History at Key stage Three
History at Key stage 3 introduces students to the key skills that they will need to succeed in the subject at GCSE and enables them to explore a wide range of History from around the world. Students are encouraged to challenge accepted views of the past by using evidence to support their views and by carefully researching their work. Through their investigations they try to make sense of contemporary events by putting them in the context of History. The topics also help them to empathise with others and to develop their skills of analysis. The department is keen to develop the students’ ability to be independent in their own learning and to create opportunities to develop this with the careful guidance of their teachers and parents.
The curriculum studied is varied and enjoyable and includes British, European. American, African, Caribbean and Indian history in KS3
History GCSE (for examination in 2017)
The Edexcel GCSE in History B (Schools History Project) has 4 units that develop the skills that have already been acquired at Key Stage 3. These include analysis, interpretation of evidence, extended writing, research and investigation
The topics studied are:
1) Medicine and Treatment (1350 to present day)
This is a development study of the History of Medicine. Students will also do a depth study on Public Health from Roman times to 1350
2) American West -1840 to 1895
This is a study in depth of America and includes such topics as the Plains Indians, early settlers, cowboys and cattlemen and the problems of Law and Order in the West
3) The Transformation of Surgery
This is a source based enquiry into the problems of surgery such as pain, infection and bleeding and how these problems were overcome with developments in anaesthetics, antiseptics and blood transfusions.
4) Government and protest in the USA 1945–70
This is controlled assessment and students will write an essay on the Civil Rights Movement and compare historical representations about mass protests in the US such as the anti Vietnam war and women’s movements.