Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is planned around the question: “What mattered to people in the past?” In year 7, students have one lesson per week of history and we use this to explore medieval and early modern British history. What mattered to people in this period was primarily where their next meal was coming from. As time progressed, we move into religion becoming more important and finally move into the rise of political interest with the English Civil War. In the rest of KS3, students have two lessons per week of history and we use this to explore how Britain became part of a global community in the Victorian and modern periods. We look at the rise of politics and protest with a focus on rights for different groups of people. We aim to help students to understand a diverse range of history so that they can understand the world around them today.
Students will be provided with a knowledge organiser and an additional optional reading list for each unit to allow students to begin to explore history for themselves. Homework each week will be to learn the facts on the knowledge organiser for a weekly knowledge test. Additionally, there will be one written piece of homework per unit.
In KS3 students will study:
This course should give students a broad range of knowledge through engaging topics and dynamic teaching. It aims to develop the students’ enquiry skills to understand cause and consequence; significance; and change and continuity. Source evaluation and knowledge recall are strengthened components of the exams so students will get a lot of practice with these.At GCSE, we follow the AQA specification with units on Health and the People; Conflict and Tension during World War One; Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany and Norman England. This will be assessed by two terminal exams at the end of year 11. There is no longer any coursework.
There are 3 units to the A-level:
We have chosen a broad range of topics to give students experience of multiple time periods which will provide a broad basis if students decide to carry on their study of history to degree level. It also enables us to give students more freedom with the NEA. In the past, the NEA may have been called coursework. Students select a topic, covering a 100 year period that they are interested in and spend time independently researching and writing a 4000 word essay analysing a key issue. This is on par with first year university work and requires dedication and commitment to working independently. As our two examined units meet the exam board’s 200 year rule, students can have greater choice over their NEA.