History


Overview

Developing confident, skilled historians who investigate and challenge historical interpretations of the past in Local, National, European and Global contexts.


Key Staff

Mrs Steward-Hoque
Head of History

Mr Herron
Teacher of History

Mr Robertson
Teacher of History

Mrs Zia
Teacher of History


Facilities

The History Department is based on the Second floor of the new Academy building. Students have access to two large classrooms, both fitted with Smart projector technology, one fitted with student desktop PCs. They will be able to also access the Humanities faculty Social Learning Zone with beany tables and the Learning Steps, where lectures, revision, homework clubs, student interventions and historical information hunts take place.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7 and 8 follow an accelerated skill development programme of study. 17 key skills identified from the Key stage 5 curriculum model underpin National Curriculum (2014) topics:

Year 7: History of Birmingham, The Norman Conquest and Medieval Life. Significant events: Battle of Hastings, The Murder of Thomas Becket, The Black Death, The Peasants Revolt, Battles of Bannockburn/Agincourt and the Wars of the Roses.

Year 8: Significance of 4 Tudor Monarchs, The reign of Elizabeth I, Making of the UK, Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, Causes of the Great War, Significant events in WW1 (Battle of the Somme/Verdun).

Weekly homework either extends and consolidates learning from the lesson or can be Flipped Learning, where the student must research in preparation for the next lesson. GCSE style assessments occur once per term.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Year 9, 10 and 11 continue to develop 17 identified skills and knowledge in the AQA GCSE History course, Grades 1-9.

Topics include:

  • Germany 1890-1945 (A period study)
  • Conflict and Tension, 1990-2009 (Wider world depth study)
  • Health and the People, 1000-2016 (Thematic study)
  • Elizabethan England (British Depth Study), 10% of this unit is focused on the historical environment.

These are assessed in 2 terminal examinations at the end of Year 11.

Weekly homework will often be in the form of GCSE Questions, research, exam revision, source Investigation, group presentation preparation, debate preparation. GCSE style assessments occur regularly each half term.


Parents can help student’s complete homework ready for the deadline, to a high standard. We encourage students to use websites such as the History Learning Site or BBC Bitesize.

Students can also access research materials in the History classrooms and in the LRC on the ground floor.

Questions can be relayed via email to any member of the History department, although we advise that the student’s own class teacher be contacted first.


Key Stage 5

Year 12 and 13 focus on polishing their 17 skills and knowledge in the AQA Advanced GCE in History over a 2 year linear course.

Topics include:

  1. The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 (Extension from Elizabethan England/Health and the People GCSE Units)
  2. Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945 (Extension from Germany GCSE Unit)

These are assessed in 2 terminal examinations at the end of Year 13

  1. Historical investigation (non-exam assessment) (piece of extended writing of between 3,000 and 3,500 words in length on a period, theme, issue, person of the student’s choosing, within a 100 period)

Mrs Steward-Hoque

Mrs Steward-Hoque

Head of History

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