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History

History at Garth Hill College is taught by a team of highly experienced teachers. Pupils across both Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four study a range of different topics to help them develop a broad understanding of the subject and the skills associated with studying it well.  At Key Stage Three, pupils primarily follow a national curriculum which guides them through historical topics from Saxon England up until the end of the Second World War.  If pupils opt for history at Key Stage Four,  then they will follow the History GCSE set by the AQA Examination Board which enables them to study topics as diverse as Health and Medicine through time and Cold Ware conflict in Asia: Korea and Vietnam.

Subject Leader

  • Mr Harris

YEAR 7 and 8

Content

  • Year 7

Medieval Realms – 1066 & The Battle of Hastings, Kingship, castles, Peasants Revolt, The Magna Carta, Murder of Thomas Becket

  • Year 7

Tudors and Stuarts – Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, Queen Elizabeth, The Spanish Armada and The English Civil War.

  • Year 8

Expansion, Trade and Industry – The Industrial Revolution, factory life, railways, Empire and the condition of towns

  • Year 8

Twentieth Century World – World War One, the rise of Hitler & World War Two

Assessment

There is a very robust assessment programme in place for Key Stage 3. Pupils complete an assessment in class once a half term.  Therefore they will be assessed 6 times over the course of the year.  These assessments are marked and awarded a level with detailed feedback provided for the pupils to reflect upon and use to improve their level for the next assessment. In addition pupils are also set one assignment per half term for home learning to complete. These assignments are also marked and awarded a level along with comments in order to aid pupil progression.

The assessments are also used to assess the pupils’ RATL band.  Pupils are given a RATL band and a comment to help them improve their RATL band for the next assessment.

At the end of the year pupils will complete an end of year exam which will test their understanding of all the topics covered over the course of the full college year.

Home Learning

Home learning is set once per fortnight.  It is expected that it should take approximately thirty to forty minutes to complete.

All tasks will be recorded on Frog. Pupils and parents can access this from home. Pupils will also record that home learning has been set and the due date in their planners. A choice of home learning will be offered. This will include:

1.  A task to consolidate learning from the lesson

2.  A task to extend the learning form the lesson

3.  A task to broaden the learning beyond what has been covered in the lesson

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there are any difficulties
  • Check that home learning is being done
  • Help your child understand key words
  • Check spellings
  • Help your child research topics when needed
  • Help prepare revision resources and tests to check understanding
  • Encourage the use of any additional resources for information, for example the library, the Internet etc
  • Encourage your child to attend any after school revision sessions or attend the prep sessions in D106.

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Year 7 (All Folens)

Invasion, Plague and Murder – Britain 1066-1485 (ISBN 9781850083443)

Renaissance, Revolution and Reformation – Britain 1485-1750 (ISBN 9781850083450)

Year 8 (All Folens)

Industry, Reform and Empire – Britain 1750-1900 (ISBN 9781850083467)

Technology, War and Identities – A World Study After 1900 (ISBN 9781850083474)

Websites

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

Reading List

  • Bawden, Nina: Carrie’s war
  • Branford, Henrietta: Fire, bed and bone
  • Edwards, Dorothy: A strong and willing girl
  • Morpurgo, Michael: War horse
  • Paulsen, Gary: Nightjohn
  • Toksvig, Sandi: Hitler’s canary

Assessment Framework - Key Stage 3

History Assessment Framework - Key Stage 3

Assessment Schedule

Industrial Revolution

WW2 & Nazi Germany

Year 8 Empire

The Slave Trade & British Empire

WW1 & Treaty of Versailles

YEAR 9 Transition Year / Bridging Programme

Exam Board and syllabus code

AQA GCSE History

Content

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A – Period study

- Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship.

Section B – Wider world depth study

Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975.

Written examination: 2 hours/ worth 50% of the qualification.

Section A – Six compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Section A – Thematic study

- Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

Section B – British depth study including the historic environment

- Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

Written examination: 2 hours/ worth 50% of the qualification.

Section A – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Autumn Term

Pupils will commence study of their GCSE through a bridging programme which will focus on the teaching of key GCSE skills. This will help prepare pupils for the transition to GCSE study.

Spring Term

Pupils will continue with the study of the Bridging Programme.  

Summer Term

During this term, pupils will commence with the study of the GCSE programme. The first unit of study will be - Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

Assessment

Pupils will be assessed once every half term through a formal and comprehensive assessment completed in class. The assessment questions will be entirely based on GCSE questions to help them develop, understand and embed the exam skills they will need to use in year 10 and 11. These will be marked, awarded a level and pupils will be provided with detailed feedback in order to help them improve their grades. They will also be given opportunities to redraft and improve their assessments using success criteria to help them understand the next steps needed to progress in history.

At the end of year 9 pupils will sit a GCSE mock examination for - Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day.

Home Learning

Home learning is set once per fortnight. It is expected that it should take approximately sixty minutes to complete.

All tasks will be recorded on Frog. Pupils and parents can access this from home. Pupils will also record that home learning has been set and the due date in their planners. A choice of home learning will be offered. This will include:

  1. A task to consolidate learning from the lesson
  2. A task to extend the learning form the lesson
  3. A task to broaden the learning beyond what has been covered in the lesson

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there are any difficulties.
  • Check that home learning is being done.
  • Help your child understand key words.
  • Check spellings.
  • Help your child research topics when needed.
  • Help prepare revision resources and tests to check understanding.
  • Encourage the use of any additional resources for information, for example the library, the Internet etc

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Websites

Textbooks

  1. Oxford AQA GCSE History: Britain: Health and the People c1000-Present Day Revision Guide (9 – 1)  ISBN 9780198422952
  1. Oxford AQA GCSE History: Elizabethan England c1568-1603 Revision Guide (9-1) ISBN 9780198422938
  2. Oxford AQA GCSE History: Germany 1890-1945 Democracy and Dictatorship Revision Guide (9-1) ISBN 9780198422891
  3. Oxford AQA GCSE History (9-1): Conflict and Tension in Asia 1950-1975 Revision Guide ISBN 9780198432869
  4. AQA GCSE History: Understanding the Modern World  ISBN 9781471862946  - David Ferriby

YEAR 10

Exam Board and syllabus code

AQA GCSE History

Content

Year 10 Study Programme

The new History GCSE will involve 2 papers that pupils will sit at the end of the course in Year 11.  There is no coursework or controlled assessment for GCSE History.

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A – Period study

- Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship.

Section B – Wider world depth study

- Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975.

Written examination: 2 hours/ worth 50% of the qualification.

Section A – Six compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Section A – Thematic study

- Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

Section B – British depth study including the historic environment

- Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

Written examination: 2 hours/ worth 50% of the qualification.

Section A – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Autumn Term

Pupils will study the knowledge and skills that are required for Paper 2. The topic is Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

Spring Term

In this term, pupils will continue with the study of the topic is Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

Summer Term

Pupils will study Paper 1 (Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship). The pupils will be taught the exam skills of paper 1, for example explaining why events change and analysing causation and importance of events in history.

Assessment

Pupils will be assessed once every half term through a formal and comprehensive assessment completed in class. The assessment questions will be entirely based on GCSE questions to help them develop, understand and embed the exam skills they will need to use in Year 10, Year 11 and the final examinations. These will be marked, awarded a level and pupils will be provided with detailed feedback in order to help them improve their grades. They will also be given opportunities to redraft and improve their assessments using success criteria to help them understand the next steps needed to progress in history.

At the end of Year 10 pupils will sit GCSE mock exams for both Paper 1 and 2 (Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship & Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day).   The examination for Germany 1890-1945 will be a shortened version of the full examination and based on curriculum coverage to that point.  

Home Learning

Home learning is set once per fortnight. It is expected that it should take approximately sixty minutes to complete.

All tasks will be recorded on Frog. Pupils and parents can access this from home. Pupils will also record that home learning has been set and the due date in their planners. A choice of home learning will be offered. This will include:

1.  A task to consolidate learning from the lesson

2.  A task to extend the learning form the lesson

3.  A task to broaden the learning beyond what has been covered in the lesson

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there are any difficulties.
  • Check that home learning is being done.
  • Help your child understand key words.
  • Check spellings.
  • Help your child research topics when needed.
  • Help prepare revision resources and tests to check understanding.
  • Encourage the use of any additional resources for information, for example the library, the Internet etc

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Websites

Textbooks - Revision Books

  1. Oxford AQA GCSE History: Britain: Health and the People c1000-Present Day Revision Guide (9 – 1) ISBN 9780198422952
  2. Oxford AQA GCSE History: Elizabethan England c1568-1603 Revision Guide (9-1) ISBN 9780198422938

YEAR 111

Exam Board and syllabus code

AQA GCSE History

Content

The new History GCSE will involve 2 papers that pupils will sit at the end of the course in Year 11.  There is no coursework or controlled assessment for GCSE History.

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A – Period study

Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship.

Section B – Wider world depth study

- Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975.

Written examination: 2 hours/ worth 50% of the qualification.

Section A – Six compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Section A – Thematic study

- Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

Section B – British depth study including the historic environment

- Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

Written examination: 2 hours/ worth 50% of the qualification.

Section A – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Autumn Term

Pupils will commence with the study of a British depth study including the historic environment. The historical focus of this unit will be on Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

Spring Term

Pupils will commence with the study of a tailored revision programme for both Paper One and Paper Two to prepare them for the final examinations in the Summer Term. 

Summer Term

Final GCSE examinations

Assessment

Pupils will be assessed once every half term through a formal and comprehensive assessment completed in class. The assessment questions will be entirely based on GCSE questions to help them develop, understand and embed the exam skills they will need to use in Year 10, Year 11 and the final examinations. These will be marked, awarded a level and pupils will be provided with detailed feedback in order to help them improve their grades. They will also be given opportunities to redraft and improve their assessments using success criteria to help them understand the next steps needed to progress in history.

At the end of Year 10 pupils will sit GCSE mock exams for both Paper 1 and 2 (Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship & Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day).  

Home Learning

Home learning is set once per fortnight. It is expected that it should take approximately sixty minutes to complete.

All tasks will be recorded on Frog. Pupils and parents can access this from home. Pupils will also record that home learning has been set and the due date in their planners. A choice of home learning will be offered. This will include:

1.  A task to consolidate learning from the lesson

2.  A task to extend the learning form the lesson

3.  A task to broaden the learning beyond what has been covered in the lesson

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there are any difficulties.
  • Check that home learning is being done.
  • Help your child understand key words.
  • Check spellings.
  • Help your child research topics when needed.
  • Help prepare revision resources and tests to check understanding.
  • Encourage the use of any additional resources for information, for example the library, the Internet etc

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Websites

Textbooks - Revision Books

  1. Oxford AQA GCSE History: Britain: Health and the People c1000-Present Day Revision Guide (9 – 1) ISBN 9780198422952

 

  1. Oxford AQA GCSE History: Elizabethan England c1568-1603 Revision Guide (9-1) ISBN 9780198422938
  2. Oxford AQA GCSE History: Germany 1890-1945 Democracy and Dictatorship Revision Guide (9-1) ISBN 9780198422891