We study the GCSE History Edexcel 9-1 course here at Stanley High School. Please click on the links to see in-depth topic booklets students will study over the course of their GCSE, which includes recommended books and useful websites. Also, the specification is a useful handbook to understand the requirements for GCSE.
History at Stanley High School encourages students to learn about the key concepts which are transferable skills for any career path. The History Department prides itself on educating students to become knowledgeable about British Values that have derived from topics such as World War 2 and how History as developed over time to change the values we have in Britain today. This is achieved by working on developing key skills in History such as change and continuity, diversity, significance, interpretation and subject knowledge. History explores not only higher level thinking skills but they can also develop their knowledge by making practical outcomes such as castles and shields. Lessons have been known to ‘act out’ scenes from Tudor times, WW1 and WW2 to reinforce their knowledge of recall in these areas.
Extra sessions are provided to support GCSE students Thursday nights after school 3-4pm. Initially, this is dedicated to KS4 so students can receive extra support in preparation for the examinations and previously coursework. At KS3 we run a history club which covers a topic on interest which is selected by the students. The topic will run over a course of a few weeks and the students will present their final outcomes. This is so History enthusiasts can cover topics of interest outside the curriculum.
History KS3 Curriculum Map
|Half Term 1||Half Term 2||Half Term 1||Half Term 2||Half Term 1|
|What is History?
|What was life like in the Middle Ages?||1066 and the Battle of Hastings||William takes control
(Castles, Feudal System, Domesday book)
|The Black Death
and who has more power – King or Church?
|Half Term 2||Half Term 1||Half Term 2||Half Term 1||Half Term 2||Half Term 1|
|Tudors||Tudors||Stuarts||Industrial Revolution||Voyages of discovery
17th C Witchcraft /WW1
History students will have 1 piece of homework every two weeks. This will take the form of extended writing tasks, project research, and revision for topic-based tests.
The qualification specification has recently changed from the OCR board to EDEXCEL. The course has been designed to help students make conceptual, geographical, period and thematic links between topics. The students who opt for History will have 5 hours of lesson time over two weeks span.
They will cover the following topics: Key areas of Study
- Crime and punishment c.1000 to present and Whitechapel c.1870-1900: Crime policing and the inner city. Section A: A historic environment, Section B: Thematic Study.
- Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588.Section A: Period study, Section B: British Depth study and Superpower Relations and Cold War 1941-1991
- Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.
Section A: Source question based on an understanding.
Section B: Interpretation of sources.
The students will sit 3 exam papers in the summer term:
Paper 1 – 30% (1hr 15mins)
Crime and punishment c.1000-present and Whitechapel c.1870-1900: Crime, policing and the inner city:
Section A: A historic environment
Section B: Thematic study
Paper 2 – 40% (1 hr 40mins)
Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588
Superpower Relations and Cold War 1941-1991
Section A: Period study
Section B: British Depth study
Paper 3 – 30% (1hr 20mins)
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939
Section A: Source question based on knowledge and understanding
Section B: Interpretation of sources. This course has no controlled assessment.
In years 10 and 11 students will have 1 hour of homework per 3 lessons. This will take the form of exam practice based tasks, extended writing, research-based topics. This will enable students to fully prepare themselves for GCSE examinations.
In History, the KS3 student workbooks will be marked and they will be given feedback about areas of success and areas to improve. Students will have a literacy focus using peer and self-assessment in lesson time. Literacy mats are used in Humanities for extended writing pieces. After every subject topic covered (usually every half term) they will have a written assessment to complete which examines their ability to use extended writing skills and to answer exam style questions according to their ability range. This along with tracking data should give an accurate representation of where the students are at. At KS4 the students also focus on completing their work in the exercise books. They will be marked on areas of success and areas of improvement.
KS4 students will regularly complete examination-style questions that will be marked accordingly. The students will also have a focus on past papers from the exam board in which they study. These will be assessed to see how they are achieving in line with their target grades. In addition to this, every three weeks in Humanities students will receive a quick spot test to assess their ability to recall information, as the new GCSE exams have a heavy content focus.