History

Introduction

The History department has five specialist History teachers and it has been the department’s policy for departmental staff to teach as wide a range of History as possible, throughout the age and ability range. Staff in the department also teach Government & Politics and Sociology at A Level. Examination results at GCSE and A Level are consistently good and above the national average.

Teaching & Learning

The History department uses a wide range of teaching and learning strategies to engage and enthuse students in History. Activities are carefully designed, shared and chosen by departmental staff to help develop students’ understanding and knowledge of the past, their skills as historians and more generic skills that encourage critical thinking

Facilities

The department has four well-resourced History rooms which are all equipped with interactive whiteboards and wi-fi computer/internet access. Rooms are displayed with student work and historical resources to create a rich and stimulating environment in which to learn.

Enrichment

The department tries to find as many ways as possible of enriching student’s experiences of history, for example entering students into the national Historical Association historical writing competition, running the Lessons from Auschwitz project with Year 12 History students and the annual Year 8 trip to the World War 1 Battlefields. Residential trips in the past have taken place to Berlin and Normandy. In addition to this, Key Stage 4 students are invited to attend History Support, which runs during one lunch time a week to help students complete homework, revise for assessments or catch up on missed work.

Curriculum

Learning outcomes for History on pathway 8 – click here
Learning outcomes for History on pathway 7 – click here
Learning outcomes for History on pathway 6 – click here
Learning outcomes for History on pathway 5 – click here
Learning outcomes for History on pathway 4 – click here
Learning outcomes for History on pathway 3 – click here
Learning outcomes for History on pathway 2 – click here

Revision

The course information below is only an outline of course content / learning objectives and should NOT be used as a guide to the topics for revision purposes.  Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE / Level 2 courses  will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
Year Course & Topics covered Level Contact for more detail
7

Students follow the national curriculum and focus on British history. The key learning questions posed to students are:

  • ‘Nothing changed in the Medieval period’ How far do you agree?
  • Who was a witch in Early Modern England?
  • How did the British Empire affect people’s lives?
  • How has the role of the monarch changed from Anglo Saxon England to the present day?
National Curriculum Ms E Smith – esmith@heathfieldcc.co.uk
8

Students follow the national curriculum and focus on British, European and World history. Topics studied include:

  • The causes and events of the First World War
  • The fight for women’s suffrage in Britain.
  • The rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust
  • The leadership of Churchill in the Second World War
  • The impact of conflict on the USA in the 20th Century

As part of the topics taught in years 7 and 8 there will be an opportunity for students to make links across time periods by studying themes in Crime and Punishment in Britain throughout time.

National Curriculum
9

Students study GCSE Edexcel History Course, code 1H10:

Paper 2 (1 hour and 45mins)

The American West, c1835–c1895, covering topics:

  • The lives of the Native Americans
  • The experience of pioneer settlers travelling west
  • The development, successes and failures of Homesteaders.
  • The development of cattle ranching,
  • The effectiveness of law and order.
  • The impact of the American Civil War
  • The causes and outcomes of the conflict between the Native Americans, settlers and the US government.

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88, covering topics:

  • Life in Anglo-Saxon England under Edward the Confessor
  • The causes and events of the Battle of Hastings
  • The reign of William the Conqueror

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE:  Levels 1 & 2 Ms E Smith – esmith@heathfieldcc.co.uk
10

Students study GCSE Edexcel History Course, code 1H10:

Paper 1 (1hour and 15 mins examined unit, worth 30% of GCSE grade)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present , topics including:

  • Beliefs about the causes of disease and treatments over the period studied.
  • The Black Death
  • Jenner and the smallpox vaccination
  • The impact of cholera in Victorian Britain.
  • The development of the NHS
  • Developments in surgery throughout time.
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE: Levels 1 & 2
11

Students study GCSE Edexcel History Course, code 1H10:

Paper 3 (1 hour and 20mins, 30% of GCSE grade)

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

  • The problems faced by the Weimar Republic after the First World war and the effectiveness of the solutions put in place to resolve them.
  • The rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party and Hitler’s consolidation of power.
  • Life under the Nazi regime in the 1930s.

In addition, students will revise Papers 1 and 2

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE:  Levels 1 & 2
12 OCR A Level History
Unit 1:  British Period Study and Enquiry (worth 25% of overall A Level)

  • The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660
  • (Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646–1660)

Unit 2: Non- British Period Study (worth 15% of overall A Level)

  • The American Revolution, 1740-1796

Topic Based essay (20% of total A Level )  A 3,000- 4,000 word essay on a topic of their choice.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A Level Year 1: Level 3 Ms E Smith – esmith@heathfieldcc.co.uk
13 OCR A Level History
Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992 (Worth 40% of A Level Grade)Revision of Year 12 Units.The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.
GCE A Level Year 2:  Level 3