History

Department Information

Year 7:

Autumn Term

  • Introduction to Key skills with a baseline assessment
  • The Norman Conquest

Spring term:

  • Tudors
  • Stuarts
  • Industrialisation

Summer term:

  • Living Conditions
  • Working Conditions
  • Crime and Punishment – Case study on Jack the Ripper

Key Historical skills: chronology, bias, interpretation, significance, provenance, research, source analysis, utility, argument, cross referencing and essay writing skills.

 

Year 8:

Year 8 students will study a contemporary, fluid curriculum that will explore what connects us to the rest of the world. It will empower our students to engage with complex global issues and explore the links between their own lives and people, places and issues throughout the world. Our aim is to give students the space to imagine different futures and the role they can play in creating a fair and sustainable world.

History will work with other Humanities subjects to explore exciting concepts such as Peace and Conflict, Diversity, Human Rights, Interdependence, Social Justice, Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development.

 

Year 9:

Pre-Option students will gain vital exam skills including exam technique and SPaG. They will study a wide variety of subjects in preparation for their later studies within the subject.

The topics they will study will include the following:

  • WW1- Causes, trench warfare and the home front.
  • The Rise of Hitler
    • Life in Nazi Germany
    • Why did war break out in 1939?
    • The Holocaust
  • The USA

Key Historical skills: chronology, bias, interpretation, significance, provenance, research, source analysis, utility, reliability, argument, cross referencing, making well-formed judgements and essay writing skills.

GCSE  – 2 Year Course

Students follow the OCR History B- Schools History Project specification.

Paper 1:

1 hour 45 Minutes examination, 40% of overall GCSE

Thematic Study: The Peoples’ Health, c.1250 to present

British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest, 1066-1087

 

Paper 2:

1 hour examination, 20% of overall GCSE

History around us – Pontefract Castle

 

Paper 3:

1 hour 45 Minutes examination, 40% of overall GCSE

Period study: The Making of America, 1789-1900

World Depth Study: Living Under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945

 

GCSE –  1 Year Course (Current Year 11)

Students follow the OCR GCSE History B Modern World specification.

Paper 1– Aspects of international relations and Germany 1918-1945

2 Hour examination

45% of the qualification

Paper 2– How Has British Society Changed, 1890-1918?

1hour 30 minute examination

30% of the qualification

Controlled assessment

The USA 1945 – 1975: Land of Freedom?

2000 words maximum

25% of the overall qualification.

 

Departmental Staff

 

Thomas Calvert

 

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

For general research and revision please access the following websites:

www.bbc.co.uk/education: search History topics

www.bbc.co.uk/history

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

www.channel4.com search History topics

www.iwm.org.uk Imperial War museum

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk National archives

www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk Thackray Medical Museum

 

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