History Overview

History is an important subject at the Academy and is a popular choice with students when they make their choices for GCSE. It is part of the English Baccalaureate selection of subjects encouraged by government.

Studying History promotes curiosity and understanding of how past actions affect the future. It develops analytical and communication skills and is useful for careers in Law, Politics and, surprisingly, medicine.

At The De La Salle Academy History is taught in an engaging way using video, artefacts and visits to enthuse and awaken the developing minds of our students. In the earlier years homework takes the form of a project so that the students have some choice and control in using their own learning style to demonstrate their progress each half term. They have the opportunity to write, produce a piece of 2 or 3 dimensional art, use technology to make a video or presentation or even produce some music. In preparation for GCSE more formal homework is set to develop writing and recall skills needed for the examination.

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Curriculum Overview

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • An introduction to History
  • Events leading up to and including The Battle of Hastings 1066.

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • Students undergo a Baseline Test in week 3 to set their target grades.
  • In Week 6 a test on “Why William won the Battle of Hastings” will show progress made in this unit.

Homework

  • A project based on the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings

We study:

  • What life was like in Medieval England
  • Why religion was so important in Medieval England
  • How the relationship between King and Parliament changed
  • Who was to blame for the death of Thomas Becket

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In Week 6 a test on ‘Who was to blame for the death of Thomas Becket?’ will show progress made in this unit.

Homework

  • Build a castle

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • What life was like in rural, Medieval England.
  • The impact of the Black Death.
  • How the relationship between King and his people changed.
  • How criminals were tried and punished in medieval times.
  • What medieval education was like – making links to our education today.

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In Week 6 a test on the Black Death will show progress made in this unit.

Homework

  • Make a shield

We study:

  • The Plantagenets
  • Wars of the Roses

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In Week 6 a test on the Wars of the Roses which will be source based. This will show progress made in this unit.

Homework

  • Powerpoint presentation on the Houses of York and Lancaster

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • The Tudors.
  • Henry VIII.

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In Week 6 a test on Henry VIII. This will be a source based examination based on the Reformation. Pupils to use evidence to explain why he wanted to change the church. This will show progress made in this unit.

Homework

  • Powerpoint presentation on Henry viii and his six wives. Why did he get married so often?

We study:

  • Elizabeth I

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In Week 6 a test on The Spanish Armada. Pupils will show an awareness of cause and consequence and piece together how and why the attack failed. This will show progress made in this unit.

Homework

  • Powerpoint presentation on Why Elizabeth I never married?

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • How Britain changed during the Industrial Revolution.
  • The period of 1750-1900 and the dramatic changes that affected Britain culturally, socially, economically and politically.
  • The changes in living conditions and changes in population. Advances in industry, agriculture, medicine and general progress of the age.

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 we will prepare and complete an assessment on Working Conditions during The Industrial revolution.

Homework

  • Project on a factory

We study:

  • How and why Britain gained an overseas Empire.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of colonial power.
  • Legacy of the British Empire around the world today.
  • Why the Americans wanted independence.
  • How Britain and Ireland were affected by the Great Hunger.

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 we will prepare and complete an assessment on The British Empire.

Homework

  • Project on Liverpool

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • What the Slave Trade was
  • Why Britain became involved in the Slave Trade
  • How the Slave Trade worked
  • How and why the Slave Trade was abolished

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 we will prepare and complete an assessment on The Slave Trade.

Homework

  • The Homework Matrix

We study:

  • The beginning of the struggle for Civil Rights in the USA

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 we will prepare and complete an assessment on the Murder of Emmet Till.

Homework

  • To produce a presentation on civil Rights movement in the USA.

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • How Civil rights in the USA developed.

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 we will prepare and complete an assessment on the effect of Martin Luther King on society.

Homework

  • To produce a project on Martin Luther King and his effect on American Society.

We study:

  • The Holocaust causes and effects.

Skills we use:

  • Chronology; causation; interpretation; enquiry and knowledge of facts discovered from Primary and Secondary sources.
  • We will also use Communication skills and the understanding of the significance of events at the time they occurred and the effect they had on the future.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 we will prepare and complete an assessment on the human aspect of the Holocaust. Source based examination on how it affected families across Europe.

Homework

  • To produce a project on Auschwitz and why we should never forget what happened there.

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • The reasons for the outbreak of the First World War. Why countries were not prepared to communicate with one another. The role of Empire, the aggressive nature of politics of the period.

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • Pupils to prepare and complete an assessment on the outbreak of the First World War.

Homework

  • Research and presentation on causes of World War 1

We study:

  • The end of the First World War
  • The Peace and Inter War Years
  • The lead up to the Second World War

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • Pupils to prepare and complete an assessment in week 6

Homework

  • Project on Suffragettes
  • Project on A Dictator

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • What the League of Nations was and how it functioned
  • How successful the League of Nations was
  • How Hitler challenged and exploited the Treaty of Versailles
  • Appeasement

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • Pupils to prepare and complete an assessment on The League of nations

Homework

  • Create 2 newspaper front pages about the Treaty of Versailles; one from USA/British/ French point of view and one from German point of view.
  • Create a political cartoon showing the main reason for the failure of the League of Nations.
  • Research Hitler’s domestic policy

We study:

  • World War II

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • Pupils to prepare and complete an assessment on the Blitz of London. The effects the Blitz had on morale.

Homework

  • A project on the Nazi tactics of Blitzkrieg. Why was it so effective in Europe?

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • The Cold war 1945-1978

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • Pupils to prepare and complete an assessment on the reasons for the Berlin Wall being constructed. Sources based on the effect it had on the Cold War.

Homework

  • Powerpoint presentation on the Warsaw Pact and NATO.

We study:

  • Détente and the end of the cold war 1978-1991

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • Pupils to prepare and complete an assessment on the reasons for the end of the Détente between the Super powers.

Homework

  • Powerpoint presentation on the end of the Cold War 1991.
Year 10 are sitting the EDEXCEL examination paper 1, option 10 Crime and Punishment in Britain c1000- present and Whitechapel c1870-c1900: crime policing and the inner city. Paper 2 part A: option 26 Super power relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 with Part B: British Depth Study, Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-88. Finally Paper 3 Option 31 Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39. This is a brand new syllabus so all schools are still awaiting the release of some materials. These will be released on this site when available.

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • The Cold War International Relations between the East and the West and the Rivalry between Communism and Capitalism

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 an exam type question will be set

Homework

  • Exam questions on The iron Curtain, the Berlin Blockade and American Aid.

We study:

  • The Cold War crises 1958-70
  • The development of Cold War relations between the East and the West.

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 an exam type question will be set

Homework

  • Project/ presentations on The berlin Wall and the Cuban Crisis.

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • The détente in European agreements on nuclear weapons
  • The second cold war from 1979 and the end of the cold war in 1991
  • Why did the cold war end so quickly and why did the USSR lose its grip on Eastern Europe?

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 an exam type question will be set

Homework

  • The reasons for Détente 1968-78
  • The end of the Cold War- why did it take place?

We study:

  • Medieval Realms

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 an exam type question will be set on describing features of Anglo Saxon society examination questions.

Homework

  • To produce a Powerpoint presentation on the society in Britain pre the Norman invasion.

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • Medieval Realms

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 an exam type question will be set on describing the features of a Norman dominated Britain.

Homework

  • To produce a Powerpoint presentation on society in Britain after the Norman invasion. How did things change?

We study:

  • Crime and Punishment circa 1,000 to present
  • In depth study on Whitechapel.

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 an exam type question will be set on the Depth study question of Whitechapel. Source based question taken from examination exemplar.

Homework

  • To produce a presentation on the changes in crime and punishment over time.

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • How was British society changed 1890-1918?
  • Poverty and living conditions in the 1890’s, the work and impact of Charles Booth and Seebohm Rowntree. The introduction and effectiveness of Liberal Reform.
  • What were the arguments for female suffrage?

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • In week 6 an assessment on Liberal reforms.

Homework

  • Then and now questions – shared drive
  • Source based question on shared drive on welfare reforms.
  • Source based question on shared drive how effective were Liberal reforms.
  • Revision for Assessments: Liberal Welfare Reforms
  • Source based question on shared drive on tactics of the Suffragettes.
  • Source based question based on why women gained the vote.
  • Revision of key questions

We study:

  • The success or failure of the Suffragettes
  • The Home Front during World War One.
  • The reasons for success at home during world war one.

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • Mock Examinations

Homework

  • Revision

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • Controlled Assessment based on the Russian Revolution.

Skills we use:

  • AO1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2 explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.
  • AO3 analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • AO4 analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of events studied.

Assessment:

  • Controlled assessment

Homework

  • Revision as set

We study:

  • The written exam papers

Skills we use:

  • Timing responses
  • Ensuring understanding of the question requirement
  • Giving full and coherent answers
  • Understanding the mark schemes

Assessment:

  • Practice questions
  • Mock Examinations

Homework

  • Revision as set

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • The written exam papers

Skills we use:

  • Timing responses
  • Ensuring understanding of the question requirement
  • Giving full and coherent answers
  • Understanding the mark schemes

Assessment:

  • Practice questions
  • Mock Examinations

Homework

  • Revision as set

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Examination Details

History (2016)

Contact: Mr D. Evans
Applies to: Year 10
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: Edexcel
Spec Code: 1HI0
Specification: Download

History B: Modern World

Contact: Mr D. Evans
Applies to: Year 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: OCR
Spec Code: J418
Specification: Download