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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:

Topics covered in Year 7:

Topics covered in Year 8:

Topics covered in Year 9:

Ancient Rome

Africa before slavery

World War Two

  • Medieval England
  • Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • UK Immigration over time
  • The Tudors
  • Civil Rights in the USA
  • The history of terrorism
  • The English Civil War
  • The British in India, the fight for independence
  • Genocide and the Holocaust
  • World War One

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%): The American West 1840-1895’
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) Click Here

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 OCR History over two years.’

This is made up of the following units:

Unit 1 – England 1485-1558: The Early Tudors (Y106) 25% of A-level

You will learn about the government of Henry VII, his foreign policy and threats to his rule, the reign of Henry VIII, Wolsey, rebellion and unrest, issues of stability and religious changes under the Tudors.

Paper 2 – Russia 1894-1941 (Y219) 15% of A-level

You will gain an understanding in depth of the rule of Tsar Nicholas II, the 1917 Revolutions, the Civil War, Lenin and the rule of Stalin.

Paper 3 – Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 (Y319) 40% of A-level

You will explore the struggles experienced by citizens of the United States in gaining equality before the law, looking specifically at African Americans, Native Americans, women and trade union and labour rights. The unit also comprises three depth studies of civil rights in the ‘Gilded Age’ c.1875–c.1895, the New Deal and Malcolm X and Black Power.

Unit 4 – Coursework (Y100) 20% of A-level

You will conduct research and work towards answering a question of your choice on an area of historical interest.

For more information about OCR History A-level click here

Principal:
Mr Chris Brown

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Kelly Harris (Personal Development and wellbeing)
Sarah Bennett (Pastoral and Behaviour)
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