History

Key Stage 3

Curriculum Intent 

Our curriculum in history is broad and ambitious, embedding key skills and knowledge through a range of cultures and time periods. A good understanding of history allows us to understand the modern world and the complexities of events. We offer students the opportunity to study a range of cultures and to develop and enhance skills that can be can applied in other subjects and in future study. 

Our curriculum is carefully sequenced to allow students to gain a broad understanding of chronology of events, cause and consequence, significance and interpretation. Our students can make links between units and to other societies, cultures and world events.  

At KS3 and into KS4 students will develop a range of skills including asking questions, analysing information and being able to convey their opinions in structured ways.  

Year 7 

This unit introduces basic chronology and source skills through an investigation of the Titanic disaster in 1912. We then take a chronological approach in the following units – discovering the impact that invaders and settlers had on Britain and an in depth look at life in the Middle Ages. Students will then explore the 16th century in depth: firstly focusing on the motivations of Tudor Kings and then analysing whether Tudor Queens were completely powerless. We finish Year 7 with a local study of the Church Stretton Workhouse.  

Year 8 

At the start of Year 8 students have the opportunity to study change over time with our Crime and Punishment unit; from Anglo-Saxon England to the modern day we will explore changing attitudes to crime and punishment and the causes and consequences of significant events. Our second unit in year 8 focuses on African Empires, the British Empire and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, examining why it continued for so long. This is followed by a unit on Civil Rights in the 20th century, examining case studies on the Suffragettes, Black Civil Rights in the UK and USA, Apartheid and LGBTQ+ rights in the 21st century. Year 8 finishes off with a study of the Russian Revolution and its causes and consequences. This will build into the Year 9 study of the Cold War and Russia’s role in the 20th century.  

Year 9  

We begin year 9 with a depth study on the First World War; examining the causes, impact and consequences of the conflict focusing on trenches, the home front, the contribution of the Empire and the Treaty of Versailles. As part of this study, students will also have the opportunity to visit the battlefields of the First World War in Belgium at the end of Year 9.  

Our second unit of study focuses on the Rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany and takes students from the Treaty of Versailles to Germany in the 1930s. This allows students to have a taster of a course studied at GCSE and forms a building block for the following unit.  

Our third unit focuses on the Holocaust and Genocide and follows Jewish history from pre-1900, through Hitler’s rise to power, legal persecution, ghettos and the death camps. The unit concludes with a study of the genocide in Rwanda and whether we have learnt lessons from the past.    

The final unit of study in Year 9 focuses on the Cold War from 1945-1989; the causes, key events and consequences of tension between East and West and the eventual fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.  

How to support your child

  • Use the reading lists provided to gain a good contextual knowledge
  • Use the knowledge organisers regularly to ensure taught work is recapped on a regular basis
  • Help your child to revise for tests and assessments
  • Support the completion of homework

Curriculum Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

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.

 

Key Stage 4

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

Curriculum Overview 

Knowledge Organiser

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.