History

Year 7

HistoryScholars will spend 12 weeks studying British History from c.400AD to 1100. The Battle of Hastings will be investigated in depth and scholars have to decide if William the Conqueror was simply lucky or if he was indeed the superior leader to King Harold. Finally, scholars will analyse the concept of change and continuity as they decide if the Norman Conquest improved Britain.

Year 8

Scholars spend 12 weeks investigating the English Civil War and they have to decide if Oliver Cromwell was a hero or a villain using historical evidence to support their opinion. Covering political and military history this unit gives scholars valuable knowledge of British history and develops their written and analytical skills.

Year 9

Scholars begin their GCSE preparation course. The new GCSE requires scholars to study a theme across a broad sweep of history covering at least a 1000 years. The course must include at least 40% British history and scholars must be confident to write extended essays as well as short answer questions and source analysis. Scholars are also required to study a local historic site.

Terms 1 & 2: Crime and Punishment, 1000-present day Scholars will study the process of change and continuity in relation to crimes and their punishment in this one thousand year thematic study. The unit is broken down into 4 chronological stages:

  • The medieval period (1000-1500)
  • The early modern period (1500-1700)
  • Industrialisation (1700-1900)
  • The modern era (1900-present).

In each of the time periods scholars will focus on 1) the nature and changing definitions of crimes 2) the nature of law enforcement and punishment 3) analyse two case studies of crime and punishment from that period.

Term 3: Whitechapel: 1870-1900, crime, policing and the inner city A scholar led research unit that allows scholars to develop their research and source analysis skills by applying their knowledge of crime and punishment to an extended case study. In this historic environment study scholars will practice working with different kinds of sources such as police records, newspapers, workhouse records, trial records, photographs, census returns etc. Scholars will learn how to ask questions of sources like a real historian and how to construct their own body of evidence.

Terms 4 - 6: International Relations 1900-1950 Scholars will study modern history including the First and Second World Wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust and the start of the Cold War. This twentieth century study will lay the groundwork for the rest of the prescribed GCSE course content which they will revisit in Year 10.

Year 10

Scholars formally begin their GCSE course. At AASA we follow the Edexcel History GCSE. All units will be examined in July 2017 across 3 papers.

  • Paper 1: Thematic Study and Historic Environment (1 hour and 15 minutes).
  • Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (1 hour 45 minutes).
  • Paper 3: Modern depth study (1 hour 20 minutes).

Terms 1 & 2 (Thematic Study): Crime and Punishment, 1000-present day – Scholars will study the process of change and continuity in relation to crimes and their punishment in this one thousand year thematic study. The unit is broken down into 4 chronological stages:

  • The medieval period (1000-1500)
  • The early modern period (1500-1700)
  • Industrialisation (1700-1900)
  • The modern era (1900-present).

In each of the time periods scholars will focus on 1) the nature and changing definitions of crimes 2) the nature of law enforcement and punishment 3) analyse two case studies of crime and punishment from that period.

Term 3: Whitechapel: 1870-1900, crime, policing and the inner city A scholar led research unit that allows scholars to develop their research and source analysis skills by applying their knowledge of crime and punishment to an extended case study. In this historic environment study scholars will practice working with different kinds of sources such as police records, newspapers, workhouse records, trial records, photographs, census returns etc. Scholars will learn how to ask questions of sources like a real historian and how to construct their own body of evidence.

Terms 4 & 5: British Period Study – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England OR Early Elizabethan England 1558-88​

Term 6: Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1941 OR Weimar Germany 1918-1939​