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History

Intent

History is an optional course for pupils who are more secure in their academic studies and/or those who have already started the course in their mainstream school.

As directed in the specification, we aim to provide 'a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain and the wider world whilst providing pupils with skills that will support study in other subjects such as English

The specification sets out 5 aims:

  • Develop and extend pupils' knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience.
  • Engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers.
  • Develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context.
  • Develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them.
  • Organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

 

Content

Pupils study for 3 exam papers:

Paper 1
Thematic study and historic environment. Currently. Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

 
Paper 2
Period study and British depth study. Currently, Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509-40 and The American West, 1836-1895

 
Paper 3
Modern depth study. Currently, Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

 

Each paper provides a choice in study and pupils chose current set-up. However, given the changing nature of our cohorts, the original pupils involved in the choice are limited.

Generally, the course provides subject knowledge on the chosen topics and pupils are assessed on their ability to recall information (facts, names, dates, etc.).

 For each topic, similar skills are being utilised, including those addressed in English, for example: comprehension of materials, extended writing (which includes quotations) and analysis of Sources.

 

Implementation

Due to the amount of writing required for higher grades in History, strategies and structures on how to answer the exam questions are implemented throughout the course. In addition, the mark schemes led themselves to the higher order challenge of Bloom’s Taxonomy/Anderson’s revised taxonomy – thus, lesson objectives incorporate Bloom’s taxonomy to support pupils with the challenge required in the exam questions.

 Different learning styles are supported throughout the lessons in order to support pupils’ engagement and focus: for example, using worksheets, text books, PowerPoints, discussion and poster work including timelines. Current pupils have used the text books to answer comprehension questions.

 

Assessment

Assessment of work is in accordance with the 9-1 grading scheme. Pupils are assessed on their recalling of key names, dates and facts, whilst being able to analyse and evaluate. There is also a paper that provides a source for pupils to respond to.

 In order to support preparation for the GCSE examinations, pupils undertake a number of mock exam questions which allows them to recall information learned in the previous few lessons as well as practise the strategies and structure needed to answer the GCSE questions.

Unfortunately, due to the admissions process and our intake throughout Years 10 and 11, pupils often have a lot of ‘catching up’ to do so full mock exams covering all three papers is often not possible.

 

Impact

All pupils complete a baseline upon entry to the academy which tests their ability to comment on a sources utility, drawing very little previous historical knowledge. As it does not assess knowledge on the topics to be covered (because there is scope for the different cohorts to change these), each pupil should have the same starting point.

Intake at different points of the year has an impact on potential outcomes as there is a significant volume of subject knowledge to be acquired, requiring a high level of commitment from the pupils. This is something that we have to consider when making exam entries and is discussed with individuals who may choose to focus on intervention for other areas.

There is a need to continually evaluate the benefit of offering GCSE History to our pupils; however, the inclusion of KS3 Humanities in our curriculum allows more of a continuation of learning for our pupils.

 

 

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Cross-curricular links

Vocabulary Events/People/Places Concepts Procedures

Extended writing: English, Finance.

 

Subject terminology.

 

Annotation of sources: English, Finance, Art & Design, Childcare

Key events and Historical figures across time linked to studies in English, impact on styles of art, etc. (people and events_ AIC- WW1 and WW2

ICT:

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PowerPoint

 

Text Types

Sources

Theorists

The rule of law

British Values