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Welcome to the History Department


History Department Vision

The study of history stimulates an interest and understanding of where we have come from.  It helps young people understand the complex and dynamic changing world to understand how this contributes to the key historical events of today.  It allows pupils to build up their own opinions of the past by looking at different viewpoints from a selection of periods and gives them an opportunity to investigate the past and make their own judgements.

 

In history, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our lessons.  Lessons are enquiry based, and students are encouraged to analyse and challenge interpretations of key events from the past. History teaches us to ask two very important questions: why and how. This is key to sharpening your critical thinking abilities, which combine the following skills:

 

  • Analysis
  • Research
  • Essay writing
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Argumentation

 

Historians look at all the available evidence and come to conclusions, a lot like a good detective, which helps them learn to be organised and manage information. If you’re working with ancient history, you may not have a lot of source material to go on and it will be up to you to bring together all your knowledge and to try and solve the mysteries of the past. With your analytical, writing, debate and detective skills, you’ll be ready for a range of careers in history and beyond. Areas you could go into include teaching, politics and law.

Meet the History Team

Mr K. Sapstead Subject Leader of History

Mr A. Andrew Year 10 Raising Standards Leader

History Curriculum

KS3

Year 7

  • The Norman Conquest
  • Medieval Life
  • Warfare Through Time
  • Social developments in the 19th century

Year 8:

  • Votes for Women
  • The causes, developments and events of the First World War
  • Life in Germany between the World Wars
  • Conflict in the Middle East
  • The Cold War

 

KS4

British Medicine through Time 1250-2000

As part of a thematic depth study, students will study how medicine and public health developed in Britain over four different time periods (The Middle Ages, Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and Modern Age). It will consider how far medicine has progressed within and across these periods, whilst looking at the impact of medical development and the factors that aided or hindered medical progress. 
Topics will include;  

  • The Middle Ages: The Black Death, Surgery, The Four Humours and role the Church
  • The Renaissance: Vesalius, The Royal Society, William Harvey and the Reformation
  • The Industrial Revolution: Changes in Surgery, The Germ Theory and Vaccinations
  • The Modern Age: The NHS, DNA, Penicillin and Modern Treatment & Surgery

This study includes the Historical Environment unit- The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

 

The American West: 1830-1895

Students will study the American West during a period of change when the western frontier of the United States was settled upon by migrators from the West. This was a time of cowboys, bandits and gold miners who all sought to make the West their homeland, whilst the existing Native Americans of the Great Plains tried to resist the changes to their traditional way of life. 
Topics will include;

  • The development of settlement in the West: The Oregon Trail, Transcontinental Railroad, The Oklahoma Land Rush and 1849 Gold Rush
  • The changes to farming and cattle ranching: The development of the cattle industry, including cowboys and cow towns.
  • Conflict between whites and Indians: The Indian Wars, Little Big Horn, Wounded Knee
  • Lawlessness in the West: Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral, Vigilantes

Anglo Saxon and Norman England, 1060–c1078

Students will finally study a medieval British depth study that allows pupils to investigate life in Anglo-Saxon England in the build up to the Norman Conquest in 1066. It will then develop into a study of the Battle of Hastings and the establishment of Norman rule over England under William the Conqueror. The depth study will address the political, military, religious, economic, social, and cultural aspects of this period and arising controversies.
Key issues studied will include;

  • Anglo Saxon Society: Kingship, society, economy and law and order
  • The Battles of 1066: The causes, events and impact from the Norman invasion
  • How did William establish control of England: The Feudal System, Domesday Book, Castles and Harrying of the North
  • Rebellions against Williams rule
  • The death of William and the succession crisis.

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

As part of a modern depth student, students look at Germany in the aftermath of the First World War where it became a democracy for the first time in its history under the Weimar Republic, and the ensuring struggled this new government had in its first decade. We also ask students to investigate the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party from its origins in Munich 1919 to Hitler become the Fuhrer of Germany in 1934. Lastly, students will look at life under Nazi rule until the declaration of war in 1939, which a specific focus on Nazi methods of control and life for women, children, workers and minorities. 
Topic will include;  

  • The Weimar Republic: The Treaty of Versailles, Ruhr Crisis, Hyperinflation and the Stresemann Era
  • The rise of the Nazis: The NSDAP, Munich Putsch, Hitler’s rise to power and Germany’s movement into dictatorship
  • The Nazi dictatorship: Propaganda, Censorship, Fear and Terror

Life in Nazi Germany: Education, the role of women, persecution of Jews and how did Germans benefit under Nazi rule

How do we assess students in History?

KS3

Students are assessed formally at four points in the academic year. The assessment questions reflect some of the questions a student will answer in their GCSEs. There are three questions in each assessment:

·         Briefly describe… (4 marks)

·         Explain why… (12 marks)

·         Evaluation – ‘To what extent…’ (16 marks)

 

Revision is provided for each assessments, and are also placed onto Show My Homework. Assessment grades are based on Edexcel GCSE boundaries.

 

KS4

Students are assessed formally at four points in Year 9 & 10, and three in Year 11 before their Summer GCSE. Assessments for KS4 are based on GCSE Papers. A Year 9 student will expect to be assessed on Paper 1, Year 10 on Paper 1 and 2, Year 11 on all three papers. Assessment grades are based on Edexcel GCSE boundaries.

Examination Information

The GCSE is structured into three papers.

 

Paper 1: 1 hour 15 minutes

Medicine Through Time and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

 

Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes

The American West, c1836-1895

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-1087

 

Paper 3: 1 hour 20 minutes

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939.

Homework Expectations

Homework is set on Show My Homework (showmyhomework.co.uk). All classes with two or more hours of History per week will expect to receive homework set every week. Classes of one hour per week will expect to receive homework set fortnightly.

Recommended Revision Guides

Paper 1:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Medicine in Britain Revision Guide and Workbook


Paper 2:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Anglo-Saxon and Norman England Revision Guide and Workbook

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History The American West Revision Guide and Workbook

 

Paper 3:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany Revision Guide and Workbook

Head of History

Mr. K. Sapstead

01482 879967