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CURRICULUM INTENT: HISTORY

Our aim is for all students to develop an intellectual curiosity. We expect our students to develop confidence through reasoning, debate, analysis and reflection. Through our lessons we want our students to learn respect and tolerance for each other, for different ideas, for other cultures and acquire an appreciation of global citizenship.

We promote resilience by encouraging students to challenge each other’s ideas through enquiry based learning and challenging accepted knowledge by analyses of differing historical interpretations. Ultimately our aim is to create the students of the future who don’t just accept information but objectively question it and come to an informed decision.

 

History is a popular subject at The Burgate School and continues to be one of the largest option groups at GCSE and A-Level. Teaching in the History Department is conducted through a range of activities: working with a variety of historical sources, performing role plays, staging class debates and using videos. Alongside this, there are opportunities for GCSE and A level students to participate in trips both at home and abroad to support their courses.

The History Department is committed to improving literacy across the curriculum. Our lessons focus on the traditional skills of historical enquiry and using evidence but also communicating about the past through extended writing tasks and oral presentations.

 


History Curriculum Guide

Year 7

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

When was the healthiest time to live?

  • Romans
  • C14England
  • Industrial Britain

Was Medieval England all doom and gloom?

Autumn 2

What made Britain great?

  • Factory Conditions
  • The British Empire
  • Slavery

How useful is the antique plate for showing us what the British Empire was like?

Spring 1

Did Martin Luther King’s dream come true?

  • 54th Massachusetts regiment
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Civil Rights movement in America

How significant was the Emancipation Proclamation?

 

Spring 2

What have foreigners done for us?

  • Romans
  • Normans
  • Immigration 1066-1900
  • Modern immigration

 

How significant was the Battle of Hastings?

 

Summer 1

Who did the best job of ruling England?

  • King John
  • Henry VIII
  • Mary I

Does Bloody Mary deserve her title?

Summer 2

Who did the best job of ruling England?

  • Elizabeth I
  • James I and the gunpowder plot
  • Charles I and the English Civil War
 Why was Charles executed in 1649?

 

Year 8

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

How did WWI affect women and men in Britain?

  • Women before and after the war
  • Causes of WWI

Why were some women given the vote in 1918?

(Causation)


 

Autumn 2

How did WWI affect women and men in Britain?

  • Life in the trenches
  • The Battle of the Somme
  • Family research project

Does Haig deserve his title of Butcher of the Somme?

(Historical interpretations)

Spring 1

How similar was WWII to WWI?

  • How worried was Britain about an invasion?
  • Dunkirk
  • Battle of Britain and Operation Barbarossa
Dunkirk (Historical interpretations)

Spring 2

How similar was WWII to WWI?

  • D-Day
  • End of WWII in Europe

D-Day projects

Summer 1

How did WWII affect people worldwide?

  • Jewish people pre-Nazis
  • Life under Nazi rule
  • Dresden

Letter to the Mayor of Dresden/Should Bomber Harris’ statue be removed?

Summer 2

How did WWII affect people worldwide?

  • WWII in the Far East
  • Atomic bomb
  • We didn’t start the fire project
Was Truman right to drop the bomb?

 

Year 9

Specification:  AQA

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Germany and the growth of democracy
1890 – 1918

  • Kaiser Wilhelm II and the difficulties of ruling Germany
  • Germany during WWI
  • Germany by 1918 
Effects of war on Germany

Autumn 2

Weimar Germany and the aims of the peacemakers  

  • Aims of the Big Three
  • The Versailles settlement
  • Post-war problems for Germany
  • The Stresemann era 
The Treaty of Versailles

Spring 1

The League of Nations

  • Aims and structure
  • The League in the 1920s
  • The League and the Depression
  • The League in the 1930s
The League of Nations

Spring 2

The Depression and the rise of the Nazi Party

  • Hitler’s rise to power 1933
  • Hitler’s consolidation of power 1933-1934
  • Economic improvements

The Depression and Hitler’s rise to power

Summer 1

Nazi Social Policy

  • Women
  • Youth
  • Oppression and the Church
  • Kristallnacht
Nazi Policy

Summer 2

Nazi Social Policy

  • Holocaust
  • Nazi methods of control
  • Opposition to the Nazi Party
Nazi Policy

 

Year 10

Specification:  AQA

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Outbreak of WWII

  • Nazi expansion 1933-1939
  • Appeasement
  • Nazi Soviet Pact
  • Responsibility

Causes of WWII

Autumn 2

The start of Elizabeth’s reign

  • Elizabeth’s early life
  • Problems in 1558
  • How Elizabeth maintained authority
  • Religious settlement
 Elizabeth in 1558

Spring 1

Troubles at home and abroad

  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Northern Revolt
  • Catholic plots
  • Execution of Mary Queen of Scots
  • Relations with England and Spain
  • The Spanish Armada
Elizabeth’s problems

Spring 2

The ‘Golden Age’

  • The rise of the gentry
  • Changes in fashion and architecture
  • The theatre
  • Increases in poverty
  • Circumnavigation and impact of voyages
  • The historic environment of Elizabethan England

Historic environment question

Summer 1

Paper 1 revision

Paper 1 exam questions

Summer 2

Paper 1 revision

Paper 1 exam questions

 

Year 11

Specification:  AQA

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Challenging authority and feudalism

  • Constraints on kingship
  • The origins of Parliament
  • Medieval revolt and royal authority

Challenging Royal authority

  • Popular uprisings against the crown
  • Divine right and parliamentary authority

Peasants’ Revolt

Autumn 2

Reform and Reformers

  • The extension of the franchise
  • Protest and change
  • Workers movements

Chartism

 

 

Spring 1

Equality and rights

  • Women’s rights
  • Worker’s rights
  • Minority rights

Thematic question

Spring 2

Paper 2 Revision

Paper 2 exam questions

Summer 1

Paper 2 Revision

Paper 2 exam questions

 

Year 12

Specification:  AQA

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

 Autumn 1

Tudors / Cold War

Henry VII

The origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949

Interpretations of Henry VII  source question

Responsibility of America for the collapse of the Grand Alliance

Autumn 2

Tudors / Cold War

Henry VII

The widening Cold War

Henry VII essay style question

American success in Japan

Spring 1

 Tudors / Cold War

Henry VIII

The widening Cold War

Interpretations of Wolsey source question

The causes of the Korean War

Spring 2

Tudors / Cold War

Henry VIII

The Global War

Henry VIII essay style question

 

Khrushchev and Peaceful Coexistence

Summer 1

Tudors / Cold War

Henry VIII

The Global War.

Revision

Revision

Summer 2

A2 course begins:

Non Examined Unit: Britain in the 20th Century

Draft of the NEA

Non Examined Unit

 

Year 13

Specification:  AQA

 

Unit Description

Learning Landmark

Autumn 1

Tudors / Cold War

Edward VI

AS exam result

Autumn 2

Tudors / Cold War

Mary I

Non Examined Assessment: Britain in the 20th Century

Spring  1

Tudors / Cold War

Elizabeth I

Interpretations: Mid-Tudor Crisis source question

Spring  2

Tudors / Cold War

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I: essay style question

Summer

Tudors / Cold War

Revision

Final Exams