Ormiston NEW Academy

Excellence through Endeavour

History

  • Head of Subject: Mrs A Nicklin
  • Year groups taught: Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and post-16

Introduction

Just as history has made our world what it is, history can also be part of your future. Learn how history informs the present and prepares for the future.

Why is this subject important?

History is very useful because if employers see a qualification in history then they know some things about you. Employers will know that you have taken on certain key skills such as analysing, thinking creatively and thinking critically. They will also know that you will be able to transfer these skills to all sorts of situations. They know that: you can understand what makes people tick, what motivates them, what they think and feel; you are able to gather information; you are able to look carefully at information and check if it is bias or a piece of propaganda; you can read and interpret graphs, maps and other diagrams; you are able to communicate clearly and have learned to express yourself verbally and on paper.

Key Stage 3

Introduction

Key stage 3 history is all about helping our students gain a sense of identity and how to be subjects of this great country. We start off in 1066 and cover important British, European and World events through to the modern day at the end of Year 8.

Year 7

Structure of course

Currently our students have two hours of history a week. Each half term generally introduces a new topic in which to be discovered.

Topics covered

  • Term 1 – Delve into the world of the Medieval Realm

Starting with the events of 1066, DECIDE… who should be King following the death of Edward the Confessor, as well as re-enacting the Battle of Hastings.
Students will explore how William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, controlled taxes with the Domesday Book and how the Feudal System became the norm. They will discover the ways in which people lived, the food they ate and the way in which castles were built.

  • Term 2 – Feeling like royalty with Tudor Kings and Queens

Just how did Henry VII come to the throne? Students will be examining the Tudor Dynasty. Starting with Henry VII and determining how the line of succession worked; Henry VIII and his illustrious six wives; how England went from a Catholic country to a Protestant one and the consequences of this. Finally touching upon the children of Henry VIII and the failures and successes of these monarchs. Students will study how the Civil War started in 1642, the impact of the execution of a monarch had on England. This is followed by the rule of Charles II and the question of ‘Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or villain?’ The year will end with an explosion of creativity in the form of group research and presentation projects.

  • Term 3 – Slave Trade and the Industrial Revolution

Investigate the harrowing ‘Middle Passage’ and conditions for slaves as they were kidnapped and brought to work on American plantations. Learn about their punishments and how Abolitionists fought to free black people from slavery. Journey back into Britain and take a peep into the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. Learn how Wolverhampton, Telford and Ironbridge led the way and how people moved to the new cities to take up jobs in factories. Complete the year with a showcase of inventions in our very own Inventions X Factor competition.

Historical skills

At Ormiston New Academy, we think it is important for students in Key Stage 3 to become familiar with the GCSE style of skills as early as possible. This will ensure the consistency across the years in terms of requirements at GCSE standard.

This year, Year 7 students will become accustomed with:

  • ‘CAPping’ a source
  • Chronology
  • Use of Key Terms
  • Use of Assessment Objectives
  • Differences and Similarities
  • Continuity and Change

Students are assessed by
End of unit assessments in the form of a formal test. At the end of the year students will be assessed cumulatively on their skills & knowledge with a GCSE ‘style’ exam.

Year 8

Structure of lessons
Currently our students have two hours of history a week. Each half term generally introduces a new topic in which to be discovered.

Topics covered

  • Term 1 – Victorian Britain and Empire

Students take a tour of Victorian Britain learning the values of Victorian society along with key events of the era like the Industrial Revolution, trade, Urbanisation and working in factories. Later on in the term students investigate the Titanic from building to its fateful voyage in 1912.

  • Term 2 – War

This term focuses on the First and Second World Wars – investigating key causes, consequences and effects. They will explore the Inter War years in Britain looking at the Depression of the 1930s and the rise of dictators in Europe especially Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Later on in the term students will learn about the Holocaust and explore conditions in death camps like Auschwitz. They will have read interpretations of the Holocaust and read contemporary accounts by victims.

  • Term 3 – Key people and events over time

This term focuses on key events and people from the medieval time up to the present day. They will learn about important key individuals such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Margaret Thatcher and explore interpretations of their work. Key events such as the Boston Tea Party, the plundering by pirates and the 9/11 terror attacks will be investigated and the topic culminates in a student competition to debate the most influential historical person of all time.

Historical skills

  • Using contemporary sources and interpretations as evidence
  • Improving communication and literacy skills
  • How to analyse and present information (CAPping a source)
  • Historical knowledge
  • Memory and revision skills

Students are assessed by
End of unit assessments in the form of a formal test. At the end of the year students will be assessed cumulatively on their skills & knowledge with a GCSE ‘style’ exam.

Key Stage 4

Introduction

Key Stage 4 history focuses America1910-1929, Elizabethan England 1558-1603, Changes to Entertainment and Leisure since 500AD and Germany 1919-1991 in order to cover some of the main countries and topics of the twentieth century. America is all about the swinging twenties and gangsters, Elizabethan Britain covers the beginning of the modern world we know today whilst our students tracking the development of Germany after the First World War through to its destruction under Hitler and then the redevelopment of Germany under capitalism and communism resulting in the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Changes to Entertainment and Leisure takes students back to the year 500AD in an exciting thematic study which closes at present day.

Structure of course

Students have two lessons of History a week in years 9 & 10 and three lessons in Y11.

  • Qualifications: GCSE
  • Examining body: Eduqas

The skills and qualities needed to succeed in this course

  • Candidates must have a strong work ethic and have a desire to study History.
  • Students are expected to conducted independent work alongside that set in the class and as home work in order to gain the additional knowledge that will allow them to excel.
  • We also need students that are able to construct essays that follow the basic principles of point, evidence, explain and linking.
  • Students should be able to construct short introductions that lead the markers into the main body as well as signposting the main arguments.
  • Students should be able to produce detailed and well explained paragraphs that relate back to the questions set and finish with conclusions that sum up their main arguments.
  • We also require students to become adept at analysing contemporary sources and interpretations through their nature, origin, purpose and content.
  • Students should be able to compare and contrast sources through their meanings and messages.
  • Students must LEARN all their History knowledge at home regularly and will be tested on their facts regularly to ensure they are learnt.

Topics covered

  • The USA: A nation of contrasts, 1910-1929)
  • The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603
  • The development of Germany, 1919-1991
  • Changes to Entertainment & Leisure c500 to present day

Year 9
Year 9 will focus on the USA: A nation of contrasts, 1910-1929 and the Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603

Year 10
Year 10 will focus on revising America and the Elizabethan Age whilst also covering Germany 1919-1991 and Changes to Entertainment & Leisure c500 – present day.

Year 11
Year 11 will focus on revising all of the topics in preparation for the GCSE exams and learning the necessary skills in which to answer GCSE questions.

Students are assessed by

Year 9
GCSE style exam questions periodically throughout their lessons with a mock exam at the end of each unit. In addition there are weekly fact tests on a range of facts covered.

Year 10
GCSE style exam questions periodically throughout their lessons with a mock exam at the end of each unit. In addition there are weekly fact tests on a range of facts covered. Year 10 also have designated mock exams.

Year 11
As Year 10 and the GCSE exams in June of Y11 year.

Final exam components

Four exams all weighted at 25 per cent of the total marks.

What might Students study after this?

The GCSE is perfectly suited to lead onto A Level History. Two of the units studied provide the students with the necessary background information for the two Y12 Units on the Tudors 1485-1603 and Weimar and Nazi Germany. The GCSE also provide students with the skills required to do a range of other A Levels such as Law, Criminology, Government and Politics, English and the Sciences.

Possible careers

Lawyer, Barrister, Archaeologist, Archivist, Researcher, Teacher, Museum worker, Lecturer, Tour Guide, Civil Service, Intelligence agency, Detective, Police, Insurance, Politics, Journalism, Media, Administration and Charity and Voluntary sectors.

For more information contact

Mrs A Nicklin.