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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: c 1000 to the present day, Cold War conflict in Asia: Korea and Vietnam 1950-75, Germany 1890-1945 and Elizabethan England 1564-1603.

Subject Leader

  • Mr Harris

YEAR 7, 8 and 9

Content

Year 7 Topic:

  • Anglo-Saxon England, Medieval Realms – 1066 & The Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest, Medieval Kingship, The Peasants Revolt, The Magna Carta, Murder of Thomas Becket .
  • Tudors and Stuarts – Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, Queen Elizabeth, The Spanish Armada, The English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell, the New Model Army and The French Revolution.

Year 8 Topic:

  • Empire and the Atlantic Slave Trade, Women’s suffrage
  • Twentieth Century World – World War One, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis & World War Two and the Holocaust

Year 9 Topic:

The British Empire and India, Black American and Black British Rights. Challenging discrimination in 20th Century Britain – South Africa and Apartheid, LGBTQ + rights and disability rights in the United Kingdom in the 20th Century. Pupils will also commence study of GCSE Germany unit 1890-1945.

Assessment

There is a very robust assessment programme in place for Key Stage 3. Pupils complete an assessment approximately twice a half term.  Therefore, pupils will be assessed 5 times over the course of the year.  These assessments are marked and awarded a level within two Aspects Bands. The Aspects that the History Department use are Using Sources, Knowledge and Understanding, Writing Historically and Historical Interpretations.  Detailed feedback provided for the pupils to reflect upon and use to improve their levels 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.  The end of year assessment will assess all four Aspects Bands highlighted above.

Home Learning

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

A choice of home learning will be offered. This will include:

  1. A revision task in preparation for an assessment, using knowledge organisers provided by the department.
  2. A reading extension task to develop and deepen of topics learnt in class.  The reading task is also designed to introduce pupils to wider historical scholarship.
  3. A research task focused on a ‘Meanwhile Elsewhere’ task.

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

Year 7 (All Folens)

  • Invasion, Plague and Murder – Britain 1066-1485 (ISBN 9781850083443)
  • Renaissance, Revolution and Reformation – Britain 1485-1750 (ISBN 9781850083450)

Year 8 and 9 (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

Roadmap

History - Key Stage 3History - GCSE

Assessment Schedules

Industrial Revolution

WW2 & Nazi Germany

Year 8 Empire

The Slave Trade & British Empire

WW1 & Treaty of Versailles

YEAR 10

Exam Board and syllabus code

AQA GCSE History

Content

Year 10 Study Programme

The History GCSE comprises of TWO papers that pupils will sit closed examinations for 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 One. The topic is Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950-75.  The focus will be on the Korean War 1950-53 and the Vietnam War 1950-75. Pupils will then study Germany 1890-1945.  These are both Paper One topics. 

Spring Term

In this term, pupils will continue with the study of Germany 1890-1945.  Once completed, pupils will commence on the study of Paper Two topic, starting with Elizabethan England 1568-1603. 

Summer Term

Pupils will continue with the study of Paper Two topic Elizabethan England 1568-1603.  The pupils will also be taught the exam skills of Paper One and Paper Two; for example studying source utility and the value of historical interpretations.

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 GCSE 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 (Green Pen) using success criteria to help them understand the next steps needed to progress in history.

At the end of Year 10 pupils will sit a GCSE mock exam for Paper 1 (Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship/ Conflict and Tension in Asia 1950-75. The examination will be of one hour in length but adapted to reflect content studied in class.

Assessment Overview

Year 10 Assessment Overview - Germany 1890-1945/ Conflict and Tension in Asia 1950-75

Home Learning

Home learning is set once per fortnight.

Types of home learning:  

  1. A task to consolidate learning from the lesson
  1. A task to extend the learning from the lesson
  2. 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

  • Oxford AQA GCSE History: Britain: Health and the People c1000 - Present Day Revision Guide (9 – 1) - ISBN 9780198422952
  • Oxford AQA GCSE History: Elizabethan England c1568-1603 Revision Guide (9-1) - ISBN 9780198422938
  • Oxford AQA GCSE History: Germany 1890-1945 Democracy and Dictatorship Revision Guide (9-1) - ISBN 9780198422891
  • Oxford AQA GCSE History (9-1): Conflict and Tension in Asia 1950-1975 Revision Guide  - ISBN 9780198432869
  • AQA GCSE History: Understanding the Modern World  ISBN 9781471862946  - David Ferriby
  • AQA GCSE History: Health and the People  ISBN 9781471864216  - Alf Wilkinson
  • AQA GCSE History: Elizabethan England, c1568-1603  ISBN 9781471864292  - Wesley Royle

Assessment Schedules

Assessment Overview - History (Cold War in Asia) - Year 10

Assessment Overview - History (Germany 1890-1945) Year 10

Roadmap

History - GCSE

Knowledge Organisers

GCSE Germany - KO Part A

GCSE Germany - KO Part B

YEAR 11

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 continue with the study of the Elizabethan England 1568-1603. Once completed, pupils will study the final GCSE topic which is a Britain: Health and the people c1000 to present day. 

Spring Term

Pupils will complete the study of Britain: Health and the people c1000 to present day.  Once teaching of the content of the course is completed, 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.

For their PPE examinations in Year 11 history examinations for both Paper 1 and 2. (please see table above for more detailed breakdown of the contents of these papers).

Assessment Overview

Year 11 Assessment Overview - Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to present day

Home Learning

Home learning is set once per fortnight.

Types of home learning:

  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

  • Oxford AQA GCSE History: Britain: Health and the People c1000 - Present Day Revision Guide (9 – 1) - ISBN 9780198422952 
  • Oxford AQA GCSE History: Elizabethan England c1568-1603 Revision Guide (9-1) ISBN 9780198422938
  • Oxford AQA GCSE History: Germany 1890-1945 Democracy and Dictatorship Revision Guide (9-1) - ISBN 9780198422891
  • Oxford AQA GCSE History (9-1): Conflict and Tension in Asia 1950-1975 Revision Guide - ISBN 9780198432869
  • AQA GCSE History: Understanding the Modern World  ISBN 9781471862946 - David Ferriby
  • AQA GCSE History: Health and the People  ISBN 9781471864216 - Alf Wilkinson
  • AQA GCSE History: Elizabethan England, c1568-1603  ISBN 9781471864292 - Wesley Royle

Assessment Schedules

Assessment Overview - History (Elizabeth I) Year 11

Assessment Overview - History (Health and Medicine) Year 11

Knowledge Organisers

Health and people

Elizabeth and her government - Knowledge Organiser

Life in Elizabethan England - Knowledge Organiser

Elizabeth - Troubles at Home and Abroad - Knowledge Organiser