Head of Department: Mrs K Graham
Key Stage 3
Students study 2 hours of History per week in Year 7 and 1 hour per week in Year 8 and 9. The KS3 history curriculum follows the National Curriculum guidelines and is delivered in Thematic Units. History homework is set for all students weekly in KS3 in the format of homework booklets.
Students study the Norman Conquest followed by Life in Medieval Britain. In term 2 students research the peasant’s revolt and the rule of Richard the Third. In term 3 Year 7 embark upon the Tudor period and look at the consequences of the Reformation for the people of the 16th century and the legacy it has today. Year 7 complete their year with an investigation into the Stuart period with a focus on the English Civil War.
Students begin thematic studies of the Romans and the Aztecs. In term 2 students delve into the British Empire specifically Colonial America and the Slave Trade. Term 3 see Year 8 return to Britain to understand the changes and impact on society of the Industrial Revolution.
Students focus their investigations to the causes and consequences of the Great Wars with specific research on the impact the wars had on the Home Front. Year 9 conclude their KS3 History curriculum with a modern case study focused on Vietnam.
Key Stage 4
GCSE History is taught over 3 hours per week in KS4. Students follow the WJEC Route B Specification which includes the following Units:
Homework is set for all GCSE History students weekly by their individual class teacher
The Development of Sports, Leisure and Tourism in the 20th Century: Students study the changing nature of sport, leisure and tourism activities throughout the 20th century, investigating the reasons for increases and decreases in a variety of activities and technologies over the century.
Controlled Assessment: Students are required to use sources to analyses an event from History. The questions and sources are alternated every year and currently students will complete a piece of controlled assessment on either Apartheid in South Africa or the Home Front in Britain during World War Two.
Crime and Punishment in England and Wales: Students study the causes and types of crimes committed from the Tudor period to the modern day period and how they have changed over the period. Students will also investigate the variety of punishments that were inflicted on criminals and how and why our methods of punishment have changed over the last 500 years.
Germany in Transition: Students study the reasons for the Rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the impact the Nazi Party had on Germany.
Exams and Coursework
There are three exams, one for each unit. The exams are 1 hour 15 minutes in length and are worth in total 75% of the final grade.
The coursework is a piece of controlled assessment which is completed in class. This piece of work is worth 25% of your final grade and will focus around the use of sources to support or contradict an interpretation associated with Apartheid or the Home Front in Britain during World War Two.
History is a highly respected subject which develops skills that are highly sort after by colleges, universities and employers. History can open the door to many careers such as Archaeologist, Genealogist, Museum Curator, Law, Civil Service,Intelligence Services and of course a History Teacher.