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History - Key Stage 3

Why study History?

Students will learn about a range of contemporary and historical global issues. This is to help students understand that Humanities has a holistic element to the subjects and also to deepen understanding of how the UK and Plymouth links to the wider world such as discovery and reasons of migration, values of democracy and freedom & how Plymouth played a role in the UK becoming a key international player.

In Yr7 we focus on Mayflower 400 thematic SoL – which covers History key skills such as cause/consequence, chronology, similarity/difference and significance. Furthermore, coverage of topics such as the Reformation helps prepare students for later study in History. The Norman Invasion and its consequences. Human Trafficking in the 17th-19th Centuries –introduces students to skills required to analyse and evaluate primary sources and historical interpretations. This fits the ‘ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901’ element of the national curriculum. Developments in Medicine Through Time – Designed as a breadth study this is intended to further develop students key skills of change, continuity, similarity and difference. Britain and the First World War –covers the ‘challenges to Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901-present’ requirement in the national curriculum.

Students will be provided with a range of assessments ranging from Low Stake Tests, at the start of every lesson, to develop knowledge recall and retention through to end of unit assessments (which will be similar to GCSE style exams). We also provide opportunities for students to be assessed through presentations, reports etc

Students undertake local enquiry fieldwork in the city so as to develop crucial historical skills and techniques. It also enables the students to ask questions about the world around them.

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History - Key Stage 4

Why study History?

History is an optional subject that enables our students to learn about past events and the people who’ve influenced history. It will allow them to understand how the world got to the point it’s at now and how it may continue to develop in the future.

Yr9 the students cover the units of The People’s Health and the Elizabethans. In Yr10 the students follow the units of The Making of America and the Local Site Study and in yr11 they finish with the theme of Life in Nazi Germany.

Students will be provided with a range of assessments ranging from Low Stake Tests, at the start of every lesson, to develop knowledge recall and retention through to end of unit assessments (which will be similar to GCSE style exams). Students sit mock examinations at the end of yr10, in November & March of their Yr11 studies.

Residential opportunity to one of three pre-determined sites: Auschwitz, Munich or the Battlefields of WWI which consolidate History learned at KS3 and fit with the Nazi GCSE unit. History Local Study fieldwork visit to Buckland Abbey. Visit to American History Museum and Gardens, near Bath, to enrich learning of the Making of America unit.

Revision guides available for purchase at subsidized rate for the GCSE examinations. The department also supports students with small group and one to one sessions after school to develop examination and coursework skills.