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History

Context

  • The History curriculum allows students to gain a broad chronological understanding of British and connected world history from 1066 to the present day at Key Stage 3 before specialising in Elizabethan England, Medicine through time, Germany in Transition and the Development of the UK in the 20th century at GCSE. This provides a clear balance of topics from both social and political history encouraging students to appreciate change over time, develop an awareness of local and national history and to see how British history connects to a global picture.

Design

  • Students joining in Year 7 should have studied British History from Roman times up to the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. The scheme of learning they start here build upon this chronological understanding.
  • Throughout Key Stages 3 and 4, students focus on developing key skills of Cause & Consequence, Change & Continuity, Evidence, Interpretations, Structuring & organising knowledge, using historical vocabulary and chronological understanding.
  • Many topics such as The Tudors, Victorian Britain and the events of the World Wars overlap with topics studied in English concurrently.
  • The issue of different religious beliefs, in particular the importance of Catholicism and Protestantism is taught in conjunction with the KS3 Religion & World Views curriculum.

Intent

  • Each topic in a scheme of work at Key Stage 3 allows students to specialise in developing one particular historical skill, with all skills being covered throughout each academic year to allow progression. Flightpaths are designed to show progression through the historical skills and the expected steps students should reach by the end of each academic year.
  • As extended writing is a crucial aspect of History, all assessment address structure and organisation of knowledge. This is developed alongside the English curriculum to allow for commonality in extended writing.
  • Students are awarded a Flightpath step for each Common Assessed Task they undertake (2 per half term), work is then done with students in lessons to reflect on their performance and address how they move forwards.
  • Homework focusses on student’s revision of knowledge which is informally assessed each fortnight.
  • At Key Stage 4, assessments switch to GCSE exam style questions which have been linked to Flightpath Steps. Students attempt at least 2 exam style questions per term with a Flightpath Step awarded and a review on how to improve further.
  • These assessments are further supported by end of Year exams in Key Stage 3, RAP Tests in KS4 alongside end of unit tests and formal mock exams.
  • This assessment allows strategic monitoring of how students are progressing with each key skill to allow for targeted intervention where necessary. It allows students to frequently revisit skill and exam question types to refine their technique and develop deeper understanding.

Implementation

  • Students frequently revisit key skill throughout the curriculum – allowing for gradual development and eventual mastery of each.
  • Knowledge is conveyed in a chronological manner at first to allow for a broad understanding before specialising on topics in depth at GCSE. It also ensures that students not taking History for GCSE do still develop a broad understanding of History over time.
  • Enrichment opportunities such as visits to London, Lincoln Castle, the Holocaust Centre and Slavery Museum are provided alongside the schemes of learning to allow for the topics to be understood in a different context.

Impact

  • Students develop skills of critical thinking and the use of analytical language. This is introduced in KS3 and developed into KS4. To allow for students to develop these skills at the highest level, the Target 9 programme and HPA interventions take place during KS4.
  • Numbers of students opting for GCSE History have been consistently above 70 for the last 3 years. Many students are encouraged to study History alongside Geography to gain a broader understanding of Humanities.
  • Year 11 GCSE results 2018-19 gained a SPI score of -0.24 showing considerable improvement of -0.47 2017-18. This will improve further with the change to the EDUQAS exam board.


 

Useful Websites 

WJEC Eduqas website:

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/history/

BBC Bitesize GCSE History revision:

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zj26n39

BBC History magazine website:

https://www.historyextra.com/bbc-history-magazine/

Studywise:

https://studywise.co.uk/gcse-revision/history/

Spartacus:

http://spartacus-educational.com/

History on the net:

https://www.historyonthenet.com/

Practice exam questions and other revision material is available on the school VLE:

VLE > Resources > History > Year 9, 10 or 11