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History

Introduction

History is The study of significant and ordinary people and what they did in the past to change things and shape the world we live in today.

It includes the study of significant events, why and how they happened and how and why they shaped the world we live in today. Moreover, History involves the study of ideas and the impact they had on ordinary people and the world. History is valuable because it helps us understand the world, country, town and community we live in and makes us better citizens of the world. But apart from being interesting and valuable History is also useful: employers who see that you have a qualification in History will know certain things about you. For example, that you know what motivates people and how they might think, that you are able to gather and read different types of information, that you can look carefully at this information and check it for bias or propaganda, that you can read maps, graphs and other diagrams; that you are able to communicate clearly and have learned to express yourself clearly and on paper. After all, what is the most interesting thing in the world? Is it not people – real people? If you like people then you should like History.

Who we are?

Mr Poole – Head of Department & Teacher of KS3, KS4 & KS5 History.

Mr A Bratt -Deputy Head of Sixth Form & Teacher of KS5 History.

For more information on this curriculum area please contact:

Head of Department, Mr A Poole. Email: arron.poole@ccfplus.com 

Key stage 3

The curriculum as KS3 ensures that students cover the necessary content as well as developing aspects of literacy, numeracy and moral, social and emotional awareness.

The Department strives to begin teaching basic GSCE skills as part of the KS3 scheme. Our scheme also takes into account the time required for students to practice and study assessments, time is also factored in to give students the opportunity to review their work and set themselves targets.

Students in year 7 will study:

What is History? (Introduction to Historical terminology and skills).

  • The Roman Empire.
  • The Norman Conquest of 1066.
  • Medieval Realms 1066-1485.

Students in year 8 will study:

  • Power and Politics 1485-1688.
  • The Industrial Revolution 1750-1900.
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade.
  • The rise and fall of the British Empire.

Students in year 9 will study:

  • The First World War.
  • A Fragile Peace (1919-1939).
  • The Holocaust.
  • The Second World War.

Useful websites for all KS3 students:

www.thinkinghistory.co.uk

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

www.cwgc.org

www.ancestry.co.uk

www.ukbmd.org.uk

Key stage 4

Studying History at GCSE provides students with an opportunity to pursue an interest not only in the past but also in the world around them.

Modern life, more than ever, requires a grasp of the past and studying GCSE History will help pupils to gain this much-needed understanding. GCSE History provides the historical understanding to help answer these and many other pertinent questions. Developing a student’s understanding of history is only one of the goals of our GCSE course. We aim to furnish our students with a set of skills that will not only prove invaluable for success within GCSE examinations but also life beyond school. Those skills which we seek to develop on the course include: literacy, written communication, and reasoning, and explanation, analysis of source evidence, debate and verbal communication.

At GCSE, we follow the Pearson / Edexcel syllabus and study the topics:

  • Elizabethan England, 1558-1588
  • Crime and Punishment c1000-Present with Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
  • Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41
  • The Cold War, 1941-91

Key stage 5

Students at KS5 study the following units from the OCR exam board:

  • Germany 1919-63
  • The Coming of the Civil War 1603-42
  • Russia 1855-1964
  • An open study that permits students to study an area of history of their own choosing

The German and Russian units build on knowledge gained at GCSE and they afford the pupils a chance to delve more deeply into a fascinating period of history. The Coming of the Civil War provides an interesting comparison with Russia with regard to issues of absolutist monarchy in two different countries at different times. The unit involving their own choice allows students to develop skills of research and self-sustained learning they will require if they proceed to university after 6th form.

Core textbooks:

Dickens, M. and Fellows, N. Britain 1603-1760 for OCR. Published by Hodder.

Holland, A. Access to History: Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964 for OCR. Published by Hodder.

Layton, G. Access to History: Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-1963 for OCR. Published by Hodder.

Useful Websites:

germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/about

www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution

www.bbc.co.uk/history

www.history-ontheweb.co.uk