History

Overview:

History is a respected and valuable subject that provides a firm basis for many career paths and is appreciated by employers and universities alike. It encourages pupils to evaluate evidence, to explore different points of view and develop their ability to precisely and accurately express complex ideas. It helps to develop strong analytical and communication skills

It also allows us to gain a better understanding of the world around us and how it has developed. It gives insight and empathy towards a huge variety of human experiences, and helps us to understand our own.

Career links

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Tourism and Heritage
  • Education
  • Public Sector

Intent:

The purpose of learning History at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School is to develop pupils’ sense of identity, helping them to understand their role as active citizens, ready to play their part in the world. We want them to explore how and why the world has changed and to evaluate the different experiences of individuals and societies alongside the impact of key historical events on our world today. By doing so, our pupils will develop a tolerance and a world view that will provide a foundation, not just for their historical studies but also for their wider lives – preparing every pupil personally, socially and culturally to understand their own identify and the challenges of their time.

Tthe role of a historian is explore the trail of the past and ignite the passion of former days. To do this, our pupils will be equipped with the key communication skills to interrogate and interpret historical sources, formulate their own judgement and critically engage in debate with their peers both orally and in writing. Pupils will develop their application of historically grounded abstract terms and concepts in order to deconstruct higher order questions which will allow them to respond in increasingly sophisticated ways.

Throughout the History Curriculum, our pupils will know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day; build an appreciation of how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world and evaluate significant aspects of the history of Europe and the wider world. Pupils will develop and understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and oral debates.

Slowing the curriculum down, looking at individual stories (particularly those pertinent to East Lancashire and its neighbours) and looking at topics in depth will encourage an engagement with the learning and a keen sense to explore beyond the classroom.

 

Subject progression & sequencing

 
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • What is History?
  • Who were the Romans?
  • Britain to 1066 and beyond:
    Romans, Anglo Saxons, Vikings and Normans
  • ‘Here Came William’:
    The Norman Conquest
  • The power of the medieval Church
  • Lionheart or Lackland?
    Power and control in medieval England
  • Living and dying in medieval times:
    Medieval medicine
Year 8
  • The Power of Belief:
    Changing minds under the Tudors
  • ‘The World Turn’d Upside Down’:
    Change and conflict 1500 – 1750
  • The Workshop of the World:
    The Industrial Revolution in Britain
  • Living and dying in the Industrial Revolution:
    Life, health and medicine 1750 – 1900)
  • The Sun Never Sets:
    The British Empire
  • ‘Misery, Stripes and Chains’:
    The Transatlantic Slave Trade
Year 9
  • The ‘Great’ War?
    The origins and nature of World War One
  • Living and dying on the Western Front:
    Medicine in the trenches
  • ‘As tender as she is sensible’:
    Changing ideas about women
  • New World Orders:
    Inter-war political ideologies
  • ‘Blood, toil, tears and sweat’:
    World War Two
  • ‘A failure of humanity as a whole’:
    The Holocaust
  • ‘Tear down this wall!’:
    The post-WWII World
Year 10

Edexcel GCSE History

Edexcel Paper 1

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain c1000 – Present
    Anglo Saxons and Normans
  • Later Middle Ages
  • The medieval Church
  • The Early Modern Period

Edexcel Paper 1

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain c1000 – Present
    The Industrial Age
  • The twentieth century

Edexcel Paper 2

  • Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588
    Elizabeth: Taking Control 1558 – 1569
  • Challenges to Elizabeth 1569 – 1588

Edexcel Paper 2

  • Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588
    Elizabeth’s foreign policy
  • Life and exploration in Elizabethan England

Edexcel Paper 2

  • The American West c1835 – 1895
  • Early Settlement of the West
  • Development of the Plains

Edexcel Paper 2

  • The American West c1835 – 1895
  • Development of the Plains
  • Conflicts and Conquests
Year 11

Edexcel GCSE History

Edexcel Paper 1

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain c1000 – Present
    Historic Environments Whitechapel c1870 – 1900

Edexcel Paper 3

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939
    The end of World War One and the rise of the Weimar Republic
  • The Weimar Golden Years

Edexcel Paper 3

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939
    Hitler and the early Nazi Party
  • Hitler’s Rise to Power

Edexcel Paper 3

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939
    Life in Nazi Germany
  • Revision and Exam Practice
   

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