History

Theodore Roosevelt once stated that ‘I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.’ The quote from Roosevelt says it all: History is a profoundly relevant and endlessly fascinating subject. Whether on a personal, family, local, national or international level, both who we are – our relationships, joys and sorrows, values – and what we hope for in the future are largely defined by what we have been in the past.

As History teachers at KLA we aim to develop in our pupils a secure grasp of the past and an enquiring attitude as to the issues behind what happened. We cover some of the great personalities of History: William of Normandy, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, James I. We look at the lives of ordinary people in all the periods we study, how they lived and struggled, and how these might compare with the experiences of the rich and famous. We cover the horrors of recent history, including the World Wars and the Holocaust, out of the conviction that our pupils should be clear about what these events entailed for our country and our world and should continue to remember previous generations. Almost all lessons include some reflection on the present, whether in, for example, the qualities of a good leader, our reactions to those different from ourselves or when and whether violence can be justified. Pupils get the chance to act, debate, be shocked, be surprised, be glad and above all to think.

Meet The Staff

Mr Aaron Blows (Head of the Humanities Faculty)

Mrs Charis Prevett (Curriculum Manager of Student Voice)

 

Key Stage 3

Key Stage Three History encompasses Years 7-8 and covers British History over the last 1,000 years, as well as a range of European and international studies. Pupils will have 2 x 50 minute lessons in Year 7 and 1 x 50 minute lesson in Year 8. These lessons are linked to specific topics and overarching questions which allow us to look at key aspects and skills in depth.

Our pupils will look at the following areas of History in Key Stage Three:

Year 7 –  1066 and the nature of leadership, Medieval Life and Struggle, The Tudors and The Stuarts, and the investigation of good leadership.

Year 8 – The Industrial Revolution, The British Empire, Changing Society, the lead up to and impact of the Great War, World War Two, the Ride of the Dictators.

Pupils will also complete one assessment per term on the topics studied.

Schemes of Learning Overview 2017/18

Year 7 Scheme of Learning half-term 1
Year 7 Scheme of Learning half-term 2
Year 7 Scheme of Learning half-term 3
Year 7 Scheme of Learning half-term 4
Year 7 Scheme of Learning half-term 5

Year 8 Scheme of Learning half-term 1
Year 8 Scheme of Learning half-term 2
Year 8 Scheme of Learning half-term 3
Year 8 Scheme of Learning half-term 4
Year 8 Scheme of Learning half-term 5

Key Stage 4

GCSE History involves the study of people and events across both British and international History. This gives us a sense of perspective on the modern world and an awareness of where we come from, so that we can work out where we may be going next. The course builds on what pupils know from Key Stage 3 and will involve a variety of activities such as debates, videos, demonstrations and careful development of written and oral argument. Pupils will have three x 50 minute lessons a week.

History GCSE builds up a wide range of skills which employers value highly, such as the ability to understand several viewpoints, and the skill of constructing a convincing argument and backing up your point with evidence. It is ideal preparation for the fields of business and law, as well as many others. Pupils will learn about people, the most important part of almost any job.

We currently offer three GCSE courses, however from this academic year (2015-16) all prospective GCSE History students will be studying AQA  GCSE History.

The courses:

Current and Future Year 9 – AQA History

Students will spend the Autumn and Spring terms of Year 9 working on pre-GCSE content with a focus on key Historical skills. From the Summer term they will study the content for their GCSEs. The course consists of two exams:

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

1 hour 45 minute exam

84 marks

50% of GCSE

Section A: Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship – Looking Germany and the growth of democracy, Germany and the depression and the the experiences of Germany under the Nazis.

Section B: Conflict and tension, 1894-1918 – The causes of the First World War, The Stalemate and The end of the War.

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

1 hour 45 minute exam

84 marks

50% of GCSE

Section A: Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day – Medicine stands still, The beginnings of change, A revolution in medicine and Modern medicine.

Section B: Elizabethan England: c1568-1603 – Elizabeth’s court and Parliament, Life in Elizabethan times, Troubles at home and abroad and The historic environment of Elizabethan England.

Current Year 10 – OCR Modern World History. (Syllabus B)

Paper 1: Aspects of International Relations and  USA 1919 to 1941

2 hour exam

81 marks

45% of GCSE

Part A: The Cold War 1945-1975. The breakdown of the WW2 alliance to the emergence of Superpowers and the Arms race. Ending with conflict flashpoints in Cuba and Vietnam
Part B: The USA 1919-1941 Looking at the Boom and the Roaring 20s leading into the Wall Street Crash, the impact of the New Deal. Whilst also looking at the changes and impact on society, women, and Black Americans.

Paper 2: How far has British society changed 1939-1975

1 hour 30 minute exam

53 marks

30% of GCSE

A source paper that will look at either life for Teenagers, Women or Immigrants.

Controlled Assessment:  America and the Red Scare

8 Hour, 2,000 word essay

50 marks

25% of GCSE

Current Year 11 – OCR Modern World History. (Syllabus B)

Paper 1: Aspects of International Relations and  USA 1919 to 1941

2 hour exam

81 marks

45% of GCSE

Part A: The Cold War 1945-1975. The breakdown of the WW2 alliance to the emergence of Superpowers and the Arms race. Ending with conflict flashpoints in Cuba and Vietnam
Part B: The USA 1919-1941 Looking at the Boom and the Roaring 20s leading into the Wall Street Crash, the impact of the New Deal. Whilst also looking at the changes and impact on society, women, and Black Americans.

Paper 2: How far has British society changed 1939-1975

1 hour 30 minute exam

53 marks

30% of GCSE

A source paper that will look at either life for Teenagers, Women or Immigrants.

Controlled Assessment:  America and the Red Scare

8 Hour, 2,000 word essay

50 marks

25% of GCSE

Schemes of Learning Overview 2017/18

Year 9 Scheme of Learning half-term 1 
Year 9 Scheme of Learning half-term 2
Year 9 Scheme of Learning half-term 2
Year 9 Scheme of Learning half-term 3
Year 9 Scheme of Learning

Year 10 Scheme of Learning half-term 1
Year 10 Scheme of Learning half-term 2
Year 10 Scheme of Learning

Year 11 Scheme of Learning half-term 1
Year 11 Scheme of Learning half-term 2