Members of staff

Mrs Jenna Rouse ( History teacher/Humanities Curriculum Leader/extended Leadership Team)

Mr Darin Lamb (History teacher/ Progress Leader / Senior Leadership Team

 

Subject overview

We believe that Humanities subjects are essential for pupils’ development as they help young people to be aware of the past, understand the present and improve the future. Through the teaching of Humanities subjects we strive to instil in pupils an enthusiasm for learning which will help them to achieve their potential in school and beyond.

 

The study of History helps young people to:

  • develop a knowledge of past events both locally and internationally and an understanding of how they have shaped the present day
  • explore the changing roles of individuals and groups, the impact they had and continue to have on society
  • study periods of History in depth understanding the links between cause and consequence
  • develop a range of useful skills such as evaluation, analysis and reaching balanced conclusions.

 

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 currently includes Years 7 and 8, with pupils beginning their History GCSE course in Year 9. Pupils receive 2 hours of History lessons per week.

Please see below the current Units of Work although this may be subject to change following the recent GCSE specification changes.

Content

 

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn term 1

What is History? The  Norman Conquest

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

Autumn term 2

Religion and medicine in  in Medieval England

Industrial Revolution

Getting the Vote

Spring term 1

 The problems of medieval monarchs

Expanding the Empire

Mining in the North East

Spring term 2

Migration

 

Summer term 1

The Tudor Dynasty and challenges ot the Catholic Church

Europe: The First World War

How did Hitler become leader of Germany?

Summer term 2

The English Reformation and Counter Reformation ( Henry VIII – Mary I) Dynasty

Final Solution/Holocaust

Civil rights Movement

Key Stage 4  

The Edexcel History Specification B syllabus is followed at GCSE. All Key Stage 4 history students are now following the new GCSE specification, introduced in 2016.

There will be three examinations at the end of the course:

American West and Tudor Study (Elizabeth)

Thematic Study- Medicine c.1250-Present Day

Weimar Germany/Nazi Germany

All papers will also award marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG)

Students will be assessed and graded using the new 1-9 criteria.

 

Please see below Units of Work although this may be subject to change

Content

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn term 1

Medicine c1250-present day

American West c1835-1895

Revision and Exam Skills

Autumn term 2

 

 Medicine c1250-present day

American West c1835-1895

Revision and Exam Skills

Spring term 1

 

Medicine c12.50-present day

Medicine in WWI

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Revision and Exam Skills

Spring term 2

 

Elizabethan England 1558-1588

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Revision and Exam Skills

Summer term 1

 

Elizabethan England 1558-1588

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Revision and Exam Skills

Summer term 2

 

American West c1835-1895

Closing the knowledge gap

 

 

 

 

Revision links for GCSE course

 

BBC Bitesize - useful for most topics although check with your teacher as not all content is relevant http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/

www.bbc.co.uk/history

 

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

  • Homework is an essential tool to enable students to achieve. History Students will receive homework every week. Please check books and Show my Homework to support your children to meet all deadlines.
  • At KS4, all students will have PLC’s (Personalised Learning Checklists) to direct their revision, close their knowledge gaps and ensure they practise their skills deficits. Please use these with your child to support their progress at GCSE.

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are a range of educational visits planned to support both KS3 and KS4 learning. We   welcome local Historians into school to bring different dimensions to the learning experience of our children at Norham. The Time Bandits are regular visitors.. Our recent Victorian Day and Viking Primary days were a great success. Our recent year 7 WWI Commemoration Project involved two visits to the local library, working with actors and meeting the nephew of a WWI veteran as well as visits to local museums to see our work on display. At KS4, two of our history students visited the Battlefields in Belgium last year and we hope to develop this further in the new year. We also have KS3 visits to Newcastle Keep  planned and a KS4 visit to the Thackeray museum in Leeds will support their thematic medicine unit,