History

 

History at Davenant

Key Stage 3

Vision / Mission / Philosophy

History at Davenant places importance on the personal and local history of our students. We aim to equip students with an enquiring mind about their own and others’ pasts, and a desire to undertake personal historical enquiries. Students join Davenant with a great deal of enthusiasm to learn History and, despite varying experiences of the subject at Key Stage 2, we wish to harness this from year 7 onwards.

History at Davenant is designed to develop pupils’ conceptual understanding of history. We aim to build upon the department’s strengths in this area, which have seen elements of assessment for learning integrated across the curriculum. One of our main aims is to help pupils understand the ‘Big Picture’ of the past by developing a genuine chronological understanding.

We intend to give particular prominence to the following:

  • Understanding the development of democracy, which challenges pupils to consider the foundations of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Giving students an understanding of the development of the British Empire, to recognise varying interpretations of this and understand the role of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in British history.
  • Appreciate the cultural diversity and historical roots of the UK, and wider world, and the importance played by other ethnic groups and individuals in this past.

Overall we aim to give students a broad and enriching experience of history, including opportunities for external visits and inviting visitors into school. Ultimately the Davenant curriculum is designed to inspire students towards a passion for, and life-long learning of, history.

Curriculum content and assessments:

At KS3, homework is set at least once a fortnight and includes research tasks, preparation for presentations, essays, revision tasks and creative tasks.  In addition, there is a key assessment each half-term when students are assessed using National Curriculum levels.

Year 7

Module

Key assessments

Term 1

How has immigration helped shape Britain?

  1. Explain the main reasons why people have migrated to Britain
  2. Independent research study on family or local history
  3. Source questions on the Norman Conquest
  4. Explain the effects of the Norman Conquest
  5. Describe and explain what the Magna Carta was and its impact on Britain
  6. End of year exam
  7. Why did Henry V111 break away from the Catholic Church?
  8. How did religion change during the Tudor period?
  9. Source question on the Gunpowder Plot.
  10. Describe the features of the Plague in 1665 and the Great Fire of London in 1666. Which of these had the greatest effect?
  11. Source analysis on the Industrial Revolution.
  12. End of year exam.
  13. Why did World War 1 break out?
  14. Source analysis on life in the trenches.
  15. Explain the effects of the Nazis on different groups in Germany
  16. Briefly explain the events that lead to the outbreak of World War 2.
  17. Controlled assessment on Home Front in Britain in WW2
  18. Research project on Holocaust

Term 2

The Norman Conquest and Medieval Britain

 

Term 3

Medieval Britain including Church and State, Magna Carta and the Peasants Revolt

 

 

Year 8

Module

Key assessments

Term 1

Tudors: Tudor life, Reformation and Spanish Armada

 

Term 2

Stuarts: Gunpowder plot, Civil War, Cromwell.

Plague and Great Fire 1666

 

Term 3

Industrial Revolution and the Slave Trade

 

 

Year 9

Module

Key assessments

Term 1

British Empire, causes of World War 1, trench life and the Treaty of Versailles

 

Term 2

Life in Nazi Germany

Causes of WW2

 

Term 3

Home Front in Britain in WW2

The Holocaust and 20th Century themes: The atom bomb, Vietnam, The Cuban Missile Crisis.

 

Key Stage 4

Vision / Mission / Philosophy

At GCSE, our vision is for students to develop their passion for History as well as their historical skills including source analysis, understanding of causation and interpretation as well as their ability to research and investigate issues from the past.  The most important qualification for GCSE History is enthusiasm. Good verbal and written communication skills are also important. It is essential that candidates possess an inquiring mind, an interest in the past, and the ability to communicate this effectively. Successful History students will become practiced in the analytical research, and study skills that are useful in Higher education and in the workplace. History is a well-respected discipline and is invaluable to any student intending to follow an academic subject. Those who wish to enter the professions of accountancy, law, journalism, medicine and teaching will find that admission tutors look favourably upon History.

Curriculum content

At KS4 students study Edexcel History A: The Making of the Modern World unit. This is comprised of four units of work each worth 25% of the GCSE:

  • Unit 1: Peace and War: International Relations 1943-1991
  • Unit 2: Germany 1918-39
    • Unit 3: Britain 1931-51
    • Unit 4: Civil rights and protest in the USA 1945-70 (Controlled assessment)
    • AS Unit F961 Option B: Modern 1783–1994
      • From Pitt to Peel1783-1846
      • AS Unit F964 Option B: European and World History Enquiries
        • The Unification of Italy 1815–70
        • A2 Unit F965 Option B: Historical Interpretations and Investigation
          • Personal research & Nazi Germany 1933–45
        • A2 Unit F966 Option B:Historical Themes Modern 1789–1997
          • The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792–1945

Students are taught in mixed ability groups and sit the same exam, for Units 1-3, at the end of Year 11. The controlled assessment is Unit 4, in which students research an aspect of the civil rights movement in the USA. The research for this is begun at the end of Year 10, allowing students to develop their enquiries over the summer holidays allowing this to be sat early in Year 11.

Assessment

Assessments are undertaken regularly across KS4 and are based on exam style questions. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and make the most of the self and peer marking strategies which are regularly used to aid assessment for learning.

Term

Module

Key assessments

Term 1

Weimar and Nazi Germany

Essay and short answer questions

Term 2

Weimar and Nazi Germany

International Relations

Mock exam on Germany

Essay and short answer questions

Term 3

International Relations

Preparation for controlled assessment

Mock exam on International Relations

Individual research on civil rights in USA

Term

Module

Key assessments

Term 4

Controlled assessment

 

Controlled assessment on civil rights in USA

 

Term 5

Britain 1931-51

Essay and short answer questions

Term 6

Britain 1931-51

Revision

Mock exam

Ongoing revision assessments e.g. past papers and documents

Key Stage 5

Vision / Mission / Philosophy

At KS5, we aim to further develop students’ skills as historians, especially a critical mind, an ability to analyse a range of sources and an engagement with wider historical issues.  The highlight of the course is the A2 coursework in which students are able to conduct an enquiry into an issue of their choice.  Students not only enjoy this freedom and flourish in their skills of enquiry, it prepares them well for future degree courses and chosen careers.

Curriculum content

As there are extensive changes at KS5, there are currently two A level courses as follows:

Students who will be in Year 13 in September 2015 will study:

  • A2 Unit F965 Option B: Historical Interpretations and Investigation
    • Personal research & Nazi Germany 1933–45
  • A2 Unit F966 Option B:Historical Themes Modern 1789–1997
    • The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792–1945
  • Unit 1: Y107 England 1547-1603: the Later Tudors
  • Unit 2: Y215 Italy and Unification 1789-1896
  • Unit 3: Y315 The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792-1945
  • Unit 4: Y100 Topic based essay

Students who will be in Year 12 in September 2015 will study:

As at KS5, students are taught in mixed ability groups and the coursework unit, in which students design and research an issue of historical debate, is begun at the end of Year 12. This allows students to develop their enquiries over the summer holidays for completion early in Year 13.

Assessment

Assessments are similarly undertaken regularly across KS5 and are based on exam style questions. Students sit mock exams each half-term in each module studied.  Students are encouraged to take further responsibility for their own learning and develop the independent research and revision skills needed to achieve highly at A2. Although teachers regularly assess work and give constructive feedback, students are encouraged to discuss and reflect on their own learning, and engage in dialogue with staff on how they can improve their work further.  Certainly those students who adopt a more proactive and independent approach to their studies are rewarded with their academic success at KS5.

 

USEFUL LINKS

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/REVhistoryRevision.htm