History


Meet the Department


 Mrs S O’Neill Curriculum Leader / Whole School Teaching and Learning Coordinator
 Miss E MacDonald Teacher/Assistant Head Teacher
 Miss A Chong Teacher
 Mrs E Humphrey Teacher

Subject Overview


Here at Bishop Challoner School, we believe that History Matters.   All our students receive an enriching and rewarding experience in our lessons to help them understand the role that History plays in the understanding of our world today.


Curriculum Map


Between year 7 and year 9, students move chronologically through their study of History, starting with the Norman conquest and ending with a study of the later Twentieth Century. There are also opportunities to help students think about History from a thematic and depth study point of view. As well as focusing on time periods, different topics also focus on the development of specific Historical skills which are repeated each year.

Year 7 – Norman Conquest – Was the next King of England the best person for the job?
– Medieval Britain – What mattered to people in Medieval England?
– Tudors – Who was the most significant Tudor monarch?
– Stuarts – What happened in the Stuart era to render our monarchy powerless today?
– Native Americans – How accurate is Disney’s portrayal of Native Americans in Pocahontas?
Year 8 – Industrial Revolution – How ‘revolutionary’ was the Industrial Revolution?
– Slavery and Empire – Should Britain be proud of its Empire past?
– World War One – What mistakes can we learn from the First World War?
– Voting and Democracy – What is the best way to get what you want?
Year 9 – World War One – What mistakes can we learn from the First World War?
– USA 1920’s and 1930’s
– World War Two – How accurate are interpretations of World War Two?
– Holocaust – Why is the Holocaust so significant?*Please note, as of Sept. 2018 the year 9 curriculum will be changing*


Key Stage 4

GCSE History is a challenging and enjoyable course that draws on the historical skills gained at Key Stage 3. Our GCSE History course is studied under and examined by the AQA exam board.  As part of their GCSE, students take two exams, worth 50% each (there is no longer any Controlled Assessment/Coursework component in GCSE History). The final examinations require good subject knowledge and an ability to interpret and analyse a variety of historical sources. The two exams are taken at the end of Year 11.  Their first exam will be a Modern World and International Relations focus, with their second paper looking at a thematic and British study.  Students are also marked on their spelling, punctuation and grammar in their exams.

Paper 1 – Understanding the Modern World (1hr 45mins, 50% of GCSE)

Section A: America 1920-1973: Opportunity and Inequality

This period study focuses on the development of the USA during a turbulent half century of change.  It was a period of opportunity and inequality – when some Ameicans lived the ‘American Dream’ whilst others lived in the nightmare of poverty, discrimination and prejudice.  Students will study the political, econcomic, social and cultural aspects of the time and the role ideas played in bringing about change.  They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and the impact of the developments had on them.

Section B: Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939

This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse and interests of different indiviudals and countries between the First and Second World War.  The topic focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why confluct occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it.

Paper 2 – Shaping the Nation (1hr 45mins, 50% of overall GCSE)

Section A: Thematic Study – Health and the British People, c.1000 to the Present Day

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a longer period of time.  It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of medical developments and how they impacted on British society.  Students will understand many interesting historical concepts and skills.  For instance, how medical developments were affected by different factors such as religion and developments in science and technology; how war, for example, gives us the opportunity to make significant developments in medicine and health.

Section B: British Depth Studies – Norman England, c.1066 to c.1100

This topic allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule.  The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, such as the economic, religious, political, social and cultural perspectives of this period.  This British Depth Study will also include a study of a historic environment from the Norman conquest which students will use as a case study for part of their paper 2 exam.

Assessment methods

Summative assessments between years 7 and 9 are mostly written tasks that will focus on the skills that have been developed during that topic. As well as this, the assessments are based around GCSE style questions to help prepare students for demands higher up in the school.

Examination board

Our GCSE students study History with AQA.

Link to GCSE Spec: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/history/specifications/AQA-8145-SP-2016.PDF


Extra-Curricular Opportunities


We currently offer residential trips to Poland, the USA and Belgium/France on our Battlefields trip. We are constantly looking at new ways we can supplement student’s classroom experience with Historical visits.


For further information on the curriculum please email adminoffice@bcs.hants.sch.uk

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