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History Trip to Berlin
October 08, 2015
By Amber Heppell-Ranzetta, Year 11 Student
Early starts have never been a teenager’s forte, so it was a delight that we didn’t have to embark on our journey to Luton Airport until a sensible hour,10.00am. Our Year 10 History trip to Berlin had commenced!
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Year 7

Year 7 students are taught in form groups.

Main topics covered

Romans
The rise of the Roman empire
The Roman army
Llife in the Empire and its decline

Medieval Realms
The Norman conquest
How England changed under Norman rule
Medieval life
Problems facing Medieval Kings such as the Black Death and the Peasants' revolt

Assessment Information

Pupils all follow an assessment programme which takes the form of a variety of tasks, each of which develops a key historical skill. These skills include extended writing, source analysis and examining historical interpretations. They are assessed using National Curriculum levels which are reported to parents in a termly report. The assignments are set as either homework or lesson tasks.

Textbook

‘SHP History Year 7’ by Ian Dawson and Maggie Wilson ISBN number: 978-0-340-90733-7

Year 8

Year 8 students are taught in form groups.

Main topics covered

Tudors and Stuarts (following the theme of power)
Henry VIII
Elizabeth I
The English Civil Wars

Industrial Revolution (following the theme of changes to ordinary lives)
Growth of towns
New inventions
Arkwright and the factory system
Living and working conditions
The road to democracy

Empire
The Spanish conquest of the Aztecs
The British Empire
Slavery

Assessment Information

Pupils all follow an assessment programme which takes the form of a variety of tasks, each of which develops a key historical skill. These skills include extended writing, source analysis and examining historical interpretations. They are assessed using National Curriculum levels which are reported to parents in a termly report. The assignments are set as either homework or lesson tasks.

Textbook

'SHP History Year 8' by Chris Culpin, Ian Dawson, Dale Banham, Bethan Edwards and Sally Burnham ISBN number: 978-0-340-90736-8

Year 9

Year 9 students are taught in form groups.

Main topics covered

Civil Rights in America (theme of civil rights)
Abolition of slavery
Martin Luther King
1960s civil rights movement

Nazi Germany (themes of Dictatorship and civil rights)
Rise of Hitler
The Nazi state
The Holocaust

Second World War (theme of effect of war on soldiers and civilians)
Causes of the war
Key turning points
The experience on the Home Front

British Empire (theme of Empire)
Was the British Empire a good thing: experiences of people in India, Gandhi and Indian independence

Assessment Information

Pupils all follow an assessment programme which takes the form of a variety of tasks, each of which develops a key historical skill. These skills include extended writing, source analysis and examining historical interpretations. They are assessed using National Curriculum levels which are reported to parents in a termly report. The assignments are set as either homework or lesson tasks.

Textbook

'SHP History Year 9' by Dale Banham and Ian Luff ISBN number: 978-0-340-90739-9

Year 10 & 11

Taught in mixed ability groups.

Exam Board and Syllabus number: OCR Modern World History B A971

Main topics covered

The USA 1919-41 (Depth Study for Paper 1)
Boom in the 1920s, Jazz age, Prohibition, changing role of women, Red scare, Wall Street Crash, Depression, the 1932 election, the New Deal

Core Content (Paper 1)
Who was to Blame for the Cold War?
Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Why did America Fail in Vietnam?

How was British Society Changed? 1890-1919 (Paper 2)

Russia 1905-1930 (Controlled Assessment)

Assessment Information

Controlled assessment for History will be completed in the Autumn term in Year 11. The students will be writing their controlled assessment over the course of 8 lessons and will finish in time to get in some revision practice before the mocks in November. They will have been taught all the relevant skills and knowledge in the weeks running up to this from the late Summer term onwards.The exam board is OCR Modern World History with the depth study on the USA. We do not use specific revision guides in school but there is one published to work alongside the text book that we use. It is called 'OCR Modern World History Revision Guide' by Ben Walsh and Wayne Birks.

Textbook

OCR GCSE Modern World History by Ben Walsh ISBN number: 978-0-340-98183-2

Year 12 & 13

Exam Board and Syllabus number: OCR History A

Main topics covered

AS
F962 B Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-63
F963 A Civil war and Interregnum 1637-60

A2
F965 Interpretations and Investigations (Coursework) Elizabeth I 1558-1603
F966 B Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964(Themes paper)

Assessment Information

Students complete two examinations in the summer of Year 12 and one examination in the summer of Year 13. They complete coursework in Year 13. Their progress is monitored throughout the year through essay writing.

Textbooks

England 1625-1660 Charles I, the Civil War and Cromwell by Dale Scarboro ISBN Number: 0-7195-7747-0
Democracy and Dictatorship in German 1919-1963 ISBN Number: 978-0-435312-25-1

Staff

  • Miss. R. Fairfax (Subject Leader)
  • Mrs. S. Reilly
  • Mr. R. Sylvester
  • Mr. J. Reid

Facilities

The department has three teaching rooms, each one with overhead projectors and pull down screens over their whiteboards.

Extra Curricular

Year 10 students are given the opportunity to go on a 4 day visit to the Battlefields of the First World

Year 7 students are taken to a local site to see a castle or cathedral