Classroom

History

Curriculum overview

Aims

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Studying history will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

KS3:

Year 7 – Topics Taught

  • History skills (what is history, different types of sources, using evidence)
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Society, economy and culture in Medieval England
  • The Peasant’s Revolt
  • The struggle between Church and crown
  • The Black Death and its social and economic impact

Year 8 – Topics Taught

  • The English Reformation and Counter Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I)
  • Society, economy and culture in Tudor England
  • The Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics
  • The causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain
  • Britain’s transatlantic slave trade its effects and its eventual abolition
  • USA in the 20th Century: Civil Rights Movement

Year 9 – Topics Taught

  • Britain’s Class System explained through the study of The Titanic
  • The First World War and the Peace Settlement
  • The inter-war years: the Great Depression and the rise of dictators
  • The Holocaust
  • A local history study (The Holocaust Memorial in Hyde Park)

Method of Assessment at KS3:

  • Extended writing
  • Oral answers
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • In class assessments under exam conditions
  • Formal end of year exam

KS4: OCR History B

Year 10 – Topics Taught

  • American Depth Study 1919 – 41
(The economic boom after WW1; roaring twenties; intolerance and xenophobia; race relations and discrimination against African Americans; the Ku Klux Klan; prohibition and gangsterism; the changing roles of women; the Wall Street Crash, the Great Depression, Hoover vs. Roosevelt; the New Deal).

 

 

 

 

45%

  • The Cold War 1945 – 75
(The origins of the Cold War; conferences at Yalta and Potsdam; breakdown of the USA-USSR alliance; Soviet expansion in Eastern Europe; the Iron Curtain; the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan; the Berlin Blockade; the Cuban Revolution; the Bay of Pigs; Khrushchev vs. Kennedy; increasing American involvement in Vietnam under Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson; tactics used in Vietnam; reasons for American withdrawal).

 

Year 11 – Topics Taught

  • British Depth Study 1890 – 1919
(Poverty and distress in the 1890s; Charles Booth and Seebohm Rowntree; Liberal reforms; New Liberalism; the roles of Lloyd George and Churchill; the threat from the recently formed Labour Party; the Children’s Charter; the position of women in the 1890s; campaign to win female suffrage; Millicent Fawcett and the NUWSS; the Pankhursts and the WSPU; reactions of the authorities including Lloyd George and Asquith; contribution of women during the First World War; the 1918 Representation of the People Act; Recruiting in the early years of the war; New government powers: the Defence of the Realm Act 1914, conscription, rationing, use of propaganda, and their impact on civilian life. The mood of the British people at the end of the war and the different attitudes about what should happen to Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

30%

  • The USA, the Land of Freedom? 1945−1975
(2000 word Controlled Assessment)

 



25%

Method of Assessment at KS4 (include Exam boards and weightings)

  • All assessments will be based on exam style questions using past exam papers and ‘unseen’ questions
  • Controlled Assessment

KS5: Edexcel

Year 12 – Topics Taught

Paper 1

Option 1F: In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96 56
Paper 1: (30% of qualification)
Written examination, lasting 2 hours 15 minutes.
● Marks available: 60
● Students answer three questions: one from Section A, one from Section B and one from Section C.
Sections A and B comprise a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in breadth (AO1).
Section C comprises one compulsory question that assesses the ability to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations (AO3).
Paper 2

Option 2F.1: India, c1914–48: the road to independence 58
Paper 2: (20% of qualification)
Written examination, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.
● Marks available: 40
● Students answer two questions: one from Section A and one from Section B.
Section A comprises one compulsory question for the option studied, based on two sources. It assesses source analysis and evaluation skills (AO2).
Section B comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1).

 

Year 13 – Topics Taught

Paper 3

The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918
Paper 3: (30% of Qualification)
Written examination, lasting 2 hours 15 minutes.
● Marks available: 60
● Students answer three questions: one from Section A, one from Section B and one from Section C.
Section A comprises one compulsory question for the option studied, assessing source analysis and evaluation skills (AO2).
Section B comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1).
Section C comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in breadth (AO1).
Coursework Overview of assessment: (20% of qualification)
● Students complete a single assignment on a question set by the centre.
● The assignment will assess the ability to carry out a historical enquiry, analysing and evaluating historical interpretations, and organising and communicating the findings (AO1/AO3).

Method of Assessment at KS5 (include Exam boards and weightings)

  • All assessments will be based on exam style questions using past exam papers and ‘unseen’ questions
  • Controlled Assessment

How to support your childs’ learning at home

  • Encourage your child to read around the subject(s)
  • Conduct exam practice under timed conditions
  • Devise key word/definition bank

Useful websites

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/history-2008.html

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Prospectus

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