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Key Stage 3

The main concept running through our units of study in KS3 is ‘Democracy.’ We explore the importance of democracy from the medieval period up to the twentieth century, through a series of engaging lessons. We refer back to the ‘Big Picture of Democracy’ and ‘Thinking Talk Lessons’ at the end of each term, in order to consolidate and consider the effects of democracy within each study.

During year 7 students begin the autumn term with a focus on local history covering topics from Medieval Southampton through to World War II and Hampshire. Students then move on to investigate England from 1066-1500 with our topic area entitled “Blood, Guts and Gore.” In the spring term we look at “Monstrous Monarchs” a unit on both Tudor and Stuart England. Over the summer term we move our investigations onto Empire; by focusing on the “Impact of Tea;” with our global study on the British Empire, before finally turning our attention towards the impact of the Industrial Revolution on Great Britain.

Year 8 students explore a combination of thematic, period studies, and wider world studies these include the thematic study of Crime & Punishment. In autumn term two we investigate Power and Politics in Great Britain to ensure students have good knowledge of political change and emancipation from 1700 onwards. Students then move on to consider the Great War, Inter-War Year events, the rise of Nazi Germany, World War Two and post war Britain.

Key Stage 4

Why choose History?

There are many reasons to consider studying History at GCSE. It is recognised as a demanding course which requires young people to work collaboratively and independently. Students will be expected to be able to recollect comprehensive historical information through a knowledge rich curriculum which also emphases good writing skills, analytical thinking, source evaluation and an ability to share opinions. These attributes give colleges and employers a clear message about a person’s willingness to push their ability and have high expectations with their learning. GCSE History requires investigative responses from a breadth of evidence; this skill transfers to a multitude of studies, and therefore this and other essential historical skills can assist with learning across the curriculum. History also teaches you about the world you live in; as well as the events that shaped it and us; locally, nationally and internationally.

The GCSE History AQA content comprises the following elements:

  • One period study – Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and Dictatorship – Exam end Y11
  • One thematic study – Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day – Exam end Y11
  • One wider world depth study – Conflict and Tension Korean and Vietnam Wars – Exam end Y11
  • One British depth study including the historic environment – Elizabethan England – Exam end Y11
  • Cold War Conflict 1945-1974 in the Autumn term of year 9 to prepare for GCSE – Not examined

We pride ourselves on an engaging and enquiry based approach to learning within History at Noadswood.