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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.
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.
This course is a good foundation for GCSE Health and Social Care.
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.
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.
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: