‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.’ – Theodore Roosevelt

KS3 History

 What will I study?

During KS3 you will extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning. You will be taught to identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time.

Our historical studies begin in 1066 and from that point cover a breadth of social, political, economic and religious themes leading up to and including events of the Twentieth Century. You will be encouraged to develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context.

Crucially, you will be taught to recognise that your historical knowledge, understanding and skills help you to understand the present and also provide you with a basis for your role as a responsible citizen.

Year 7

Course Content Assessments.
An introduction to key historical skills

·         chronology and using evidence

Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509.

·         the Norman Conquest

·         the struggle between Church and crown

·         the Black Death and its social and economic impact

The development of church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745

·         the Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics (including Scotland, Spain and Ireland)

·         the causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain

·         the Interregnum (including Cromwell in Ireland)

·    Baseline test

Focusing on knowledge and understanding of historical skills.

·    Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

·    What was life like in a Medieval Town? 

·    Mary Queen of Scots, a mystery…

·    Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or villain?

·    Summer exam

Year 8

Course Content Assessments.
Political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901

·         Britain’s transatlantic slave trade, its effects and its eventual abolition

·         Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society

·         party politics, extension of the franchise and social reform

·         women’s suffrage

The challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. 

·         the First World War and the Peace Settlement

·         the Second World War and the Holocaust

·    To what extent did life improve for African Americans after the abolition of slavery?

·    Emily Davidson, a mystery…

·    What was trench life like?

·    Why was the 1st July 1916 a disaster for the British Army?

·    What was life like in the Warsaw Ghettos?

·    Summer exam – Was the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945 a necessary evil?

The KS3 History curriculum at Shuttleworth College allows you to focus on social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) issues and informs your fundamental understanding of British values of democracy and the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed each half term to ensure progress against expected outcomes. The assessments listed above are designed to test your historical knowledge and conceptual understanding such as that of change and continuity and cause and consequence. Alongside this, key historical skills are continually assessed to ensure that you are supported in your development of source evaluation and analysis.

Written feedback will be given after each assessment and there will be time for you to make a difference to your work so that you are able to reflect on your learning needs and improve in future assessments.

Self and peer assessment are important aspects of assessment for learning practice within History. Assessing your own work or that of others can help you develop your understanding of the learning objectives and success criteria. Research has shown that you make more progress when you are actively involved in your own learning and assessment.

Finally, your classwork and homework will be marked regularly with particular focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar to develop literacy skills and allow you to explain and analyse historical events effectively and articulately.

How can I stretch my learning?

Here are our top three suggestions!

  1. Learning about the past is really learning about people. What more interesting thing is there than learning about people’s lives and gaining valuable life lessons from them? Talk to people around you about their experiences of historical events; these eyewitness accounts provide historians with some of the most valuable information that we have about the past.
  1. Take the opportunity to visit museums and if you can, handle artefacts. Most museums are free and are not stuffy, dusty places! We have local museums dedicated to the Industrial Revolution, the Lancashire Fusiliers, the Tudors and even medieval castles in the vicinity. All these are relevant to the KS3 curriculum and will enable you to immerse yourself in the time period.
  1. Read about people and events that have made a difference in the world. You don’t just have to read books (Horrible Histories are good though!) but read on-line. Knowing additional factual pieces of information about the past will enable you to reinforce points and access higher grades.

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GCSE History

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History

What will I study?

GCSE History enables you to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history.  It encourages you to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context.

This subject also allows you to develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been given historical significance and how and why different interpretations about the past have developed.

We will cover four different topics during the three years, they are:

Paper 1

Thematic study and historic environment

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present


The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

·      c1250–c1500: Medicine in medieval England

·      c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in England

·      c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain

·      c1900–present: Medicine in modern Britain

·      Historic environments

The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches this is about knowledge, selection and use of sources for historical enquiries

Paper 2

Period study and British depth study

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

·      Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest, 1060–66

·      William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066–87

·      Norman England, 1066–88

·      The origins of the Cold War, 1941–58

·      Cold War crises, 1958–70

·      The end of the Cold War, 1970–91

Paper 3

Modern depth study

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 ·      The Weimar Republic 1918–29

·      Hitler’s rise to power, 1919–33

·      Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933–39

·      Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the three year course you will be continually assessed by your teacher on GCSE practice questions which will be done in class and for homework. You will also sit regular end of unit exams in order to prepare you for your final GCSEs.  From these assessment points, targeted interventions will be undertaken in order to support you or to challenge you. Self and peer assessment just like in KS3 History will play a part in your lesson, enabling you to better engage with the success criteria.

At the end of the three years you will sit three exam papers:

  • Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

This is a written examination lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. This equates to 30% of your final grade.

  • Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

This is a written examination lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. This paper will make up 40% of your final grade.

  • Paper 3: Modern depth study

This is a written examination lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes and is worth 30% of your final grade.

How can I stretch my learning?

Study history, and do additional research around the subject. If you can, add any additional knowledge you gain into your answers and put sources into context. This will impress your teachers, and any examiners. This is not just reading history books but watching films and documentaries – see your teachers for recommendations.

Remember it is not just what you know, but how you answer questions that counts. It is not enough to simply recall facts – you must become adept at finding information from sources and relating this back to knowledge about your topic. Completing past papers and GCSE questions under timed conditions is the best way to prepare for your exams. There will be revision sessions after school and at lunch in order to support you in doing this.

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