Key Stage 3

Year 7
Introductory Unit – History- What’s it all about?
Students will be able to demonstrate the skills and disciplines required to study history.

Students will visit The Romans as a revision of KS2 study. The key question will be a focus on whether the Romans were a civilized society or not.

Students will study the following topics with the focus on answering specific questions:

  • Britain
  • 1066 to 1500

Key events are The Battle of Hastings, The Murder of Thomas Becket, The Magna Carta and The Peasants Revolt. Students will look at the changing distribution of power from 1066 to 1500.
Key questions:

  • How did Medieval Monarchs keep control of England?
  • How hard life was for Medieval people living in the town and countryside?

Year 8
The Making of the United Kingdom, 1500-1750.
Key questions:

  • The Tudors- How successful did Elizabeth I tackle the problems of her reign?
  • The English Civil War- Was the world ‘turned upside down’ in the 17th Century?
  • What was it like to be a slave?
  • What was the price of Freedom?

Year 9

  • Industrialization- How Industrialized was Britain, 1750-1900?
    Students will investigate in depth the local area of Southend-on-sea as an example of Industrial change.
  • Hot war, Cold war: The Twentieth Century
    Students will study the main features of twentieth-century warfare. Topics include:
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • The Cold War

There is a Trip for students to visit the town of Ypres in Belgium. The trip compliments the study of World War One in Year 9.

Skills
Students will learn factual knowledge about the topics listed above. They will also become creative and independent thinkers who can clearly communicate their opinions to others through a range of activities including class discussion, group work, written work and homework. Students will learn how to use historical evidence and will investigate different interpretations of the past. They will develop historical skills such as inference, interpretation and reliability. Students will also be able to handle a range of source material and learn how to evaluate and justify conclusions. Through independent research and enquiry, students will look at historical significance and linking factors.
They will also develop literacy, numeracy and ICT skills throughout Key Stage 3 in History.

Key Stage 3 Assessment in History 
Teachers will set a target level for each student which will be put in the front of their exercise books. Teachers will encourage students to achieve their target level and, where possible, surpass it.
Throughout the year, students will complete specific tasks which will be assessed using National Curriculum Levels. All other work will be marked according to school policy. Students will also have the opportunity to peer and self assess their work to help them develop as confident and independent learners.

Homework
Homework in History can be a whole range of things: it could be written work, preparing for an assessment or a test, carrying out independent research or presenting ideas in different ways. The following websites may be useful in completing homework:

Useful Websites

Key Stage 4

Students who opt to choose History in Years 10 and 11 study the OCR History B specification which focuses on the turbulent history of the 20th century – its key historical events, people, changes and issues of history. Students will examine a variety of topics, from cultural diversity to political development on national and global levels. They will look at changes in British society, including the changing roles of women, changing patterns of ethnicity and how young people’s lives have changed.
Students will develop a view of history from national and international perspectives and an appreciation of how learning from past events can help improve the future. Students will gain an insight into international relations, global conflict and political developments in key countries.

The course is divided in to three parts:

  • International Relations, 1919-1939
  • USA, 1919-1941
  • Britain, 1890-1918

Assessment
All assessments for History GCSE involve extended writing. There will be two exams papers: *Paper 1: tests knowledge and understanding of topics such as the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations, Hitler’s foreign policy, the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression. *Paper 2: tests ability with sources regarding Britain, 1890-1945, which includes topics such as the Liberal Reforms, the Home Front and the Suffragettes. Students will be assessed by one piece of controlled assessment: Germany, 1919-1945

History is an exciting and engaging course which is valued by employers, helps develop you as a person and is hugely enjoyable! GCSE History will build on and develop the skills you have already been using in Key Stage Three History. Your History lessons will be taught in a variety of styles, including role-plays, constructing written and spoken reasoned arguments and debating your ideas with others.