History/Health & Social Care
History has three dedicated classrooms, all of which are fitted with projectors. We also have a wide range of historical textbooks and original sources, stored within the History store room available to us.
In addition to this History is regularly used outside the classroom, where classes investigate create re-enactments of key topics in History. We are also fortunate to have close links with the ICT department, which enables access to ICT rooms and green screen technology - a new innovative way of creating unique and original media this has been used to great effect this year in recreating Hitler’s propaganda whilst studying the OCR syllabus.
As a department we greatly value the importance of extra curricular experiences and as such we organise a number of visits throughout the year. These include the World War Battlefields, Germany and Auschwitz, Goodrich Castle and the Imperial War Museum.
Statement of Work
The History department is accelerating its programme of study for KS3 to cover all topics in a two year time frame. We are now following a new scheme of work which focuses on a thematic approach which is designed to stimulate and inspire students. The topics studied are designed so that students have the opportunity to develop their skills in key Historical areas. These include cause and consequence, interpretation, change and continuity and using historical courses as evidence. The topics will include areas of science such as the development of political power, travel, cultural and religious diversity.
• KS4 – OCR GCSE pathways.
• GCSE History is taught over the two year time frame. This will be studied in Years Nine and Ten. The topics covered are Modern World. The main focus is the inter war years. There is a detailed study of the Treaty of Versailles, The League of Nations, and The build up to WWII. This will be assessed within paper I. Also within paper I students will complete and in depth study of Germany. This will include a focus on the Weimar Government, the rise of Hitler, Hitler’s consolidation of power and the Holocaust. Paper II is the source based paper and students will study the Liberal reforms, the Suffragettes and the Home Front during World War One. Students also complete a piece of controlled assessment which will be done in class.
• GCSE Ancient History short Course is taught over one year. It involves learning about Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world. There are two pieces of assessment which is made up of one exam and one controlled assessment. There is a strong focus on the study of original sources within this course.
• GCSE Edexcel Double Award Health and Social Care. This is a vocational GCSE and is suited to those who want to learn a practical subject which they can apply to work in the Health and Social Care sector. There are four modules which are taught over Years Ten and Eleven. There are two exams and two pieces on controlled assessment. There is a focus on the Health and Social care sectors and what a healthy lifestyle should be like.
• NCFE qualification in Nutrition and Healthy Eating. This is one year course which is equivalent to a GCSE grade B qualification and is taught to those students in Year Nine. It requires students to complete controlled assessments in class and focuses on a healthy diet. This course is a good foundation for GCSE Health and Social Care.
Extended Learning Opportunities (Homework)
At Key Stage Three the frequency of assessment-based extended learning tasks will be at least once a half term with the possibility of more than one depending on the length of the half term. There will also be more frequent but mini research based extended learning tasks. The frequency of this extended learning task will vary depending on the subject chosen but will be at least once a fortnight unless the assessment task is already being completed.
At Key Stage Four extended learning will take the shape of three formal assessments in a term. If the term is longer such as the winter term there will normally be further formal assessments. In addition to these formal extended learning assessments there will also be fortnightly research based extended learning tasks which will be linked to the topics covered in class. The only time in which the frequency of extended learning tasks will differ from normal is during the controlled assessment task which must be done within college due to examination board rules and therefore can not be completed at home. This controlled assessment task will last approximately three weeks however, further reading can be completed during this time in order to support controlled assessment tasks.
Key Stage Three
The purpose of extended learning within History will be split into research and consolidation tasks. There will be an essay which will answer a historical enquiry question that will link to lesson content. Each extended learning question will focus on a different historical skill such as, Historical Enquiry, Causation, Consequence, Interpretation, Chronology and Using Historical Sources as Evidence. The mini research based extended learning tasks will require information to be gathered and presented for an activity in lesson.
Key Stage Four
Extended learning tasks at Key Stage four will mainly focus around exam and controlled assessment preparation. These assessments will take the shape of either practice exam questions or an essay which consolidates learning on a new topic. This will be further supported by the revision which the will be completed throughout Years Ten and Eleven in preparation for practice and actual examinations.
The Key Topics which students complete in preparation for the OCR Modern World History B paper include:
1. The treaty of Versailles –Paper 1 First year study
2. The League of Nations - Paper 1 First year study
3. The build up to WWII–Paper 1 First year study
4. The Weimar Government–Paper 1 First year study
5. Hitler’s rise to power–Paper 1 First year study
6. Hitler’s control of Nazi Germany–Paper 1 First year study
7. The Holocaust–Paper 1 First year study
8. The Liberal Reforms–Paper 2 Second year study
9. The Home Front during WWI–Paper 2 Second year study
10. The Suffragettes–Paper 2 Second year study
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