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Welcome to the History Department


History Department Vision

The History Department at Kingswood Academy aims to equip our students with the knowledge and understanding to interpret key events in the past to inform decisions about the future; learning from the high expectations and resilience of people throughout history…

We challenge the students to use a wide range of interpretations to make judgements about the actions that have shaped the community and wider world.

Meet the History Team


History Curriculum

History KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 and 8 have 1 History lesson a week.

The content covered in Year 7 and 8 directly supports the KS4 exams. Throughout all the topics students cover source analysis, historical interpretation, impact of events, importance of beliefs and archaeological evidence.

The Roman Empire

Viking Lives

Medieval Realms

Slavery

Making of the United Kingdom

Victorians and Industrialisation

The Causes of World War 1

The Causes of World War 2

Life in Nazi Germany

 

History GCSE Curriculum

Students in Year 9 and Year 10 are currently studying towards the OCR History B GCSE (The School’s History Project). This is broken into 5 elements each worth 20% of the final mark.

The People’s Health

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Ancient Medicine

Medical Progress in Ancient Egypt

 

 

Medical Progress in Ancient Greece

 

 

Medical Progress in Ancient Rome

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Medieval

 

Life in medieval England

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Renaissance

Individuals involved in medical progress

Enquiry

 

Content

 

19th century

Individuals involved in medical progress

 

 

Developments in surgery

Enquiry

 

Content

 

20th century

Developments in surgery and the fight against disease

Enquiry

 

Content

 

 

Britain c1250 -c1500 Matters of life and death

The characteristic features of medieval Britain: an overview

 

 

 

Living conditions: housing, food, clean water and waste

 

 

 

Responses to the Black Death: beliefs and actions

 

 

 

Approaches to public health in late-medieval towns and monasteries

 

Enquiry

 

Content

 

 

Britain c1500 -c1750 More of the same?

Cultural, social and economic change inc. growth of towns: overview

 

 

 

Living conditions: housing, food, clean water and waste

 

 

 

Responses to the plague including national plague orders and local reactions

 

 

 

The impact of local and national government on PH inc. measures to improve the urban environment and the government response to the gin craze, 1660-1751

 

Enquiry

 

Content

 

 

Industrial Britain c1750-c1900 Revolution! Why were there such huge changes in the people's health 1750-1900

Industrialisation, the growth of major cities and political change: an overview

 

 

 

Living conditions: housing, food, clean water and waste

 

 

 

Responses to cholera outbreaks

 

 

 

PH reform in the 19th Century inc. Public Health Acts and local initiatives

 

Enquiry

 

Content

 

 

Britain Since c1900 Better than ever? Do changes in public health since 1900 tell a simple story of progress?

Economic, political, social and cultural change: an overview

 

 

 

Living conditions & lifestyles: housing, food; air quality; inactivity

 

 

 

Responses to Spanish Influenza and AIDS

 

 

 

Growing government involvement in public health

 

 

 The Norman Conquest

Enquiry

 

Content

 

England on the eve on conquest          ISSUE: The character of late Anglo-Saxon England

The nature, structure and diversity of late Anglo-Saxon society

 

 

Religion in late Anglo-Saxon England

 

 

Anglo-Saxon cultire: buildings, art and literature

 

 

 

 

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Invasion and victory ISSUE: How and why William of Normandy became King of England in 1066

Norman society, culture and warfare pre-1066

 

 

The succession crisis of 1066

 

 

The battles of Fulford, Stamford Bridge and Hastings

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Resistance and response   ISSUE: The establishment of Norman rule between 1067 and 1071

First uprisings against Norman rule inc. resistance in west and in Mercia

 

 

Northern resistance and William's 'Harrying of the North'

 

 

The rebellion of Hereward in the east and the end of English resistance

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Castles   ISSUE: The nature and purpose of Norman castles in England to 1087

Pre-conquest fortifications and the first Norman castles in England

 

 

The distribution & design of Norman castles in England to 1087

 

 

The purpose of Norman castles in England inc. military & ecomonic functions

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Conquest & control ISSUE: The impact of the Norman Conquest on English society to 1087

Domesday Book, its creation and purpose

 

 

The social structure of Norman England inc. changes in land ownership & elite

 

 

Changes & continuities: language, laws and church

 

Viking Expansion

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Homelands

The Vikings in Scandanavia: landscape, society & everyday life

 

 

Viking ships, seafaring & trade c.750

 

 

Viking beliefs and rituals

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Volga Vikings

The changing nature of Viking trade and settlement in Russia from c.750

 

 

The nature of Viking trade & interaction with the Arab world

 

 

Viking relations with Constantinople & the Byzantine Empire

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Raiders and Invaders

The nature and cause of viking raids in Britain, Ireland, Scottish Islands & France, 793-850

 

 

The nature of Viking warfare: warships, warriors & tactics

 

 

The 'great heathen army' in England and the establishment of Danelaw 865-879

 

 

 

 

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Settlers

 

The nature & extent of Viking settlement in the British Isles & France

 

 

Viking life in Jorvik

 

 

The nature & extent of Viking settlement across the Atlantic- Iceland, Greenland & North America

Enquiry

 

Content

 

Kings

 

Harald Bluetooth, Jelling and the conversion of the Vikings to Christianity

 

 

Sven Forkbeard and his invasions of England

 

 

Cnut's Anglo-Saxon Empire, 1016-1035

 

 

How do we assess students in History?

Students in Year 7 to Year 10 are assessed each learning cycle on knowledge, understanding and analysis. Students are asked to work with different interpretations of history and gain the highest grades by evaluating the wider impact of key events and individuals.

Assessments are broken down into knowledge, summary and interpretation of evidence.

Examination Information

Examination Information

Year 9 and 10

Content

Assessment

Percentage of total GCSE

Thematic Study

·         People’s Health

British Depth Study

·         The Norman Conquest

 

Component 1

1 hour 45 minute exam

80 Marks

 

 

40%

 

History Around Us

 

Component 2

1 hour exam

40 marks + 10 marks SPAG

 

 

20%

Period Study

·         Viking Expansion

World Depth Study

·         Living Under Nazi Rule

 

Component 3

1 hour 45 minute exam

80 marks

 

 

40%

Students in Year 11 are following the OCR GCSE History A curriculum.

The current Year 11 are preparing for the exam: completing Life in Nazi Germany before revising Medicine Through Time and Public Health 1800-1914.


Homework Expectations

KS3 (year 7 and 8) homework is set fortnightly

KS4 (year 9,10 and 11) homework is set weekly

Recommended Revision Guides


Leader of History

Mr. K. Sapstead

01482 879967