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St Alban's Catholic High School

History

Department Aims:

-To encourage in students a sense of worth through achieving challenging goals.
-To engender an excitement for learning through the study of important issues.
-To develop skills of analysis and judgement through investigation.
-To grow as independent thinkers through questioning and debate.
-To foster a love of History through an appreciation of its relevance in everyone’s life.
-To understand what is History, why History is important and the importance of Historians
-To be better – as Historians, citizens and colleagues working together or individually towards the common goal of understanding our world and heritage. 

Year

Curriculum Content

7

Autumn
Using Evidence- understanding what an Historian does, key terms in History, focus study on the Battle of Hastings


What was Medieval England like?- analysing the feudal system, life of the rich and poor, role of knights and the church

Spring
How did the Medieval period end?- analysing the black death, peasants revolt and the Wars of the Roses


What were the Tudors like?- understanding the reign of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I

Summer
What was Elizabethan England like?- analysing the reign of Elizabeth I through key events like the Armada, and how she treated Mary Queen of Scots


What happened in the English Civil War?- understand how the Stuarts came to the throne and the events of the Civil War leading to Cromwell’s victory

 

Lessons are taught in a variety of approaches in order to engage all students.  Teaching styles like guided discovery, group work, role play and independent learning are all used and adapted to suit the various topics covered and needs of the students in the class.

8

Autumn
At what cost was Britain trading and changing?- understanding how life had changed in Britain by 1750 and the development of the slave trade, life as a slave and the abolition of slavery

What was life like in the Industrial Britain?- analysing the development of railways, factories, mines, the workhouses and town life


Spring
Why were people angry in the 19th Century?- analysing reformers from the changes in the vote, to Chartists, Luddites, Match Girls and Social Reformers


How did Britain gain and lose an Empire?- understanding why the Empire grew and looking at individual colonies like Australia, Ireland and India, considering whether it was an Empire to be proud of or not


Summer
How did war change life for ordinary men and women?- analysing the suffragettes and women gaining the right to vote, understanding the start of WW1


How do we know what life was like during WW1?- analysing trench warfare, the Somme, letters, poems and films about WW1

 

Lessons are taught in a variety of approaches in order to engage all students.  Teaching styles like guided discovery, group work, role play and independent learning are all used and adapted to suit the various topics covered and needs of the students in the class.

9

Autumn
What is the difference between communism and fascism?- analysing the Russian Revolution, the Treaty of Versailles and Hitler’s rise to power


Civilians at war- understanding what life was like during WW2 on the home front, the front lines of the Battle of Britain, Pearl harbour and D-Day


Spring
What effect did WW2 have?- Analysing the impact of bombing civilians, the Holocaust and atomic weapons
What happened during the Cold War?- Analysing what the Cold War was, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Wall, the space race and the Vietnam War


Summer
Why was there segregation in America?- understanding segregation in America in the 1950’s, analysing the impact of civil rights activities like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

What modern history has impacted your world?- understanding the creation of the NHS and how popular culture and politics have changed over the 1960’s and 1970’s

 

Lessons are taught in a variety of approaches in order to engage all students.  Teaching styles like guided discovery, group work, role play and independent learning are all used and adapted to suit the various topics covered and needs of the students in the class.

10

History GCSE follows the Edexcel History 1-9 course

 

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088

Analysing what Anglo-Saxon society was like and how this changed with the Norman invasion. Considering the impact William the Conqueror had on England.
 

Crime and Punishment in Britain 1000-Present

Understanding how the crime and punishment system has developed and changed since the Anglo-Saxons, through to the modern day. There is also a focused study as part of this course on Whitechapel 1870-1900, looking at how the policing system was developed here.

11

The American West 1835-1895

Understanding how and why Americans settled in the west, and considering the problems faced on the journey including the treatment of Native Americans.

 

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939

Analysing the reasons for the fall of the Weimar government and how Hitler managed to get the Nazi Party into power. This course is particularly focused on the historical interpretations of what happened.

 

GCSE History is linear examined course, meaning that every unit is tested with 3 separate exam papers at the end of Year 11. Therefore Year 11 also has a significant focus on revision and the exam skills needed to succeed.

 

Lessons are taught in a variety of approaches in order to engage all students.  Teaching styles like guided discovery, group work, role play and independent learning are all used and adapted to suit the various topics covered and needs of the students in the class.

12

In Search of the American Dream 1917-1996

Students will learn about the dramatic political, economic and social transformation of the USA in the twentieth century, an era that saw the USA challenged by the consequences of political, economic and social inequalities at home and of its involvement in international conflict.

 

South Africa, 1948-1994:  From apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’

Students will learn about South Africa during its transition from white minority rule to the free elections of 1994, a long, and at times, dramatic process in which South Africa changed from an apartheid state into a multi-racial democracy. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the creation and consolidation of the apartheid regime by the National Party and the response and methods used by their political opponents in the struggle to overthrow apartheid, as well social, economic and cultural changes that accompanied this process.

13

Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399-1509

Students will explore the long term causes of the Wars of the Roses by starting at Richard II’s reign.  They will then develop an understanding of the conflict and politics of the battles, analysing the challenges of over-mighty subjects and under-mighty monarchs.  Students will finish with how Henry VII brought the conflict to an end and set up the Tudor dynasty.  With an analysis of themes and source work this unit combines and develops a lot of key historical skills.

 

Guided coursework

The purpose of the coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. The focus is on understanding the nature and purpose of the work of the historian. Students will be required to form a critical view based on relevant reading on the question, problem or issue. They will also be specifically required to analyse, explain and evaluate the interpretations of three historians.

 

Lessons are taught in a seminar like fashion to prepare students for University level study. Students are required to read widely around the topics and develop their learning beyond the classroom.  With three of the four units being examined at the end of Year 13, there is also a strong emphasis on revision and the higher level exam skills required to succeed at A-Level.