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History

Head of Department: Miss J Angell

History is a fascinating subject which encourages pupils to consider the role of individuals, events and key themes and their contributions to our past. It offers parallels with our society today, helping us to explain current events and issues. Everyone has a connection with the past; it is about discovering which aspect of the past unlocks an individual’s interest.

Equipment - All Years

Pupils will need a pen, pencil and ruler. A set of three or more highlighters will be extremely useful for pupils.

Year 7

 

Course Content: Knowledge and Skills

Assessment

 

EQ1: How much can we know about life in Pompeii?

Informal assessment happens constantly in lessons through teachers questioning, quick conversations around and looking at students’ work. Formal assessments will take place at the end of each enquiry and students will receive feedback about their work and progress.

 

EQ2: Did the Roman Empire really ‘fall’?

EQ3: What was the greatest achievement of the early Islamic civilisations?

EQ4: How did William the Conqueror control England?

EQ5: Who fought in the Crusades?

EQ6: How did Walsham’s villagers respond to the Black Death?

EQ7: What fuelled the Renaissance?

EQ8. What kind of reform was the Reformation?

Groupings

Pupils are taught in their tutor group with work differentiated and personalised to meet their needs and abilities. Teaching Assistants are used effectively to support learners with SEND both during and after lessons.

Homework Information

Homework is set regularly and will primarily be in the form of a set reading with a short comprehension task. Homework can take a variety of forms from additional research tasks such as interviewing a family member or a friend about their previous experience, to planning and creating presentations to deliver in class. Sometimes pupils will be asked to finish work they have not completed in lesson time. Pupils will also be set assessed written tasks to be completed at home. Assessed tasks will usually have extended deadlines to allow pupils time to enrich their work with further research. While these tasks may average around 45 minutes, they will vary in length with shorter research tasks sometimes leading into longer written assessments.

Extended Study Information

We encourage pupils to discuss ideas that they have studied in lesson time at home. We would also encourage you to ask your son or daughter about what they have studied in History as this will enrich the discursive element of the subject. Additional reading lists are also made available to pupils at the beginning of a scheme of work that include novels, online texts and suitable films to watch to acquire more knowledge of specific topics studied. All students are encouraged to borrow books from both the school library and our own History class libraries. Additionally, all pupils should try to watch or access international, national and local news in some form at least once a week to help them develop an understanding of the historical issues that influence the way we live our lives today.

Year 8

 

 Course Content: Knowledge and Skills

Assessment

 

EQ1: Why was Charles I executed?

Informal assessment happens constantly in lessons through teachers questioning, quick conversations around and looking at students’ work. Formal assessments will take place at the end of each enquiry and students will receive feedback about their work and progress.

 

EQ2: Why did some people in the seventeenth century want to find witches?

EQ3: How Enlightened were the American, French and Haitian revolutions?

EQ4: What was the British Empire?

EQ5: Why have interpretations of 'who' abolished the slave trade changed over time?

EQ6: Did ordinary people’s lives get worse during the Industrial Revolution?

EQ7: Suffrage- how did women win the vote?

Groupings    

Students are taught in their tutor group with work differentiated and personalised to meet their needs and abilities. Teaching Assistants are used effectively to support learners with SEN both during and after lessons.

Homework Information

Homework is set at least once per fortnight and will primarily be in the form of a set reading with a short comprehension task. Homework can take a variety of forms from additional research tasks such as talking homework to discuss controversial debates held in class, to planning and creating presentations to deliver in class. Sometimes students will be asked to finish work they have not completed in lesson time. Students will also be set assessed written tasks to be completed at home; assessed tasks will usually have extended deadlines to allow students time to enrich their work with further research.  A maximum amount of time for an average piece of homework should be 45 minutes.  We would expect a student to spend up to 2 hours on an assessed piece of work.

Extended Study Information

We encourage students to discuss ideas that they have studied in lesson time at home.  We would also encourage you to ask your son or daughter about what they have studied in History as this will enrich the discursive element of the subject. Additional reading lists are also made available to students at the beginning of a scheme of work that include novels, online texts and suitable films to watch, to garner more knowledge of specific topics. All students are encouraged to borrow books from both the school library and our own History class libraries. Additionally, all students should try to watch or access international, national and local news in some form at least once a week to help them develop an understanding of historical issues that shape the way we live today.

Year 9

 

 Course Content: Knowledge and Skills

Assessment

 

EQ1: What caused the First World War?

Informal assessment happens constantly in lessons through teachers questioning, quick conversations around and looking at students’ work. Formal assessments will take place at the end of each enquiry and students will receive feedback about their work and progress.

 

EQ2: What do the stories of the ‘often forgotten armies’ reveal about the Western Front?

EQ3: Why did Russia become the world’s first communist state?

EQ4: How did Hitler come to Power in Germany?

EQ5: The Holocaust

EQ6: Who ‘decolonised’ in the twentieth century?

Groupings    

Pupils are taught in their tutor group with work differentiated and personalised to meet their needs and abilities. Teaching Assistants are used effectively to support learners with SEN both during and after lessons.

Homework Information

Homework is set at least once per fortnight and will primarily be in the form of a set reading with a short comprehension task. Homework can take a variety of forms from additional research tasks such as talking homework to discuss controversial debates held in class, to planning and creating presentations to deliver in class. Sometimes pupils will be asked to finish work they have not completed in lesson time. Pupils will also be set assessed written tasks to be completed at home; assessed tasks will usually have extended deadlines to allow pupils time to enrich their work with further research.  A maximum amount of time for an average piece of homework should be 45 minutes.  We would expect a pupil to spend up to 2 hours on an assessed piece of work.

Extended Study Information

We encourage pupils to discuss ideas that they have studied in lesson time at home.  We would also encourage you to ask your son or daughter about what they have studied in History as this will enrich the discursive element of the subject. Additional reading lists are also made available to pupils at the beginning of a scheme of work that include novels, online texts and suitable films to watch, to garner more knowledge of specific topics. All pupils are encouraged to borrow books from both the school library and our own History class libraries. Additionally, all pupils should try to watch or access international, national and local news in some form at least once a week to help them develop an understanding of historical issues that shape the way we live today.

Years 10 & 11

Course Content

Pupils will follow the AQA History GCSE course.

This will focus on:

  • The Norman conquest and its impact on Britain.
  • Power and the People– a story of power and protest from Medieval to Twentieth Century.
  • The making of the USA from 1840 to 1895.
  • The Cold War in Asia (including the Vietnam War) from 1950 to 1975.

The course will also include the study of history in a physical environment which will involve a visit to a site influenced by the Norman conquest. These change yearly. In 2021- 2022 this will be Castle Acre Priory.

Homework

Homework will be set regularly. This will be a combination of flipped learning to prepare pupils for work in lessons and consolidation of previously learned material. Pupils will need to retain a wide range of key information over the course due to the particular knowledge demand in History, and it is strongly recommended that pupils review what they have studied in History briefly at the end of each week. All pupils are encouraged to borrow books from both the school library and our own History class libraries.

Visits/Extra-curricular

There will be a range of opportunities to visit Norman sites locally, some of which can be visited outside of school time as a family. The History department will also investigate the possibility of visiting relevant sites outside of the UK.