History Curriculum Overview

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year:

Year 7

Students begin by gaining proficiency in a range of basic skills that will enable them to make the most of their studies. This is followed by investigations into key aspects of medieval life including: the Battle of Hastings and its impact, problems faced by medieval kings such as John and Henry II, life in town and country, the role of the Church. Students finish the year looking at the impact of Henry VIII on politics and religion, and how Elizabeth solved the problems of her reign.

Year 8

The Autumn Term involves investigations into the English Civil Wars including: the causes, the nature of the military conflict, the death of Charles I and the rule of Cromwell. Students will then study the French Revolution and will be able to compare aspects of this with the events of the Seventeenth Century in England. The second half of the year looks at the rise of Industrial Britain 1750-1900. It focuses on the nature and impact of agrarian and industrial changes and Britain’s role as a world leader at the time. The year ends with a case study centred on Jack the Ripper which looks at life in London and the police investigations to find the killer.

Year 9

In Year 9 students investigate the major conflicts of the Twentieth Century. In the Autumn Term, students focus on the First World War and produce a diary based on the experiences of a soldier. Attention then moves to the rise of dictatorships in the inter-war years, examining the popularity and dangers of leaders such as Hitler. Students will also look at the impact of war on civilians, including a case study of the Holocaust. Year 9 ends with the tensions created after 1945.

Year 10 (from Sept 2016)

Students follow OCR specification B (SHP).

There are five units, each with an equal weighting of 20%.

  1. Thematic Study: The People’s Health, c1250-present. This examines how people lived (e.g. food, housing, water) and the ways in which governments have had an impact on Public Health over a long period of time.
  2. British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest 1065-1087. The focus is on how this period has been interpreted and represented over time.
  3. History Around Us: Study of the historical environment. This involves a site study and placing the site in context. Our study will look at castles and will focus on Hedingham Castle.
  4. World Depth Study: Living under Nazi rule 1933-45. The focus is on sources and interpretations, and covers the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship and how it controlled lives; impact on ordinary people; opposition; Germany at war; occupation and the Holocaust.
  5. Period Study: The Making of America 1789-1900. The focus for study is how and why American territory expanded during these years and the relationship between this expansion and the cultures of indigenous Americans, African Americans and white Americans.

5 units
3 exams

People's Health and Norman Conquest - 1hour 45mins
History Around Us - 1hour
Nazi Germany and America - 1hour 45mins

Year 11

Students follow Edexcel History Specification B.

This involves the study of four units

  • Medicine and Health Through time
  • The American West c1845-c1890
  • The Transformation of Surgery c1845-1918
  • The Impact of War on Britain c1914-1945
  • Ideas about the cause and treatment of disease and illness.
  • Approaches to public health and prevention of disease and illness.
  • The influence of changes in society on medicine and public health.

Unit 1A: Medicine and Health Through Time

This includes:

The course content extends from Roman Britain up to the present day, and includes the role of individuals such as Vesalius, Jenner, Nightingale, Pasteur, Fleming, Watson and Crick. Students will need to be able to explain changes (or lack of change) over time.

Final Exam: 1hr 15mins

25% of overall marks

Unit 2B: The American West c.1845-c1890

This study examines, in depth, the way in which the American West was settled and developed by various groups of people between 1845 and 1890, and the impact of this on the Native American peoples. Students will examine the Native American way of life and how the Plains were developed. They will also learn about the conflicts such as the Battle of the Little Bighorn that brought the traditional Indian ways to an end.

Final Exam: 1hr 15 mins

25% of overall marks

Unit 3A: The Transformation of Surgery c1845-1918

This unit covers the major breakthroughs in solving the problems of pain, infection and bleeding. Students also look at the role of the First World War in bringing about improvements to surgery.

This is a sources paper.

Final Exam: 1hr 15 mins

25% of overall marks

Unit 4: The Impact of War on Britain c1914-1945

This develops further many of the themes introduced in Year 9. It asks students to examine how Britain organised for war and the impact on society. It is also the Controlled Assessment Task. The task itself changes every year, but is always divided into three parts:

Part A: Historical explanation

Part B: Historical enquiry

Part C: Analyse and evaluate historical representations

Work is completed in school under controlled conditions

25% of overall marks

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