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Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA

Subject Leader: Mrs D Winters
History is a subject that enables students to explore how the past has impacted on the present.

Students will cover topics from a range of different time periods and they will have the opportunity to develop their communication and debating skills which will support them in variety of other subject disciplines.

Spiritual – The welfare of others is constantly discussed from year 7 through to year 11 and there are also opportunities to discuss the impact of religion and its values on the development of society over time.

Social – In History we look at how society and its people have been affected by changes right from the Roman period through to the present day, exploring issues such as the Battle of Hastings to more present issues such as Hitler’s Germany-1933-1945.

Moral – History teaches students about decisions in society and how we must act for the right reasons. Students participate in many discussions and debates to encourage them to reflect on why people take certain decisions and how people are affected by them.

Cultural – History explores different cultures and traditions, whether that is European countries like Germany or British values and culture.
History is a subject that is accessible for everyone. However, this subject enables More Able students to be challenged looking at a variety of different sources, both pictorial and written from the past, as-well as developing their analytical and debating skills by writing essays and taking part in debates. It is a facilitating subject that will support their development across other subject areas as many of the skills are transferable and it will help support their verbal and written communication.

BHA Skills and Attributes Development

Student high aspirations – Within History students are set challenging targets and students are encouraged to aim high and be aspirational.

Effective communication skills – group work, presentations, debates and speaking to an audience are regular features of History lessons.

Ability to lead and be a good team player – students will regularly participate in group work and will be expected to take a lead role when required.

Valuing diversity and difference – within History students develop an understanding of the values, attitudes and traditions of different cultures.

Pride/respect in themselves/community – students are expected to dress according to Academy policy in History lessons and to present their work neatly. Within History students will have an opportunity to participate in educational visits to points of interests connected to the curriculum.

Self-management skills – students will be expected to meet deadlines when given homework and project tasks. They will also be encouraged to manage their time effectively during assessments and timed tasks within lessons.

Confidence and resilience – within History students are encouraged to meet each challenge with positivity. They are set challenging work within lessons and are supported and encouraged to complete this to the best of their ability. Directed Improvement and Reflection Time is built into many lessons to support students to build resilience.

Problem solving and negotiation skills – Decision making tasks are regularly used in History. Students have to work together to make decisions and solve problems. They will then need to convince others that theirs in the best viewpoint.

KS3 Year 7

Autumn term The key theme this term will be the impact of movement & settlement to, from and within British Isles. This will include the Roman Invasion of Britain, looking at the Boudicca’s rebellion and why she should be considered significant. Students will also study the Norman invasion of Britain. The skills focus this term will be on introducing students to a number historical skills; looking at chronology, interpretation, the use of evidence, significance and the reliability of a variety of different sources, both primary and secondary.

Spring Term The Key theme this term will be the development of political and religious power. Students will study the control of England by William the Conqueror, challenges to the throne and the power of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. The skills focus this term will be on change and continuity. Students will also be encouraged to develop their communication skills in putting forward their own arguments.

Summer term The key theme this term will be looking at the way in which lives, beliefs, ideas and attitudes of people in Britain have changed over time. Students will study different aspects of medieval life. This will include key events such as the Black Death, The two Princes in the tower and the reign of Tudor monarchs. The skills focus this term will be on interpretation, significance, change and continuity and cause and consequence.

Year 8

Autumn Term The key theme this term will be the development and Changes in Power. Students will study the Gunpowder Plot, English Civil War and Glorious Revolution. The skills focus this term will be on source interpretation and cause and consequence.

Spring Term The key theme this term will be development of trade, colonisation, industrialisation and technology and its impact. Students will explore the Industrial Revolution and its impact on Britain, including the local area. The skills focus this term will be source interpretation, significance and cause and consequence.

Summer term The key theme this term will be the impact of significant political, social, cultural and technological changes. Students will explore the development of the British Empire, slave trade and immigration to Britain. The skills focus this term will be source interpretation, significance and change and continuity.

 

Year 9

Autumn Term The key theme this term will be the impact of significant political, social, cultural, technological and economic developments on past European & world societies. Students will explore significant events and people in the twentieth century as part of their introduction into the twentieth century. Students will also explore the causes of the First World War and trench warfare. The skills focus this term will be source interpretation, significance and cause and consequence.

Spring Term

The key theme this term will be the changing nature of conflict and cooperation between countries and its lasting impact on natural, ethnic, racial, cultural or religious issues. Students will study the Treaty of Versailles and the outbreak of World war Two. The skills focus this term will be source interpretation, significance and cause and consequence.

Summer term

The key theme this term will be the development of political power and the changing nature of conflict and its lasting impact on natural, ethnic, racial, cultural or religious issues. Students will explore how Hitler changed Germany and how people were affected by the changes such as women, young people, Jews and workers. Finally, to end KS3, they will explore the Holocaust and how the Jewish population across the world was affected by it.

How parents can support:

Parents can support students in History by ensuring they are properly equipped with pens, pencils and their exercise book for every lesson. They can encourage their children to watch the news to keep up to date with current issues; they could then discuss these issues with their children. Students will be given regular homework in History and parents could help with ensuring that their children have somewhere quiet to complete this to the best of their ability.

At the end of each unit students will be given key assessment tasks – these will be completed in examination conditions and need to be revised for. Parents could help students develop revision strategies and help with testing their children to ensure they have the correct knowledge.

Key Stage Three Assessment – All students have two assessments each half term – the first is a mid-unit assessment which is an open book assessment. The second is the key assessment task and takes place in examination conditions.

Each year group will also sit one examination.

 

 

Key Stage 4- OCR History B Modern world

Year 10

Autumn Term

Students will study Poverty C 1900 and the Liberal Reforms and after the half-term will begin studying votes for women. The skills focus this term will be source interpretations and change and continuity.

Spring Term

Students will finish studying the campaign for votes for women and also study Britain at war. The skills focus this term will be source interpretation, significance, cause and consequence.

Summer Term Students will complete their controlled assessment this term exploring 1920s-1930s America.

This is a 2000 word assessment about an issue relating to 1920s-1930s America. All controlled assessments are completed during lesson time and in controlled conditions.

 

Year 11

Autumn term Students will study the Paris Peace Conference, Peace Treaties, League of Nations and the causes of the outbreak of World War Two.

Spring Term

Students will study the Red Scare and Civil Rights Movement in America.

Summer Term

Students will have been taught the course by this stage and the remainder of the year will be spent helping the students prepare for examinations by revising the content with the students and giving them access to all types of practice questions.

How parents can support:

Parents can support students in History by ensuring they are properly equipped with pens, pencils and their exercise book for every lesson. They can encourage their children to watch the news to keep up to date with current issues; they could then discuss these issues with their children. Students will be given regular homework in History and parents could help with ensuring that their children have somewhere quiet to complete this to the best of their ability.

Throughout this course students will be assessed regularly – these assessments will be completed in examination conditions and need to be revised for. Parents could help students develop revision strategies and help with testing their children to ensure they have the correct knowledge.

Enrichment opportunities

The History department run a number of Educational visits. In recent years the following trips have been organised:

 

Kenilworth Castle

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Black Country Museum

First World War Battlefields-Residential

D Day Landing Beaches –Residential

Horrible Histories theatre trip

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