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History

Within the academy we strive to create a learning environment, curriculum, experiences and relationships in which all individuals can find expression, be nourished and developed.

The academy commits itself to creating an environment for everyone that is characterised by our core values of Truth, Justice, Forgiveness, Generosity and Respect.

 

History KS3

The KS3 National Curriculum for History

Students will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our programme should inspire students curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all students:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

 

STUDENTS WILL STUDY:

THE TOPICS COVERED IN YEAR 7 INCLUDE:

  • What is History? The development of historical skills including how to gather evidence and the significance of artefacts in History.  How to properly investigate sources and why History is so important to the development of a society.
  • Life in the Middle Ages including how the Normans conquered England following the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The development and importance of castles in the consolidation of Norman power.
  • Life in the medieval period, including the causes of the Black Death, the importance of religion to English life, and how ordinary people led their daily lives in towns and villages.

 

THE TOPICS COVERED IN YEAR 8 INCLUDE:

  • How English society developed in the sixteenth century, exploring groups such as Gentlemen, Citizens, Yeomen and Labourers in detail.
  • Why Tudor monarchs such as Henry VIII, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I are still remembered to this day.
  • The importance of the religious divide on England in events such as the Spanish Armada.
  • The development of Britain during the Industrial Revolution from 1750 onwards. We will explore the changes seen both on farming and industry, including a study of child workers, and the ideas of Robert Owen.
  • The growth of transport from 1750, with a focus on the introduction of the railways as a means of transforming society.
  • Studying the First World War – its causes, events and consequences. Also, exploring why WWI remains crucial a century after its conclusion,
  • The rise of Hitler, and the causes of the Second World War.  The impact of the war, specifically looking at the Home Front.

 

PARENTS OF YEAR 7 & 8 CAN HELP THEIR CHILD BY:

  • Parents can encourage students to review what they have written ensuring clarity and appropriate detail.
  • To help with communication and literacy, parents can further encourage student development by listening to their reading skills at regular intervals.
  • Students should be reading and researching using local & national newspapers looking for information on the topics in our programme of study. Look at the internet where possible to develop further understanding of historical topics. An excellent starting point is the BBC History website at www.bbc.co.uk/history.  Also look out for updates on the St Lawrence Academy’s History twitter page at https://twitter.com/TSLA_HISTORY
  • History is extremely popular on television and the internet. Look out for relevant TV programmes on the topics mentioned above. Making visits to places of interest associated with the topics can help to bring history ‘alive’ for students and place events into historical context.

 

History KS4
STUDENTS WILL STUDY: Pearson Edexcel GCSE History
Curriculum Progress Leader: Mr Darcy
GCSE 9-1 3 exams
Paper 1: Thematic study & historic environment – Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city (30%)
1 hour 15 minute written exam
Paper 2: Period study & British depth study – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-1088. Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91 (40%)
1 hour 45 minute written exam
Paper 3: Modern depth study – The USA, 1954-75: Conflict at home & abroad (30%)
1 hour 20 minute written exam

 

Links to further information:

History and GCSE History

 

THE TOPICS COVERED IN YEAR 9, 10 & 11 INCLUDE:

PAPER 1 : CRIME & PUNISHMENT c1000-present day
  • Nature and changing type of criminal activity
  • Nature of law enforcement and punishment
  • Whitechapel: crime, policing in London

 

PAPER 2:
OPTION :  ANGLO-SAXON & NORMAN ENGLAND c1060-1088
  • Anglo-Saxon England & the Norman Conquest 1060-1066
  • William I in power: 1066-1087
  • Norman England 1066-1088
OPTION :  SUPERPOWER RELATIONS & THE COLD WAR 1941-1991
  • The Origins of the Cold War 1941-1958
  • Cold War crises 1958-1970
  • The end of the Cold War 1970-1991

 

PAPER 3:
OPTION :  THE USA 1954-1975: CONFLICT AT HOME & ABROAD
  • The development of the Civil Rights Movement 1954-1960
  • Protest, progress and radicalism 1960-1975
  • US involvement in the Vietnam War 1954-1975
  • Reaction to, and the end of, US involvement in the Vietnam War 1964-1975

 

PARENTS OF YEARS 9, 10 & 11 CAN HELP THEIR CHILD BY:

  • Parents can encourage students to review what they have written ensuring clarity and appropriate detail.
  • To help with communication and literacy, parents can further encourage student development by listening to their reading skills at regular intervals.
  • Students should be reading and researching using local & national newspapers looking for information on the topics in our GCSE syllabus.
  • Look at the internet where possible to develop further understanding of historical topics. An excellent starting point is the BBC History website at www.bbc.co.uk/history.  Also look out for updates on the St Lawrence Academy’s History twitter page at https://twitter.com/TSLA_HISTORY
  • History is extremely popular on television and the internet. Look out for relevant TV programmes on the topics mentioned above. Making visits to places of interest associated with the topics can help to bring history ‘alive’ for students and place events into historical context.