History at KS4

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Course ID
Edexcel 1HI0
Faculty
Humanities
Department
History
Level
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Head of Faculty
E. Richman
Head of Department
C. Johns

History at KS4 is designed to build on and develop further the skills and processes begun at KS3.

The aim is to inspire students and develop an excitement about History in conjunction with our main aim to secure good grades to facilitate onward progression. Students achieve this through study of the Edexcel GCSE 9-1 specification which includes units on modern world history, British history, an environmental study and a unit on historical change and continuity across a thousand years.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 10

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
Key topic 1: The Weimar Republic 1918-29.
Key topic 2: Hitler’s rise to power, 1919-39.
Exam questions.
Autumn 2 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
Key topic 3: Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933–39.
Key Topic 4: Life in Nazi Germany 1933-39.
Exam questions.
End of unit assessment.
Spring 1 Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
Key topic 1: Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest, 1060-6.
Key topic 2: William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066–87.
A range of exam questions.
Spring 2 Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88
Key topic 2: William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066-87.
Key topic 3: Norman England, 1066-88.
Exam questions.
End of Unit Assessment.
Summer 1 Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
Whitechapel: Living conditions, social issues, immigration, nature of crime, Jack the Ripper.
Knowledge, selection and use of sources for historical enquiries.
Exam questions.
Summer 2 Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
Whitechapel: Jack the Ripper, Policing and the role of the press.
Knowledge, selection and use of sources for historical enquiries.
Revision.
Exam questions. End of Unit Assessment. Year 10 Exam: Germany 1918-39; Anglo-Saxon and Norman England.

 

Year 11

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
Key topic 1: The origins of the Cold War, 1941-58
Key topic 2: Cold War crises, 1958-70
Exam questions.
Autumn 2 Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
Key topic 2: Cold War crises, 1958-70
Key topic 3: The end of the Cold War, 1970-91
Mock exam: Cold War up to 1968; Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-88; Weimar Germany; Whitechapel.
Spring 1 Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present
Crime and Punishment 1000-1500
Crime and Punishment 1500-1700
Crime and Punishment 1700-1900
Exam questions.
Spring 2 Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present
Crime and Punishment 1900 to the present day
Revision and GCSE exam preparation
Exam questions.
End of unit assessment.
Summer 1 Revision and GCSE exam preparation.  
Summer 2 GCSE Examination. GCSE Examination.

 

Extended Learning

Year 10

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Seneca Learning; BBC Bitesize Normans; BBC Teach The Norman Conquest – short animation clips on YouTube covering different aspects of the battle/conquest; Charles Booth Online Map and Archive. Pearson or Hodder GCSE revision guides listed on EBS shop; The Book Thief
(Markus Zusak); When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Judith Kerr); The Five: The
Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Hallie Rubenhold); Alone in Berlin (Hans Fallada).
1066 A Year to Conquer England (BBC); The Nazis – A Warning from History (BBC) – clips can also be found online; Robert Bartlett, The Normans (BBC DVD) – accessible documentary by one of the leading authorities, Episode 2: Conquest is particularly
relevant; 1066 Battle of Hastings, National Trust Abbey and Battlefield; The Tower of London; Whitechapel walking tour.
Joint trip with the German Department to Berlin / Vienna.

 

Year 11

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Seneca Learning; BBC Bitesize Normans; BBC Teach The Norman Conquest – short animation clips on YouTube covering different aspects of the battle/conquest; Charles Booth Online Map and Archive. Pearson or Hodder GCSE revision guides listed on EBS shop; The Book Thief
(Markus Zusak); When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Judith Kerr); The Five: The
Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Hallie Rubenhold); Alone in Berlin (Hans Fallada).
1066 A Year to Conquer England (BBC); The Nazis – A Warning from History (BBC) – clips can also be found online; Robert Bartlett, The Normans (BBC DVD) – accessible documentary by one of the leading authorities, Episode 2: Conquest is particularly
relevant; 1066 Battle of Hastings, National Trust Abbey and Battlefield; The Tower of London; Whitechapel walking tour.
Joint trip with the German Department to Berlin / Vienna.

 

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