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Teaching & Learning


Key Stage 3

Year 7

The course

• Celtic Britain- What was Britain like before the Roman invasion, Maiden Castle mystery, Bog Burials and the Tollund mystery and a 1000 years of British History

• The Romans – The growth of the Empire, Main features of Roman life and How civilised were the Romans
• Medieval Realms 1066-1500 – The problem in 1066 and the lead up to the Norman invasion, Castles, The death of Thomas Beckett and the Black Death including the Peasants Revolt

Year 8

The course

• Making of the UK 1500-1750- Was Henry VIII a good king? , Elizabeth I, The English Civil War, Spanish Armada and the Gunpowder Plot
• Native American Indians- The variety of native Americans, The life style of the Plains Indians, Clash of cultures with white Americans
• Expansion, Trade and Industry 1750-1900- How did Britain change? , Living and Working conditions during the industrial revolution, Slavery and Jack the Ripper

Year 9

The course

• The First World War and Trench Warfare
• The Holocaust and Films
• The Atomic Bomb and were the Americans right to drop two bombs?
• Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of John F Kennedy
• Terrorism and the attack on the World Trade Centre

How is the course taught?

The above units are used to deliver the key concepts and skills of History:

• Knowledge and understanding
• Evaluating evidence
• Change and Continuity
• Cause and Consequence
• Significance

This is done using a variety of resources, including text books, audio-visual, written and pictorial sources. Lessons are varied with role play, group work and discussions used. We give opportunities for students to work independently and, using the wireless laptops, to engage in further research to supplement the resources provided. All units are framed around the assessment tasks, which are completed both in timed situations on occasions and open-ended homework on others.

How are students assessed?

At Key Stage 3 (KS3) there are assessments throughout the year to measure mastery of the key concepts listed above. In Y8/9 there are 6-8 assessments throughout the year. These assessments have mark schemes that have the levels broken into 3 strata: A, B and C. C represents the bottom of the level and A the top. Students are informed of this in formal feedback sessions where their work is given back to them.
The levels are recorded on a flight path which forms part of their assessment and feedback book at KS3. This goes through the KS with them and allows progression to be quickly and easily identified. They are also given targets to work towards during the year.

What homework is set?

Homework is used to enhance the learning in the classroom and focuses mainly on student researching material and evidence that can then be used in lessons to supplement the sources used by the class teacher. This will also look to develop independent learning that should increase during the KS.
Students may be directed to specific sites and resources, but at other times will be asked to find their own. Our students also complete assessments that have been started in the classroom and allow them to utilise their own research material.

Key Stage 4

We offer History as an option for students in Key Stage 4, as part of the Route 2 and Route 3 English Baccalaureate.

The course

The course is split into 4 sections covering 2 main themes:

Theme Topics

Understanding the Modern World; Period Study   America,1920-1973: Opportunity and inequality

Understanding the Modern World: Wider world depth study
Conflict and Tension

Shaping the Nation: Thematic British Study

Britain: Health and the people
( Medicine through time)

Shaping the Nation: British Depth Study
Elizabethan England,  c 1568-1603

The course covers two aspects of World History and two aspects of British History. One in depth and one in outline for each part of the course. The course studies some of history’s monumental events which have changed the course of History and have shaped the world in which we live in.

How is the course taught?

Theme one will be taught in the first two and a half terms of Year 10.  It focuses on international history. In the first unit we will look at why the IWW broke out and how it was fought and brought to an end. This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of nations and states. It focuses on the causes, nature and conclusion of the First World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred, and why it proved difficult to bring the war to a conclusion. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups and how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

The second unit covers a turbulent period of American History from the Roaring Twenties and prohibition, through the Great Depression to America after WWII and the rise of the Civil Rights question as well as popular culture, including Rock ’n’ Roll and Television. It was a period of opportunity and inequality – when some Americans lived the 'American Dream' whilst others grappled with the nightmare of discrimination and prejudice.
Students will study the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of these two developments and the role ideas played in bringing about change. They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups and the impact the developments had on them.

Theme two will be taught from the summer term in Y10 into Y11. It focusses on British History and is broken into two sections. The first unit looks at Elizabethan England and the problems facing our second female ruler, including rebellions at home as well external threats like the Spanish invasion. This option allows students to study in depth a specified historical period, the last 35 years of Elizabeth I's reign. The study will focus on some major events of Elizabeth I’s reign considered from the economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoint and arising controversies. It will also cover the problems caused by religion and family for Elizabeth. This unit will include a fieldwork element on the historic environment.

The second unit looks at the development of medicine through time from medieval England right through to the 21st Century including the impacts wars had on medical progress. It will also consider the conditions in towns and cities and the rise of the NHS. This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the periods during which they took place.

Although the focus of this study is the development of medicine and public health in Britain, it will draw on wider developments that impacted on the core themes.
Students will study the importance of the following factors:
• war
• superstition and religion
• chance
• government
• communication
• science and technology
• the role of the individual in encouraging or inhibiting change.

This option focuses on the following questions:
• Why has there been progress in the health of the British people?
• How and why has the pace and scale of medical development varied at different times?
• What impact has medical progress had on people and society?
• How and why have different factors been more important than others for individual medical developments?
• What is the significance of key individuals or events in the history of medical development

Activities and Learning Experiences

A variety of activities will be offered.  You will be given access to text books, a range of sources, both written and pictorial, videos and a variety of other resources where suitable.  Tasks will offer a number of learning experiences which will require both short and more extended written exercises.  You will be expected to analyse sources and be able to use them critically to construct reasoned conclusions about various key themes and questions.  There will be an opportunity for a residential overseas trip at Easter in both years.

What homework is set?

You can expect homework to be set, either preparing for and completing practice questions or finishing work that you have started in lesson.  It is essential that you keep up with this so that you and we can assess how well you are progressing. There will be opportunities to do research on topics especially with the British Depth Study

How are students assessed?

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world
Theme 1 Understanding the Modern World : What's assessed?

In Section A there is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country's history over at least a 50 year period.
In Section B there is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international conflict and tension.

How it's assessed?
• A written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)
• 50% of GCSE

• Section A – six compulsory questions (40 marks)
• Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
• Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology
Paper 2: Shaping the nation
Theme 2 Shaping the Nation : What's assessed?

In Section A there is a choice of three thematic studies, which look at key developments in Britain over a long period.
In Section B there is a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment.

How it's assessed?
• A written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)
• 50% of GCSE

• Section A – five compulsory questions (40 marks)
• Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
• Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology

Opportunities at the end of Year 11

History is offered to ‘A’ level at Cottingham High School and is a popular and successful subject in our Sixth Form.

History is an excellent foundation for the study of any Arts / Social Science subject at a higher level.  It will also enhance the development of your literacy skills and allow you to keep an important balance in your curriculum. This will also enable you to have a wider choice of study at 16+.  There are many careers which greatly value a History qualification.