History

General information:

The purpose of KS3 History at Weald of Kent Grammar School to go beyond simply describing what happened in History but to be able to look for the deeper meaning in events. To be able to critically answer questions about the importance of past events or individuals, and their impact on the modern world.   

 
The History curriculum at Weald is structured around historical concepts and covers a wide range of British and World History. As a department we recognise the importance of encouraging students to justify their arguments and to investigate what we can learn from an historical event. Lessons and assessments therefore, are constructed around enquiry based learning using skills to develop critical thinking abilities analysis: research, essay writing and communication skills. Students have the opportunity to embrace a wide variety of learning styles and lesson activities include group projects and extended learning tasks as well as regular formal assessments.  

 

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

Introduction to History at Weald and beyond

Why was life turned upside down in 1649?

Why was there a ‘Great War’?

2

Je suis le roi’ – What happened after 1066?

Why was life turned upside down in 1649?

Why did soldiers continue fighting in the trenches?

3

Did the Black Death make the peasants more powerful?

 Should William Wilberforce be presented as the hero of abolition?

Why did the German Class of 1940 want to seek revenge?

4

Why do we have a Church of England?

What did the Industrial Revolution do for us?

What legacy does the Holocaust leave you with?

5

Why do we have a Church of England?

What’s worth knowing about Charles Darwin?

War and the Transformation of British Society

6

Why were Europeans mad about Empires?

Did the Industrial Revolution create a better life?

Medicine Through Time

 

GCSE History

Examination board: AQA

Course components:
Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World 
Section A: Period Studies
1B Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
Section B: Section B: Wider world depth studies
Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation
Section A: Thematic Studies 
2A Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment
Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

General information:

The AQA GCSE History course at Weald builds on skills learnt in the Year 7-8 curriculum.  It is designed to cover wide aspects of the past allowing pupils to engage with key issues such as politics, societies, cultures, languages, health, art, education, money and conflicts. The course encourages pupils to use these trends to be able to look at how things have developed over time and connect the dots to understand how we got where we are today. The content covers both British and European History and is divided into two parts. The first unit is on British History and covers a 1000 period. The second part focuses on European History.  Both of these units allow students to investigate key historical concepts such as significance, change and continuity and develop the skills to effectively analyse these key events and identify themes. Examination question practice is a regular feature of lessons which develop skills in how to evaluate sources and information and how to critically justify their opinions. 

Term

Year 10

Year 11

1

Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

Part One: Medicine stands still

Part three: The experiences of Germans under the Nazis

2

Part Two: The beginnings of change

Part Three: A revolution in medicine

Section B: Section B: Wider World Depth Studies
Conflict and Tension Between East and West, 1945–1972

Part One: The origins of the Cold War

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3

Part Four: Modern medicine

Part Two: The development of the Cold War

Part Three: Transformation of the Cold War

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4

Section B: British Depth Studies Including the Historic Environment
Part One: Elizabeth's court and Parliament

Part Two: Life in Elizabethan times.

Revision

5

Part Three: Troubles at home and abroad

Part Four: The historic environment of Elizabethan England

Examinations

6

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World 
Section A: Period Studies
1B Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
Part One: Germany and the growth of democracy

Part Two: Germany and the Depression.

 

 

A-Level History

Examination board: AQA

Course components:

Component 1. The Tudors 1485 - 1603
40% of the total A-Level mark 
Breadth study- The study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and associated interpretations.
Assessment-80 marks.

Component 2:   America: A Nation Divided, c. 1845-77. Paper 2J
40% of the total A-Level mark. 
Depth study What's assessed The study in depth of a period of major historical change or development and associated primary evidence.

Assessment- 80marks

General information:

The AQA A-level History course has been designed to help students gain a wide understanding of historical events, roles of individuals and the nature of change over time. The course is structured around three components; The Tudors 1485 - 1603, America: A Nation Divided, c. 1845-77. Paper 2J and a Non-Exam Assessment on Tsarist Russia and Communist Russia. The exam content allows pupils to examine the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives to gain a deeper understanding of the periods covered and historical concepts.

Lessons will incorporate a range of teaching and learning styles to provide students with historical skills and content needed for the exam. Lessons will consist of regular knowledge and essays tests to develop pupils handling of contemporary sources and historians interpretations, as well as developing critical analysis and evaluation of key events and individuals.   The None-Exam Assessment allows pupils to construct their own enquiry on Tudor Rebellions, providing them with the skills linked to an undergraduate study at university.  

Studying History provides a student with skills which are not confined to the study of the past. Skills of analysis are invaluable in many jobs, and the ability to analyse and then prioritise information is vital to decision making. This not only provides a skills set for a student but it also keeps career options open

Component 1. The Tudors 1485 - 1603.

Paper. 1C

Term

Year 12

Year 13

1

Introduction to The Tudors – How did Henry secure the throne?

Completion of Edward and Mary

2

Henry VII’s Domestic and  Foreign Policy

The Age of Elizabeth

3

Henry VIII

Elizabethan Foreign Policy

4

The Break with Rome

Revision

5

Coursework

Examinations

6

Edward and Mary

 

Component 2:   America: A Nation Divided, c. 1845-77.

Paper 2J

Term

Year 12

Year 13

1

The Economic and
Social Development
of the USA-the
North
The Issue of Slavery

c1820-1850

The battles of the Civil War and strengths and weaknesses of the North and South

2

Party and
political conflicts to 1837

The battles of the Civil War and strengths and weaknesses of the North and South

3

Party and political conflicts to 1850

Reconstruction 1865-69
The Grant
Administration 1869-77

4

A House Divided 1850-57

Revision

5

NEA: Tsarist and Communist Russia

Examinations

6

Controversy: Why did civil war break out in the United States?