History at Wright Robinson aims to connect students with the past through engaging and challenging lessosns that fire the curiousity of all learners so that they want to know more. By looking at a series of enquiry questions students will gain a chronological narrative of Britain and and the wider world and understand how key events and people have shaped the world in which we live. As well as key subject content, students will also develop key transferable skills that help students show that they are well rounded and employable people: analysis, research, discussion, presenting a coherent evidenced and explained argument and evaluation. By engaging with a range of cultures and experiences, students are encouraged to draw contemporary parallels so that they can maintian open minds and become understanding and tolerant cotizens of the future.
In Years 7 and 8 students will have four lessons of History per fornight. At Key Stage 3 History we endevour to introduce students to key concepts and skills that they need to be successful Historians. Homework is set once and week and the purpose of this is to allow students to consolidate or develop their learning from lessons. Students will be assessed approximately once every eight lessons and students will receive teacher feedback that they will act upon to ensure future progress. Students will regularly self and peer assess their work to ensure that they are reflective learners and that they understand the link between assessment and progress. At GCSE students have six lessons per fortnight and we follow the Edexcel GCSE Specification. GCSE History provides students with a broad and diverse study of Britain and the wider world. GCSE History develops skills that support progression to the further study of History and a wide range of other subjects. Our chosen topics of study build on key skills, knowledge and cocepts from Key Stage 3. There are three external exams: Paper 1 – British Thematic Study with Historic Environment: Crime and Punishment in Britain, C1000-present and Whitechapel,c1870-c1900: crime and policing in the inner city. Paper 2 – Period Study and Depth Study: American West 1840-1890 and Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88 Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study: USA 1954-75, Conflict at home and abroad Students are assessed through a variety of methods: regular knowledge recall tests, End of Unit tests, written answers to key questions which focus on a varity of skills and knowledge.
Learners are introduction to Business using a bespoke assignment scenario. In this Unit 1 – What is History? This introduces students to key concpets and skills that they will use throughout their study of History at Wright Robinson.
Unit 2 – Britain 1066 – 1500.
Unit 3 – The Islamic World in the Middle Ages Unit
4 – Britian 1500-1700 Unit 5 – Empire and the Industrial Revolution
Unit 6 – Briatin and the Slave Trade
Unit 7 – why did women gain the vote in Britain
Unit 8 -Conflict in the twentieth century
Unit 9 – Why is the Holucaust so significant?
1. British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England 1558-88 Students learn about Elizabeth I, one of the most famous monarchs in English History. We study how Elizabeth successfully dealt with problems of Religion and gender but why some people – including her cousin Queen Mary of Scots – still tried to overthrow her as Queen. Students examine how Elizabeth defeated the Spanish Armada and lay claims on land in the newly discovered Americas.
2. Period Study: The American West 1835-1895 Students will learn about the culture of the Plains Indians and how white settlers came to conquer Indian land and settle across America. We look at how migration of white Americans led to the destruction of the Plains Indians
3. Crime and Punishment in Britain C1000-Cpresent Students will learn about Crime and Punishment in Britain from around 1000 AD to the present. Students will learn how change in these areas has come about focusing on key individuals and attitudes. Students will also study the historic environment of Whitechapel at the end of the 19th century and how this impacted on crime and policing. We look at key topics such as witchcraft, the introduction of prisons as a main form of punishment and the ending of capital punishment
4. USA 1954-75: Conflict at home Students will investigate the problem of civil rights in the 1950s for black Americans. They will examine different methods of protest and how people such as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X tackled the problem of racism.and evaluate the success of the Civil Rights Movement
5. USA 1954-75: Conflict abroad Students will investigate the reasons for America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and methods of fighting used in the conflict. Students will evaluate why America withdrew in 1975 and interpretations of the conflict