Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Year 7 and 8?

·         Study of an aspect or theme pre1066—present: Social history

·         Development of Church, state and society 1066-1509

·         Development of Church, state and society 1509-1745

·         Ideas, political power, industry and empire 1745-1901

·         Ideas, Political power, industry and empire: Britain 1745-1901; Study of a significant society and interconnection with wider world

·         Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901—present; Study of a significant society and interconnection with wider world

Year 7

·         How has life in the North East changed? (including local study)

·         Battle of Hastings and Norman Conquest

·         Life in the Middle Ages –Villages, Town and life

·         Life in the Middle Ages – The Black Death, Magna Carta

·         Henry VIII and Reformation

·         Elizabeth I: Was she so great?

·         Civil War and Superstitions

·         India and Empire

Year 8

·         The Slave Trade & Abolition movement

·         The Industrial Revolution – Protest Power and a century of discovery

·         USA: Immigration and integration

·         WW1

·         WW2

·         The Holocaust

How will I learn?

You will learn how to use and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in practical tasks.  You will learn through demonstration, practice, questioning and discussion. Independence and peer groups are also an important part of the teaching and preparing you for GCSE.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

You need to be able to communicate your understanding to others. Key historical skills you will learn are change and continuity, cause and consequence, significance and being able to analyse evidence. You will need to be able to work independently and with others. Come with enthusiasm and willing to learn, we will do the rest.

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Year 9, 10 and 11?

For Year 9 & 10  they will be studying the course: Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1)

Subjects for Study:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

This comprises a thematic study of Crime and punishment in Britain c1000-present. The thematic studies require students to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history, including the most significant characteristics of different ages from the medieval to modern periods. They include people, events and developments and reveal wider changes in aspects of society over the centuries and allow comparisons to be made between different periods of history.

It also includes a study of an historic environment which is Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city. Each historic environment is linked to a thematic study and focuses on that site in its historical context. It examines the relationship between a place and historical events and developments.

For this paper learners will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied. As well as analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

 

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

The depth studies focus on a substantial and coherent short time span and require students to understand the complexity of a society or historical situation and the interplay of different aspects within it. Depending on the depth study chosen, these may include social, economic, political, religious and military aspects.

 

Period Study: The American West, c1835–c1895

The period studies focus on a substantial and coherent medium time span of at least 50 years and require students to understand the unfolding narrative of substantial developments and issues associated with the period.

For this paper learners will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied. Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts which are causation, consequence, similarity, difference, change, continuity and significance.

 

Paper 3: Modern depth study

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

The depth studies focus on a substantial and coherent short time span and require students to understand the complexity of a society or historical situation and the interplay of different aspects within it. Depending on the depth study chosen, these may include social, economic, political, cultural and military aspects.

For this paper learners will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied. Be able to  explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts which are causation, consequence, similarity, difference, change, continuity and significance. As well as analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied. Along with being able to analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

 

How will I learn?

You will learn how to use and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in a variety of settings. You will learn through demonstration, practice, questioning and discussion. There will be peer assessment and teaching as well as self-assessment. Independence is a key component of GCSE studies and is encouraged. We will use technology as well as more traditional teaching settings. You will be expected to perform group work, pair and independent study.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

Paper 1: Thematic Study and historic environment (30% of the qualification)

There will be one written exam, lasting 1 hour and 15mins.

There will be 52 marks available (16 for the historic environment, 36 for the thematic study) including spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Assessment overview

Section A: historic environment

Students answer a question that assesses knowledge plus a two-part question based on two provided sources.

Section B: thematic study

Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students answer one from a choice of two.

 

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40% of the qualification)

There will be one written exam, lasting 1 hour and 45mins

There will be 64 marks available (32 for the period study and 32 for the British depth study) including spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Assessment overview

Section A: Period study

Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students select two out of three parts.

Section B: British depth study

Students answer a single three-part question that assesses their knowledge and understanding. The first two parts are compulsory. For the third part, students select one from a choice of two.

 

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30% of the qualification)

There will be one written exam, lasting 1 hour and 20mins.

There will be 52 marks available including spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Assessment overview

Section A

Students answer a question based on a provided source and a question that assesses their knowledge and understanding.

Section B

Students answer a single four-part question, based on two provided sources and two provided interpretations.

 

What will I learn in years 11? (Last exam 2017)

For the current year 11s they are studying: Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in History

Subjects for Study:

Paper 1: Two Depth studies

Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45

This topic includes:

·         The establishment of the Weimar Republic and its early problems

·         The recovery of Germany, 1924-29

·         The rise of Hitler and the Nazis

·         Life in Nazi Germany

·         Germany during the Second World War

 

A divided union: Civil rights in the USA, 1945-74

This topic includes:

·         The Red Scare and McCarthyism

·         Civil rights in the 1950s

·         The impact of Martin Luther King and of Black Power

·         Protest movements: students, women, anti-Vietnam

·         Nixon and Watergate

 

For this paper learners will be expected to demonstrate recall, select and communicate their knowledge of history effectively. As well as demonstrate their understanding of the past through explanation and analysis of, and judgements about, key features and the concepts in history of causation, consequence and change. Also to use a range of source material to:

i) Comprehend, interpret and cross-refer sources

ii) Evaluate historical claims

 

Paper 2: Historical investigation and Breadth study

Historical investigation: The origins and course of the First World War, 1905-18

This topic includes:

·         The alliance system and international rivalry, 1905-14

·         The struggle for control in the Balkans, 1905-14

·         The growth of tension in Europe, 1905-14

·         The Schlieffen Plan and deadlock on the Western Front

·         The War at Sea and Gallipoli

·         The defeat of Germany

 

 

Breadth Study: Changes in medicine, c1845-c1945

This topic includes:

·         Medical knowledge and understanding in the mid-nineteenth century

·         Changes in surgery and in understanding the causes of disease

·         Changes in hospital treatment and the role of women in medicine

·         Developments in public health provision

·         The importance of the two world wars in bringing about change

 

For this paper learners will be expected to demonstrate recall, select and communicate their knowledge of history effectively. As well as demonstrate their understanding of the past through explanation and analysis of, and judgements about, key features and the concepts in history of causation, consequence and change. Also to use a range of source material to:

i) Comprehend, interpret and cross-refer sources

ii) Evaluate historical claims

How will I learn?

You will learn how to use and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in a variety of settings. You will learn through demonstration, practice, questioning and discussion. There will be peer assessment and teaching as well as self-assessment. Independence is a key component of GCSE studies and is encouraged. We will use technology as well as more traditional teaching settings. You will be expected to perform group work, pair and independent study.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

Paper 1: Two Depth studies (50% of qualification)

There will be one written exam, lasting 1 hour and 30mins.

Overview of assessment

·         Students are assessed through an examination based on their depth studies.

·         Students answer two questions, one on each of the depth studies they have studied.

·         There are 50 marks available in total including spelling, punctuation and grammar.

 

Paper 2: Historical investigation and Breadth study (50% of qualification)

There will be one written exam, lasting 1 hour and 30mins

Overview of assessment

·         Students are assessed through an examination based on their historical investigation and breadth study in change.

·         Students answer two questions, one question on their historical investigation and one question on their breadth study in change.

·         There are 50 marks available in total including spelling, punctuation and grammar.