History

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Topics covered in the curriculum include historically important events such as the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and World War I. They will also learn about the changing role of the monarchy. Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of topics through discussions and homework. Year 10 and 11 students will learn about the American West and Medicine Through Time. Learn about the History curriculum and how homework is set in detail below:

Year 7

How did William seize control?

Term 1 – Unit 1

  1. Claimants to the throne
  2. Battle of Stamford Bridge
  3. Battle of Hastings
  4. Why did William win?
Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics. See website http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk

How was Britain controlled?

Term 1 – Unit 2

  1. Why did William build castles?
  2. How did Concentric Castles overcome siege warfare?
  3. How did the Feudal System work?
  4. What was the Doomsday Book?
  5. Why was the Magna Carta so important?
  6. What role did the Church play in ruling England?
Assessment: Examination 
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above. See http://teachinghistory.org, http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk

Science and Medicine in Medieval British Society

Term 2 – Unit 1

  1. What impact did Greek and Roman ideas have on Medieval medicine?
  2. What impact did Christianity have on Medieval medicine?
  3. How was surgery developed during Medieval times?
  4. How healthy were people living in Medieval times?
  5. Why did the Black Death devastate England?
Assessment: Examination 
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help:  See http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk and http://facingthepastshapingthefuture.com

War in Medieval Society

Term 2 – Unit 2

  1. How were Medieval wars fought?
  2. Why were the Crusades launched?
  3. Were the Crusades a success?
  4. How did Edward I successfully takeover Wales?
  5. Why did the Scots rise up against Edward Longshanks?
  6. How accurate a portrayal is Braveheart?
  7. What was the Hundred Years War?
  8. How did warfare affect Medieval Society?  
Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above.

Tudors

Term 3 – Unit 1

  1. Why was there a war of the Roses?
  2. How did Richard III become King?
  3. What happened to the Princes in the Tower?
  4. How did Henry VII win the Battle of Bosworth?
  5. Was Henry VII a good king?
  6. What was Henry, the Renaissance Prince, like?
  7. Was the Field of the Cloth of Gold important?
  8. How did the son of a Butcher become the 2nd most powerful man in England?
  9. How did Henry change England forever? (1st)
  10. How did Henry change England forever? (2nd)
  11. Who was Thomas Cromwell?
  12. Why was there the dissolution of the monasteries?
  13. How dangerous to Henry was the Pilgrimage of Grace?
  14. How did England get on with its neighbours of Ireland and Scotland?
  15. How good a King was Henry VIII?
Assessment: Examination – continuity and change
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. See http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk

Year 8

English Civil War

1.         Why did we kill the King?
2.         Why did Charles clash with Parliament?
3.         Why did Parliament win the Civil War?
4.         Was the execution of Charles I justified? (2 lessons)
5.         How should we govern England
Assessment: Examination 
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. See http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk

Witches

  1. Why was there a witch hunting craze in the 17th century? Look at stereotypical versions of witches and draw comparisons with reality in 17th century.
  2. Why were witches hunted?
  3. Why were Witches accused? Use St Osyth as study Toto conduct a trial of Ursula Kemp.
Assessment: Examination 
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. See http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk and http://teachinghistory.org

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

  1. How fit are you for the Police force?
  2. What happened to Polly Nichols and Annie Chapman?
  3. What happened to Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes?
  4. What happened to Mary Kelly and what can we learn from the witnesses?
  5. Who was Jack the Ripper?
Assessment: Examination 
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and how to use sources effectively. See http://teachinghistory.org, http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk

Year 9

World War 1

 

  1. What was life like in the trenches?
  2. Why did men join up?
  3. What was the trench experience like?
  4. What illness, disease and injury occurred in the trenches?
  5. Was Haig the Butcher of the Somme?
  6. How did women help on the front line?
  7. What technologies were used in WWI?
  8. What impact did technology have on soldiers?
  9. What was it like to go over the top?
  10. What was the impact of new medicine on the Western Front?
  11. What happened during the Christmas truce?
Assessment: Examination – Significance
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics and by assisting with notions of historical significance. See http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk and http://facingthepastshapingthefuture.com

What impact did WWII have on soldiers and civilians?

  1. What should happen to Germany?
  2. To what extent was Hitler a threat?
  3. What caused World War II?
  4. What happened at Dunkirk?
  5. Was the Battle of Britain a turning point?
  6. What was it like to be evacuated?
  7. How were people sheltered?
  8. What was the Blitz spirit?
Assessment: Examination – source investigation
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and how to use sources effectively. See http://teachinghistory.org, http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk
Terrorism

 

  1. What is terrorism?
  2. Why did the IRA wage war on the UK?
  3. What was Bloody Sunday?
  4. Why did Israel and Palestine become enemies?
  5. What happened at the Munich Olympics in 1972?
  6. Was Nelson Mandela a terrorist?
  7. Why did Osama Bin Laden cause 9/11?
  8. Why did the coalition invade Iraq in 2003?
  9. Why did the coalition invade Afghanistan in 2006?
  10. What is Al Qaeda, The Taliban, Boko Haram and ISIS?
Assessment: Examination – continuity and change
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. See http://www.spartacuseducational.co.uk

GCSE

 

Paper 1 Edexcel

Medicine in Britain c1250–present

and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries,

treatment and the trenches

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

30%* of the qualification

Students will learn:

  • Medicine in Medieval England, Dealing with the Black Death, 1348–49

 

  • The Medical Renaissance in England, Dealing with the Great Plague in London, 1665 and key individuals

 

  • Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, Jenner and the development of vaccination

 

  • c1900–present: Medicine in modern Britain. The impact of the NHS and science and technology

 

  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914– 18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
Homework: All homework  will consist of past exam questions
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

Paper 2 Edexcel

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

40%* of the qualification

64 marks (32 for the period study and 32 for the British depth study)

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88

  • Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest, 1060–66
  • William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066–87
  • Norman England, 1066–88
The American West, c1835–c1895

  • The early settlement of the West, c1835–c1862
  • Development of the plains, c1862–c1876
  • Conflicts and conquest, c1876–c1895
 Homework: All homework  will consist of past exam questions
 How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.
Paper 3 Edexcel

Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes

30%* of the qualification

52 marks

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
  • The Weimar Republic 1918–29
  • Hitler’s rise to power, 1919–33
  • Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933–39
  • Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39
Homework: All homework  will consist of past exam questions
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial

A Level

Unit 1 OCR

The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660

(Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646–1660)

British period study

1 hour 30 minutes paper

50% of total AS

25% of total  A level

Students learn about the following areas

  • James I and Parliament
  • James I and religion
  • Charles I 1625–1640
  • Charles I and the victory of Parliament 1640–1646
  • The Restoration of Charles II
Homework: All homework  will consist of past exam questions and note taking
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

Unit 2 OCR

The Cold War in Europe 1941–1995

Non-British period study

50 marks 1 hour 30 minutes paper

50% of total AS

15% of total A level

How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.
Students learn about the following areas:

  • The origins of the Cold War to 1945
  • The development of the Cold War 1946–1955
  • The Cold War 1956–1984
  • The end of the Cold War 1984–1995
Homework: All homework  will consist of past exam questions and note taking
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial

Unit 3

OCR Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964

Thematic study and historical interpretations

80 marks 2 hour 30 minute paper

40% of total  A level

Students learn about the following areas:

  • The nature of government
  • The impact of dictatorial regimes on the economy and society of the Russian Empire and the USSR
  • Impact of war and revolution on the development of the Russian Empire and the USSR
  • Russia: Empire, nationalities and satellite states
Homework: All homework  will consist of past exam questions and note taking
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial

Unit 4

OCR Nazi Germany 1933-45

Topic-based essay

Learners will complete a 3000–4000-word essay on a topic of their choice, which may arise out of content studied elsewhere in the course. This is an internally assessed unit group

Students learn about the following areas:

  • The maintenance of power by the Nazis 1933-1945
  • Women and the Volksgemeinschaft
  • Hitler and the Holocaust

3000–4000 word essay

20%  of total  A level

Homework: All homework  will consist of past exam questions and note taking
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial