Our vision for History at Middleton Technology School

History at Middleton Technology School has one aim: to equip all pupils with the ability to understand their place in Britain in the 21st century and how history has shaped the world and current events. We strongly believe that History’s role in education is to provide pupils with the cultural capital necessary to thrive in both post-16 education and the modern workplace. To achieve this, our pupils will engage in a range of carefully planned historical enquiries. Each enquiry will enable pupils to acquire key historical skills, to develop substantive and disciplinary knowledge and master the second order concepts needed to be successful, analytical historians. We will challenge misconceptions and widen their understanding of the past throughtheir ability to compare, explain, evaluate, analyse, challenge, debate, and argue. Pupils will also question the past and explore different views and interpretations of history.

Year 7

The aim of the curriculum in Year 7 is to introduce pupils to some of the ‘big concepts’ and themes that have shaped England and Europe in the period c700-c1700. Ideas such as: monarchy, power, the church, revolt and revolution are explored via a range of topics.

Skills introduced and developed in Year 7 include: describing; explaining; making inferences from sources; source analysis and evaluating sources; explaining consequences; analysing narratives of the past including those created by historians; 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.

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Year 8

Year 8 builds upon the themes and concepts of Year 7 by introducing topics that have helped to develop the modern world. There is a deliberate focus to ensure that our pupils understand the importance of a range of histories from around the world and how they have created the society they live in today. In Year 8 all pupils will continue to practice and master the skills introduced in Year 7.

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Year 9

Year 9 is a transition year in the History curriculum, our intention is to get pupils into a position to be GCSE ready by the end of Year 9 so that all pupils feel they can pick History as a GCSE option if they wish. As a result, the curriculum in Year 9 is designed to develop confidence and engage pupils in historical enquiries to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. There is a deliberate attempt to interleave and weave key concepts and key themes throughout Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9.

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Year 10

In Year 10 pupils that have selected to study GCSE History will study Edexcel GCSE 9-1 History. The options we study are:

  • Paper 1: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city
  • Paper 2: Option B3: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40; Option P3: The American West, c1835–c1895
  • Paper 3: Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

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Year 11

In Year 11 we continue our study of Edexcel GCSE 9-1 History.

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It is our vision to enrich the learning experience of the entire school community


Edexcel History SHP 2016

Edexcel GCSE History (2016)

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