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, 8 and 9 have one 100 minute lesson per week and in key Stage 4 Year 10 and Y11 pupils have 3 x 100 minute lessons over a two week period. 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 London, Auschwitz in Poland and to the Belgium Battlefields for Y9-11.

Head of Department: Mr. P Hinds


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Migration pre-1066-

Norman Conquest/ Medieval England

Islamic Civilisation / Tudors

Tudors/empire and slavery

Industrial Britain

Industrial Britain inc. local study - Wigan

Year 8

Jack the Ripper, suffragettes / history mysteries – Titanic, Mallory, Anastasia

World War One

World War Two

Cold war

Post war Britain

Terrorism

Year 9

Suffrage, Civil Rights in Britain,

Changes in British society over the decades, Nazi Germany

Ancient History taster , Holocaust

America
1920-1973

America
1920-1973

America
1920-1972

 

Assessments

Summative Assessments Year 7

Content of Assessment

1

Migration

2

Crusades

3

Slavery

 

 

Summative Assessments Year 8

Content of Assessment

1

Jack the Ripper - sources

2

Atomic bomb

3

Interpretations – Margaret Thatcher’s legacy

   

Summative Assessments Year 9

Content of Assessment

1

Suffrage

2

Interpretations – Germany

3

America – Civil Rights Movement

 


Key Stage 4  Curriculum Map

History 9-1

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Conflict and Tension
1918-1939

Conflict and Tension
1919-1939

Britain Health and the People

Britain Health and the People

Britain Health and the People

Britain Health and the People

Year 11

Elizabethan England

Elizabethan England

Revision

Revision

Revision

Revision

 

Ancient History 9-1

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Persians

Persians

Persians

Alexander

Alexander

Romans

Year 11

Romans

Romans

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Revision

Revision

 

Assessments
History 9-1

Summative Assessment

Content of Assessment 

1

Mock: 3 units, Conflict, America, Medicine

2

Elizabethan England 

3

2nd Mock: 4 units, Conflict, America, Medicine, Elizabeth

4

Elizabeth – historic environment - alms-houses

 


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 Elizabethan England.  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.’

Updated: Dec 2021