History

Subject leader

Rebecca Lattimer:
rebecca.lattimer@swale.at 

 

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history”
Martin Luther King 

Curriculum Intent

In this subject students build a sound chronology of history through a knowledge rich curriculum that supports students to understand key themes and concepts such as government, religion, conflict and society. Through the curriculum, students will be encouraged to see the patterns that the past creates, analysing how the themes and concepts mean different things at different times. In doing so, students can better explain the world around them today while developing skills that help them to communicate their explanations, arguments and judgements of the past. Students also examine historic evidence critically, using their knowledge to examine evidence for usefulness and in historical enquiry.

The curriculum is shaped in this way with a broad range of topics at KS3 ranging from Iron Age through to 20th Century to allow students to have a firm grasp of the breadth and reach of history. We have also chosen topics that are relevant to the units studied at GCSE to allow students to build on previous learning. They are assessed using the skills needed at GCSE to build a structure and confidence allowing students to achieve in Year 11.

Our students should leave school with knowledge of a broad sweep of history and some of the crucial points in it. They will know more about their local area and how it relates to national and international events. They will have broad knowledge of culture, where it came from, how it developed and how the world came to be what it is today.

Curriculum implementation 

Learning Journey

KS3

In this subject students build a sound chronology of history through a knowledge rich curriculum that supports students to understand key themes and concepts such as government, religion, conflict and society. Through the curriculum, students will be encouraged to see the patterns that the past creates, analysing how the themes and concepts mean different things at different times. In doing so, students can better explain the world around them today while developing skills that help them to communicate their explanations, arguments, and judgements of the past. Students also examine historic evidence critically, using their knowledge to examine evidence for usefulness and in historical enquiry.

The curriculum is shaped in this way with a broad range of topics at KS3 ranging from Iron Age through to 20th Century to allow students to have a firm grasp of the breadth and reach of history. We have also chosen topics that are relevant to the units studied at GCSE to allow students to build on previous learning. They are assessed using the skills needed at GCSE to build a structure and confidence allowing students to achieve in Year 11.

Our students should leave school with knowledge of a broad sweep of history and some of the crucial points in it. They will know more about their local area and how it relates to national and international events. They will have broad knowledge of culture, where it came from, how it developed and how the world came to be what it is today.

Year 7

Term 1 - Iron Age Britain 

Examining pre-1066 Britain and the impact of the Romans on people who lived and worked there.

Term 2 - The Norman Conquest 

Examination of what led to the Invasion of England in 1066 and the actions taken by William afterwards

Term 3 - The Medieval Church 

Focus on the Structure, importance and effect of medieval religion, including the murder of Thomas Becket.

Term 4 - The Crusades

Exploration of the motives behind the crusades and their impact on England

Term 5 - The Black Death

A study of the bubonic plague epidemics of the 1300s. Examining all aspects of the disease and drawing comparison to modern day

Term 6 - The Peasants Revolt 

Close up exploration of the Peasants Revolt and how the balance of power has shifted over time

Year 8

Term 1 - The Tudors

Exploration of the Tudor monarchs and their impact on Britain

Term 2 - Life for ordinary people during the Tudor era 

Focusing on the lives and experiences of the population during the Tudor times

Term 3 - Slavery 

Understanding the origins, mechanics, experiences and legacy of the Slave Trade, with links to modern day representations

Term 4 - British Empire 

Study of the development of the British Empire, a case study of India and making a judgement on the British Empire

Term 5 - Industrial revolution 

A look at developments in all aspects of British life during the industrial revolution, including mining, farming, populations, transport, culture and politics

Term 6 - Jack the Ripper

Examining all aspects of the Jack the Ripper case – the victims, policing, suspects and modern theories

Year 9

Term 1 - The Suffragettes 

Comparison of Suffragist and Suffragette tactics, as well as in-depth look at Emily Wilding Davison.

Term 2 - World War 1 

Trench conditions, battles and weaponry with added focus on other fronts and experiences of Empire soldiers.

Term 3 - World War 2 

In-depth study of WW2 using the leadership of Winston Churchill to evaluate success

Term 4 - The Holocaust

Looking at the Holocaust in all aspects and evaluating the utility of diary sources

Term 5 - Power to the People 

Examining how and why different marginalised groups organised to create positive change.

Term 6 - Introduction to the GCSE

Overview of GCSE course and setting out expectations for the years ahead.

KS4

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in History consists of three externally examined papers.

The total qualification mark is 168, of which 8 marks are for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of specialist terminology (SPaG).

Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year.

 

Paper 1 

Weighting 30%

Total Mark: 52

Exam time: 1h 15

Section A

Historic Environment: “The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Section B

Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, c1250- Present

 

Paper 2 

Weighting 40%

Total Marks: 64

Exam time: 1h 45

Section A

Period Study: The American West c1835- C1895

Section B

British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

 

Paper 3 

Weighting 30%

Total Marks: 52

Exam time: 1h 20 

Section A

Modern Depth Study: America at Home and Abroad – Civil Rights

Section B

Modern Depth Study: America at Home and Abroad – Vietnam

Year 10

In terms 1&2 students will be studying Paper 2 Section B, British Depth Study:

Early Elizabethan. England, 1558-88. This includes Queen, government, and religion, 1558–69, Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569–88, Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88. 

 

In terms 3&4 students will be studying Paper 3 Section A Modern Depth Study:

America at Home and Abroad – Civil Rights. This includes The development of the civil rights movement, 1954–60, Protest, progress, and radicalism, 1960–75, US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1954–75, Reactions to, and the end of, US involvement in Vietnam, 1964–75. 

 

In terms 5&6 students will be studying Paper 1 Section B Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, c1250-Present. This includes Paper 1 Section B Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, c1250-Present, c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in

England, c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.

Year 11

In terms 1&2 students will study Paper 1 Section B Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, c1250-Present and Paper 1 Section Historic Environment: The British

Section of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

 

In terms 3 students will study Paper 2 Section A, Period Study: The American West c1835-c1895

 

In term 4&5 students will be revising and practicing for the GCSE.

Homework

KS3 - 2 extended learning projects per year 

KS4 - Weekly homework focusing on either exam questions or revision 

Additional websites and resources

https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

https://www.gcsepod.com/ 

 

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Medicine Through Time, c1250–Present

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Medicine Through Time, c1250–Present

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad
Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The American West, c.1835-c.1895

 

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The American West, c.1835-c.1895
Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

Careers and Enrichment

The Higher Education Statistics Agency says that only 7.8% of history graduates were unemployed, whilst 57.3% were in full-time work. A significant 21% went on to further study.

Some job options if you study History:

  • Heritage manager

  • Historic buildings inspector

  • Conservation officer

  • Museum education officer

  • Museum or gallery curator

  • Museum or gallery exhibitions officer

  • Secondary school teacher

  • Academic librarian

  • Archaeologist

  • Archivist

  • Broadcast journalist

  • Civil Service administrator

  • Editorial assistant

  • Information officer

  • PPC specialist

  • Politician's assistant

  • Solicitor

  • Web content manager

“Employers value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that history students develop”