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Blackfen School for Girls

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History

‘Welcome to History part of the Humanities Faculty at Blackfen’

History fires students’ curiosity and imagination, inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It also helps students to develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels.

Key stage 3: Years 7-9

Year 7

Term

Unit of Work  Key question:

Summary

Autumn term 1

What did the Romans and Julius Caesar actually do for us?

Students are introduced to the skills a historian uses through studying the Romans. Students learn how the size and strength of Rome was the cause of its rise and downfall. Students will investigate why the Romans had an Empire and how this affected our way of life in Britain. They consider whether Julius Caesar played a long lasting role in Kent’s history.

Autumn Term 2

What happened when the Romans left Britain?

Students learn about the key features of Anglo Saxon England and compare how much society changed after Roman occupation ended.

Spring Term 1

How would local people have viewed the building of Rochester Castle and Cathedral?

Students learn what a castle was for and how defending and attacking castles changed over time. Students enter a competition to build the best castle.

Spring Term 2

What was it like to be a king in the Middle Ages?

Students consider the nature of Medieval Kingship looking at the mystery surrounding Rufus’ death and problems between Crown and Church through investigation of the famous murder of Thomas Becket. Year 7 visit Canterbury to help with their assessment.

Summer Term 1

How were the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the building of Danson Park connected?

Students consider how the Empire began, where colonies were and what the slave trade was. Students learn who John Boyd was and where he got his wealth from.

Summer Term 2

“Victorian Towns were horrible places to live” or were they?

Students use primary evidence to investigate living and working conditions in the Victorian period. Students explain what the census reveal about life in Bexley and what the workhouse records tell us. Students argue the extent life was horrible for people in the Victorian period.

Year 8

Term

Unit of Work Key Question:

Summary

Autumn term 1

“William didn’t conquer Britain- he created it!” How far do you agree?

Students focus on developing source skills looking at how far the Normans changed Britain. Year 8 visit the Tower of London to support their assessment.

Autumn Term 2

Was the Black Death a disaster?

Students deploy the skill of interpretation to discover how different groups of people were affected by the Black Death and how long it took for the status quo to be returned to normal.

Spring Term 1

What helped the people more Magna Carta, the Black Death or the Peasants' Revolt?

Students learn how medieval society had altered so much that there was a call for political change from the people. Students weigh up the effects of three key events to decide which was most significant in helping to win this struggle.

Spring Term 2

Why did Henry VIII break from Rome?

Students explore the factors involved in Henry VIII’s Break from Rome and evaluate the effect that the Reformation had on the population.

Summer Term 1

Who had more impact on England Guy Fawkes or Oliver Cromwell?

Students explore the concept of significance by comparing and contrasting two controversial figures of British History.

Summer Term 2

"The Death of Louis XVI was not the goal of the revolutionaries." How far do you agree?

Students investigate the causes of the French Revolution and the original goals of the revolution. Students are presented with evidence to suggest that some wanted to execute the King while others wanted him to live.

Year 9

Term

Unit of Work Key Question:

Summary

Autumn term 1

Why was Slavery abolished?

Why did indigenous peoples lose their lands?

Students consider the causes of the abolition of Slavery. Students weigh up the main reason with slavery was abolished in Britain and discuss how the issue of slavery relates to the world around them today.

Students investigate the treatment of indigenous peoples post abolition. They conduct an independent research enquiry in answer to the key question making links across continents, diversity, cause and consequence of the impact of migration.

Autumn Term 2

Does Emmeline Pankhurst deserve her reputation as the ‘Mother of Womens’ Liberation’?

Students are presented with three distinct protest groups. They evaluate the impact of each group on the fight for sexual equality.

Spring Term 1

Who was to blame for the Titanic Disaster?

General Haig: The Butcher of the Somme? How far do you agree?

Students weigh up the evidence and reach a conclusion as to who they think deserves to be blamed for the sinking of the Titanic.

Students investigate different views of who was to blame for the failure of the Battle of the Somme. They combine sources and own knowledge to argue reasons for the failure, arguing for and against the role of General Haig as most to blame.

Spring Term 2

Was Hobsbawn (historian) correct in his theory that World Wars I&II were one long war?

World War II had the biggest effect on…?

Students use a range of evidence and historical interpretations to investigate theory that World War II was a continuation of World War I.

Students compare and contrast key events to evaluate the long term impact of World War II on different countries. Students consider the differing nature of interpretations in light of their enquiry.

Summer Term 1

What can Hollywood teach us about the Cold War?

Students focus in on the role of media in influencing our interpretations of modern conflict.

Summer Term 2

‘He who fails to learn from history is doomed to repeat it.’ – Conflict in the 21st Century.

Students compare current world conflict and those in the past in order to explain patterns in causation.

KS4 – GCSE History (New Specification starting in 2016)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course:

Paper 1

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the

trenches.

Paper 2

Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

Paper 3

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

KS4 – GCSE History SHP B

Exam board: Edexcel GCSE

Course: History B (Schools History Project) 2HB0;

  • 5HBO1/1A: Medicine and Treatment
  • 5HBO2/2C: Life in Germany c.1919-c.1945
  • 5HBO3/3A: The Transformation of Surgery c.1845-c.1918
  • 5HBO4/CA6: Government and Protest in the USA, 1945-70

External link to exam board website is: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/history/b/Pages/default.aspx

Students learn about change and continuity over time as they journey through the History of Medicine. Through the topic of Civil Rights in America, students explore how the past has been interpreted differently. Studying Nazi Germany offers the students to focus in depth on a significant period in History. Students use different pieces of evidence to argue how and why there were developments in surgical practice.

Year 10 (New 2016 Specification)

Term

Unit(s) of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939

Students learn about the impact of WWI on Germany. They study and are able to explain why Hitler was able to come to power in 1933. Students investigate how Hitler gained total power and control over Germany. They consider the reasons for his dictatorial powers.

Autumn Term 2

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939

Students compare how different life was for ordinary Germans during Nazi rule from changes women experienced to intolerance of minority groups. Students consider how it was the Nazi’s were able to persecute minority groups.

Spring Term 1

Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-91

Students examine the origins of the Cold War and consider the causes, events and consequences of events that resulted in the division of Europe.

Spring Term 2

Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-91

Students concentrate on the breakdown of relations between the USA and the Soviet Union. They examine attempts to reduce tension between the two countries and analyse how the Cold war came to an end.

Summer Term 1

Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-40

Students learn about the rule of Henry VIII and his relationship with his minister Wolsey. They examine how much influence Wolsey had over the King and what factors led to Wolsey’s downfall.

Summer Term 2

Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-40

Students examine the relationship between Henry and his minister Cromwell. They consider Cromwell’s rise to power and his subsequent downfall. Students will also examine the changes Henry VIII made to this country in terms of religion.

Year 11

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Medicine and Treatment

Students continue their thematic journey through a developmental study of knowledge and understanding of the cause of disease from Medieval period to the Renaissance era. Students investigate the role of new technologies and the birth of science in developing medical understanding and treatment.

Autumn Term 2

Medicine and Treatment

Students finish their course looking back from the 21st Century to the Ancient world to evaluate how far medical practice had changed or ideas had stayed the same. Students consider the role of different factors which have helped and/or hindered change for the better.

Spring Term 1

Government and Protest in the USA, 1945-70

Students investigate the Civil Rights Movement in the USA from 1900 to the 1960s. Students reach their own conclusions about which events or individuals they have studied had the most impact on bringing equality to African Americans.

Spring Term 2

Government and Protest in the USA, 1945-70

Students continue to learn about the fight to reduce discrimination in the USA with the focus on investigating different representations of the past. Students complete all three parts of their controlled assignment in this term.

Summer Term 1

Life in Germany c.1919-c.1945

The Transformation of Surgery c.1845-c.1918

Medicine and Treatment

Students prepare for their exams with booster lessons focused on exam skill and reviewing course content as appropriate.