Key Stage 3
Students are taught chronologically starting with the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They then move on to look at the Middle Ages exploring topics such as Peasants’ Revolt, the Back Death and the life and murder of Thomas Becket. They then study slavery and conclude by looking at the Industrial Revolution.
In Year 8 students pick up where they finished in Year 7 and start by looking at women’s campaign for the vote at the turn at the 20th Century. This then naturally leads onto studying both the World Wars with a real focus of what life was like for soldiers who served in them. Students then explore life after the war and consider Civil Rights in America.
Throughout both years students continue to develop key historical skills, as well as building their chronological knowledge. This will hopefully prepare them for the GCSE in History
History – Yr7 – Learner Descriptors:
Key Stage 4
GCSE (Exam Board: Edexcel)
- Thematic study – Medicine 1250 to present with the British sector of the western front, 1914-18: surgery and treatment.
Students look at the development of medicine from The Middle Ages to the present day. They identify the reasons why developments were able to take place. They consider change and continuity in ideas about the causes of disease; ways to keep people healthy and methods of treating the sick. They also do a case study on life in the trenches during World War One.
- British depth Study – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-88
Students look at the impact of the Norman invasion from 1066. They consider how the Normans changed life in Britain looking at topics such as castles, the Feudal System and the Doomsday Book.
- Period Study – The American West 1835-1895
Students look at the society and culture of the Native Americans and investigate how this was disrupted by groups crossing their land (gold miners, Mormons, cowboys, farmers). They look at why these groups went West, and the conflict between the different groups.
- Modern Depth Study – Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39
Students look at the impact of the First World War on Germany and study how this led to the rise of Nazi Germany. Students consider questions such as how was Hitler able to come to power in German, what was life like in Nazi Germany, and how did Hitler take a nation to war?
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Key Stage 5
AS and A2 (Exam Board: AQA)
What do students study in lessons?
Unit 1 The Tudors 1485-1603
- Henry VII 1485-1509
- Henry VIII1509-1547
- The Mid Tudor Crisis: Edward VI, Mary I
- Elizabeth I 1558-1603
Unit 2 Russia 1917-1953
The Russian Revolution
Unit 3 Coursework
Historical Enquiry of 3,500 words