Mrs Janet Smith - smithj@wellandparkacademy.com


Key Stage 3:

In History, we feel that the chronology of events is an important aspect to know for students and at KS3 this structures the work we do from Year 7 to year 9.

· We begin with basic concepts and skills in year 7 including looking at chronology, bias and interpretations. We move on to look at key events in Medieval England such as the Battle of Hastings, Magna Carta, Black Death and the Peasants revolt. We also look at a thematic study of Crime and punishment across the ages to give them a sense of change through time.

· In Year 8 we look at the Tudors and Stuarts focussing on interpretations of the key individuals such as Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell. We look at the reign of Elizabeth I which links to some of the courses we pick up later at GCSE. In the latter part of the year, we focus on the time of the Industrial Revolution, empire and slavery.

· In Year 9 we concentrate on the Modern World with the Twentieth Century focusing on the conflict and change brought about by two world wars. We also look at the Holocaust and lessons that can be learnt from racism and prejudice. We also begin to look at the first unit in the GCSE-USA 1920 -1973

· Within this chronology, we look at themes and depth studies to help students see the bigger picture such as in crime and punishment and slavery as well as the more specific details of a time such as the Holocaust. Within all these topics, we try to develop key knowledge as well as the development of analysis skills, judgement and understanding of second-order historical concepts such as cause and effect and continuity and change.

Key Stage 4:

The GCSE History course covers three eras of History

1. Medieval

2. Early Modern

3. Modern times

The students at Welland Park will study the following options:

Paper 1

America 1920-1973- This unit includes the boom and bust years looking at the American dream and the divided society which leads to racial tension and the civil rights movement. It focuses on prohibition and gangsters, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression and its effects and the struggle for equality.

Conflict and tension between East and West 1945-1972- This unit focuses on the Cold War and the conflict between the USSR and the USA including events such as the Berlin Blockade and wall, the space race, Vietnam and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Paper 2

Britain: Power and the People. This unit studies the development of the power struggle of the people in Britain including Magna Carta, the English Civil War, The American Revolution, protest and reform and women’s rights. It concentrates on causes and methods of protest and their impact on who has power.

Elizabethan England c1568-1603- This unit focuses on the key events of Elizabeth’s reign as an in-depth study. These include conflicts over religion and with Spain and the Elizabethan Golden Age. This course links to a study of historic building or site from the period.

At KS4 the History course is split into international topics in paper 1 and British History in paper 2. We have chosen to overlap the study of the USA 1920-1973 with the Cold War 1945- 1973 as this enables the students to connect ideas together. In the British paper, we have to study a large thematic unit and we felt that the study of Power and the People which focusses on the struggle for greater say against inequalities was one that was important for students to understand and the depth study of Elizabeth I linked in well to the Year 8 foundation course on the Tudors.

Key skills are taught throughout the courses looking at developing the ability to analyse historical events using second-order historical concepts, evaluate and use sources and interpretations to make judgements in the context of historical periods.

At KS3 we test both knowledge and skills through unit tests. From year 8 onwards we start to develop some of the key question styles from GCSE in scaffolded formats in many cases to aid the understanding of students. These are all grade according to GCSE grades 1-9 There is also a baseline test when students arrive at Welland Park and exams at the end of Year 7 and 8.

KS4 History GCSE – AQA 8145 course.

It is 100% externally examined. There are two papers- Paper 1 is the international relations paper looking at USA 1920-1973 and the Cold War 1945-1972. Paper 2 is the British paper looking at Britain Power and the People thematic study 1215- present day and a depth study on Elizabethan England 1568-1603. Each written paper is 2 hours long and worth 50% of the GCSE, 84 marks are allocated to each paper with 40 marks for each unit.  4 marks are given for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology. 

Careers to which this subject might be linked…

History gives students the ability to construct arguments and communicate their findings in a coherent and persuasive way. It encourages students to think critically and analytically to solve problems and understand varying viewpoints. It develops independent research skills and the ability to use the information to form opinions based on evidence. These skills are transferable to many high-level careers within the civil service, law, journalism, teaching at all levels, publishing, media, advertising and politics, along with careers directly associated with History such as museum curators, heritage managers, researchers and tourism.