History

History

KS3

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 pupils 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 pupils will present their final outcomes. This is so History enthusiasts can cover topics of interest outside the curriculum.

History KS3 Curriculum Map

Year 7

Autumn

Spring

Summer 2015

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 1

What is History?
(Skills based)

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&
& Who has more power – King or Church?

 

Year 8

Summer 2014

Autumn

Spring

Summer 2015

Half Term 2

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 1

Tudors

Tudors

Stuarts

Stuarts

Industrial Revolution

Voyages of discovery
17th C Witchcraft

Year 9

Summer 2014

Autumn

Spring

Summer 2015

Half Term 2

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 1

Black peoples of the Americas

WW1

WW1

The rise of Hitler

WW2

Holocaust

Homework KS3

KS3 History students will have 1 hour of homework a week. This will take the form of extended writing tasks, project research, revision for topic based tests.

KS4
The qualification specification has recently changed from the OCR board to EDEXCEL. The course has been designed to help pupils make conceptual, geographical, period and thematic links between topics. The pupils who opt for History will have 3 hours of lesson time a week over a 2 year 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.
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939. Section A: Source question based on an understanding, Section B: Interpretation of sources.

The pupils 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
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.

Homework KS4:
In years 10 and 11 students will have 1 hour of homework per 3 lessons. This will take form of exam practiced based tasks, extended writing, research based topics. This will enable students to fully prepare themselves for GCSE examinations.

Assessment Policy
In History the KS3 pupil workbooks will be marked using a highlighting system and they will be given feedback about areas of success and areas to improve. Pupils will have a literacy focus using peer and self-assessment in lesson time. 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 styled questions according their ability range. This along with tracking data should give an accurate representation of where the pupils are at.

At KS4 the pupils also focus on completing their work in workbooks, the highlighting system is prevalent and they will 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 which will be assessed to see how they are achieving in coherence to their target grades.

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