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History

 Across all of the units we study the following key historical skills; knowledge recall; explanation of cause and consequences; source     evaluation.  Each unit will then bring in additional skills such as interpretations and historical significance.  These skills are essential for GCSE History and useful for life beyond compulsory education.   Although the skills we develop each year remain the same, the content, and the application of these skills to more challenging content will allow students to make progress.  Our ultimate aim is for each student to master these skills to the point where they can use them automatically.  The foundation for all of the skills is fluency and confidence with knowledge and we expect this to be developed through the use of our ‘Practice Makes Permanent’ book.

Year 7

Term 1 and 2 - The Middle Ages

Students will study the events surrounding the Battle of Hastings before moving onto the Black Death.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are: knowledge recall; explanation of cause and consequences; source evaluation.

Term 3 and 4 - The Tudors

Students will study Henry VIII and the break with Rome before moving onto the reign of Elizabeth I.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are:  knowledge recall; explanation of cause and consequence; source evaluation; historical interpretations.

Term 5 and 6 - The Stuarts

Students will study the events surrounding the Gunpowder Plot before moving onto the reign of Charles II.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are:  knowledge recall; explanation of cause and consequences; source evaluation; change and continuitYear 8

Year 8

Term 1 and 2 - 1750-1900

Students will study the advances in medicine and health which were made during this period before moving onto looking at crime and punishment.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are:  knowledge recall; explanation of cause and consequence; source evaluation; change and continuity.

Term 3 and 4: The Twentieth Century – War

Students will study the events of World War I before moving onto the conflict in Vietnam.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are:  knowledge recall; explanation of cause and consequence; source evaluation; interpretation.

Term 5 and 6: The Twentieth Century – Change

Students will study how life changed for different social groups during the period before moving onto looking at a series of days which changed the world.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are:  knowledge recall; explanation of cause and consequence; change and continuity; significance.

Year 9

Term 1 - Local History

Students will study the history of Lincoln with a focus on the significance of individuals such as Alfred Tennyson, Isaac Newton, John Franklin and Bishop Hugh of Lincoln.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are:  knowledge recall; explanation of cause and consequence; change and continuity; significance.

Term 2 - Using Evidence

Students will use the historical knowledge they have gained to evaluate and analyse a range of sources.  This introduces students to a more sophisticated level of source analysis which prepares them for the style of questions faced on a typical GCSE History paper.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are:  knowledge recall; source evaluation.

Term 3 and 4 - Interpretation

Students will study people and events that divide opinion amongst historians. Examples include Dunkirk, King John and the Battle of Little Big Horn.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are:  knowledge recall; source evaluation; interpretation.

Term 5 - Archaeology

Students will be encouraged to make connections between academic disciplines through the study of archaeology.  This unit will combine knowledge and skills from different subject areas such as History, Science, Geography and Technology.  The skills we will be developing uring this unit are:  knowledge recall; source evaluation.

Term 6 - The Migrant Experience

Students will be comparing the experience of West Indian migrants to that of Ugandan Asian migrants.  The skills we will be developing during this unit are:  knowledge recall; change and continuity.

Key Stage 4

Course Title:  History
Qualification:  GCSE
Awarding Body:  OCR
Description of Course

During the course students will study for three assessments.  Paper 1 includes Weimar & Nazi Germany, and the Cold War.  Controlled Assessment will be a question about America between 1919 and 1941.  Paper 2 includes, women and the right to vote, Britain during WW1 and poverty in England.

Key Stage 5

Course Title: History
Qualification: AS/A2
Awarding Body: OCR http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/68665-specification.pdf
Examination – 75%                            Coursework – 25%

Pre-requisite Recommendations:
GCSE History preferred (grade C or above)
Candidates with a keen interest in History and an interest in History and the world around them will also be considered.   
A new A Level course will commence from Sept 2015, this will be AQA:
Breadth Study - Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485-1603 (40%)
Depth Study - Unit 2N Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–1953 (40%)
A coursework unit of 3000-3500 words (exact details TBC) worth 20%