History

Year 7

History Curriculum

Aim

To help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Students will be encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, make arguments, and develop judgement.

Topics covered

The course is arranged chronologically:

  • Introduction to History and History skills
  • Medieval Realms: Battle of Hastings, Medieval Life, Crusades, Challenges to the King
  • Tudor England: the monarchy and political and religious change, and tudor life

Homework

See the Homework section of the school website for more details.

Assessment

Students are assessed approximately once a term.  We focus on assessing the history skills, such as the skills of interpretation, using sources, significance, and causation.

Year 8

History Curriculum

Aim

To help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Students will be encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, make arguments, and develop judgement.

Topics covered

The course is arranged chronologically:

  • The Stuarts, including the causes and course of the Civil War, Cromwell, and Restoration society
  • Empire, which includes the origins of the British Empire and Black Peoples of the Americas
  • The Industrial Revolution 1750-1900

Homework

See the Homework section of the school website for more details.

Assessment

Students are assessed approximately once a term.  We focus on assessing the history skills, such as the skills of interpretation, using sources, significance, and causation.

Year 9

History Curriculum

Aim

To help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Students will be encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, make arguments, and develop judgement.

Topics covered

The course is arranged by theme, but are all focussed on the 20th and 21st centuries:

  • Warfare through time, with a particular emphasis on the First and Second World Wars
  • Society in the 20th Century
  • Terrorism in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Homework

See the  Homework section of the school website for more details.

Assessment

Students are assessed approximately once a term.  We focus on assessing the history skills, such as the skills of interpretation, using sources, significance, and causation.

 

Year 10

History

Aim

To provide opportunities to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history, including the most significant characteristics of different ages from medieval to modern periods focusing on medicine through time. This will allow students to demonstrate the changes in aspects of society of the centuries.  There will also be the opportunity to focus on a substantial and coherent medium time span to investigate an unfolding narrative of substantial developments of the Cold War.

Topics covered

In Year 10, students are taught the content and exam skills. Students will explore a thematic study with an historical environment and a Period Study.

Unit 1 topics:

  • Medicine through time c.1250-present
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatments and the trenches.

Unit 2 topics:

  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Homework

See the Homework section of the school website for more details.

Assessment

Students are taught and periodically tested on their exam skills.  There are formal tests at the end of each topic, and the Year 10 mock too.

Year 11

History

Aim

Students will be able to focus on a depth study of a substantial and coherent short time span with the study of Early Elizabethan England. There is the opportunity to develop an understanding of the complexity of society and the interplay of different social, political, cultural and military aspects within it.

Topics covered

In Year 11, students are taught the content and exam skills for the remaining exams with a British depth study and finally a modern depth study.

Unit 2 topics:

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

Unit 3 topics:

  • The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad

Homework

See the Homework section of the school website for more details.

Assessment

Students are taught and periodically tested on their exam skills.  There are formal tests at the end of each topic, and the Year 11 mock too.

Year 12

History

Aim

To develop an understanding of British and international history, and to do so in conjunction with developing key skills of analysis and evaluation.  Students are encouraged to develop an enquiring and critical mind.

See the  WGS Sixth Form Course Guidance information Booklet (pdf) for a detailed explanation of aims.

Topics covered

  • Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin

  • The German Democratic Republic, 1949–90

All these topics are assessed through external examinations.

Further information can be found on the Edexcel website.

Homework

See the Homework section of the school website for more details.

Assessment

Continuous assessment throughout the year, consisting of exam questions.

Students will be externally examined at the end of both Year 12 and 13 on these topics.

Year 13

History

Aim

To develop an understanding of British and international history, and to do so in conjunction with developing key skills of analysis and evaluation.  Students are encouraged to develop an enquiring and critical mind.

Topics covered

 

In Year 13, students are taught the content and exam skills for the remaining topics for the A Level exam with a focus on coursework and themes in breadth with aspects in depth study.

Unit 3:

  • A World Divided: Super Power Relations

Unit 4:

  • Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780-1928

 

Homework

See the Homework section of the school website for more details.

Assessment

Continuous assessment throughout the year, consisting of exam questions.