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History

                                                       

 "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." 

 - Edmund Burke

Lower Line

Pupils will extend and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning. Pupils will identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. They will learn to use historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways. They will pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves, and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response. They will begin understand how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Topics covered include the Peasants' Revolt, the Act of Union of 1707 and the Second World War. 

Figures Term 1 

1066 and all that

  • Overview of Britain pre 1066.
  • Who will rule England (Hustings Hastings)
  • The Battle of Hastings
  • Assessment  How did Harold die?
  • The conquest of England
  • The Domesday Book
  • The Fuedal Sytem
  • Castles.
  • Assessment. Design a website.

Figures Term 2 

Life in the Middle Ages

  • How religious were people in the Middle ages
  • Monastic life
  • The Crusades
  • Crown v Church. The murder in the Cathedral- Assessment
  • Magna Carta
  • Parliament
  • Life in the Middle ages
  • Assessment. Was King John a bad king?

Figures Term 3 

England in a time of change.

  • Black Death
  • Peasants revolt.

Assessment What were the consequences of the Black death?

  • England’s Neighbours -Wales
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • France
  • Wars of the Roses.
  • The  Early Tudors and changes in religion
  • Assessment: Who killed the Princes in the Tower?
 

Rudiments Term 1 

Exit the Tudors.

  • The Scruffy Stuart
  • Remember, Remember the 5th of November.
  • Assessment: were the Gunpowder Plotters framed?
  • Which witch?
  • Why do Americans speak English?
  • Why did the English start fighting each other?
  • Assessment: Would you have signed Charles’ death warrant?

Rudiments Term 2 

Commonwealth and Restoration.

  • Cromwell
  • Assessment. Cromwell hero or villain?
  • What happened to Cromwell’s head.
  • Who was the Merry Monarch?
  • The Plague
  • The Great Fire of London
  • The Glorious Revolution
  • Enter the Georgians.
  • Assessment Who started the great Fire of London.

Rudiments Term 3 

The British Empire

  • How did British Empire start.
  • Slavery and Emancipation.
  • Assessment. Slave diary.
     
  • How did the drinking of Tea change a nation? – History Resource Cupboard unit.
     
  • Assessment. Design a tea cosy for John Lewis which tells the story of tea drinking in Britain.

 

Lower Grammar Term 1 

Britain in 1900 and the rise of the dictators

  • What was Britain like in 1900?
  • Enquiry :Who was to blame for the Titanic disaster? – Assessment.
  • Recap on Year 8. How did Poppy Day start?
  • The Treaty of Versailles.
  • The rise of the USA
  • Who rules?
  • How did women get the vote?
  • The Emily Davison mystery Assessment
  • Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Russia and Italy
  • Hitler’s early life and political belief
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • Have you been learning?

Lower Grammar Term 2 

World War 2

  • Why was there another world war?
  • Appeasement/steps to war
  • The Battle of Britain
  • Evacuation and the Home Front
  • The Blitz
  • Bomber Harris
  • Why were nuclear weapons used to end the war? Assessment
  • The Holocaust
  • The UN and Human Rights.
  • Why was there a Cold War?
  • The Space Race - assessment

Lower Grammar Term 3 

The British Empire

  • How did British Empire start.
  • Slavery and Emancipation.
  • Assessment. Slave diary.
     
  • How did the drinking of Tea change a nation? – History Resource Cupboard unit.
     
  • Assessment. Design a tea cosy for John Lewis which tells the story of tea drinking in Britain.

 

Higher Line

GCSE History students will be building a set of skills that are eminently transferable to future careers including the law, journalism, media, the Civil Service, and even teaching!

Students will study four modules:

  •  Peace and War: International relations 1943-1991 .The Cold War
  • Germany 1918-39
  •  War and the Transformation of British Society1903-28
  • Civil Rights  and Protest in the USA 1945-70 (controlled assessment)

This gives students the opportunity to study both domestic historical events and international ones, as well as analyse source reliability and utility, a very important skill in historical studies.

Grammar Term 1 

  • Causes of the Cold War
  • 3 Cold War Crises

Grammar Term 2 

  • End of the Cold War
  • Weimar Germany

Grammar Term 3 

  • Nazi Germany
  • Controlled Assessment preparation

Syntax Term 1 

  • Controlled Assessement; Civil Rights in the USA

Syntax Term 2 

  • Civil Rights continued.
  • War and the Transformation of Society 1903-28

Syntax Term 3 

  • Revison

Sixth Form

Students will undertake breadth and depth studies to develop and understanding of as specific time period as well as the key events and turning points in History.  Students build an extensive knowledge of the topics studied as well as developing skills such as analysis , evaluation and interpretation. 

Students study the Early Tudors in England (1485-1558) and Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany (1919-1963).  Students will also cover work on Civil Rights in the USA (1895-1992) and the campaign for suggrafe in Great Britain (a coursework assignment). 

Poetry Term 1 

  • Tsarist Russia 
  • The Condition of England 

Poetry Term 2 

  • Russia under Lenin and Stalin 
  • The Condition of England 

Poetry Term 3

  • Revision and Exam 

Rhetoric Term 1 

  • Britain and Ireland 1798 -1921 
  • Nazi Germany  

Rhetoric Term 2 

  • Britain and Ireland 1798 -1921 
  • Coursework Write up 

Rhetoric Term 3 

  • Revision and Exam