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INTRODUCTION TO HISTORY

History is a very popular and successful subject at Warden Park.  GCSE results have been consistently very strong (80%-95% A*-C, 40%-55% A*-A) and uptake from KS3-KS4 is typically 50%-60% of the year group.

We have five full time dedicated history teachers teaching in a stand-alone history block of four classrooms.  Each room has an interactive whiteboard.  

We deliver the AQA GCSE history course (8145) following the recent changes to the GCSEs, which draws upon the experience and specialisms of the teachers in the department.   

ASSESSMENT

KS3 assessments in history are designed to test student’s historical skills, knowledge and understanding.  These assessments are carried out in class, but students are asked through homework tasks to prepare for them at home.  In our assessments we aim to use the language of GCSE questions to acclimatise students to the rubric and style of exams that they will face at KS4.  For each assessment students will receive feedback sheets highlighting ‘What Went Well’, ‘Even Better If’ and a mark for their spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG).  They will be asked to reflect upon their own performance and what they should aim to do to improve by writing an ‘I Need To’ comment.

 

Year 7 curriculum plan

Autumn 1 (14)

Autumn 2 (14)

Spring 1 (12)

Enquiry:

·         Who should be king in 1066? (7[1])

·         What were the consequences of the Norman Conquest? (7)

 

Assessment: Factual recall (15 mins)[2] & Hastings essay (1 lesson)

 

Enquiry:

·         Who killed Thomas Becket? (7)

·         Was John a bad king? (7)

 

 

Assessment: Becket source investigation (1 lesson prep, 1 lesson to write)

Enquiry:

·         Life in the Middle Ages (4)

·         How effective was medieval medicine?[3] (6)

·         Why did the peasant’s revolt? (2)

 

 

Assessment: Factual recall (30 mins)

Spring 2 (10)

Summer 1 (12)

Summer 2 (16)

Enquiry:

·         Where did the Tudors come from?[4] (2)

·         Who was the most successful Tudor?[5] (8)

 

 

Assessment: Evaluative paragraph (1 lesson including prep)

 

Enquiry:

·         Why did Henry break from Rome?

 

 

 

Assessment: Henry VIII essay (1 lesson prep, 1 lesson to write)

Enquiry:

·         What was life like in Tudor England?[6]

 

Assessment: Review of the year

Year 8 curriculum plan

Autumn 1 (10-11)

Autumn 2 (10-11)

Spring 1 (9)

Enquiry:

·         How successful was Elizabeth I?[7]

 

Assessment: Factual recall (30 mins)

 

Enquiry:

·         Were the gunpowder plotters framed by the government? (8)

·         Why was Charles I executed? (2-3)

 

Assessment: Gunpowder plot interpretations – framed or guilty?

 

Enquiry:

·         A study in depth: RESTORATION ENGLAND[8]

 

Assessment: Factual recall (30 mins)

Spring 2 (7-8)

Summer 1 (9)

Summer 2 (10-12)

Enquiry:

·         A study in depth: RESTORATION ENGLAND[9]

 

Assessment: Source based assessment

 

Enquiry:

·         How much change took place during the Industrial Revolution?

 

Assessment: Factual recall (1 lesson)

Enquiry:

·         Why was Jack the Ripper never caught?

 

Assessment:  Review of the year

Year 9 curriculum plan

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Enquiry:

·         Why did women get the vote?

·         What were the causes and consequences of the First World War?

 

Assessment: Bullet point question on suffragettes (1 lesson prep, 1 lesson writing)

 

Enquiry:

·         What were the causes and consequences of the First World War?

·         Rise of the Nazis

 

Assessment:  Factual recall WW1 (30 mins)

 

Enquiry:

·         What was the most significant event of the Second World War?[10]

 

Assessment:   Evaluative essay based on a statement about WW2 (1 lesson prep, 1 lesson writing)

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Enquiry:

 

·         Why should we remember the Holocaust?[11]

 

Assessment:  Factual recall

 

Enquiry:

 

AQA GCSE course – USA 1920-73

 

Assessment: Typical GCSE assessment

Enquiry:

 

AQA GCSE course – USA 1920-73

 

Assessment: Typical GCSE assessment

 

 

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