History

History is more than just a timeline of significant events and dates, through the study of history we hope to equip students with the skills and knowledge to make sense of the world around them. We offer a broad curriculum to stimulate interest and topics are chosen that are relevant to modern society – allowing students to recognise the importance of History as a subject. We actively encourage students to become independent thinkers, critically analyse historical sources and form their own judgements and opinions.

Intent

We aim to provide all students with a clear chronological understanding from ancient civilizations to present day. Through the study of History students will also learn to;

  • Identify elements of change and continuity
  • Identify cause and discuss consequence
  • Assess the significance of key events and people
  • Critically analyse sources
  • Evaluate historical interpretations
  • Form their own judgements about the past

Students will also study topics that are invaluable to moral development. Topics such as the transatlantic slave trade, the Holocaust and Civil Rights movement are taught, demonstrating the dangers of prejudice, discrimination and dehumanization- allowing students to deepen reflection about issues impacting society today.

Implementation

Students have two lessons of History per week at KS3 and three lessons of History per week at KS4. Each lesson is 60 minutes long. History isn’t all about textbooks- learning within History is enquiry based to spark the natural curiosity of the students. All lessons are interactive and rely on the input of the students as much as teachers.

 

Year Content and implementation
7 Civil Rights Movement, Norman Conquest, Medieval Life and Tudor Britain.
8 British Empire, Transatlantic Slave Trade, First World War, and Life in Nazi Germany, World War Two and the Holocaust.
9 AQA GCSE History consists of two papers; Shaping the Nation and Understanding the Modern World. Students complete four compulsory units. In years 9 and 10 students will focus on Conflict and Tension; the inter-war years and America; 1920-1973, Opportunity and Inequality. In year 11 students will focus on Normans c1066-c1000 and Britain, Health and the People.
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Impact

In KS3 students have regular assessments to check both subject knowledge and the ability to demonstrate the key skills. At the end of each topic students complete a formal end of unit assessment, as well as completing smaller assessed tasks throughout the units. Formal assessments consist of questions that involve source analysis and extended writing, whereas the smaller assessed tasks are often creative.

In KS4 students are assessed using the GCSE style questions. Students regularly complete exam questions to familiarise them with the requirements. At the end of each unit students are assessed using past papers.

Link to GCSE specification(s)

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145/subject-content/understanding-the-modern-world#AD_America_19201973_Opportunity_and_inequality

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145/subject-content/shaping-the-nation

Exam Information

AQA GCSE History

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

  • America, 1920-1973: Opportunity and Inequality
  • Conflict and tension: The inter-war years, 1918-1939

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

  • Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
  • Norman England, c1066-c1100