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The Year 7 History curriculum at Middleton Technology School aims to encourage and develop a number of different skills through each scheme of work, these include: describing; explaining; making inferences from sources; source analysis and evaluating how useful a source is to an enquiry; explaining consequences; writing a narrative account; explaining the historical significance and importance of an event; understanding and analysing interpretations; evaluating and making judgements; arguing a point of view on a historical debate; and using historical vocabulary correctly and securely.
Topics undertaken by students in year 7 include: Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman invasion of 1066; Medieval Crime and Punishment; King Henry and Becket (including the role of religion in medieval England); interpretations of King John; the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt; and Henry V.
The Year 8 History curriculum is designed to allow pupils to master their historical skills while being challenging through stimulating and exciting content. Year 8 topics have been specifically chosen to allow pupils to explore big questions about the world around them. The aim of Year 8 is for pupils to understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
Topics studied in year 8 include: Whitechapel – a historic environment study of policing and crime; the sinking of the Titanic; World War One – causes, the war, and its impact; Russia 1905-1945 – Tsardom, the Russian Revolution, and Stalin; and a unit on the Holocaust and Jewish life 1900-1945.
The Year 9 History curriculum introduces two Edexcel GCSE elements; Crime and Punishment Through Time c1000 - present and Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939. GCSE content is introduced in Year 9 in order to introduce pupils to a thematic study. The thematic studies require students to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history, including the most significant characteristics of different ages from the medieval to modern periods. They include people, events and developments and reveal wider changes in aspects of society over the centuries and allow comparisons to be made between different periods of history.
In addition a modern depth study is also started in Year 9 to ensure that if pupils do not take History further at KS4 they will still have an understanding of the social, economic, political, religious, technological and military factors relating to Weimar and Nazi Germany. The focus on historical skills is continued and applied to GCSE mocks in Year 9.
The Year 10 History curriculum completes Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 and introduces a further Edexcel GCSE element – a depth study. Henry and His Ministers 1509-1540 tells a story about a period that shaped the world we live in today and requires pupils to understand the unfolding narrative of substantial developments and issues associated with the period. The depth studies focus on a substantial and coherent short time span and require students to understand the complexity of a society or historical situation and the interplay of different aspects within it.
We compliment this course by offering a visit to London which aims to further develop Historical understanding by visiting Whitechapel and various sites of cultural and historical relevance to the Whitechapel historical environment study.
The Year 11 History curriculum completes the Edexcel GCSE element with the final depth study - The American West c1836 - c1895. The American West unit allows pupils to learn about the settlement of the West, the development of the plains and the conflicts and conquests which resulted as a consequence.
Finally, we compliment the GCSE course in Year 11 by offering a visit to Krakow which aims to further develop historical understanding by visiting Auschwitz and various sites of Jewish cultural and historical relevance.
Edexcel History SHP 2016
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