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History

Welcome to the History Department at Churchdown School Academy

The department aims to provide students with a broad historical understanding and a range of transferable skills such as a spirit of enquiry, the ability to analyse, communicate and build an argument.

We aim to engage and enthuse our students with the intention that they will continue to love history and become lifelong learners.

KS3 Overview

Year 7:

  • Introduction to History – skills
  • Who should be King of England in 1066?
  • How did the Normans keep control?
  • How religious were people in the Middle Ages?
  • How much fun was life in the Middle Ages?
  • Could you get justice in the Middle Ages?
  • Who was the ‘best’ king in the Middle Ages?

 

Year 8:

  • What was Britain like in 1485?
  • How significant was religion in Tudor times?
  • Can we tell what Elizabeth I was really like?
  • Why did the English Civil War start?
  • Why did the population explode after 1750?
  • What made Sheffield stink?
  • Did the Victorians really care?
  • How tolerant was Victorian Britain?
  • Did Britain have an empire to be proud of?

 

Year 9:

  • What was Britain like in 1901?
  • Why did the Great War start?
  • What was warfare on the Western Front like?
  • How did countries try to avoid any more wars?
  • What was it like to live in the ‘Hungry Thirties’?
  • What was life like in Nazi Germany?
  • Why was there another world war?
  • What happened in World War Two?
  • What was the Holocaust and why was it allowed to happen?
  • What was the impact of the atomic bomb in 1945?
  • Why was there a Cold War?
  • How has immigration changed Britain?
  • What is terrorism?
  • How far has Britain changed since 1901?

 

KS4 Overview

GCSE History covers a wide range of topics and helps to develop skills in a number of important areas. The course ranges over areas from Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest to the development of medicine from the Middle Ages to the present day, with a special focus on medicine in the trenches during WW1. It also covers the situation in Germany after WW1 and the eventual rise to dictatorship of Adolf Hitler to the relations between superpowers in the twentieth century and the Cold War. In short, there’s something for everyone!

Qualification: GCSE Edexcel

GCSE History covers the whole diversity of human experience in both Britain and the wider world. Students will be engaged in historical enquiry that will help them to develop as independent learners as well as critical and reflective thinkers. Students will also develop the ability to investigate issues critically and to develop an awareness of why certain people, events and developments have been seen as significant. They will learn to sift evidence, develop arguments and make substantiated claims based on that evidence. It is these skills which make employers so keen on students who have studied History. Many History graduates go on to work in areas such as the legal profession, journalism and publishing as these skills are highly valued in those areas.

What topics will you learn in GCSE History?

The topics that you will study cover a broad area:

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250-present (Middle Ages, Renaissance, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century medicine)
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18 (Injuries, treatments and the trenches)
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88 (Norman Conquest and Norman England, 1066-88)
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 (Origins, Cold War crises and the end of the Cold War)
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39 (Weimar Republic, 1918-29, Hitler’s rise to power 1919-33, Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933-39 and life in Nazi Germany, 1933-39).

Assessment:

There are three exams for GCSE History. These are outlined below:

  • Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, c1250-present andThe British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18. 1 hour 15 minutes, 30% of the GCSE.
  • Paper 2: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88 andSuperpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91. 1 hour 45 minutes, 40% of the GCSE.
  • Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.1 hour 20 minutes, 30% of the GCSE.

 

KS5 Overview

Year 12 (AS):

  • Unit 1H:Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1917: This is the first part of the corresponding full A-level option. This involves the study of significant historical developments over a period of around 50 years and associated historical interpretations. Students will sit one written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes. Section A – one compulsory question linked to interpretations and Section B – one essay question from two. Overall the exam is worth 50 marks which is 50% of the AS level qualification.
  • Unit 2D:Religious conflict and the Church in England, c.1529-1547. This is the first part of the corresponding full A-level option. This involves the study in depth of a major historical change or development and associated primary evidence. Students will sit one exam of I hour 30 minutes. Section A – one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period. Section B – essay question from two. Overall the exam is worth 50 marks which is 50% of the AS level qualification.
  • Should students wish to study only AS level History, they can be awarded a separate AS qualification at the end of Year 12. However, should students wish to continue on to study History in Year 13 and the full A-level, grades awarded at AS will no longer count towards the final A-level grade.

Year 13 (A-level):

  • A-level students must take assessments in all three of the following components in the same year:
  • Unit 1H: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964. This is the full A-level option. This unit consists of a study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and associated interpretations. Students will sit one written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes. Section A – one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations. Section B – two from three essays. Overall the exam is worth 80 marks and 40% of the full A-level.
  • Unit 2D: Religious conflict and the Church in England, c.1529-1570.This is the full A-level option. This unit consists of a study in depth of a period of major historical change or development and associated primary evidence. Students will sit one written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes. Section A – one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period. Section B – two from three essays. Overall the exam is worth 80 marks and 40% of the full A-level.
  • Unit 3: Historical investigation (Personal study)A personal study based on Civil Rights in the USA, 1865-1975. This will take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years. Students must write an investigation of between 3000-3500 words which will be marked by their teacher and moderated by AQA. Overall the investigation is worth 40 marks and 20% of the full A-level.

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Trips

KS3 (Y7):

Goodrich Castle

KS4 and KS5:

For GCSE and A-Level students we run a rolling 4 year programme of trips:

2016: Auschwitz

2017: Berlin

2018: World War One Battlefields

2019: Normandy Beaches (Trip not running this year)

2020: Auschwitz

Next steps or where the subject leads

Students will learn to sift evidence, develop arguments and make substantiated claims based on that evidence. It is these skills which make employers so keen on students who have studied History. Many History graduates go on to work in areas such as the legal profession, journalism and publishing as these skills are highly valued in those areas.

 

Useful Links

www.aqa.org.uk

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses.html

www.revisegcsehistory.co.uk

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/history.shtml