Mrs P Brooks
Head of Department
Mrs A Page
Miss R Massey
History Programme of Study
KS3 programmes of study aim to link directly to GCSE Assessment Objectives:
AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied
AO2 Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using secondary order historical concepts.
AO3 Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
AO4 Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.
HOMEWORK – weekly homework is set with a focus on exam skills and technique and contextual knowledge.
- What did the Romans ever do for us?
Focus areas: reasons for invasion, public health, religion, life, towns and cities, historical skills.
- How did the 1066 conquest change Britain?
Focus areas: contenders for the throne, Norman invasion, reasons for 1066 Norman win, Norman changes following invasion.
- How measly was religion in the Middle Ages?
Focus areas: Relationship between people and the church, the Crusades, the Black Death.
- What was it like to live in Tudor times?
Focus areas: Overview of the Tudor monarchs, key changes under Henry and Elizabeth, achievements of the Elizabethan Era.
- Why did the English kill their King?
Focus areas: Stuart monarchs, relationship between Charles I & Parliament, causes of the war, battles and warfare, life in the Civil War.
- How ‘great’ was the Great British Empire?
Focus areas: Development of the empire, Slave trade (reasons for & consequences), British rule in India, Gandhi, Industrial Revt (last two weeks).
- Depth Study – How did one bullet lead to the First World War?
Focus areas: Causes of World War One (short term and long term), recruitment in WW1, life in the trenches, poetry, remembrance.
- What was Post-War Europe like? USSR focus.
Focus areas: Decisions made at Treaty of Versailles, emergence of dictatorships, Russian Revolution, Stalinist Russia.
- Thematic Study – What were the different experiences in WW2?
Focus areas: Causes of WW2, life on the HomeFront, key battles of WW2, nationalities of WW2. The Holocaust focus (second half term).
- What was life like in Post-War America?
Focus areas: Post-War economy and baby boom, growth of the teenager in the 1950s, literature, film, music of the 1950s. 1960s comparisons – Civil Rights focus.
KS4 – Years 9, 10, 11
We follow the Edexcel specification, in which pupils complete modules on the following topics:
- Medicine Through Time 1250-present
- Early Elizabethan England 1558- 1588
- Weimar & Nazi Germany 1918-1939
- Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-1991
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