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History (curriculum)

History

Subject Leader: Victoria Reynolds – victoria.reynolds@oatforge.co.uk
LP: Nicole South – nicole.south@oatforge.co.uk

History is a subject that enables students to explore how the past has impacted on the present.

Students will cover topics from a range of different time periods and they will have the opportunity to develop their communication and debating skills which will support them in variety of other subject disciplines.

Social – In History we look at how society and its people have been affected by changes right from the Middle Ages through to the present day, exploring issues such as the reign of Elizabeth I to more present issues such as Hitler’s Germany-1933-1945.

Moral – History teaches students about decisions in society and how we must act for the right reasons. Students participate in many discussions and debates to encourage them to reflect on why people take certain decisions and how people are affected by them.

Spiritual – The welfare of others is constantly discussed from year 7 through to year 13 and there are also opportunities to discuss the impact of religion and its values on the development of society over time.

Cultural – History explores different cultures and traditions, whether that is European countries like Germany or British values and culture.
More Able

History is a subject that is accessible for everyone. However, this subject enables More Able students to be challenged looking at a variety of different sources, both pictorial and written from the past, as-well as developing their analytical and debating skills by writing essays and taking part in debates. It is a facilitating subject that will support their development across other subject areas as many of the skills are transferable and it will help support their verbal and written communication.

KS3
Year 7

Autumn term
They will study the Medicine through Time, looking at the big killer-‘The Black Death’ which affected Europe in the 14th century and they will also develop their historical skills looking at a variety of different sources, both primary and secondary.

Spring Term
They will study Elizabeth I and how she ruled England and how the country was affected by the Armada and the voyage of discovery to America.

Summer term
They will study the Great Plague in 1665 and how people were affected by the disease as-well as exploring how life changed in Victorian Britain, looking at health and medicine as-well as entertainment, working conditions and living conditions.

Year 8

Autumn Term
They will explore what caused WWI to start in 1914; the conditions soldiers lived in the trenches and what surgery helped to save their lives.

Spring Term
They will explore how Hitler changed Germany and his rise to power, looking at how he became Chancellor and then Dictator in 1934.

Spring/Summer term
They will explore how Hitler changed Germany and how people were affected by the changes such as women, young people, Jews and workers.
Finally, to end KS3, they will explore the Vietnam War and why it was important and how the USA was affected by it.

KS4
Year 9

September-July
They will study Medicine through Time: This includes looking at
● Causes
● Treatments
● Preventions
● Key individuals such as Edward Jenner and Louis Pasteur who transformed medicine with vaccinations for illness and disease

They will also explore Germany 1918-1945
● The Weimar Republic-rebellions and challenges between 1919-1923
● How Germany stabilised, between 1923-1929
● Hitler’s rise to power 1929-1934
● How people were affected by Hitler’s changes, such as women, youth and the Jews.

Year 10
Autumn term
Germany 1919-1945
● The Weimar Republic-rebellions and challenges between 1919-1923
● How Germany stabilised, between 1923-1929
● Hitler’s rise to power 1929-1934
● How people were affected by Hitler’s changes, such as women, youth and the Jews.

Spring term
Medicine through Time
● Ancient Periods-causes, preventions and treatments
● Medieval times
● Renaissance period, looking at key individuals such as Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey
● Industrial Period, exploring key individuals such as Edward Jenner, Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch and Edwin Chadwick
● Modern period-looking at DNA, antibiotics, superbugs that affect people today.

Summer Term
● Start of Controlled Assessment on Warwick Castle

Year 11
Students will have been taught the course by this stage and by October half term they will have completed their controlled assessment. The remainder of the year will be spent helping the students prepare for examinations by revising the content with the students and giving them access to all types of practice questions.

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