History

Curriculum Leader: Ms C Leeke

Mrs M Vinall is the Subject Leader for History and works closely with Ms C Leeke on the attainment of this curriculum area in school.

Subject Leader(s):
M. Vinall ([email protected])

Fortnightly Lessons:
3 lessons

Homework:
Weekly, 30 minutes

Year 7 Topics:
The Middle Ages from c700 AD (Anglo-Saxons) up to the English Reformation of Henry VIII

Year 8 Topics:
The Stuarts from Gunpowder Plot to the witch craze; Revolutions and Slavery; World War One

Useful Resources:
BBC History
Horrible Histories

KS4 History: years 9-11

At Key Stage 4 we follow the Edexcel GCSE course. The entire course is examined by three written papers at the end of Year 11. 

  • Paper 1: Thematic Study and Historic environment: Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
  • Paper 2: Period study and British Depth Study: Henry VIII and His ministers, 1509-40 and British america, 1713-83: empire and revolution.
  • Paper 3: Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.
  • To support Paper 1 there will be a compulsory trip to Whitechapel in Year 9.

We use both Edexcel (Pearson) and Hodder textbooks for each of the courses and if you wish to have a copy for your child to use at home they may be purchased new or used from Amazon or other book sellers. Pearson also publish revision guides for each course. We also suggest using BBC Bitesize. Practice exam questions are usd regularly throughout the courses.

KS5 History:

A Level History

The GCE History course has been designed to help you understand the value and significance of European events in the past. In the process you will gain a deeper understanding of Europe’s social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Knowing how people lived and worked in the past helps us to understand the Europe of today. We use the Edexcel examination board.

Year 12

Paper 1B England 1509-1603: Authority, Nation and Religion (Mrs Vinall)

This option studies the Tudors, focusing mainly on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I: a period of decisive change for the English state and church. We study the period through a range of themes: monarchy and government (how did they rule?), religious changes (how did the Church of England become the state religion?), state control and popular uprisings (how was the population controlled? How was discontent and rebellion dealt with?), and the economic, social and cultural changes of the period (the flourishing of literature, art and architecture, the growing middle class, international trade). We will also learn about the crisis of government in last years of Elizabeth’s reign and how historians have interpreted this.

Paper 2B: Luther and the German Reformation c1515-55 (Miss Cocks)

The Reformation is deemed one of the most important events in history. It changed Europe forever.  Was it all down to the actions of one monk, Martin Luther, or would it have happened anyway?  The Catholic Church was corrupt, popes had mistresses and children and bishops lived in extravagant wealth whilst the poor paid money to get their loved ones to Heaven.  We will study what was happening in Europe, especially within the Holy Roman Empire, in order to allow such a momentous event to happen.

Year 13

Coursework: In Year 13 students work independently on the historical controversy of Neville Chamberlain’s policy of Appeasement, evaluating different historian’s interpretations of this as well as making their own judgement.

Paper 3: Germany, 1871-1990: United, divided and reunited.

Do you want to know how Germany recovered from World War II to be the leading power in Europe? Do you want to know how the Federal Republic was created? Why and when the Berlin wall came down? This course answers all these questions and more.

Trips

We attend study days and lectures focused on an individual topic, led by leading historians. All students are expected to attend when these trips are offered.

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