Course Overview: History

We follow a chronological approach to our study of KS3 History, looking at British, European and World History. We look at History via two strands: knowledge and skills, building solid Historical thinking and conceptual understanding for KS4 and further study. The two strands are 'First order concepts' - knowledge and understanding of the events of history. The second strand are 'Second Order concepts' - such as an understanding of change and continuity, causation, similarity, difference and significance. Learning these in KS3 greatly assists understanding at KS4.

Year 7

We begin our study of History with one of the most well-known events in English history -  the events of 1066. Once we have looked at the battles of 1066 and the reasons why Harold lost the Battle of Hastings, we look at how William the Conqueror controlled his new country considering the lasting impact on Britain. This is especially important as students will look again at this topic in more depth at GCSE. A study of life in Medieval England follows, including the Magna Carta, the Black Death and the importance of religion to medieval life. We then look at castles and how their building controlled the country. We end year 7 with a depth study on the Tudor period, beginning with a study of the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and ending with the death of Elizabeth in 1603.

Year 8

We begin year 8 with a study of the Stuart monarchs, considering such events as the significance of the Gunpowder plot, the English Civil War, the Great Plague of 1605 and the Great Fire of London. We touch on the Glorious Revolution of 1688. We then move back across the Atlantic to a study of Slavery and the Black Peoples of America, including the Civil Rights movements. This is further studied in year 11 at GCSE. The final term of year 8 is spent looking at the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the impact and importance of the events and technological advances of this period. This is a very important topic, touching on the development of the modern world and linking to the development of the British Empire and the importance of slavery to the economy of the UK.

Year 9

Year 9 builds on the foundations of the previous two years in preparing students for the further study of History. We focus on the 20th Century world in this year, with depth studies of the First World War, the inter-war years including the rise of the Nazis in Germany and the Second World War with a focus on the impact on Britain. We also study the sensitive and important topic of the Holocaust. The final term of year 9 is a foundation term for the study of GCSE History. We focus this term on building on the GCSE skills that we have already been developing through our focused program of assessment in KS3 and in introducing the new topics that we will study.  In this final term of KS3 we look at the 'Warfare through Time' module of the new course, with a focus on key battles and tactics during the period.

Course Overview: History

Course code: 1H10

We are studying a new course from the Edexcel exam board, comprising 5 modules spanning a time frame from before the Norman invasion to the Iraq War of 2003. The aims of the course are to be able to show knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of the period covered, to be able to explain and analyse Historical concepts such as change and continuity, historical significance, causation, consequences, similarity and difference, to be able to evaluate and use sources and make judgements and interpretations about the events studied. There are 3 exams in this qualification. It is a rigorous and exciting GCSE course, designed to stretch and challenge the students and build on and deepen their Historical understanding from KS3.

Course Components

  1. Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-88

This course comprises 20% of the total qualification and is examined as part of the Paper 2. It covers Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest, William I in power and life in Norman England, 1066-88.

  1. Warfare through Time 1250 to present.

This course comprises 20% of the total qualification and is examined in Paper 1. It covers the nature of warfare, the experience of war and case studies on the Battle of Falkirk 1298, the Battle of Agincourt 1415, the Battle of Naseby 1645, the Battle of Waterloo 1815, the Battle of Balaclava 1854, the Battle of the Somme 1916 & the Iraq War 2003.

Additionally, as part of of this paper, there is a depth study on London and the Second World War. This comprises 10% of the qualification and is also examined in Paper 1.

  1. The American West 1835-1895.

This course comprises 20% of the total qualification and is examined as part of Paper 2. We will look at the early settlement of the West, the development of the Plains and Conflicts and Conquests. As part of this we look at Billy the Kid, the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp, the Johnson County War, the Battle of Little Big Horn and the Wounded Knee massacre.

  1. The USA, 1954-75: Conflict at home and abroad

This course comprises 30% of the total qualification and is examined in Paper 3. We will look at the development of the Civil Rights Movement and protest, progress and radicalism. Additionally, we will look at the US involvement in the Vietnam War 1954-75, protest against the Vietnam war and reactions to and the end of US involvement in Vietnam, 1964-75.

Course Information

Course Name: History
Qualification Type: GCSE
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Specification code: 1H10

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We undertake a program of enrichment in History that is designed to appeal to a broad range of abilities and interests.

History Club for KS3 students
Lunchtime study sessions for KS4 students
A focused program of revision lessons for KS4
Curriculum based trip at KS3 to London
Curriculum based trip at KS4
Curriculum based trips to various museums
Holocaust Enrichment Day
Support for the more able students