Welcome to the History Department

Introduction

The study of History enables pupils to understand the origins of many of the issues in society today.  Pupils gain an insight into the nature of social, political and economic change and human motivation.  Through historical investigation pupils learn a range of transferrable skills.  For example: critical thinking, evaluation, the ability to construct a reasoned argument and clarity of expression.

At Key Stage Three History is taught as a separate subject to Years 7, 8 and 9.  Pupils in Year 7 and 9 have one 50 minute lesson per week and in Year 8 they have two lessons per week.  Pupils follow schemes of work that allow them to develop skills such as enquiry and interpretation.

The department has three classrooms in the new building.  All of the classrooms have interactive facilities.

The department offers a variety of extra-curricular experiences including a trip to Auschwitz in Poland and to the Belgium Battlefields for Y9-11.  A Holocaust survivor comes in annually to speak to Year 9.  Every other year pupils in Year 10 and 11 are offered the opportunity to visit Ancient Rome.

Staff in the History department are:

  • Mrs. S Holland (HOD)
  • Mrs. C Campbell
  • Miss J Mapson.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

What is History?

Norman Conquest

Norman Conquest

Medieval Life

Medieval Life

Roman Britain

Year 8

Tudor Society

Civil War

Industrial Change

The British Empire

Slavery

Introduction to the Greeks

Year 9

World War One

Trench Warfare

Hitler’s Germany

Hitler’s Germany

The Holocaust

The Holocaust

 

Assessments

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

 

William the What? (Norman Conquest)

 

 

Was life in Medieval times all muck and misery? (Medieval Life)

 

Year 8

Which brought the most change to Tudor life; a) the Poor Laws b) the Reformation? (Tudor Society)

Which was the most important cause of the English Civil War? A) Religion B) Politics? (Civil War)

 

What can we learn about the Industrial Revolution from a study of Wigan? (Industrial Change)

Should Britain be proud of the Empire? (Empire)

 

Year 9

 

Trench warfare and the Battle of the Somme (WWI)

 

How far did life change for the better in Nazi Germany? (Nazi Germany)

The Holocaust: Interpretations (Holocaust)

 

 


Key Stage 4  Curriculum Map

History 9-1

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

USA 1920-29

Boom

USA 1920-35

Boom and Depression and New Deal

USA 1930's - 40's

New Deal and Post WWII

Korean War

Vietnam War

USA 1950’s – 70’s Civil Rights

Year 11

Health and Britain

Health and Britain

Norman Conquest

Norman Conquest

Revision

Revision

 

Ancient History 9-1

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Persians

Persians

Persians

Pericles

Pericles

Romans

Year 11

Romans

Romans

Hannibal

Hannibal

Revision

Revision

 

Assessments
History 9-1

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Boom test

Bust test

Korean War test

Vietnam test

Y10 exam

Civil Rights test

Year 11

Health test

Health test
Mock exam

Normans test

Normans test

 

 

 

Ancient History 9-1

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Cyrus Test

Cambyses Test

Xerxes / Darius test

Pericles test

Y10 exam

Myths test

Year 11

Kings test

Republic test
Mock exam

Hannibal test

Hannibal test

 

 

 


Link to specifications

Pupils follow the AQA History 9-1 syllabus (8145). This course covers USA 1919 – 73AD, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Britain: Health and the People 1000AD – Modern day and the Norman Conquest 1066 – 1100AD.  More information can be found here - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145

From September 2017 the Ancient History course will be Ancient History 9-1 (J198).  This course covers the Persian Empire, Pericles in the age of Athens, the Origins of Rome and the Republic and Hannibal.  More information can be found here - http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-ancient-history-j198-from-2017/


Link to any revision web sites or in school resources

Many of the revision websites still have content that is relevant from the old GCSE’s.  Very few have updated exam question content.  If it is a general quiz testing knowledge it will be relevant but if it is an exam style question it won’t be.

A revision guide will be published in August 2017 that covers all four of our options.

My Revision Notes AQA GCSE 9-1

ISBN 9781510404045  £9.99

Some useful sites are

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zj26n39

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/video/

www.revisegcsehistory.co.uk

www.johndclare.net


Where does it lead?

The conclusion to an article written by Professor David Nicholls, Department of History and Economic History, Manchester Metropolitan University entitled

What's the Use of History? The Career Destinations of History Graduates

 

‘So what may we conclude, is the use of history in the world of work? A history degree undoubtedly provides an opening to a wide range of careers. Some will come as no surprise: teaching, academia, clerical and administrative, PR, retail and catering, politics, and library, museum and information services. Others, notably business, may raise an eyebrow. Perhaps most surprising though, is the extent to which historians have risen to the very top of a diverse range of professions and to key positions in civil society and in the attainment of which their education must have played no mean part. A truly remarkable number of history graduates have gone on to become the movers-and-shakers of modern-day Britain. Many top jobs are within the grasp of historians. With a history degree you can aspire to be prime minister, press baron and media mogul, overlord of the BBC, archbishop of Canterbury, top diplomat, Oxbridge vice-chancellor, England footballer and football manager or chairman of the richest football club in the world, celebrated pop musician, best-selling novelist, trade union boss, business millionaire and perhaps even, one day, monarch of the realm.’