Welcome to the curriculum page for History.  The curriculum is delivered in three specialist rooms, supported by a wide variety of resources and specialist IT equipment.

History is taught as a discreet subject within the Humanities Faculty.  Within lessons pupils are challenged to be creative thinkers and reflective learners through a variety of engaging learning activities.  Excellent literacy is a fundamental skill needed to achieve in both these subjects and therefore there is a strong element of literacy underpinning teaching and learning within Humanities.   All Humanities staff understand the importance of learning outside the classroom and the Humanities faculty is committed to increasing the fieldwork and outside learning opportunities offered.

Styles of teaching range from the formal delivery of lessons through to independent enquiry and group work. The study and evaluation of a range of sources such as documents, artefacts, pictures, photographs, films, music, oral accounts and guest speakers are central to our approach.I.C.T. is used regularly to ensure that pupils are able to access a wide variety of web based sources. Visits to historic sites are seen as an integral part of the course and are organised whenever possible in KS3 and KS4.

In line with school policy, pupils are taught in banded groups. These are influenced initially by KS2 English results. However, departmental assessments take place at regular intervals and movement between groups occurs throughout the year.

Departmental staff

The History Department is staffed by 4 members of staff.

  • Mrs K Anderton - Head of Department
  • Mrs S Robinson
  • Mrs L Whiting
  • Mrs R Weeden
  • Mrs Wood

Curriculum

Year 7

Lesson contact time is two hours per week.  The topics followed are:

  • What is History?
  • The story of Britain up to 1066
  • The Norman Conquest
  • How religious were people in the Middle Ages?
  • Life in the Middle Ages
  • Keeping Law and Order
  • Health and medicine
  • England at War
  • Introduction to the Tudors

Year 8

Lesson contact time is two hours per week.  The topics followed are:

  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts
  • England’s Civil War
  • Cromwell’s Commonwealth
  • The Restoration
  • Slavery
  • Industrialisation

Year 9

Lesson contact time is two hours per week.  The topics followed are:

  • Social Reform 1906 - 1918
  • World War One
  • The Rise of Dictators
  • World War Two
  • The Holocaust
  • Twentieth Century World

Year 10

Lesson contact time is three hours per week.  The topics followed are:

  • Medicine in Britain c1250 to the present
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941 - 1991

Year 11

Lesson contact time is three hours per week.  The topics followed are:

  • Medicine in Britain c1250 to the present
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941 - 1991

Equipment

To support your son’s learning and engagement in this subject he needs to have:

  • Blue or black pen x 2
  • Green pen
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Planner

It will also help him if he has:

  • Set of colouring pens or pencils
  • Set of highlighters
  • A pair of compasses

Aiming Higher - Medicine

Resources

To support your son, resources are available on the school’s VLE, vle.westhillschool.co.uk.  We also make use of the following websites:

In Years 7 to 9, there are textbooks available which you may wish to purchase to support your son:

In Years 10 and 11 we use the textbooks:

  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel Medicine Through Time c.1250-present. Ian Dawson ISBN 9781471861376
  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39. Steve Waugh, John Wright ISBN 9781471861918
  • Hodder GCSE History for EdexcelSuperpower Relations and the Cold War 1941 - 1991. Steve Waugh, John Wright ISBN 9781471861840
  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel Early Elizabethan England 1558-88. Barbara Mervyn ISBN 9781471861819

Qualifications

In years 10 and 11 pupils follow the Pearson Edexcel Level1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History (1HI0) course.  This course is assessed by examinations only at the end of Year 11.  The exam is based on three papers.  Further details are available from the examination board here: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html.

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