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Members of Staff and Roles/Responsibilities

Ms Helen Knowles Curriculum Team Leader Humanities

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Subject Overview

History is taught broadly chronologically but there are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of history. They include chronological understanding, cultural, ethnic and religious diversity, change and continuity and cause and consequence. These concepts deepen and broaden a student’s knowledge and understanding of historical events.

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KS3 Structure

After October in Year 7 students are taught in ability groupings within each Population.
Students have one lesson of History in years 7, 8 & 9. ICT is an integral part of the KS3 & KS4 curriculum.

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KS3 Content


My story
Norman invasion
Living in medieval times
The King in the Carpark
Renaissance and reformation


King Vs Parliament
Industrial Britain
British Empire
Slavery to equality


The Great War
Between the wars
The Holocaust
The Second World War
Significant people and events of the 20th Century

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KS4 Structure

The History course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Key Stage 3 and is designed to help you understand the ever-changing world in which you live.

What will I study?

Edexcel History Syllabus B – Schools History Project, which allows you to experience different aspects of History.  Your course will involve:

•               Medicine and Treatment (Development Study)
•               The Transformation of Surgery c1845 – c1918 (Source Enquiry)
•               The Transformation of British Society c1815–1851 (Depth Study)
•               Germany c1918–1939 (Controlled Assessment)

How will I study?

This is an academic subject so you still study using a mixture of classroom sessions and individual research.  You will need to be prepared to read widely and write essay type answers.

You will learn:

•               Different views of history and how the past affects us today.
•               About change and continuity over a long period of time through a Development Study.
•               How sources become evidence in history and how a real historian researches in a Source Enquiry.
•               About a period in history in much more detail with a Depth Study.

What exams are there?

All students will follow the full GCSE course. The course is split into the four units, all of which are worth 25 per cent of your final mark. For Units 1, 2 and 3 you will take an examination. Unit 4 is a controlled assessment and you will research a task then write it up in the classroom.

Currently there are over 200 students who have chosen to study History in Key Stage 4.

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KS4 Content


Medicine and public health in Britain c50AD to the present
The Transformation of Surgery c1845 – c1918


The Transformation of British Society c1815–1851
Germany c1918–1939 (Controlled Assessment)

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Additional Information

History fires students’ curiosity through discovering the dilemmas, beliefs and choices of people in the past. It helps them develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, national and international levels. They investigate Britain’s relationship with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day. As they develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, students ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgements they make. History prepares students for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and an ability to take part in democratic society. History helps students become confident and questioning individuals.

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Proquest Historical Newspapers:
The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)


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