History

Vision / Intent:

History at New Line Learning encourages students to enquire about past events. The course allows students to acquire knowledge and an understanding of the past. It gives them the opportunity to investigate historical events, people and issues from a wide range of historical periods. Students will use a variety of historical sources critically. It develops an understanding of how the past has been represented and interpreted.

The Department:

The History Department is part of the Humanities Faculty.  Currently there are two rooms dedicated to the study of History. These rooms have recently been re-modelled and appropriately equipped to enable students to explore the past through a range of resources.   

Mr A. Nash - Lead History teacher

The Curriculum:

At Key Stage 3, students study a range of medieval, early modern and modern history. Vital skills, necessary to be successful in the GCSE, are developed across the three-year Key Stage 3 programme of study.

Year 7:

In Year 7, students begin with a study around causation: specifically, what enabled William Duke of Normandy to be successful in the Battle of Hastings. Students then move on to look at the mechanisms employed by William to maintain control of his new conquest after 1066. They complete an early modern history unit which scrutinises the details and events of the Tudor Age. This scheme of work has a clear focus on the religious change and continuity of the era. An important unit studied within Year 7 is the rise and fall of the slave trade.

Year 8:

Students begin to look in more detail at different eras of history within Year 8.  In term 1 the students look at Britain during the Industrial Revolution.  Following this they then move onto analyse key events of the 20th century. A focus is the First World War and then the causes and events of the Second World War. Students complete an in-depth study of the Holocaust before completing a course on a topic beyond British history. The final study is looking at the successes of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA in the 1950s and 60s.

Year 9:

The Year 9, the scheme of work looks to pave the way to GCSE success by bringing into the Key Stage 3 curriculum some of the elements of the GCSE course. Students study the causes and consequences of the French Revolution before completing a study of the British Empire. From term 3 students focus on a breadth study on Crime and Punishment before moving on to look at Whitechapel and the murders of Jack the Ripper.

Assessment at Key Stage 3:

Assessment at Key Stage 3 will take a variety of forms, but essentially students will be tested each term against a variety of skills. The format of the assessments will reflect the key skills required for GCSE. These will include written communication, knowledge and understanding, and source interpretation and evaluation. These will inform students and parents / carers of progress against target grades in the termly reports. In Year 9, assessments will take place which are more closely tied to the explicit demands of the GCSE specification.

KS4

The syllabus that students will study is Edexcel (1HI0). The course consists of the following core content:

  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1943 - 1991
  • Germany 1918 - 1939 (The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany)
  • Crime and Punishment 1000 to the present day; case study on Whitechapel 1850 - 1910 (including an investigation into the Jack the Ripper murders)
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558 – 88

Assessment at KS4:

Assessment is carried out at the end of the course and consists of the following:

Written Exam 30% Paper 1 - 1hr 15 minutes
Written Exam 40% Paper 2 - 1hr 45 minutes
Written Exam 30% Paper 3 - 1hr 20 minutes

Opportunities:

This course is an excellent foundation for students to study History at A-level.  It can work alongside courses in Archaeology, Economics, Classical Studies, Modern Foreign Languages, English, History of Art, Law, Politics and Religious Studies.

There are many possible careers that History can be used. The following are just some of opportunities History can open-up to an historian:  Law, politics, journalism, social work, T.V. research, accountancy, archaeology, museum studies, architect, historical charities such as the National Trust and the Armed Forces.  

Enrichment

The History department recognises the value of trips and visits. There are a number planned for this academic year:

Year 11 London Dungeon, Year 10 Whitechapel, Year 9 London Dungeon, Year 8 Ypres, Year 7 Mountfitchet.

Weekly intervention sessions are held for both KS3 and KS4 students. These are delivered according to the needs / requirements of the students in attendance.

Assessment & Key Performance Indicators 

Assessment:

Assessment at Key Stage 3:

Students at NLL complete an assessment at the end of each academic term.  In longer terms students will complete a mid-term assessment. Assessments in history are based on the Edexcel GCSE exam questions but also include a series of knowledge and/or comprehension questions to allow access for the students with a lower aspiration than grade 1. The questions are structured and assessed using the GCSE criteria but the questions are written so that students in KS3 can access the language used in the question. Sentence starters are included to help students structure their answers. After the assessment is marked students will complete a reflection sheet and consider their progress and how they can improve. Students can use their KPI sheet to set their own targets. Midterm assessments will be completed in exercise books but end of term assessments will be placed in the student’s folder. The reflection sheet will be stored alongside the assessment.

Assessment at Key Stage 4:

In GCSE history students complete a range of questions based on the Edexcel exam questions which are taken from sample examination papers, text books or created by the classroom teacher.  Though students will be assessed at GCSE on sources in paper 3 they will be tested on sources throughout the course. Exam questions will be set at appropriate times in the course.  In general students should be completing an exam question every three or so lessons. These questions can consist of shorter 4 mark or 12 mark questions.  Some of these assessments will be completed in exercise books. Students will practice 16 mark questions in books but more often students should complete these on paper and then complete a reflection sheet. The reflection sheet will allow the students to consider how they can improve their answer.  Assessment sheets and reflection will be stored in the assessment folder. GCSE students in year 11 will complete formal assessments (Mocks) in line with the school calendar.

How do staff and students within the department use KPIs?

These are used in three cycles by the teacher to inform the students of how they are currently progressing. Teachers update the KPIs every two terms. The first time the KPIs are completed by staff will be at the end of Term 1/start of Term 2. This process will be repeated at the end of term 3/start of term 4 and the start of term 6.    

Students will have access to the KPIs in lessons. The students can use the KPIs to help them inform their progress. Students should be able to see whether they are emerging, developing, secure or mastering in the key areas of assessment. Students will be able to determine how they are progressing in the following areas: analysing the causes of historical events; analysing the consequences of historical events; analysing the changes throughout history; analysing continuity throughout history; analysing the significance of events and to analyse historical sources.

Where are the KPIs located?

During term 1 students across both key stages will be given assessment folders. There are different coloured folders for each year group KPIs will be located in.

Where will assessed work be found?

From term 1 assessment folders will be located in the teaching classroom. Where resources and teaching space allows folders will be located in boxes labelled with the teaching group.

How often will students complete an assessed piece of work?

Students in KS3 will complete an assessment every term. This will be done when the students have completed the course of study. In terms which are longer students will complete a mid-term assessment. At the end of the year students will complete an end of year assessment.

Students in Key Stage 4 will complete regular assessments. Students will complete questions based on the GCSE Edexcel 9-1 course. The questions will follow the structure set out in the sample exam papers, past papers, text books or revision guides. Year 10 and 11 students will complete mock exams. The timetable for mock exams will follow the school calendar.

What measures does the department complete to ensure the assessment outcomes are accurate?

Post marking of assessments a selection will be reviewed. On Monday following the marking of assessments staff will complete a “moderation Monday”. During this meeting quality assurance process will take place. Members of the department will select pieces of work and re mark them.  This mark and the original mark will be compared. A discussion will then take place about the differences and similarities. Any issues with marking should then be made apparent. Appropriate action then to make adjustments or corrections then can be made.

Rationale behind marking within your department.

Post marking of papers students are returned their assessments. The assessment is then analysed by the student. The students should complete a feedback form. The form will allow the students to reflect on their learning and make corrections. 

Key Performance Indicators: