Subjects

History

Why study History?

WITHOUT A PAST, WE HAVE NO FUTURE

To understand who we are we need to know where we came from and how our world has developed and changed through the ages.

What will I learn about?

Edexcel (Grade 1-9)

Paper 1:

  • Crime & Punishment in Britain c.1000 to present with a depth study of crime and policing in Whitechapel c1870-1900 (Jack the Ripper)

 

Paper 2:

  • Part 1 – Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • Part 2 – Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

 

Paper 3:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 formal examinations.

  • Paper 1– 30%
  • Paper 2– 40% (Each topic is worth 20%)
  • Paper 3– 30%

 

There is NO coursework.

What do employers think about the subject?

Skills you learn in GCSE History such as literacy, analysis, reasoning, communication, empathy and research are useful in many jobs and this is why GCSE History is valued by employers, colleges and universities.

They are great life skills no matter what your career path.

What are some of the skills I will gain?

  • Ability to analyse evidence to find the truth
  • Ability to debate and form arguments about events and concepts
  • Ability to understand causes and consequences of world events – not just the event

Year-by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

  • Investigations
  • Medieval Realms
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Tudors
  • The English Civil war
  • Slavery & Segregation

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and formative assessments, summative assessments at the end of each unit and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 7

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

  • Fact-finding
  • Development of Keyword glossary
  • Creative tasks – making models, designing posters & flyers

In Year 8 your child will study:

  • Industrial Revolution & Empire
  • Suffragettes
  • World War Two – events
  • World War Two – Home Front
  • World War Two – theatres around the world
  • The Holocaust

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and formative assessments, summative assessments at the end of each unit and a cumulative exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 8.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 8 is:

  • Diary creation
  • Creating revision resources
  • Watching clips & finding facts

In Year 9 your child will study:

  • America in the 1920s
  • Between the wars
  • Rise of the Dictators
  • 2020-21 only – World War Two – events
  • 2020-21 only – World War Two – Home Front
  • 2020-21 only – World War Two – theatres around the world
  • 2020-21 only – The Holocaust
  • Depth Study of the Vietnam War and American involvement
  • GCSE UNIT – Crime & Punishment

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes, exam questions, summative assessments at the end of each unit and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 9.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 9 is:

  • Revision resource development
  • Watching clips/movies for specific units
  • Revision for summative assessments

In Year 10 your child will study:

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Elizabethan England 1558-1588

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes, exam questions, summative assessments at the end of unit sections and a mock exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 10.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 10 is:

  • Preparing revision resources & revising knowledge
  • Preparing chapters for class learning
  • Exam questions using class structures – practicing exam technique

In Year 11 your child will study:

  • The Cold War – 1945-1990
  • Hitler’s Germany

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes, exam questions, summative assessments at the end of unit sections and a mock exam in December, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 11.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 11 is:

  • Preparing revision resources & revision
  • Exam questions using class structures – practicing exam technique