each of the units detailed above. It is recommended that students read through these regularly as part of their wider reading.