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Welcome to the History Department: Curriculum information 2019 - 2020

'The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.'   Winston Churchill

Mrs Clare Daish

Curriculum Leader for History

The Team:    

Mrs Louise Smith                       Teacher of History
Miss Sarah Hopkins                  Teacher of History  
Miss Chantelle Drakard           Teacher of History

Introduction to the Department:

At Eggar’s School the History department balances historical knowledge with the use of historical skills. We study History through a mixture of chronological, thematic and depth study courses. This enables students to compare topics carefully and across chronology.

Key Stage 3

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

YEAR 7

Church V Crown

Challenges to the Catholic Church

Freedom and Rights

YEAR 8

Pirates to Profiteers

Medicine through Time

War torn modern age

Assessment at Key Stage Three

Students will be regularly assessed in History throughout the periods studied. These will be through a combination of longer written answers and tasks completed in class. The assessments will be focused on looking at 6 key historical skills:

  • Cause and Consequence
  • Historical Interpretations
  • Change and Continuity
  • Significance
  • Historical Evidence
  • Historical Knowledge

Key Stage 4

The History Department follow the Edexcel 9-1 specification at GCSE. The topics taught are explained below.

  Topic Key Content

PAPER ONE

This is a thematic study which requires students to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history, including the most significant characteristics of different ages from the medieval to modern periods. Students also have to look at an historical environment linked to the thematic study and focused on a site in its historical context

Crime and Punishment in Britain C1000 – present AND Whitechapel, c.1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city.  (30% of final grade)

Written exam – 1 hour 15 minutes

Crime and Punishment in Britain C1000 – present AND Whitechapel, c.1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city.  (30% of final grade)

Written exam – 1 hour 15 minutes

PAPER TWO

Paper Two is divided into two sections. Students will look at a British depth study (Henry VIII and his ministers) and a period study (the Cold War.)

Superpower Relations and the Cold Ware 1941 - 91

(20% of the final grade – Paper two is divided into two sections, 20% each)

Written exam – 1 hour 45 minutes

The period study focuses on a period of at least 50 years and requires students to understand the events and issues of the period.

Key areas to be covered are:

  • The origins of the Cold War 1941 - 91
  • Cold War crises 1958 - 70
  • The end of the Cold War 1970 - 71
 

Early Elizabethan England

(20% of the final grade – Paper two is divided into two sections, 20% each)

Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes

The British depth study requires students to look at the Elizabeth’s early reign from 1558 to 1888 focusing on her government, challenges she faced and the age of exploration.   Key topics include:

  • Queen, government and religion
  • Challenges from home and abroad

Society in the age of exploration 

PAPER THREE
This is a modern depth study which looks in detail at a key period of history

Germany 1918-1939 (30% of final grade)

Written exam – 1 hour 20 minutes

Key areas to be covered are: 

  • The Weimar Republic, 1918-1929.
  • Hitler’s rise to power, 1919-33
  • Nazi control of dictatorship, 1933-39
  • Life in Nazi Germany 1933 - 39

Assessment at Key Stage 4

Students will be regularly assessed with past paper questions both in class and at home. Throughout the three years there will be mock exams given to help students prepare for their GCSE’s at the end of Year 11.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

The History department believe that trips are an opportunity to bring History to life and currently offer the following:

Year 8:  Medicine through Time visit to London
Year 9:  Residential to visit the battlefields of World War One
Year 10: Tower of London visit to support Early Elizabethan England