Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students examine ‘what is History’? They build on different historical skills that they have started to use in primary school, such as chronology, understanding bias and using sources to find out about the past. Activities include creating a timeline of their life using photos and stories; investigating how the Tollund Man died and discovering what life might have been like for normal people living in York by using artefacts from the Hungate Dig. We then focus on different aspects of medieval life. Students get to work as a team to produce and present a role play about who they think should be King in 1066; They look at why William won the Battle of Hastings and use this topic to develop their extended writing skills. Students look at how medival monarchs were able to keep control by investigating the development of castles. There is an opportunity this term to build a model of a castle and enter it into our competition. We look at what it was like to live in medieval times as both a rich person and a poor person, investigate a murder mystery, the Peasants Revolt and find out what it was like to catch the Black Death! Finally we look at changing ideas from medieval to modern and try to work out what medieval people really thought.

The start of Year 8 looks at what it would be like to live in England between 1750 and 1900 and to experience all the changes that took place at this time. Students get the chance to investigate Jack the Ripper and to develop their own theory on ‘who done it’. We look at the impact of empires on people’s lives around the world and the growth of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Students get the opportunity to study the development of warfare through the both Spanish Armada and Napoleon. Finally students get to look at the development of power in Britain today and how we arrived at the system that exists today. We investigate questions such as why Charles I got his head chopped off and why did a Emily Davison throw herself in front of the Kings Horse on Derby Day?

In Year 9 students study an over view of history in the 20th century using the Olympic games to help them investigate what the key events and changes might be. We examine the growth of civil rights in America by looking at the stories of Jesse Owen, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks and the impact of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. We delve into the development of warfare and how it affects both civilians and soldiers by looking at life in a trench during War One and the Home Front in York in both World Wars. Students investigate whether World war Two could have been avoided or if it was inevitable; they look at the development of the cold War, the Twin towers and debate the question ‘Should Tony Blair have taken Britain to war against Iraq?

Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA Modern World syllabus at GCSE. Unit 1 is worth 37.5% of the total GCSE. Pupils study three topic areas, all of which they will answer questions on in the exam at the end of Year 10.

  • Topic 1 is the Causes of World War One
  • Topic two is the Treaty of Versailles and the failure of the League of Nations
  • Topic three is the Causes of World War Two and appeasement.

At the end of Year 10 and start of Year 11 students will study for the controlled assessment element, worth 25% of the total GCSE grade. They will investigate how women achieved greater equalitiy of status throughout the 20th century and what the impact of the two world wars was on the status of women in Britain. Pupils will sit the two written tasks in September of year 11.

Once the controlled assessment work has been completed, students will go one to study for unit 2. This is worth 37.5% of the total GCSE and the exam will be sat at the end of Year 11. Topics will vary depending on the specialism of their teacher.

Section A topics will be either:

  • Weimar Germany between 1919 and 192
  • The Roaring 20’s: USA between 1919 and 1929.

Section B topics will be two of the following:

  • Hitler’s Germany, 1929-1939
  • The depression and the New Deal: the USA between 1929 and 1941
  • Race Relations in the USA between 1955 and 1968
  • The USA and Vietnam between 1964 and 1975
  • Britain and the challenge in Northern Ireland between 1960 and 1986
  • The Middle East between 1965 and 1979