At Wye School, we follow the curriculum established by United Learning. We teach our pupils to be confident and competent in the core skills of source analysis, understanding causation, significance, chronology, change and continuity, diversity and interpretation which are all key skills used and tested throughout their GCSEs. Residential and day trips are also used to increase the relevance of learning about events in history and to promote engagement. We assess our pupils regularly with formal assessments at the end of each of our six terms. We give each pupil a list of KPIs of varying difficultly which they will be assessed on throughout the year. At the end of the year pupils will take an exam to assess learning with questions being designed in a similar manner to GCSE to help prepare their writing techniques. We use a variety of approaches such as group work, pair work and independent study and research opportunities. The use of ICT is also promoted both in and out of school to develop historical knowledge. To enrich the learning of our most able students, we provide opportunities for them to tackle GCSE Level work and believe that there should be no age restriction on what is learnt, for example, giving higher level questions and essay work to our most gifted students. Independent research opportunities enable gifted students to develop a deeper understanding of historical issues and concepts and provide opportunities for them to lead other students on certain topics. For our lower ability pupils, there is an emphasis on confidence building skills and enjoyment. Great use is made of visual and kinaesthetic approaches to teaching and learning to create an environment where all can access the curriculum.
Currently, year 7 begins with establishing all the key skills used in history, to ensure all pupils are able to confidently recognise the key skills they need to undertake. Following this, pupils will study the Battle of Hastings and the Norman invasion, life in Norman England, The Black Death, The Peasants Revolt and the Murder of Thomas Becket. Re-enactment and project work is a big feature of the year 7 curriculum.
The year 8 curriculum builds on skills learnt in year 7 by continuing to develop skills in source analysis and essay writing techniques. Topics are studied with both a broad overview of the Tudors comprising of Term 1 and also in more depth here as pupils study the reformation the following term. Other topics include a study of the English Civil War and its impact on the country, how the British Empire shaped the world we live in, focusing on the Triangular Slave Trade and leading on to the Civil Rights Movement in America.
The Year 9 curriculum follows a more modern and also international focus. The first two terms focus on the Second World War, studying the causes of the war, then studying the military and social aspects of the war. Pupils will then focus on Russia with the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s Russia and Cold War. Finally, students will study the Holocaust in depth, in particular focusing on the historical causes of it and understanding its context in European history.
For GCSE our pupils follow the AQA examination board and their curriculum. These are assessed using the same key skills taught to pupils from Year 7, particularly with source analysis and studying interpretations. Pupils study four different topics, with one British depth study, one thematic overview topic and two wider world topics, one studied in depth and one period topic.
For the period topic students build on their work from Year 9 by studying Germany. Pupils will study the history of Germany starting with the new empire under Kaiser Wilhelm II, covering the failed democracy of the Weimar Republic and finally various aspects of Nazi society. Pupils wider world depth topic, Conflict and Tension 1918-1939, will link to this by exploring the challenges facing the international community following WW1. Pupils will study in detail the impact of the Versailles Treaty, the failure of the League of Nations and the start of WW2.
The thematic overview will focus on Medicine Through Time and how it has changed in the last 1000 years, but will also study further back to provide greater depth. This involves studying a wide range of time periods, including Ancient Greeks, Ancient Romans, the Medieval Period, the Renaissance, the Industrial Period and the modern day. Pupils will be able to compare and contrast how surgery, diseases, knowledge and the role of doctors changed throughout these times. Lastly the British depth studies will focus on the Norman Conquest, from invasion, the Battle of Hastings through to the new Norman England. This will develop on studies undertaken in Year 7 on both the Normans and Medieval society as well as placing greater emphasis on developing source skills.
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