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Curriculum Statement for History

HISTORY

Subject Leader - Mr M Juddery

mju@pewsey-vale.wilts.sch.uk

History

History at Pewsey Vale School is designed to give a thorough and stimulating insight into the past where students are encouraged to think critically and independently using precise knowledge and judgement. It is essential that their experience of the subject enables students to better understand the world they live in and their place in it: as a result, a diverse curriculum and an attitude to challenge stereotypes and prejudices underpin all elements of the Department's work. It encompasses reading, writing, speaking and listening, with students encouraged to debate, to explore issues and ideas, to express themselves clearly and to enjoy studying a wide range of historical events, people and changes.

Year 7
Year 7 History students will explore medieval history, with a particular focus on the development of monarchy, life during the medieval period and England’s relations with Europe.

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September – October 

Norman Conquest

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

Castle House Project 

November – December 

Medieval Life 

Medieval Life source assessment

Castle House Project 

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January – February 

Challenges to the Crown 

How did Medieval monarchy change?

Homework menu

March – April 

Crusades 

What was the most important cause of the Crusades? 

Homework menu

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

April - May 

Hundred Years War 

Why did England lose the Hundred Years War?

Homework menu

June - July 

War of the Roses 

War of the Roses source assessment 

Homework menu

 

Year 8
Year 8 History students will the Early Modern World, with a particular focus on the Tudors and Stuarts, Industrial Revolution, French Revolution and Slavery and the Civil Rights movement.

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September –October 

Tudors 

Spanish Armada source assessment 

Homework menu

November – December 

Stuarts 

Was Cromwell a hero or villain?

Charles I House Project 

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January –February 

Industrial Revolution

Industrial Revolution source assessment 

Homework menu

March – April 

The most dangerous man in Industrial Britain

Who was the most dangerous man in Industrial Britain?

Homework menu

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

April-May 

French Revolution 

What was the most important cause of Napoleon’s defeat?

Homework menu

June-July 

Slavery and the civil Rights movement 

Slavery source assessment 

Homework menu

 

Year 9
Year 9 History students will explore the modern world, with a particular focus on the world wars, Holocaust and Cold War.

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September –October 

World War One

Was Haig a hero or a butcher?

Trench House Project

November – December 

Nazi Germany 

Why did Hitler become Chancellor of Germany?

Homework menu

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January –February 

Communist Russia 

Did life improve under communism?

Homework menu

March – April 

World War Two

WWII source assessment 

Homework menu

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

April-May 

Holocaust

How did persecution of the Jews change between 1933-45?

Homework menu

June-July 

Cold War

Who was to blame for the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Homework menu

 

Assessment
Assessment will take place at the end of each unit. Students will be assessed against Key Stage three assessment matrices for History. History teachers will award grades and interim levels to students for individual pieces of work. During the course of their study these levels can go up and down as students develop different skills as well as the range of topics.

Assessment Matrices

Click for access to Assessment Matrices

Equipment
Students must have a school have a ruler, pen and pencil.

Extra-Curricular Activities
There will be periodic out of school visits to galleries, museums and historic sites relating to topics being undertaken.

Suggested Extension Activities
It is great to go and visit historical sites and museums in order to expand their contextual knowledge of the topics being studied. Also asking family members of experiences of the past will also enrich student’s understanding of how the past has developed.

GCSE History

  • Examination Board: EDEXCEL
  • Specification: GCSE History

Specification link

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

Overview

GCSE History covers a wide chronological range and types of history. In Year 10 pupils will focus on an in-depth British depth study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558– 88, the thematic study of Medicine Through Time, a period study of Superpower Relations & the Cold War Relations. In Year 11, pupils will assess the political changes & events in Germany, between 1919-1939, considering the impact of the rise & fall of the Weimar democracy & Nazi dictatorship. This caters for a wide range of interests and develops valuable analytical skills and critical thinking. There is no longer any controlled assessment unit in GCSE History; students will be assessed by three exams.

Year 10

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September –December 

Cold War, 1941-1991 (Paper 2)

End of Unit assessment and knowledge test 

Exam style questions

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January –April 

Elizabethan England, 1558-88 (Paper 2)

End of Unit assessment and knowledge test 

Exam style questions

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

April-July

Medicine Through Time, c.1250-present  (Paper 1)

End of Unit assessment and knowledge test 

Exam style questions

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September –December 

Medicine of the Western Front, 1914-1918 (Paper 1)

End of Unit assessment and knowledge test 

Exam style questions

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January –April 

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-39 (Paper 3)

End of Unit assessment and knowledge test 

Exam style questions

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

April-July

Revision 

Exam style questions

Revision

 

History Resources
Textbooks and additional history books are available from the history office, including some revision material.

Assessment
Students are regularly assessed using the exam style questions and regular knowledge tests. Assessments are reported to parents/carers at intervals during the academic year. Students will be assessed by three written exams when they sit their GCSEs.

Home Learning
Homework will mainly be exam questions, revision or review tasks from content learnt in lessons. This is designed to use all time in lessons effectively to learn new content and exam skills.

Useful resources

Websites:

BBC bite size – good revision guides

Youtube.com – great for documentaries

www.johndclare.net – good for Germany

 

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