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This programme of study has been established to provide explicit History lessons in the Key Stage 3 Curriculum to the end of year 9. This is to support the GCSE and A-level history programme the school offers within the curriculum. This programme of study is also in line with the history curriculum which has changed ready for the 2015/6 period. This Key Stage 3 course will support student development by improving valuable skills applicable within history such as, chronological understanding, empathy skills, developmental enquiry and moral and cultural understanding. This programme of study has been written with the intention of 2 lessons per week for years 7-8 and 4 lessons for students who opt to take History in year 9.
Key Stage 3 will build on the study of the chronological history of Britain from Key Stage 2, teaching of the periods specified in the programme should ensure that pupils understand and use historical concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts. They should develop an awareness and understanding of the role and use of different types of sources, as well as their strengths, weaknesses and reliability. They should also examine cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social aspects and be given the opportunity to study local history. The teaching of the content should be approached as a combination of overview and in-depth studies.
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Exam Board: OCR 100% Exams (3 exams taken)
Thematic Study – The People’s Health, c.1250 to present - (worth 20% of GCSE)
This study requires learners to understand change and continuity across a long period of time. This option begins in the Middle Ages and continues to the current day. The main emphasis of this topic is towards public health through time. This option is focused on factors of influence throughout the period: belief, attitude and values; wealth and poverty; urbanisation; government; technology. The course covers enquiry based questions which looks at: how we lived; epidemics through time; how these were dealt with; and how medical knowledge has developed through time. This will be full of disturbing stories of death so prepare yourself for gore, blood and of course stories of human waste.
knowledge and understanding; explaining and analysing events and periods.
British Depth Study – The Norman Conquest, 1065-1087 - (worth 20% of GCSE)
This unit focuses on a short period of British history and looks at the changes made in this period. The unit look at the severe pressures faced by the country due to the possibility of invasion and attack. It also looks at how things changed and within the Norman Conquest it was a lot. Students will look at the Battle of Hastings, 1066; Feudal System; use of castles to maintain power; The Domesday Book and other factors that helped keep William and the Normans in power. The unit also demands students analyse sources relating to the period.
Focus of assessment – knowledge and understanding; understanding interpretations.
History Around Us – Local Study either Rochester Castle or Dover Castle - (worth 20% of GCSE)
Local history is of vital importance for the identity of individuals and allows them to understand how the past has impacted something close to them. Kent has a very long and prestigious history within England and many of the leaders have used Kent as a base as it is the Key to the Kingdom of England with Dover being so close to France. This unit demands students to assess the developments made at the site through time and analyse why these developments were needed. Both Rochester and Dover Castle have been important through time from the Magna Carta at Rochester to Dover Castle being the main protecting point to England throughout the ages.
Focus of assessment – knowledge and understanding; using sources
Period Study – The Making of America, 1789-1900 - (worth 20% of GCSE)
This unit requires students to review how a country has changed over a period of time. Students will first see how this new independent country changed in the early years. How did the people live? What were the key decisions made? How did the USA expand? How did the Civil War change the USA? Students will develop knowledge of the early years of one of the most powerful countries in the world today and see not everything was plain sailing for this country.
Focus of assessment – knowledge and understanding; explaining and analysing events and periods
World Depth Study – Living under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945 - (worth 20% of GCSE)
This world study focuses on the historical situation in Germany. The change in society and cultures is analysed through essay based questions and source analysis. Nazi Germany made changes that impacted many around the world from the people they ruled to the millions they murdered in war and the holocaust. Students will review: Hitler’s dictatorship; Nazi control and opposition; Germany in War and other areas.
Focus of assessment – knowledge and understanding; using sources; understanding interpretations.
Useful sites :
Link 1 - BBC GCSE Bitesize History
Link 2 - OCR History
We currently have year 13 studying History at A level. This programme is one they have been following for the last two years.
The exam board is AQA. The History A level is split into three components. There is the Making of Modern Britain and the Age of Crusades which are both exams. The final component is the Historical Enquiry.
The Making of Modern Britain
The Affluent Society, 1951–1964
The Sixties, 1964–1970
The end of Post-War Consensus, 1970–1979
The impact of Thatcherism, 1979–1987
Towards a new Consensus, 1987–1997
The Era of New Labour, 1997–2007
The Age of Crusades
The origins of conflict and the First Crusade, c1071–c1099
The foundation of new states and the Second Crusade, c1099–1149
The Muslim Counter-Crusade and Crusader states, 1149–1187 (A-level only)
The Third and Fourth Crusades, 1187–1204 (A-level only)
The Historical Investigation must: