Key stage 3

In the first instance Year 7 students explore some key historical concepts such as chronology and how Historians discover the past. Next, the study focus is the Romans, including their rise to power, invasion of Britain, key figures, Caesar and Claudius, Hadrian’s Wall, decline of Rome and its legacy. In the latter part of the academic year the Medieval period is studied ranging from the Battle of Hastings, the murder of Becket, plague and the Wars of the Roses and many other interesting elements.

Year 8 study the power of the monarchy, encompassing Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Charles I, the Commonwealth, the Glorious Revolution and the formation of the United Kingdom. A range of elements relating to slavery are explored next, including the ‘Middle Passage’, life on a plantation, American Civil War, the abolition of slavery and the Civil Rights movement.

Year 9 look at a range of aspects relating to Industrialisation, causation and consequence. Changes to agriculture, the textile industry, living and working conditions are some of the fascinating areas looked at. Next, various sections of the 20th century are studied, World Wars, peace settlements, the ‘Home Front’ and the Holocaust.

A range of key skills are incorporated into all areas of study and these include source analysis, evaluation, empathy, second order historical concepts and making judgements using supportive evidence. Learning is undertaken via a range of mediums, including texts, power point presentations, films, role play activities and internet research.


Examination Board/Code:

OCR GCSE (9-1) History A (Explaining the Modern World) / J410/05

International Relations: the changing international order 1918-c2014 With Germany 1925-1955: The People and the State

Power:Monarchy and Democracy in Britain

The English Reformation c1520-c1550

Castles, Form and Function c1000-1750

An exciting programme of study encompassing an impressive time period ranging from c1000 to modern day. Students undertake a thematic study: covering post World War peace treaties, appeasement, elements of the Cold War including the Berlin Wall, Korea, Vietnam and the Cuban Missile crisis and exploring Afghanistan and the collapse of Communism. Two depth studies are completed. One with a British focus, the English Reformation, the rationale behind it, its implementation and its ramifications. The other, a non-British study, Germany 1925-1955, the growth and impact of the Nazis and the effect of war on Germany. Students also cover a period study: Britain- how and why democracy grew over time. Lastly a study of the Historic environment and British castles.

Throughout all of the modules students will be developing and using an impressive range of historical skills, including source analysis, evaluation, second order historical concepts, evaluating historical interpretations and making substantiated judgements.

Post 16:

Examination Board/Code: AQA

7041/1C The Tudors: England 1485-1603

7041/2F The Sun King: Louis XIV, France and Europe 1643-1715

Students have the opportunity to explore one the most exciting periods of British history in the form of a breadth study-The Tudors: consolidation of the Tudor dynasty, instability and consolidation, The Mid-Tudor Crisis and the triumph of Elizabeth I, keeping 6 key questions as a focus of study throughout.

A depth study is also undertaken: The Sun King: Louis XIV, France and Europe 1643-1715 including: The Regency, The establishment of Absolutism at home, Louis in decline, challenges in Europe and France defeated.

A third element of the course is a None Examined Assessment (NEA) where students have the advantage of choosing an aspect of history of their choice, pose a question from this period and research and answer their question, incorporating all three assessment objectives in their response.

Skills students will develop, are to analyse and evaluate key features related to periods studied, making substantiated judgements and exploring concepts, as relevant, of cause, consequence, change, continuity, and significance. Students will also analyse/evaluate appropriate source material, primary / contemporary to the period, within its historical context and analyse and evaluate, interpretations.

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