Head of Department:

Mrs R Champion

Subject Overview:

History is a popular subject at New Line Learning Academy and students are given the opportunity to study a broad range of topics. This includes a good balance between British, European and World History. History is taught explicitly at Key Stage 3 and 4, and is offered to students as part of the Sixth Form based at Cornwallis. History is a popular academic choice when students pick their GCSE options.

Key Stage 3 

Key Stage 3 Overview:

At Key Stage 3, students study a range of medieval, early modern and modern history as well as the prescribed content of the new National Curriculum. These include Slavery and the Holocaust. Whilst Year 9 is taught as part of the Key Stage 3 offer, some of the GCSE content is included in schemes of work. This includes the exciting Whitechapel unit, where students get to delve into the mystery surrounding ‘Jack the Ripper!’ Students will also complete a depth study into the Industrial Revolution, and look at the religious roller-coaster that was the Tudor era. 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, and to be precise a study surrounding 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. 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. They complete an early modern history unit which scrutinise 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. Students also complete a world study, by looking at the successes of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA in the 1950s and 60s. Students complete an in depth study of the Holocaust in Year 8.

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 new GCSE. The new GCSE specifications have considerably more content than previous year, and therefore students will complete units on Whitechapel and the murders of Jack the Ripper as well as a breadth study on Crime and Punishment. Essential GCSE skills will be developed throughout this year of study.

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. These will include written communication, knowledge and understanding, and source interpretation and evaluation. These will inform students termly reports. In Year 9, assessments will take place which are more closely tied to the explicit demands of the GCSE specifications.

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 Overview:

The History Department follows the Edexcel specification in Year 10 and Year 11. Currently, the department completes the Paper 1000 year breath study on Crime and Punishment alongside the Whitechapel depth study. Paper 2 consists of the early modern unit on the ‘Early Elizabethan Age’ and the modern history unit on the Cold War between 1945 and 1991. The final paper covers Weimar and Nazi Germany.

Years 10 and 11:

In Year 10, students will complete the Weimar and Nazi Germany course. This is a breadth unit and will take up a significant amount of the Year 10 programme. Significant time will be given within lessons and in the build up to assessments to develop students source skills and examination technique. Upon completion of this unit, and a formal assessment, students will then move on to the Cold War unit which forms part of Paper 2.

In Year 11, the students will complete the Cold War unit followed by the Elizabethan England unit. These units are formed entirely of own knowledge questions. It is anticipated that the course will be complete by term 3 in Year 11, allowing for a sophisticated programme of revision based on the principles of diagnosis, therapy, testing.

Assessment at Key Stage 4:

Students will complete an informal assessment every term to ensure students are being assessed against the specification demands. This will inform targeted interventions and next learning steps. In Year 10, students will have formal PPEs in term 6. This will be followed in Year 11 by two fulls sets of pre-public examinations. Please be aware there is no coursework/controlled assessment available to History students.