History has lots of amazing stories to tell. However, there is so much more to History. A Historian asks important questions, and can use and evaluate evidence to support their answers. A Historian develops the skills of analysis and criticism in situations where there is not a provable right answer. Becoming a Historian can make you more aware of where information today comes from and more suspicious of unfounded claims. Becoming a Historian can help you with developing positive dispositions, such as tolerance and open-mindedness through looking at events such as the Holocaust, and allow you a deeper insight into how the world works today. History can also help to better understand your own identity, by looking at local and family history.
History at KS3 develops highly skilled Historians through rigorous, engaging and choice driven learning. Although they have a wide range of choice in the historical topics that they explore, they are guided through how to investigate as a Historian, learning the skills to explore significance, cause and consequence, change and continuity, and using evidence to support their hypotheses.
Learners explore a range of enquiries, including: What is history? Which historical event or person was the most significant? When was life in Britain most beautiful? What happens when two worlds collide? What if (insert event) didn’t happen? And many more…
GCSE Course Structure:
At Key stage 4, cohort 9, 10 & 11, learners follow the OCR History B course.
Currently, in Cohort 10 Historians also have the amazing opportunity to visit Berlin, learning valuable life skills, supporting their knowledge of key topics including the History of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and the Cold War, as well as the sobering but mind opening visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration camp.
Development Unit, ‘Causes and Events of World War One’.
Learners will begin their development of Historical skills by examining the causes and events of the First World War, asking and answering questions such as "Was Haig a butcher or a hero?" and "Why did Germany lose the First World War?".
How far did British Society Change 1939-1975?
The Britain that entered the Second World War was vastly different to the Britain of 1975. In this unit learners will investigate how life changed for Women, Teenagers and Immigrants in Britain and how these groups helped to shape the society we live in today.
Controlled Assessment: The American Civil Rights Movement.
Learners investigate this intriguing topic and analyse the significance of these individuals through a 2000 word essay.
The Cold War
A war of words and ideologies. During the Cold War the world was under the threat of nuclear apocalypse. How did it come to this, and who was to blame? Learners will investigate just how real the threat of nuclear war was during the Cuban Missile Crises, and investigate the American war in Vietnam.
How did Hitler, a poorly educated and once homeless man, manage to take the Nazi Party from 54 members (Hitler was the 55th) in 1919, to gain 11,737,000 votes in 1932, thus becoming the dictator of Germany? Learners will investigate how Hitler destroyed Germany's democratic system and turned Germany into a police state that would go on to kill over 7 million Jews, communists, homosexuals, gypsies and other 'enemies of the state'.
Progress at KS3 is assessed using GCSE fine grades, with specific mark schemes and guidance for all of the key skills and concepts in history: cause and consequence, change and continuity, significance, diversity, and using evidence.
• Approach to Independent Study:
Independent study will be set on the Showbie app, so that all learners can access the resources from the session and use the app to ensure independent study is completed on the deadline. As learners develop their skills of independent learning, they will be setting their own independent study to further their own understanding.
• Resources to support learning:
Websites to support learning at KS3:
Some (quite) interesting Historical facts…
The time difference between the Stegosauras and the T Rex is larger than the time difference between the T Rex and you.
The Queen is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth’s land surface.
The American secret service tried to spike Hitler’s carrots with female hormones to change him into a woman.
At the height of Germany’s hyperinflation crises in 1923, 1 Us Dollar was worth 4 Trillion German Marks.
The shortest war in History lasted for 38 minutes. 500 people died.
Hitler was voted Times Man of the Year in 1938.
During the American Goldrush, a glass of water could cost up to $100.
Romans went to the toilet together (up to 30 at a time) and would hold important meetings whilst going for a number 2.
In 1811, nearly a quarter of all the women in Britain were named Mary.
The History Team