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Park High School

 Welcome to the History Department

"Those who cannot learn from the past are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana

Head of Department:

Mr Kenward

e-mail: mkenward2.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Mr Kenward

Ms Salkeld

Mr Frankcom

Mr Stelmaszczyk

Miss Campbell

Miss Sakkaf

 

Key Stage 3

The main aims of history at Key Stage 3 are to:

  • Inspire and interest young people, allowing them to enjoy history for its own sake, for its importance and for its relevance to their lives
  • Be inclusive and representative of students’ individual identities
  • Provide the knowledge (and ability to apply that knowledge) required for further study of history and which is expected to be known by adult society

Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 is structured and delivered based on recent research into cognitive science - how children learn and how memory works.  This means, a knowledge-rich curriculum with regular opportunities to recap and revisit content, using knowledge retrieval practice to ensure that information is consigned to long-term memory.

There is a broadly chronological structure to the curriculum, focussed mainly on British history and with some studies of wider world history.  Most topics are studied as periods in history and a few are more thematic, focussing on a particular theme over a long period of time.

The key themes that are integrated into the curriculum are cultural, social, economic, political and military history; the history of ideas, science and technology, persecution and oppression and beliefs.  Through social history, we study the diversity of societies so that the experiences of people based on gender and ethnic origins are seen as an integral part of history.

Year 7
 

Autumn Spring Summer

Romans Britain 

Middle Ages

Beliefs and ideas through time

Dark Ages

Tudors & Stuarts

 

Roman Britain

  • Roman Empire (background)
  • Invasion
  • Everyday life
  • Culture & influences from Ancient Greece

Dark Ages

  • Anglo-Saxon migration
  • the unifying of England's kingdoms

Middle Ages

  • Norman invasion
  • castles
  • feudalism
  • church
  • Crusades
  • Wars of the Roses
  • everyday life
  • Black Death

Tudors & Stuarts

  • The Reformation
  • Religious conflict under the Tudors
  • Social history under the Stuarts

Beliefs and ideas through time

  • Beliefs throughout time
  • Religion in classical civilisations
  • Paganism
  • Establishment of world religions
  • The Enlightenment
  • Darwin

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KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential

Year 8  

 
Autumn Spring Summer

The Mughal Empire

Industrial Revolution

Health and Medicine

The British Empire

Democracy in Britain

 

The Mughal Empire

  • The British Raj
  • Akbar
  • Aurangzeb
  • East India Company
  • Robery Clive
  • Bahadur Shah
  • The Indian Rebellion

The British Empire

  • Start of the empire
  • Slavery (world history of, Britain's role)
  • US revolution
  • Expansion of empire
  • Trade and the empire
  • Scramble for Africa

Industrial Revolution

  • Agricultural revolution
  • Industrial revolution (inventions, factories, mining, growth of towns, transport)

Democracy in Britain

  • Monarchy
  • Magna Carta
  • Simon de Montfort and Parliament
  • Civil War 1642-9
  • Inter-regnum
  • French Revolution impact on UK
  • Protest/ Chartists/Reform Act/ Suffragettes

Health and Medicine

  • Health and Medicine through time

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KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential

Year 9 

Autumn Spring Summer

Turning points in the 20th century

 

The Impact of Dictators, Totalitarianism and Genocide on society

Post-War Britain

 

Britain in the 50s and 60s

Britain in the 70s/80s/90s

Turning points in the 20th century

  • World War One (causes and consequences)
  • The Russian Revolution/Communism and impact on the west
  • Wall St Crash
  • Causes of WW2
  • Impact of WW2/Cold War overview
  • the Arab-Israeli conflict and link to the 9/11

The Impact of Dictators, Totalitarianism and Genocide on society 

  • Communism in the USSR/E Europe under Lenin and Stalin
  • the Holocaust
  • Mao's China
  • Pol Pot and Cambodia
  • Post-Cold War Balkans
  • Rwandan Genocide

Post-War Britain

  • Britain in 1945/ the impact of WW2
  • Atlee's government
  • Immigration/Windrush
  • the NHS

Britain in the 50s and 60s

  • 1950s under Macmillan
  • Influences on society from the USA (Rock and Roll /teenager culture/consumerism/Civil Rights/race relations)
  • Swinging 60s and Liberal laws/changes

Britain in the 70s/80s/90s

  • The troubled 70s (unions, strikes)
  • Thatcher's Britain (Miner's strike, the economy, Falklands)
  • Ireland (The troubles, terrorism and The Good Friday Agreement)
  • Overview of New Labour and Austerity Britain in the 2010s

KS4 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential

 


Key Stage 4

Year 10 

Students study the Edexcel/Pearson syllabus, which can be viewed here:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience
  • engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers
  • develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context
  • develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them
  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.
Autumn Spring Summer

Warfare and British Society (1250-present)

London and the Second World War (1939-45)

Early Elizabethan England (1558-88)

Superpower relations and the Cold War (1941-91)

Weimar and Nazi Germany (1918-39)

 

The 4 topics studied are (papers 2 and 3 in Year 10, paper 1 in Year 11):

Paper

Topic

Type of study

Exam time

marks

% of grade

1

Warfare and British Society (1250-present)

Thematic study

1 hour 15 minutes

36

 

 

30%

London and the Second World War (1939-45)

Historic environment

16

2

Early Elizabethan England (1558-88)

British depth study

1 hour 45 minutes

32

 

40%

Superpower relations and the Cold War (1941-91)

Period study

32

3

Weimar and Nazi Germany (1918-39)

Modern Depth Study

1 hour 20 minutes

52

30%

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential

Year 11 

Year 11 have already completed their courses on International Relations and Nazi Germany, which will comprise their Paper 1. They will be revising those topics for their mocks in December. They now have the War & Society Civil War Courses to Complete. 

Autumn Spring Summer

The English Civil War 

War & Society 800-2014

 OCR  GCSE History A Revision

The English Civil War 

  • Relationship between Parliament and Charles I 1629–1642
  • The political and religious impact of war 1642–1642
  • The nature and extent of political and religious change 1649–c.1660

War & Society 800-2014

  • Different types of war
  • Attitudes and responses to war
  • Impacts of war on people
  • Impacts of war on government and politics  

OCR GCSE History A 

Paper 1 

  • International Relations 1918-75
  • Germany: The People and the State 1925-55 

 Paper 2

 Paper 3

  • Castles: Form & Function 10001700
  • The English Civil War 1629-60 

Revision materials and sessions are available for all exam units.

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Examination Board :

OCR 

Course Specification:

OCR GCSE History A(9-1) - J410

Qualification obtained:

GCSE History

 

Additional Information

Useful Reading Material 

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39, by John Wright, Steve Waugh

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91, by John Wright, Steve Waugh

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88, by Barbara Mervyn

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Warfare through time, c1250–present, by Sarah Webb, Ed Podesta

Enrichment 

Trips are currently on hold due to COVID restrictions. We have taken students to the Battlefields, Berlin and on trips in and around London to further supplement their studies.

Virtual Tours 

Anne Frank House Virtual Tour

Explore the annex where Anne Frank hid for more than two years during World War II.

https://www.annefrank.org/en/anne-frank/secret-annex/

Buckingham Palace Virtual Tour

Take a look round Buckingham Palace.

https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace

Natural History Museum

Go on a Fossil Hunting Adventure.

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/360-fossil-hunting-adventure.html

British Museum

Explore every artefact on display at the British Museum.

https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Explore every exhibit the museum has to offer.

https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/z_tour-022.html

 

 

Key Stage 5

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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