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History

KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

The topics studied in Key Stage 3 will give students a good grounding in the story of Britain from the Norman Invasion to present day.  We will focus on particular questions of cause and consequence, change and continuity and significance, building up analytical historical skills.  Students will also complete some wider-world studies to give them a broader perspective, as well as a local history study.

To prepare students for later, more in-depth study of history, the modules we study will be a mixture of development studies, which look at change and continuity over a long period of time, and depth studies, which focus on a particular question of causation or significance.  We will also develop skills of analysing primary source material and historical interpretations.

Year 7 

 
    Term 1

How has migration changed our city?

In this introduction to the study of History, students will learn about why people have migrated to Birmingham, looking at how migration has shaped our city. Through this topic, students will encounter the ways that historians find out about the past and the key concepts such as change and continuity. They will learn about different reasons for migration, including economic factors and war, and the huge variety of groups that have made the UK their home.

How did Persia become such a powerful empire?

In this module, students will study the Persian Empire from 559BCE when Cyrus the Great conquered large areas of the ancient near east. They will explore how the empire grew and how the following kings contributed to this expansion.

Term 2

How did the Silk Road connect east to west?

In this module, students will engage with a range of primary historical sources to piece together the story of the Silk Road and how this trade route connecting civilisations and influenced culture and religion. Students will decide which historical sources should be chosen to appear in an exhibition to explain the importance of the Silk Road.

How did William conquer England?

1066 is the most famous date in British History. In this topic, students will learn about the famous Battle of Hastings as well as the events that came after the battle that cemented William the Conqueror’s control over England. Students will evaluate the relative importance of different events in the conquest.

 

Term 3

What was the most significant event in Medieval England?

In this topic, students will learn about key moments in Medieval history, from the First Crusade and the mysterious death of Thomas Becket, through sealing of Magna Carta to the Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt. These are some of the bloodiest and most interesting events of the Medieval Period and students will decide which was the most important, considering its impact at the time and its modern legacy.

 

Year 8 

Term 1

How has power changed over time in China?

In this module, students will gain an insight into the history of a fascinating and very different country to Britain. This module covers key aspects of China’s history, including its unification, the Han Dynasty,

China’s first female ruler, Tang Sui, the Yuan Dynasty, the Cultural Revolution and the fall of the Qing Dynasty.

Why has political representation in the UK changed over time?

In this module, students will learn how Britain became the democracy it is today, evolving slowly over time from the absolute monarchy of the High Middle Ages. Key events include Magna Carta, the Glorious Revolution, the Peterloo Massacre, the 19th century Reform Acts and the campaigns for women to get the vote. Students will compare democratic rights across time.

Term 2

Was religion the biggest cause of change in the Early Modern Period?

In this module, students will learn about how conflicts between Protestants and Catholics determined religious change in the Tudor and Stuart periods. They will study exploration and the golden age of Elizabeth I and understand the impact of the English Civil War.

What was the impact of the transatlantic slave trade?

Starting with a study of African culture, students will examine the Transatlantic Slave Trade focusing on the experiences of the slaves, including slave activism and the eventual abolition of slavery in the early 19th century. Students will interact with sources and consider why some voices often come across more strongly in historical records than others.

  

Term 3

How did the industrial revolution transform Britain?

In the late 18th and 19th centuries, Britain underwent enormous changes in its economy and society. Factories opened and people moved to cities in their droves. This brought about huge consequences for public health and working conditions. In this module, students will learn about these changes and understand the impact of the industrial revolution in Birmingham.

How did Britain build an empire and how did colonies fight for independence?

The British Empire once covered a third of the world’s land, and included India, Ghana, Australia, Singapore, Canada and many other countries. In this module, students will study the impact of empire with a case study on India, and study how colonies fought for their rights and independence.

Year 9

Term 1

How has health and medicine developed over time?

In this module, students will explore how significant individuals made key developments in progressing health and medicine since c1000, including the first vaccinations and the origins of plastic surgery. Students will assess the significance of these developments and how they have shaped the modern world.

Did the world go to war by accident or choice in 1914?

The First World War had a death toll of over sixteen million people, and yet it was a single assassination that sparked this deadly conflict. In this module students will examine how the world got to the state where a single murder could lead to a global conflict as well as why the war was quite so destructive.

Term 2

Where has power been abused in the 20th century?

In this module, students will focus on case studies exploring Russia and Italy, comparing the concepts of communism and fascism to understand the impact that the regimes had on ordinary citizens. They will explore the concepts of similarity and difference and assess if power was abused.

How did prejudice turn to genocide in Germany?

In his module, students will explore the historical debate behind whether Hitler was personally responsible for the Holocaust drawing on their knowledge of prejudice and genocide in Germany. Students will engage directly with the arguments of historians and come to their own judgements using historical evidence.

Term 3

What was the significance of the civil rights movement?

In this module, students will begin by exploring the context of racism in the USA, allowing them to understand why the civil rights movement began. They will explore the key events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and understand the role of individuals.

Why have conflicts develop in the modern world?

In this module, students will develop their understanding of how and why conflict has developed in 20th and 21st centuries around the world. This will include case studies on events such as the Iraq war. This module will allow students to apply their knowledge of the world we live in today and how it has been shaped.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

AQA GCSE HISTORY

EBACC OPTION SUBJECT

COURSE CONTACT: MISS A GUYVER– HEAD OF DEPARTMENT 

Exam board websitehttps://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse

Course Content 

GCSE History enables students to build on the key Historical skills and processes learned during their Key Stage 3 study. There are five elements of study; a thematic study, a period of study, a British depth study, a wider world depth study and a study of the historic environment.

Students embark on a study of health and medicine in Britain for their thematic study: developments in health and medicine will be traced over a period of more than 1000 years.  The wider world depth study is Germany 1890-1945: this study takes Germany through three very different periods in history – monarchy, democracy, and dictatorship.

Next, students will study Elizabethan England for their British Depth study, along with a study of a historic site linked to the reign of Elizabeth.  Finally, students will study international relations in the period between the two World Wars.  This includes efforts to keep peace throughout the world and the eventual build-up of tension and outbreak of the Second World War.

Assessment Details 

The assessment for GCSE History takes place in two examinations at the end of Year 11. Different historical skills are tested in each paper.  Each paper is worth 50% of the GCSE.

Paper 1: Germany 1890-1945 and the Interwar Conflict and Tension 1918-1945

Paper 2: Health and the People c.1000-present and Elizabethan England 1568-1603

The assessments test the following assessment objectives:

AO1: ability to recall knowledge and understanding

AO2: ability to explain concepts like cause and consequence, change and continuity, and significance

AO3: ability to analyse sources

AO4: ability to analyse historical interpretations 

Why Study This Course? 

In History you will learn about people, countries, cultures, and societies – you will learn about a huge range of people and societies from medieval kings to 20th-century dictators and everything in between.  You will learn to sift through information and present what you’ve learned in a way that makes sense to other people.

Furthermore, History uses a number of key skills such as chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research skills and decision making.  These skills will help you with other subjects, as well as leading on to a wide range of opportunities for your education and career options after your GCSEs.

OCR GCSE ANCIENT HISTORY

EBACC OPTION SUBJECT

COURSE CONTACT: MISS A GUYVER– HEAD OF DEPARTMENT 

Exam board website: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/ancient-history-j198-from-2017/

Course Content

GCSE Ancient History enables students to build on the key historical skills and processes learned during their Key Stage 3 study it also allows them to engage with a wide range of historical sources and ancient texts. Students complete four modules covering the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great, the foundations of Rome and Cleopatra’s reign in Egypt.

Assessment 

Students will sit two exams in Year 11 each lasting 1 hour 45 minutes each. Each paper covers two of the topics studied. Paper 1 includes the Persian Empire and Alexander the Great and Paper 2 includes the Roman Republic and Cleopatra. Each exam covers the following assessment objectives:

AO1: ability to recall knowledge and understanding

AO2: ability to explain concepts like cause and consequence, change and continuity, and significance

AO3: ability to analyse sources

Why study this course?

In Ancient History you will learn about some of the first recorded civilisations, people, countries, cultures, and societies and how these have developed over time. You will learn to sift through information and present what you’ve learned in a way that makes sense to other people and also how accurate information is.

Furthermore, History uses a number of key skills such as chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research skills and decision making. These skills will help you with other subjects, as well as leading on to a wide range of opportunities for your education and career options after your GCSEs.