History

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana

 

In Y7, students study an integrated Humanities course where they are taught Geography, History and RE. In Y8 and Y9 students study History for 3 hours a fortnight.

Our engaging and thought-provoking schemes of learning at KS3 aim to help students acquire key historical knowledge and skills. Within lessons students are encouraged to develop their historical thinking by examining a range of sources and interpretations and gaining an understanding of chronology, causation and change over time.

At GCSE, History is one the most popular options with strong results. The department is now teaching the new GCSE Edexcel specification which explores both modern and medieval time periods, and aims to develop a wide range of skills to aid students in both History and further study.

Head of Humanities Faculty

Ayca Sonmez | asonmez@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Subject Lead

Rachael Moss | rmoss@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk   

Teachers

Ronald Stokes | rstokes@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Joel Singer | jsinger@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Curriculum

KS3

Y7      

Autumn term:      

  • What is History? Set in the context of African history, students explore the nature of historical study. This includes an introduction to chronology and historical sources.
  • The Battle of Hastings: Students are introduced to the contenders for the throne in 1066 and examine the reasons for William’s victory. They then assess how far life in England changed following the Norman invasion.

Assessment: Causation essay - Why did William the Conqueror win the Battle of Hastings?

Spring term:

  • The Peasants’ Revolt: Students are introduced to several conflicting eye-witness accounts of the Peasants’ Revolt. They consider their usefulness as historical sources and how they can be used to build their own historical account.

Assessment: Skills based assessment – writing a historical account

  • The Black Death: Students explore understandings of disease in the medieval world. They also examine the consequences of the Black Death and how it affected medieval lives in different ways.

Assessment: Was the Black Death a disaster for everyone?

Summer term:  

  • Medieval World History: Students take part in an enquiry into the wider Medieval World.
  • The Tudors 1485-1603: Students examine the impact of the Reformation and religious change under the Tudors.

Y8

Summer term 2 (Flying start) and Autumn term 1:

  • The Industrial Revolution: An enquiry focusing on the reasons why Britain underwent the rapid and full scale transformation known as the Industrial Revolution. Students study the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution in the years 1750-1900.

Assessment:

  • Essay: What were the causes of the Industrial Revolution?
  • Historical enquiry: Industrial Revolution project (focusing on consequences)


Spring term:

  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade: In this enquiry, students examine the link between slavery and the development of a rigid racial hierarchy in the years 1500-1700. Students take part in lessons exploring terror and resistance on the slave ships, the authorities who were complicit in the slave trade, the development of slave societies in the Caribbean, and resistance of the enslaved Africans.

Assessment: Students complete an assessment linked to the knowledge they have developed in the unit.

Summer term:

The British Empire: An interpretations-based investigation into the key features and impact of the British Empire. Students examine different historical interpretations of the British Empire and discover why historians come to have different perspectives on the past.

Y9

Summer term 2 (Flying start) and Autumn term:

The Golden Age: A source-based investigation into Edwardian Britain in the years 1901-14. Students study the political, economic and social achievements of the period and come to a conclusion as to whether the period deserves the name ‘Golden Age’.

Assessment: Essay - Was Edwardian Britain going through a Golden Age?


Autumn and Spring term:

  • WWI: Students complete an in depth investigation of WW1 resulting in a wide-ranging, independently researched and produced project.
  • Causes of WWII: Students then move on to examine the causes of WWII.

Assessment:

  • Historical enquiry: WW1 Project
  • Essay: How far do you agree that appeasement was the main cause of WWII?


Summer term:

  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust: Students discover how Germany was transformed into a dictatorship by Adolf Hitler, and the key features of life under the Nazi dictatorship for women and young people. They then go on to study increasing persecution of Jewish people under the Nazis and the Holocaust.

Assessment: Essay: How useful is the Pianist as a representation of the Holocaust?

  

Suggested reading

Our library has a range of books and articles linking to our schemes of work that students can borrow. We would also recommend regularly reading newspapers.

 

 

Things to see and do

There are a range of museums that can be visited in London linking to our schemes of work including:

  • British Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Museum of London Docklands
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Tower of London

Extra-curricular activities and clubs

Students at the school also have opportunities to develop their knowledge and learning outside the classroom through a range of trips and workshops which explore topics linked to the curriculum. In the past, these have included:

  • Y8 trip to the National Maritime Museum for a British Empire Enquiry Day
  • Y9 WWI battlefields trip to Ypres, Belgium
  • Y9 talk from a Holocaust survivor

The department also offers extra-curricular clubs including:

  • History Film Club
  • Strategy Club
  

KS4

Y10

Summer term 2 (Flying start) and Autumn term:

Unit 1: Superpower Relations 1943-91

  • The origins of the Cold War 1941-58
  • The development of the Cold War
  • Three Cold War Crises: the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Prague Spring
  • The end of the Cold War

Spring term:

Unit 2: The Reigns of King Richard and KingJohn, 1189-1216

  • Life and government in England, 1189-1216
  • Involvement oversees 1189-1204 (including the Crusades)
  • King John’s downfall, 1205-16

Summer term:

Unit 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

  • The Weimar Republic 1918-29
  • Hitler’s Rise to Power 1919-33
  • Nazi Control and Dictatorship 1933-39
  • Life in Nazi Germany 1933-39

Mock exam: Superpower relations and the Cold War and the reigns of King Richard I and King John.

Y11

Autumn Term:

  • Continue Weimar and Nazi Germany topics
  • Mock exam: Weimar and Nazi Germany

Spring Term:

Mock exam: The reigns of King Richard I and King John

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment through time, c1000-present

  • Crime, punishment and law enforcement in medieval England: c1000-c1500
  • Crime, punishment and law enforcement in early modern England: c1500-c1700
  • Crime, punishment and law enforcement in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Crime, punishment and law enforcement in recent times: c1900-present
  • Whitechapel, c1870-1900: Crime, policing and the inner city

Summer term: Final exam preparation

  

Suggested reading

The following revision guides have been created for the course. These can be purchased online from the Pearson website or from the school's Finance Office.

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War Revision Guide and Workbook
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany Revision Guide and Workbook
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Crime and Punishment Revision Guide and Workbook
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History King Richard I and King John Revision Guide and Workbook

 

 

HMS Belfast trip

Extra-curricular activities and clubs

Students at the school also have opportunities to develop their knowledge and learning outside the classroom through a range of trips and workshops. In the past, these have included:

  • Y11 trip to National Archives and Jack the Ripper tour
  • Y12 lecture from a Historian and trip to Ham House

The department also offers extra-curricular clubs including:

  • History Film Club
  • Strategy Club
  

Y11 revision materials

Paper 1 - Crime and Punishment

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Paper 2 - The Reigns of King Richard I and King John

Paper 2 - Superpower Relations and the Cold War

Paper 3 - Weimar and Nazi Germany

 
  

KS5