History

 

Subject Leader: S Carew

Subject Team: S Collings, F Wedd, N Dulson, M Dennis, P Firth

General Subject Statement: History at Coombe Dean is based around the idea that knowing our past is essential to knowing who we are, both as human beings in general and as people of the United Kingdom. We hope to capture the imaginations of students by learning about our history in an engaging and challenging way, which can allow them to be informed adults when they leave Coombe Dean.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 & 8

Subject statement: 

History at KS3 aims to give students a general grounding in British history from 1066 to the present day. Key skills, such as interrogating evidence, understanding different interpretations of history and developing arguments are also developed.
We use the KS3 National Curriculum as the basis for our studies, although are not constrained by it.

Overview of topics covered

Term 1- AutumnTerm 2- SpringTerm 3- Summer

Year
 7

TopicsWhat is history? Brief history of Britain
Medieval Realms:  Norman conquest, feudalism, Black Death Thomas Beckett-church and crown, peasant’s revolt 
Tudors and Stuarts
Wars of the Roses, was Henry VII a gangster, Henry VIII – Edward VI Reformation, Mary I Counter Reformation, Elizabethan settlement  
English Civil War: causes and events, witchcraft, Interregnum
British empire and the slave trade
Industrial Britain: Victorian towns /impact on society
Assessment  Tollund Man: baseline at start of term
‘Luck was the most important reason for William’s victory at the Battle of Hastings’ How far do you agree?
‘Queen Mary deserved the title ‘Bloody Mary’
How far do you agree?
‘Oliver Cromwell deserved the title of the hero of the English Civil War’
How far do you agree?
Homework opportunitiesLocal history project- focus on castles (Plympton)
Castle/ shield building project
Local history project- Tudors in Devon and Cornwall Local history project- civil war in Devon and Cornwall

Year
 8

TopicsJack the Ripper- source analysis and interpretation study
Suffragettes- why did women win the vote?
First World War- why was it a world war?
Inter-war years – how did they try to maintain peace? Rise of the dictators
WW2 and Holocaust- wider world study
Home Front- local study
End of WW2- Britain’s place in the world  
Post war- Cold War- impact of the dropping on the atomic bombs
Civil rights in Britain and the wider world
Assessment‘Francis Tumblety is the most likely suspect to have been Jack the Ripper’.
How far do you agree?
‘The main reason for the failure on the first day of the Battle of the Somme was poor leadership’.How far do you agree?‘It was necessary to drop the atomic bombs in order to end the war’
How far do you agree?
Homework opportunitiesResearch current theories in the news for Jack the Ripper suspects
WW1 family history project
Local history project- Plymouth during the BlitzLocal history project- family history
Civil Rights Movement research project- what was the impact in Britain?

Links to useful websites

KS4 – Years 9-11

Subject statement: The new reformed GCSE gives students both a broad-brush overview of British and European history from 1066-present, as well as more focused studies of specific areas of history.

Exam board: Year 9 onwards, Edexcel GCSE History. Current Year 10 onward AQA GCSE History
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145

 

Overview of topics covered

Term 1- AutumnTerm 2- SpringTerm 3- Summer

Year
 9

Topics
Edexcel GCSE
Re-introduction to history- history skills
Medicine in Britain, 1250–present
Medicine in Britain, 1250–present  Elizabethan England
Assessment
A01, A02, A03, A04
Knowledge test Autumn 2
Regular exam questions in class
Knowledge test Spring 2
Regular exam questions in class
End of unit mock exam
Knowledge test Summer 2
Regular exam questions in class
Whole school mocks
Homework opportunitiesWeekly 10s, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articlesWeekly 10s, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articlesWeekly 10s, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articles

Year
 10

TopicsElizabethan England  American West American West/ Germany
Assessment
A01, A02, A03, A04
Knowledge test Autumn 2
Regular exam questions in class
End of unit mock exam
Knowledge test Spring 2
Regular exam questions in class
End of unit mock exam
Knowledge test Summer 2
Regular exam questions in class
Whole school mocks
Homework opportunitiesWeekly 10s, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articlesWeekly 10s, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articlesWeekly 10s, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articles

Year
 11

TopicsCurrent: Elizabethan England  and historical environment,  Revision/exam skills_ health and the people (AQA spec)
Sept 2021:  Germany (new Edexcel spec) / Revision Health
Current: Health and the People/C&T revision (AQA spec), exam skills
2021: Revision Elizabethan England, American West (Edexcel)
Current: C&T/ Germany revision (AQA spec), exam skills
2021: Revision, exam skills (Edexcel)

Links to useful websites

 

KS5 – Years 12-13

Subject statement:History A Level has been designed to develop students’ knowledge of British history, wider significant modern history (Russia) and to develop personal study skills and student-led learning (personal study). Students are encouraged to develop a life-long love of history, which each of their 3 teachers possess, as well as skills of research, evaluation and interpretation that will be vital in both future studies and the workplace.

Exam board
OCR History: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-history-a-h105-h505-from-2015/

Year 12 – AS Level GCE History A – H105
Year 13 – A Level GCE History A – H505

Overview of topics covered:

Year
 12

Topics
see sixth form website for further details
Wars of the Roses – 2 hours a week
Tudor foreign policy – 3 hours a week
Wars of the Roses – 2 hours a week
Tudor foreign policy – 3 hours a week
Wars of the Roses – 2 hours a week
Tudor foreign policy – 3 hours a week
Begin coursework
Assessment
OCR exam board
Knowledge test Autumn 2
Regular exam questions in class
End of unit mock exam
Knowledge test Spring 2
Regular exam questions in class
End of unit mock exam
Knowledge test Summer 2
Regular exam questions in class
Homework opportunitiesConsolidation booklet, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articles, research tasks to support independent learningConsolidation booklet, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articles, research tasks to support independent learningConsolidation booklet, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articles, research tasks to support independent learning

Year
 13

Topics
see sixth form website for further details
Russia, 1894–1941 2 hours a week
Tudor foreign policy- 2 hours a week
Coursework- 1 hour a week
Russia, 1894–1941 2 hours a week
Tudor foreign policy- 2 hours a week
Coursework- 1 hour a week
Revision of all topics
Assessment
OCR exam board
Knowledge test Autumn 2
Regular exam questions in class
End of unit mock exam
Knowledge test Spring 2
Regular exam questions in class
End of unit mock exam
Knowledge test Summer 2
Regular exam questions in class
Homework opportunitiesConsolidation booklet, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articles, research tasks to support independent learningConsolidation booklet, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articles, research tasks to support independent learningConsolidation booklet, creation of revision resources, flipped learning articles, research tasks to support independent learning

Exam Information (Nature of Assessment)

Year 13: 3 examination and 1 personal study (coursework)
Y105 England 1445–1509 – 1 hour 30 minutes (worth 25% of AS Level)
Y219 Russia 1894–1941 – 1 hour (worth 15% of A Level)
Y307 Tudor Foreign Policy 1485–1603 – 2 hours 30 minutes (worth 40% of A Level)

Y100 Personal Study – 3000-4000 word essay (worth 20 % of A Level)

Links to useful websites (and wider reading):
The Hollow Crown by Dan Jones
A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes

Curriculum Intent Organisers:

To set out the intent of our curriculum for each subject and each unit of knowledge, we produce Curriculum Intent Organisers (CIOs). The following links lead to the CIO section of our website where this intent can be explored by year group:

Year 7 – https://www.coombedean.co.uk/curriculum-intent-year-7-history/

Year 8 – https://www.coombedean.co.uk/curriculum-intent-year-8-history/

Year 9 – https://www.coombedean.co.uk/curriculum-intent-year-9-history/

Year 10 – https://www.coombedean.co.uk/curriculum-intent-year-10-history/

Year 11 – https://www.coombedean.co.uk/curriculum-intent-year-11-history/

Upcoming Events

  • First Day of the New Academic Year - Years 7 and 12 only 07/09/2020
  • First Day of the New Academic Year - Whole School 08/09/2020
  • Year 6/7 Online Open Evening - Details TBC 17/09/2020 at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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