History

At Idsall School we help you to find your way through the world of people by studying:

  • people through time (History)
  • people in places (Geography)
  • people and their beliefs (R.E.)

Students are set according to their ability in Humanities subjects. All students, regardless of their ability, follow the same basic courses in each subject although the speed and depth of the work will vary.

We expect every student to try their best all of the time but as individual students develop at different times we shall regularly review their progress. If necessary, students will be moved to another set where the style and pace of the work is more suited to the particular individual. 

 

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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

Some of our work involves drawing graphs, diagrams and other illustrations. We have found the best work is done with coloured pencil crayons rather than felt tip pens.   All students should have important basic equipment such as a set of coloured pencils, a ruler, a pen and a pencil.

We all believe in the value of homework and it will be set regularly for all students. The range of tasks will vary from answering questions, to research and project tasks and surveys, and your support is needed and welcomed.

Humanities has eight specialist rooms, one of which has fifteen networked computers, which can be booked by the subject teachers for specific tasks and topics. All these are available to students to support and develop their work.  Where students have access to computers at home, we encourage them to make full use of them in their Humanities work.

HISTORY AT KEY STAGE 3

The following is an outline of the topics covered throughout Key Stage 3.

Year 7

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

What is History? – Introductory skill based topic/Romans

  • History Skills including: Bias, Chronology, research and types of evidence
  • Roman Britain
  • Local study of Wroxeter

(A study of an aspect or site in local history dating from a period before 1066)

(The study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066)

Autumn 2

The Norman Conquest

  • Feudalism
  • Norman Castles
  • The Domesday book

(The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509)

 

 

 

Spring 1

Medieval Religion

  • Christendom, the importance of religion and the Crusades
  • The struggle between Church and crown
  • Religion in daily life (parishes, monasteries, abbeys)

(The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509)

Spring 2

Medieval Society and Politics

  • The struggle between Church and crown
  • Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament
  • farming, trade and towns
  • the Black Death and its social and economic impact
  • the Peasants’ Revolt

(The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509)

Summer 1

The Tudors

  • The Wars of the Roses; Henry VII and attempts to restore stability
  • Reformation in Europe
  • the English Reformation and Counter-Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I)
  • society, economy and culture across the period: for example, work and leisure in town and country, religion and superstition in daily life, theatre, art, music and literature

(The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745)

Summer 2

Elizabeth I

  • The Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics (including Scotland, Spain and Ireland)

(The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745)

Year 8

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

The Stuarts

  • society, economy and culture across the period: for example, work and leisure in town and country, religion and superstition in daily life, theatre, art, music and literature
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • The Witch Craze

 (The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745)

Autumn 2

The Civil War

  • The causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain
  • the Interregnum (including Cromwell in Ireland)

(The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745)

Spring 1

The French Revolution

  • The Ancient Regime
  • The Storming of the Bastille
  • The Terror
  • the French Revolutionary wars

(Study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments)

(Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901)

Spring 2

The Industrial Revolution

  • Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society
  • Living and working conditions in 19th Century Britain

(Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901)

 

 

Summer 1

Empire and Slavery

  • The development of the British Empire with a depth study
  • Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition

(Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901)

Summer 2

Black Peoples of America

  • The American Civil War
  • The Ku Klux Klan
  • Jim Crow Laws and Segregation
  • The Civil Rights Movement

(Study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments)

Year 9

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

The Edwardians

  • Women’s suffrage
  • The Titanic
  • Class prejudice

(Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day)

Autumn 2

World War 1

  • The First World War including: causes, Propaganda, French Warfare and the Battle of the Somme
  • The Versailles Peace Settlement

(Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day)

Spring 1

Nazi Germany

  • The inter-war years: the Great Depression and the rise of dictators
  • The Rise of the Nazi Party
  • Life in Nazi Germany

(Study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments)

Spring 2

World War 2

  • The Second World War and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill
  • The Home front
  • The Holocaust

(Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

Summer 1

The Cold War

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Space Race

(Study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments)

Summer 2

Britain after 1945

  • The creation of the welfare state and the NHS
  • social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society
  • Britain’s place in the world since 1945

(Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day)

 

HISTORY AT KEY STAGE 4

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Exam Board: Edexcel

Y10

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
Medicine through time, c1250-present

Y11

Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–1540
The American West, c1836–c1895 

Year 10

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Paper 3 (Option 31)

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Key topic 1: The Weimar Republic 1918–29

  1. The origins of the Republic, 1918–19
  2. The early challenges to the Weimar Republic, 1919–23
  3. The recovery of the Republic, 1924–29
  4. Changes in society, 1924–29

Key topic 2: Hitler’s rise to power, 1919–33

  1. Early development of the Nazi Party, 1920–22
  2. The Munich Putsch and the lean years, 1923–29.
  3. The growth in support for the Nazis, 1929–32
  4. How Hitler became Chancellor, 1932–33

Target: Knowledge of key features and characteristics of the period.

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: causation.

 

 

 

Autumn 2

Paper 3 (Option 31)

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Key topic 3: Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933–39

  1. The creation of a dictatorship, 1933–34
  2. The police state
  3. Controlling and influencing attitudes
  4. Opposition, resistance and conformity

Key topic 4: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39

  1. Nazi policies towards women
  2. Nazi policies towards the young
  3. Employment and living standards
  4. The persecution of minorities

Target: Knowledge of key features and characteristics of the period.

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: causation.

Target: Analysis and evaluation of source utility.

Target: Analysis of interpretations (how they differ).

Target: Analysis and evaluation of interpretations.

Spring 1

Paper 1 (Option 11)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

c1250–c1500: Medicine in medieval England

  1. Ideas about the cause of disease and illness
  2. Approaches to prevention and treatment
  3. Case study – Black Death

c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in England

  1. Ideas about the cause of disease and illness
  2. Approaches to prevention and treatment
  3. Case studies – Harvey/The Great Plague

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: similarity;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics of the period.

 

 

 

 

Spring 2

Paper 1 (Option 11)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain

  1. Ideas about the cause of disease and illness
  2. Approaches to prevention and treatment
  3. Case studies – Jenner/Cholera

c1900–present: Medicine in modern Britain

  1. Ideas about the cause of disease and illness
  2. Approaches to prevention and treatment
  3. Case studies – Penicillin/Lung Cancer

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts: change

and continuity;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics.

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts:

significance/change;

Summer 1

Paper 1 (Option 11)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

  1. The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  2. Knowledge, selection and use of sources for historical enquiries

Target: Analysis and evaluation of source utility.

Target: Source analysis and use (the ability to frame historical questions).

Summer 2

Paper 1 (Option 11)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

  1. The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  2. Knowledge, selection and use of sources for historical enquiries

Target: source analysis (making inferences).

 

Year 11

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Paper 2 (Option B3)

Option B3: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

Key topic 1: Henry VIII and Wolsey, 1509–29

  1. Henry VIII, Renaissance Prince
  2. The rise of Wolsey and his policies
  3. Wolsey’s foreign policy
  4. Wolsey, Catherine, the succession and annulment

Key topic 2: Henry VIII and Cromwell, 1529–40

  1. Cromwell’s rise to power, 1529–34
  2. Cromwell, and the king’s marriages
  3. Cromwell and government, 1534–40
  4. The fall of Cromwell

Target: Knowledge of key features and characteristics of the period.

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts: causation

Autumn 2

Paper 2 (Option B3)

Option B3: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

Key topic 3: The Reformation and its impact, 1529–40

  1. The break with Rome
  2. Opposition to, and impact of, Reformation, 1534–40 The dissolution of the monasteries
  3. The Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536

Mock Exam

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts: change;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics.

 

 

 

Spring 1

Paper 2 (Option 24/25)

Option 24/25: The American West, c1835–c1895

Key topic 1: The early settlement of the West, c1835–c1862

  1. The Plains Indians: their beliefs and way of life
  2. Migration and early settlement
  3. Conflict and tension

Key topic 2: Development of the plains, c1862–c1876

  1. The development of settlement in the West
  2. Ranching and the cattle industry
  3. Changes in the way of life of the Plains Indians

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: consequence;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics.

Target: Analytical narrative (i.e. analysis of causation/consequence/ change);

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: consequence/significance;

Spring 2

Paper 2 (Option 24/25)

Option 24/25: The American West, c1835–c1895

Key topic 3: Conflicts and conquest, c1876–c1895

  1. Changes in farming, the cattle industry and settlement
  2. Conflict and tension

The Plains Indians: the destruction of their way of life

Mock Exam

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: consequence/significance;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics.

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Revision

Summer 2

 

HISTORY AT KEY STAGE 5

Exam Board: AQA

What topics will I study?

AS Level (Year 12)

  • Unit 1:   Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1917
  • Unit 2:   The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–1979

Year 12

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Unit 1 - Trying to preserve autocracy, 1855–1894

Unit 2 - The ˗Affluent Society, 1951–1964

AO1 – Understanding organisation and communication in essays/Analysis and Substantiated judgment (PEEL)

AO2 - Understanding the value of sources – What makes a source valuable

AO3 – What makes a source convincing

Autumn 2

Unit 1 - The collapse of autocracy, 1894–1917

Unit 2 - The Sixties, 1964–1970

AO1 – Understanding Similarity and difference

AO2 - Understanding the value of sources – Provenance and Tone

AO3 – Understanding interpretations – Understanding how to organise and communicate a sources answer

Spring 1

Unit 1 - The emergence of Communist dictatorship, 1917–1941

Unit 2 - The End of Post-War Consensus, 1970–1979

AO1 – Understanding change and continuity

AO2 - Understanding the value of sources – Content and argument

AO3 - Supporting an argument with facts

Spring 2

Revision

AO1 – Understanding cause, consequence and significance

AO2 - Understanding the value of sources – Using contextual understanding to judge source value

AO3 - Using contextual understanding to judge convincingness – does it make sense for the period?

Summer 1

Non Examined Assessment (Personal Study)

AO1 – How to come up with a good historical question

AO2 – How to find primary/contemporary sources

AO3 – How to find secondary sources/Interpretations

Summer 2

Unit 1 - The Stalinist dictatorship and reaction, 1941–1964 and the emergence of Communist dictatorship, 1917–1941

Unit 2 - The Impact of Thatcherism, 1979–1987

A2 Level (Year 13) Modern

  • Unit 1: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964
  • Unit 2: The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007
  • Unit 3: Historical Investigation (Personal Study)

Year 13

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Unit 1 - The emergence of Communist dictatorship, 1917–1941

Unit 2 - The impact of Thatcherism, 1979–1987

AO1 – How to balance an argument in the non-sources questions

AO2 – How to balance an argument in the sources question

AO3 – How to balance an argument in the interpretations question

Autumn 2

Unit 1 - The emergence of Communist dictatorship, 1917–1941

Non Examined Assessment (Personal Study)

AO1 – How to organise the NEA

AO2/3 – How to use primary sources and interpretations in the NEA

 

Spring 1

Unit 1 - The Stalinist dictatorship and reaction, 1941–1964

Unit 2 - Towards a new Consensus, 1987–1997

AO1 – How to write a final paragraph

AO2 – How to structure an A2 sources question

AO3 – How to structure an A2 interpretations question

Spring 2

Unit 1 - The Stalinist dictatorship and reaction, 1941–1964

Unit 2- The Era of New Labour, 1997–2007

AO1 – Using sustained analysis and a consistent argument through an answer

AO2 – Understanding the value of sources – Tone and emphasis

Summer 1

Revision

Summer 2

 

 

For further advice or to find out more about the History curriculum at Idsall School, please contact Mr Summerhayes, Mrs Kendall, Mrs Glover, Mrs Pygott or Miss Rosewarne.

Updated September 2016.

 


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