Key Stage 3 Summary
Across Key Stage 3 in History, we focus on building the skills that students need to be great historians, as well as being informed, aware and critical members of society.
Units are focused around four key skill strands:
- CHANGE, CAUSE & CONSEQUENCE- EXPLAINING AND ANALYSING HOW AND WHY THINGS CHANGE, AND WHAT INFLUENCES THESE CHANGES
- USING SOURCES- BEING ABLE TO CRITICALLY ANALYSE AND REFLECT ON DIFFERENT SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND USING THEM TO MAKE INFORMED JUDGEMENTS
- INTERPRETATIONS OF HISTORY- ANALYSING HOW AND WHY PEOPLE HAVE LOOKED AT HISTORICAL EVENTS IN DIFFERENT WAYS
- SIGNIFICANCE- ANALYSING HOW AND WHY PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN MORE IMPORTANCE TO CERTAIN PEOPLE OR EVENTS THROUGH HISTORY
In each year, we will try and target most, if not all, of these key strands at least once through the following topics:
|Yera 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|What has it been like to live in Hackney through time?||What was the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade?||Why did WW1 break out in 1914?|
|Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?||Why was the Slave Trade abolished?||Was General Haig incompetent?|
|How useful is Edward Grim's account for investigatin the death of Thomas Becket?||British Empire: An empire to be proud of?||Blitz: Myth or reality?|
|Why was Henry VIII so important?||British Empire: An empire to be proud of?||What were the turning points of WW2?|
|Why have interpretations of Cromwell changed through time?||How and why have people protested for their rights?||How and why did the Holocaust happen?|
|How has the Tower of London changed through time?||How and why have people protested for their rights?||What is the legacy of the Holocaust?|
Key Stage 4 Summary
At GCSE we study Edexcel History over a two-year course.
The course is divided up into four units:
Paper 1 (30% of GCSE): Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present (including the Historic environment of Whitechapel, c1870–c1900)
Paper 2 Part A (20%): Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88
Paper 2 Part B (20%): Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
Paper 3 (30%): Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
History has no coursework, and students take all examinations at the end of Year 11.
For more information about Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) at: qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016
Recommended textbooks are from the Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel and Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) ranges.
Key Stage 5 Summary
The A Level History course is designed for students with a passion for History and the hunger for intellectual challenge!
It enables students to develop a geographically and chronologically broad understanding of both modern and older History.
At A Level we study Edexcel History over two years.
This is made up of the following units:
Paper 1 – Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin
Paper 2 – The German Democratic Republic, 1949–90
Paper 3 - Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603
Paper 4 – Coursework: Causes of the Cold War, 1944-1953
For more information about Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) at: qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/history-2015
Recommended textbooks are:
Edexcel AS/A Level History, Paper 1&2: Communist states in the 20th century Student Book (ISBN 9781447985273)
History+ for Edexcel A Level: Communist States in the Twentieth Century
A Level students will benefit from reading, watching or discussing anything that is related to the topics they are studying; at A Level it’s really important to have good contextual knowledge, so take in as much as you can!
Currently specifications breakdowns for Key Stages 4 & 5, and some revision materials for Key Stage 4
This is a list of sites that are helpful for your revision.
You should find the topic that you are studying and use the information to revise. You can do this in many ways but you could try making flashcards, drawing mind-maps or completing the online quizzes.
There are also many helpful videos or clips on YouTube.
Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39
Key content video, summary notes and tests: www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zymqwxs
Examination questions run through video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZOcFroVzHk
Key content summary videos: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHZk29-IIwv3F6UOGTlWT5dBnlqG7B7OS
Early Elizabethan England 1558-88
Key content summaries, videos and examination skills: www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z3k4rdm
Key content summary videos: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUoHOk2f7_kRZynX_lwiJ1lQ
The American West 1840-1895
Key content summary and tests: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/shp/americanwest
Key content summary video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4FKkwkoPpQ
Crime and punishment c1000 - present day
Key content summary videos: www.youtube.com/channel/UCDdeyxToNV6zYYwDuaqey6Q/videos
Key content summary videos: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtMbgkmk6LqwaXdLMXud4A2DRpgJ02air
General Revision Tips
Student friendly revision tips: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1nonuJRj5A