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History (Key Stage 4)

 

Year 9

What will pupils study this year?

3 Year Delivery Model

The course is split in to 3 units and is examined through three examination papers. The History GCSE has lost the element of controlled assessment and is now assessed through 100 percent exams.  The new specification also operates on a 9 to 1 scale, 9 being high.

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Unit 2a: The American West

 Students will begin the year by studying the following topics:

  • The early settlement of the west, c1835-1862

- The Plains Indians and their way of life

- The role of the government and treaties in the westward expansion

- Conflict and tension between the Plains Indians and white settlers

  • The development of the Plains

- The development of settlements in the west

- The ranching and cattle industry

- Changes in the way of life of the Plains Indians

 Spring Term

 Unit 2a: The American West (continued) 

  • Conflict and conquest, c1876-1895

- Changes in farming, the cattle industry and settlement

- Conflict on the Plains and the reasons for conflict between the homesteaders and cattle ranchers

- The Plains Indians and the destruction of their way of life

 Unit 2b : Anglo Saxon & Norman Britain

 Students will begin this unit by studying the following topics:

  • Anglo Saxon England and the Norman conquest 1060-1066

- The makeup of Anglo Saxon society

- The importance of earldoms and the church

- The role and growth of the Godwin's

- The concession crisis of 1066 and the claimants to the throne

- The Norman invasion and the Battle of Hastings

 Summer Term

 Unit 2b: Anglo Saxon & Norman Britain (continued)

  • William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066-1087

- Establishing control

- The causes and outcomes of Anglo Saxon resistance, 1068-1071

- The legacy of the resistance to 1087

- The revolt of the earls, 1075

 

Year 10

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Unit 2b: Anglo Saxon & Norman Britain

 Students will end this unit by studying the following topics;

  • Norman England, 1066-1088

- The feudal system and church

- Norman government

- The Norman aristocracy

- William I and his sons

 Unit 1a: Crime and Punishment

 Students will study the following topics;

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000-present

- Nature and changing definitions of criminal activity

- The nature of law enforcement and punishment

- Case studies on the influence of the church

  • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1500-1700

- Nature and changing definitions of criminal activity

- The nature of law enforcement and punishment

- Case studies on the Gun Powder plotters and Matthew Hopkins

 Spring Term

 Unit 1a: Crime and Punishment (continued)

 Students will end this unit by studying the following topics;

    • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1700-1900

- The nature and Changing definitions of criminal activity 

- The nature of law enforcement and punishment 

- Case studies on the Pentoville prison and Sir Robert Peel

- Case studies on the treatment of Conscientious Objectors and Derek Bentley

 Unit 1b: Crime and Punishment - Whitechapel 

 Students will study the following areas:

  • Whitechapel, c1870-1900: Crime, Policing and the inner city
  • Knowledge, selection and use of sources for historical enquiries

 Summer Term

 Unit 3 : Weimar and Nazi Germany

 Students will begin this unit by studying the following topics;

  • The Weimar Republic, 1918-1929

- The oridins of the republic, 1918-19

- The early challenges to the Weimar Republic

- The recovery of the republic, 1924-29

- Changes in society, 1924-29

  • Hitler's rise to power, 1919-1933

- Early development of the Nazi party

- The Munich Putsch and the lean years, 1923-29

- The growth in support for the Nazis, 1929-32

- How Hitler became chancellor, 1932-33

 

 

Year 11

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Unit 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany (continued)

 Students will continue this unit by studying the following topics;

  • The creation of a dictatorship, 1930-34

- The police state

- Controlling and influencing attitudes

- Opposition, resistance and conformity

 Spring Term

 Unit 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany (continued)

 Students will end this unit by studying the following topics;

    • Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-39

- Nazi policies towards women 

- Nazi policies towards the young 

- Employment and living standards

- The persecution of minorities 

 Summer Term

 Revision

 Students will begin a revision programme including a summary of all units studied from Year 9, 10 and 11. This will help prepare them for their final GCSE exam.