Year 7 Beginning in 1066 with the events leading up to the Norman Invasion, conquest and social and political change in England, pupils use narrative, pictures and written sources to understand this significant period of time. The Doomsday Book, castles, Magna Carta, how people lived and what they believed in and the Black Death are examples of change, life and the limitations/successes of people in this period.
As a contrast, a short section of work on The Mughals considers links between art and history and art as sources in history. Akbar the Great is considered and pupils have an opportunity to create a miniature in the style of Mughal art.
The Mughals lead Year 7 into the Tudor period, by considering India and England in the same time frame. The reigns of Kings Henry VII and VIII set us up for further study of The Tudors in Year 8.
Year 8 continues with The Tudors looking at the religious importance of the divorce with Queen Katherine and the rumblings across Europe of the new ideas of Martin Luther. Religious conflict remains a theme throughout the Tudors and Stuarts as we study the changes in the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Mary, Queen of Scots, her son King James I of England and the remaining Stuarts, are considered through to the Civil War, the Interregnum, the Restoration of the Monarchy and the Glorious Revolution. A brief look at the Hanoverians takes us into the Industrial Revolution, a period of huge change in Britain – population, migration, public health, trade, transport and empire as features of this period are considered.
We end the year combining our local study with a study over time, by using Tregoning Hill as a base for both. A day trip establishes the geographical, religious, social and economic importance of Tregoning Hill and Great Works mine; these are followed up by class time for researching the area to produce a depth study.
Year 9 begins with The Edwardians, the link between the Victorians and our modern world. World War One, the dictatorships of Europe, World War Two, the Holocaust, the start of the Cold War, the UN and EU bring us firmly towards the present, and a project on a decade since World War Two ends the year.
Assessment throughout KS3 is by classwork, homework, research, tests and written assessed work.
Year 10 The new AQA History GCSE course begins this year, 2016-17. In Y10 we study Paper 1 content. This is based on Depth Studies.
This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.
Part one: Germany and the growth of democracy
Part two: Germany and the Depression
Part three: The experiences of Germans under the Nazis
Section B Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972
This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different states and individuals and the ideologies they represented. It focuses on the causes and events of the Cold War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the tensions which arose during the Cold War.
Part one: The origins of the Cold War
Part two: The development of the Cold War
Part three: Transformation of the Cold War
This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over a long period of time. Students will study how factors worked together to bring about particular developments at a particular time and their impact upon society.
Section B: Elizabeth I
Part two: Life in Elizabethan times
Part three: Troubles at home and abroad
Part four: The historic environment of Elizabethan England. The historic environment is 10% of the overall course. Students will be examined on a specific site in depth.
Both exams are at the end of Year 11. The first exam will be in 2018.
We will complete the AQA GCSE History B Modern World course which was begun in Year 10. In Year 10 we studied the Paper 2 work on Germany 1918-45 and USA Race Relations 1945-68. The first Controlled Conditions question was prepared.
In Year 11 the first Controlled Conditions task worth 24 marks will be written up at the start of the Autumn term; this is based on six sources about the Suffragettes.
We study three areas of the Cold War:
Topic 4: The Origins of the Cold War 1945–1960
Topic 5: Crises of the Cold War and Détente 1960–1980
Topic 6: The Collapse of Communism and the Post Cold War World 1980–2000.
The two Controlled Conditions tasks are worth 25% of the final mark. Paper 1 and Paper 2 share equal marks at 37.5%. Both exams are in 2017. This is the last year of this GCSE course.