The History curriculum has been designed to equip students with knowledge of the past to help them make sense of the present world, to study topics from the past to help them become informed and caring global citizens of the future and to equip them with History-specific and transferable skills in preparation for the 21st Century world of work.
At Key Stage 3, students cover over 1500 years of history through a mixture of thematic and depth units, incorporating local, national, and global history. Each unit includes all the key skills of History, such as looking at evidence critically and weighing up historical arguments, thus students have frequent opportunities to revisit these skills, develop them and make progress across Years 7 to 9. Key Stage 3 equips them with the knowledge and skills for academic success in GCSE History.
Students are assessed through termly formal assessments. These assessments focus on aspects of the work studied that term. Students are required to revise for these assessments using the revision sheets/knowledge maps provided. Other key pieces of work are informally assessed and help track student progress in the key knowledge and skills of History.
At KS4, students’ progress is assessed through past exam papers and practice exam questions using Edexcel GCSE marking criteria. Regular factual knowledge tests encourage students to revise and practise retrieval skills, essential to success at GCSE as it is examined in 3 exam papers at the end of Year 11 with no coursework component.
Exam Board Website - https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html
BBC BITESIZE for KS3 and GCSE
SENECA LEARNING for KS3 and GCSE
DYNAMIC LEARNING for GCSE. (Log in required. Ask your teacher.)