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Curriculum Mission Statement

History teaches us about the world in which we live today, who we are, where we come from and asks why? It is the memories of the past that provide a sense of identity, culture and a sense of the community we live in. History is a challenging & interesting subject which deals with big issues like power, discrimination and war. It can inspire students’ curiosity about the past in Britain and around the world. Through the study of History students are able to comprehend and understand the enormity of past events and the influence it has on their lives in modern-day Britain. It helps them to see, and respect, diversity and to understand more about themselves and the impact they can have on society. Students have the opportunity to use knowledge of historic events to influence their personal choices, attitudes and values they hold. History allows students to learn from past events, to ensure that past mistakes are used positively to improve society, but also to draw inspiration from those who have had a positive impact around the world.

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Curriculum/Course Overview

History
KS3 & 4Half Term 1Half Term 2Half Term 3 Half Term 4Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 7

HISTORY SKILLS

THE NORMAN CONQUEST

CONTROL AND CASTLES

KINGS AND POWER

ORDINARY LIFE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

THE BLACK DEATH

 

Year 8

THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

THE SLAVE TRADE

THE FIRST WORLD WAR

THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE HOLOCAUST

Year 9

CONFLICT AND TENSION: 1918-1939

CONFLICT AND TENSION: 1918-1939

CONFLICT AND TENSION: 1918-1939

CONFLICT AND TENSION: 1918-1939

AMERICA 1920-1973, OPPORTUNITY AND EQUALITY

AMERICA 1920-1973, OPPORTUNITY AND EQUALITY

Year 10 AMERICA 1920-1973, OPPORTUNITY AND EQUALITY AMERICA 1920-1973, OPPORTUNITY AND EQUALITY AMERICA 1920-1973, OPPORTUNITY AND EQUALITY

BRITAIN: HEALTH AND THE NATION

BRITAIN: HEALTH AND THE NATIONBRITAIN: HEALTH AND THE NATION
 Year 11BRITAIN: HEALTH AND THE NATIONNORMAN ENGLAND 1066-1100

NORMAN ENGLAND 1066-1100

NORMAN ENGLAND 1066-1100REVISION / EXAM PREPARATIONREVISION / EXAM PREPARATION

How the subject supports pupils in making progress

In History, we want to ensure our pupils make as much progress as possible toward achieving their targets and fulfilling their potential. We therefore provide the following support:

  • Intervention sessions aimed at KS4 students to offer support and to address areas for development.
  • Weekly revision sessions for Year 11 students throughout the year to help support revision.
  • Providing individual feedback specific to the needs of each pupil to ensure they are aware of the steps they must take to develop their skills and knowledge.
  • Regular and challenging homework to consolidate and extend learning, communicated to parents/carers using ‘Show My Homework’
  • Half-termly action plans to identify any pupils performing below expectations and implementing measures to support them in bridging any knowledge gaps and addressing misconceptions
  • Evaluation of individual pupils and any ‘barriers to progress’ with action plans to overcome these

Assessment & Feedback

At Key Stage 3, pupils are measured against ‘age expectations’ meaning that a set of expectations is established in Year 7 that we would like all Year 7 pupils to be able to demonstrate, if they are to be on-track to achieve a good grade by GCSE. The level of expectation then increases appropriately in Year 8. Pupils will either be working ‘toward’, ‘at’ or ‘greater than’ their age expected level. Please click here for the History Age Expected Levels

In History, at both KS3 and KS4, pupils are given regular extended writing exam questions based on the new GCSE specification to practice their exam writing skills. Students also complete an ‘end of topic’ assessment in which they are tasked with demonstrating the skills developed throughout the unit of study they’ve just completed. Teachers then provide individual feedback on the work produced and give the pupils the opportunity to respond to the feedback, addressing misconceptions and deepening their understanding of the topic.

Staffing

Mrs L. Southwick  – Head of Humanities

Miss E.Blythe – Acting Subject Leader

Miss Blythe joined the school in April 2016. Having taught GCSE and A-Level History, Miss Blythe was keen to join Sandhill View’s History Department to help establish and embed the new GCSE curriculum introduced in September 2015. Miss Blythe has a taken an active role to ensure that the new KS3 and KS4 curriculums on offer provide a challenging and stimulating range of topics that students are interested in, as well as provide them with the key skills necessary to ensure success at GCSE.

Useful Links

• http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/

• http://www.historyonthenet.com/

• www.showmyhomework.co.uk