Year 7
Year 8
Key Stage 4
What will my child learn about in History this year? In Year 7 students will trace the development of Britain from the Norman invasion of 1066 to the English Civil War and the subsequent rule of Oliver Cromwell.. In year 7 students will learn about many of the most well-known aspects of English and British history. William the Conqueror and the invasion of 1066, the Tudors and the Civil War will all be studied. Additionally, students will also learn history from below – what it was like for ordinary people to live through these times. Students will, in the main, study events in chronological order although in order for the thematic IMYC approach to work, the Tudors will be studied last. Students will develop both a broad understanding of this period as well as the historical skills of writing extended answers and analysing sources. Discovery Students will discover how far the Norman Conquest altered England, from the way the country was ruled to the language that we spoke. There will be a particular emphasis on why William the conqueror was able to emerge victorious as one of three contenders for the throne in 1066. Celebration Students will study the lives of medieval people. There will be particular emphasis on how people lived – the different work that they had to do, their pastimes and how they celebrated. Students will also look at the Black Death of the 14th Century and the changes that this brought to the country. Creativity Students will consider how different views or interpretations have been created by historians. They will study the reign of both King John and Richard III and in the case of the latter, look at how his recent discovery in a car park in Leicester has helped change opinions of the man more than 500 years after his death. In addition, students will consider interpretations of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. Balance Students will study the eventful reign of the Tudor monarchs – Henry VIII and his six wives, Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I in particular. Students will learn how to create balanced arguments when considering the lives and importance of three of England’s most well-known monarchs. What type of homework will be set? Students will be given a homework project on each of the themes that they study. Additional homework may be set by the class teacher to help prepare students for assessments as well as developing their understanding, skills and knowledge. How will my child be assessed in History this year? Students will be assessed at three separate points throughout the year. Assessments will be in the same format and will test students’ knowledge, understanding, explanation and source analysis. skills. How can I support my child’s learning at home? By encouraging your child to read for pleasure – this will help them develop their written work. If helping your child with written work get them to follow the PEE structure. P- Point that answers the question E – Evidence to support the point from specific own knowledge E – Explain how the evidence helps answer the question
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What will my child learn about in History this year? In year 8 students will look at the development of the modern world, both in Britain and further afield. Beginning with the history of the Atlantic Slave trade students will study the lives of slaves from Africa to the Caribbean and learn how this was driven by the industrial revolution. Students will then look at the two major conflicts that shaped the 20th Century – the First and Second World War. In the case of the latter students will also study how the conflict changed the lives of people in Britain as well as leading to the terrible events of the Holocaust in mainland Europe. Finally, students will look at the events of the ‘swinging ‘60’s’. Risk Students will study how Britain was transformed by the events of the industrial revolution into the modern country that we know today. This was driven by the risk that entrepreneurs and workers in search of a better life were prepared to make. In turn this fuelled the Atlantic Slave Trade that carried huge risks for the people that were caught up in this terrible trade. Students will also look at the crimes of Jack the Ripper and the sinking of the Titanic as they consider the effects of the industrial revolution on society. Interpretation Students will study how historians have created different interpretations of the major events of both the First and Second World War. Amongst other controversies, students will consider the role of General Haig in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago, the success or failure of the Allied retreat from Dunkirk in 1940 as well as the controversial decision by America to drop two atomic bombs on Japan. Identity Students will continue to look at the events and impact of the Second World War by considering British and Jewish identity during the war through the events of the Blitz and the Holocaust respectively. Structures Students will develop their ability to write structured written responses whilst considering the events of the 1960s, from the music and fashions that defined a decade to the moon landing and assassination of JFK. What type of homework will be set? Students will be given a homework project on each of the themes that they study. Additional homework may be set by the class teacher to help prepare students for assessments as well as developing their understanding, skills and knowledge. How will my child be assessed in History this year? Students will be assessed at three separate points throughout the year. Assessments will be in the same format and will test students’ knowledge, understanding, explanation and source analysis. skills. How can I support my child’s learning at home? By encouraging your child to read for pleasure – this will help them develop their written work. If helping your child with written work get them to follow the PEE structure. P- Point that answers the question E – Evidence to support the point from specific own knowledge E – Explain how the evidence helps answer the question
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What will I learn? All students start the three year course by completing a ‘Getting Ready for GCSE’ module. This allows students to develop their source work analysis and essay writing skills. Students develop these essential skills by looking at the topics of the Home Front in the Second World War and terrorism in the modern world. This is an internally assessed unit. For the external GCSE course that students begin after the first half term, we presently study modern world history and look at the events of the Cold War, Nazi Germany, Britain 1903-28 and the Civil Rights movement in the USA. However, as part of the Government’s reform of exams a number of changes have been made to the History GCSE. At present exam boards are working on specifications that should become available in March. Until then, we only have the following advice from the Department for Education:: GCSE specifications should include history: From three eras: Medieval (500-1500), Early Modern (1450-1750) and Modern (1700-present day) On three time scales: short (depth study), medium (period study) and long (thematic study) On three geographical contexts: a locality (the historic environment); British; and European and / or wider world settings In addition to this, British history must form a minimum of 40% of the assessed content over the full course. The above structure will give students a broad experience of different eras which will add to both the variety and interest of the course. We are hopeful that we can continue to offer Nazi Germany as an option. We would also like to be able to teach the Tudors for our medieval / early modern option. However, no firm decisions can be taken until we have seen the exam board specifications. Students will be kept informed of curriculum developments in History at Abbey Grange via letter once the specifications are available. How will I be assessed? Until specifications are released we are unable to give specific details. However, we do know that the new GCSE course contains no controlled assessment-coursework completed in the classroom. Assessment will instead consist of exams based on extended essays and short answers. What could I move onto? You could choose to continue with the study of History by taking AS in the Sixth form or at college. The skills learnt at GCSE History will also complement the study of subjects such as English Literature, Politics and Sociology. A GCSE in History shows that you have a high level of literacy and that you are able to analyse complex information. These skills are highly valued by colleges and employers.
Exam Board: New GCSE draft specifications expected in March 2015 from all the main exam boards. No decision can be taken until these have been looked at. We currently follow the Edexcel specification in years 9, 10 and 11. Course title and type of qualification: Course title not yet available. Qualification will remain a full GCSE. Links & Resources
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