History

History is a popular subject at Blenheim. Each year over 100 pupils sit the GCSE exam and we have two groups studying History at A-level. Many of our students make excellent progress in History, with over 1/3 of students gaining A*-A grades at GCSE and we have seen many of our A-level students leave to study at Oxbridge.

Our aim in the History department is for students to make excellent progress, enabling them to learn from the mistakes of the past and to develop into questioning, curious, imaginative, informed members of a democratic society.


School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.

Facilities

  • Up to date, new textbooks to support KS3 to KS5
  • Computer Pod

Useful Links

 

 

KS3 History

Years 7, 8, 9

Students complete a 1000 year study over the course of KS3, learning about British and World events from 1066 through to 2000. This 1000 year study is taught in themes, covering Conflict and Co-operation, Power and Democracy, Trade/Colonialism/British Empire and Movement and Settlement. This allows students to build up a story of the main events and changes within this theme over the period.

Year 7

  • What is history?
  • Movement and Settlement = From the Romans to the Normans
  • Conflict and Co-operation = The Norman invasion and impact
  • Power and Democracy = The power of the King, King John, Thomas Beckett, Peasants Revolt
  • Lives, Beliefs and Ideas = Life in the Middle Ages, Black Death

Year 8

  • Movement and Settlement = The lives of Emigrants from Britain 1500-1900
  • Conflict and Co-operation = The Spanish Armada, The Napoleonic Wars
  • Power and Democracy = The Tudor Monarchy, The English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell,  The fight by ordinary people to win the vote
  • Lives, Beliefs and Ideas = The causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution.
  • British Empire/Trade/Colonialism = The rush for Empires 1500-1800 and the Slave Trade

Year 9

  • Movement and Settlement = The experiences of people who moved to Britain following the Second World War.
  • Conflict and Co-operation = World War 1 and World War2
  • Power and Democracy =  Life in Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, How did Women win the Vote, The campaign for Civil Rights in America,
  • Lives, Beliefs and Ideas = How have people’s lives improved since 1945?
  • British Empire/Trade/Colonialism = The impact of the British Empire in India.

What skills students develop

Students spend their time in Key Stage 3 developing the 6 historical skills of Causation, Interpretation, Diversity, Significance, Change over Time/Chronology and Evidence. They also learn to empathise with people in the past, to debate historical issues and to learn about how the world is like it is today. The literary nature of the subject also means their spelling, reading, writing, grammar and communication skills will improve too.

How students are assessed

Students complete 6 assessments each year, each one focusing on a different historical skill. These are completed for homework and should take at least an hour to do. Students can use their class work to help them with these.

Homework

Homework is set each week. Some pieces will be small and some pieces will be project based and may run over a number of weeks.

How parents can help

Parents can help by checking your child’s planner and making sure homework and independent study is up to date. Encouraging your child to visit museums, watch historical TV programmes or do some extra reading is also valuable.

School Trips

All year 9 students have the opportunity to visit Belgium for the day to see the World War 1 battlefields and cemeteries.

KS4 History (Students who commenced their course before September 2016)

GCSE Graded A*-G

Board and Exam Details

All students complete the AQA Modern World History B syllabus

Course Outline

  • The impact of the Treaty of the Versailles and the failure of the League of Nations
  • The Causes of the Second World War
  • The Cold War 1945-1955
  • Stalin’s USSR 1924-1945
  • America 1919-1929
  • Race Relations in the USA 1945-1968

What skills students develop

History students will develop their thinking skills: such as problem solving, empathy, source analysis, understanding causes/consequences of events and evaluating differing interpretations of the past.

They also develop an understanding of chronology and gain an understanding of the events that have shaped our world. History is crucial in supporting good literacy skills of spelling and written communication.

How students are assessed

Students are given GCSE tasks as formal assessments, and will be assessed at the end of each unit of study. At the start of year 11, all students complete a piece of controlled assessment worth 25% of their final grade. History students will sit two exams at the end of year 11.

  • Controlled assessment = A source evaluation piece of written work on Britain at War.25%
  • Paper 1 = 1 hour and 45 minutes, International Relations 1918=1955. 37%
  • Paper 2 = 1 hour and 45 minutes, Depth Studies 1919-1945 37%

Homework

Students are given homework every week and are expected to spend an hour completing it. This can take the form of further research, completing classwork notes, or students are set GCSE type questions for homework, which are marked according to exam board marking criteria. Their work books or folders are also regularly checked.

How parents can help

Parents can help by ensuring that homework is completed and that their child is organised and bringing their file to each lesson. Any visits or TV programmes that have links to the GCSE course should be encouraged.

Extra-curricular Activities

Nearer to the time of the exam, morning revision lessons will run and all students are encouraged to participate.

School Trips

Year 10 pupils will have the opportunity to visit Berlin, taking in the places of interest associated with the Second World War and Cold War.

KS4 History (Students who commencing their course after September 2016)

GCSE Graded 9-1

Board and Exam Details

All students complete the Edexcel History GCSE syllabus

Course Outline

  • British thematic study- focusing on Medicine through Time- c1000-present. Included in this, a study of the British sector of the Western Front, focusing on injuries, treatment and trenches.
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

What skills students develop

History students will develop their thinking skills: such as problem solving, empathy, source analysis, understanding causes/consequences of events and evaluating differing interpretations of the past. They also develop an understanding of chronology and gain an understanding of the events that have shaped our world. History is crucial in supporting good literacy skills of spelling and written communication.

How students are assessed

Students are given GCSE tasks as formal assessments, and will be assessed at the end of each unit of study. These do not count towards the final GCSE but are a good indicator of student progress throughout the course.

There are three formal exams, taken at the end of Year 11 as follows:

  • Paper 1: 1 hour and 15 minutes (30%) Thematic Study and the Historic Environment- Medicine in Britain (c.1000 to present)
  • Paper 2: 1 hour and 45 minutes (40%) Period Study and British Depth Study- Early Elizabethan England 1558-88 and Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1945-1995
  • Paper 3: 1 hour and 15 minutes (30%) Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.

Homework

Students are given homework every week and are expected to spend around an hour completing it. This can take the form of further research, completing classwork notes, or students are set GCSE exam practise questions for homework, which are marked according to exam board marking criteria. Their work books or folders are also regularly checked.

How parents can help

Parents can help by ensuring that homework is completed and that their child is organised and bringing their file to each lesson. Any visits or TV programmes that have links to the GCSE course should be encouraged.

Extra-curricular Activities

Nearer to the time of the exam, morning revision lessons will run and all students are encouraged to participate.