History

The History Department at The Wilnecote School aims to inspire students whilst developing an understanding of historical events and the skills to interpret the world through time. We do this by exploring a range of historical events and topics such as the Tudor period, slavery, the First World War and Nazi Germany. Lessons contain a rich variety of sources including cartoons, written texts, video clips and paintings. Students delve into the issue of the development of the human race and the need to understand and learn from history to shape the future into the world we want for future generations. Students are also taught to recognise the complex relationships that exist between the events of world history.

A variety of skills are practised in lessons and cross curricular links are made with lessons such as RE, Science, Maths, English and ICT to enable students to further deepen their understanding.

Students receive one lesson of History a week.

They will study the following topics in each year:

AUTUMN TERM

 

SPRING TERM SUMMER TERM
YEAR 7 The Norman Conquest Life in Medieval England Church and Society in Medieval England, including the murder of Thomas Becket.
YEAR  8 Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Tudor England The English Civil Wars Aspects of the Industrial Revolution, including slavery.
YEAR 9 World War One Life in Nazi Germany World War II and the Holocaust

 

The KS3 programme of study is designed to ensure that students have the skills and understanding to access the GCSE syllabus at KS4.

 

Fieldwork in KS3 Humanities

Each year, there is the opportunity for students to take part in fieldwork. This is invaluable as it not only allows the students to put their prior learning into practice but also to relate their theoretical lessons to the real world. Students currently participate in the following fieldwork:

YEAR 7 Castle Visit ( Norman Conquest topic)
YEAR 8 Visit to the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham (Climate and ecosystems topic)
YEAR 9 Holocaust Centre

 

How are the students assessed?

In KS3, at the end of each topic, students will usually sit a timed examination consisting of questions based on the content and skills that they have learnt. Other forms of assessment include extended written answers/investigations and presentations.

The GCSE History course that is followed is the Edexcel History Specification (1HIO).

At KS4, students receive five lessons of History a fortnight.

Students commence this course at the start of Year 10, through to the end of Year 11.

The GCSE qualification assists students in becoming a History specialist. It is ideal for anyone who has an interest in History and would like to pursue the subject at A-Level or as a career. It also develops key skills such as analysis and evaluation, arguing and supporting a case and problem solving and decision making, all skills that are useful for future employment opportunities, especially in areas like law and journalism which are common progression routes for historians.

Students will study the following topics as part of the course:

AUTUMN TERM SPRING TERM SUMMER TERM
 

 

YEAR 10

Early Elizabethan England 1558-88

 

Early Elizabethan England 1558-88 and

Medicine in Britain 1250 – present

Medicine in Britain 1250 – present, including a study of a historic environment (Medical care in the trenches in World War one)
 

YEAR 11

Superpower relations and Cold War 1941-91

 

 

The USA at home and Abroad 1954-75, including the Vietnam war

 

Fieldwork

There are plans to introduce a fieldwork visit, either to the trenches in Belgium around Ypres to complement the historic environment unit or to London to follow up aspects of the History of Medicine course.

How are the students assessed?

Students will sit three examination papers at the end of Year 11 when the course concludes:

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain and the historic environment (The British sector of the Western Front)

Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England and Superpower relations and the Cold war

Paper 3: The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad.

 

EXAM BOARD
Edexcel GCSE History 9-1

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

 

USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT

BBC bitesize – has a range of useful resources, including some video clips, on all of the topics covered.

www.medicine throughtime.co.uk

www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-england.htm

There are lots of films that cover aspects of the year 11 topics including Malcolm X, Mississippi Burning and Selma (about the Black Civil Rights campaign) Thirteen Days (on the Cuban Missile Crisis) and Platoon, Hamburger Hill and Apocalypse Now (about Vietnam). Though these are “fictional” they are useful to get a feel for the periods and the events involved.

A recent TV series “Pain, Pus and Poison” traces the development of medical treatments and is available on DVD.

There are lots of books published on the Cold War. A good starting point is “Cold war: For 45 years the World held its breath” by Jeremy Isaacs.

There are numerous properties within easy reach of Tamworth that would help give a feel for the Elizabethan period; eg Coughton Court in Warwickshire – the home of the Throckmorton family, who were involved in plots against Elizabeth; Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire and Wollaton Hall in Nottingham which are examples of Elizabethan country houses.

Students are encouraged to develop their general knowledge of historical events through time.

 

CONTACT US

Mr Farrell

Miss Ward

Key Stage 3

Students receive one lesson of History a week.

They will study the following topics in each year:

AUTUMN TERM

 

SPRING TERM SUMMER TERM
YEAR 7 The Norman Conquest Life in Medieval England Church and Society in Medieval England, including the murder of Thomas Becket.
YEAR  8 Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Tudor England The English Civil Wars Aspects of the Industrial Revolution, including slavery.
YEAR 9 World War One Life in Nazi Germany World War II and the Holocaust

 

The KS3 programme of study is designed to ensure that students have the skills and understanding to access the GCSE syllabus at KS4.

 

Fieldwork in KS3 Humanities

Each year, there is the opportunity for students to take part in fieldwork. This is invaluable as it not only allows the students to put their prior learning into practice but also to relate their theoretical lessons to the real world. Students currently participate in the following fieldwork:

YEAR 7 Castle Visit ( Norman Conquest topic)
YEAR 8 Visit to the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham (Climate and ecosystems topic)
YEAR 9 Holocaust Centre

 

How are the students assessed?

In KS3, at the end of each topic, students will usually sit a timed examination consisting of questions based on the content and skills that they have learnt. Other forms of assessment include extended written answers/investigations and presentations.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE History course that is followed is the Edexcel History Specification (1HIO).

At KS4, students receive five lessons of History a fortnight.

Students commence this course at the start of Year 10, through to the end of Year 11.

The GCSE qualification assists students in becoming a History specialist. It is ideal for anyone who has an interest in History and would like to pursue the subject at A-Level or as a career. It also develops key skills such as analysis and evaluation, arguing and supporting a case and problem solving and decision making, all skills that are useful for future employment opportunities, especially in areas like law and journalism which are common progression routes for historians.

Students will study the following topics as part of the course:

AUTUMN TERM SPRING TERM SUMMER TERM
 

 

YEAR 10

Early Elizabethan England 1558-88

 

Early Elizabethan England 1558-88 and

Medicine in Britain 1250 – present

Medicine in Britain 1250 – present, including a study of a historic environment (Medical care in the trenches in World War one)
 

YEAR 11

Superpower relations and Cold War 1941-91

 

 

The USA at home and Abroad 1954-75, including the Vietnam war

 

Fieldwork

There are plans to introduce a fieldwork visit, either to the trenches in Belgium around Ypres to complement the historic environment unit or to London to follow up aspects of the History of Medicine course.

How are the students assessed?

Students will sit three examination papers at the end of Year 11 when the course concludes:

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain and the historic environment (The British sector of the Western Front)

Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England and Superpower relations and the Cold war

Paper 3: The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad.

 

EXAM BOARD
Edexcel GCSE History 9-1

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

 

USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT

BBC bitesize – has a range of useful resources, including some video clips, on all of the topics covered.

www.medicine throughtime.co.uk

www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-england.htm

There are lots of films that cover aspects of the year 11 topics including Malcolm X, Mississippi Burning and Selma (about the Black Civil Rights campaign) Thirteen Days (on the Cuban Missile Crisis) and Platoon, Hamburger Hill and Apocalypse Now (about Vietnam). Though these are “fictional” they are useful to get a feel for the periods and the events involved.

A recent TV series “Pain, Pus and Poison” traces the development of medical treatments and is available on DVD.

There are lots of books published on the Cold War. A good starting point is “Cold war: For 45 years the World held its breath” by Jeremy Isaacs.

There are numerous properties within easy reach of Tamworth that would help give a feel for the Elizabethan period; eg Coughton Court in Warwickshire – the home of the Throckmorton family, who were involved in plots against Elizabeth; Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire and Wollaton Hall in Nottingham which are examples of Elizabethan country houses.

Students are encouraged to develop their general knowledge of historical events through time.

 

CONTACT US

Mr Farrell

Miss Ward

Year 11