History

Introduction

Prepare for the future by studying the past.

The History Department at Cecil Jones aims to inspire its students with a love of History. It does this through the teaching of engaging and awe inspiring lessons, but it also equips students with the skills to find out more about the past as independent learners. We also work with other Humanities subjects to ensure that History is not just seen in isolation, but as part of a wider religious, geographical and political experience that informs how we live our lives today.

Students learn about the past, acquiring key historical skills just as knowledge and chronology. But it goes further. We teach a range of skills; understanding, change, causation and consequence. Identifying and explaining significance. Judgements of extent when looking at evidence and interpretation. These skills are built around the knowledge students acquire. Its helps to turn them into knowledgeable people, but also with all the skills to understand the world around them today.

Our subject area seeks to develop the following in all our students:

  1. (Skill) e.g. “a love History” by:
    • .engaging and awe inspiring lessons
    • .visits to important historical site
    • .encouraging independent enquiry
  2. (Skill) e.g. “an enquiring mind” by
    • .the study of significant events
    • .establishing the link between the past and present
    • .have students ask their own questions about the past.
  3. (Skill) e.g. “a critical mind” by
    • .the study of interpretation
    • .the questioning of evidence
    • .interrogating historiography

Students in Key Stage 3 study British, European and World History from 1050 to 1945. It aims to have students identify the links between the past and present, however far back in time they go. It also aims to start to build skills vital both for life outside school and potential study of History at GCSE and A Level.

Areas of study covered in KS3:

Year 7:

  • What is History
  • Anglo Saxon Prittlewell
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Medieval Life
  • The Crusades
  • Medieval Monarch
  • The Black Death

 

Year 8

  • The Reformation
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • Charles I
  • Changing Britain
  • Crime and Punishment
  • The British Empire
  • The Road to Emancipation

 

Year 9

  • WW1
  • WW2
  • The Holocaust
  • The British Experience of the Cold War
  • Immigration to Britain

 

Trips and Visits:

  • IWM Duxford (Year 9)
  • Ypres (Year 10)

 

How can I support my child at home?

Encourage your child to read: borrow books from the local library or school library or the History Department. Alternatively share your newspaper with your child and try to make links between events of today and those studied in the past. Online resources such as www.spartacus-educational.com, or https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zk26n39 can provide valuable reading or resources for homework.

GCSE History covers a wide range of topics and skills. Students will be assessed across three exam papers covering studies in depth and breadth. Both studies look at enquiry using sources and their usefulness. They also examine interpretation and the differences between them. Students will be asked to make judgements on Historical events and their significance. There is a great emphasis on knowledge: the description of key features and the explanation of events.

Students study four areas:

  • Medicine in Britain 1250-present – the changes in treatment, care and prevention over time, including care and treatment on the Western Front during WW1
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558-88 – the government and religion, foreign policy, and the age of exploration.
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 – how Germany developed from a new democracy to a dictatorship under the Nazis.
  • SuperPower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1990 – how Grand Alliance that won WW2 descended into a chilly proxy war that ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Course component breakdown

The Exam Board is Edexcel, and the details can be found on the Pearson website here:

 

Component Assessment Type Marks When
Early Elizabethan England Exam 1 Hour 45 minutes* 64 Autumn of Year 10
Medicine in Britain Exam – 1 hour 15 minutes 52 Spring and Summer of Year 10
Weimar and Nazi Germany Exam – 1 hour 20 minutes 52 Summer of Year 10, Autumn of Year 11
SuperPower Relations and the Cold War Exam – I hour 45 minutes* 64 Autumn of Year 11, Spring of Year 11.

*Papers combined in the same exam paper

 

Trips and Visits

  • Medicine on the Western front: Ypres (Year 10)

 

How can I boost my child’s GCSE grade and support them at home?

The practice of key skills and the application of knowledge is the most valuable way to boost grades. However, we also recommend the following work books you can complete with your child. These are used within the school and staff will be happy to look over work completed. Ideally this should be as the course progresses rather than trying to revise in year 11.

For students aiming for grades 1-5, we recommend:

  • TARGET 5 Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History Anglos Saxon and Norman England c1060-1088
  • TARGET 5 Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History Medicine in Britain 1250-present
  • TARGET 5 Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939
  • TARGET 5 Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History SuperPower Relations and the Cold War c1941-1990

 

For students aiming for Grades 6-9 we recommend

  • TARGET 9 Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History Anglos Saxon and Norman England c1060-1088
  • TARGET 9 Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History Medicine in Britain 1250-present
  • TARGET 9  Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939
  • TARGET 9 Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History SuperPower Relations and the Cold War c1941-1990

 

Recommended GCSE websites:

 

Recommended GCSE texts or revision guides:

  • Pearson produce a range of Textbooks used at Cecil Jones
  • Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History Anglos Saxon and Norman England c1060-1088
  • Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History Medicine in Britain 1250-present
  • Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939
  • Edexcel (GCSE 9-1) History SuperPower Relations and the Cold War c1941-1990
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