Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 are introduced to the essential Historical skills and features at the beginning of their studies before going onto explore these concepts in greater depth through thematic studies of particular periods of British History across Year’s 7 to 9. They will become confident in recognising and discussing the characteristics of different historical periods, analysing historical interpretations and working with sources of historical information to make well reasoned judgements. Areas of study are set out below:

  • Year 7 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:
  • What is History?
  • Power and Conflict: Normans
  • Individuals and Society: Lives in the Middle Ages
  • Ideas and Beliefs: The Renaissance and the Reformation
  • Year 8 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:
  • Individuals and Society: Life in Tudor England
  • Power and Conflict: The British Empire with a depth study on India
  • Ideas and Beliefs: The Slave Trade and it’s abolition
  • Year 9 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:
  • Power and Conflict: Britain at War in the 20th Century
  • Ideas and Beliefs: Anti-Semitism and The Holocaust
  • Individuals and Society: Historical Environment: The British Sector of the Western Front; Injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE students build upon and reinforce the sequence of learning from their Key Stage 3 studies. Our curriculum follows the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History qualification.

The curriculum has been constructed so that students can understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence (sources and interpretations) can be used to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. They should also gain an increasing historical perspective by being able to place their growing knowledge into different contexts understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history, and between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history, and between long and short term timescales, with a consideration of change and continuity over the last 1000 years.

Students sit three papers at GCSE:

  • Paper One: British Thematic Study: (20%) Medicine Through Time c1250 – present and Historical Environment: The British Sector of the Western Front; Injuries, treatment and the trenches.
  • Paper Two: (40%) Early Elizabethan England 1558 -88 and The American West 1835 – 1895.
  • Paper Three: (30%) Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939.

Key Stage 5

  • Students who go on to study History at A-Level at KEVI HWGA will deepen their knowledge of historical themes in British and World History and the debates within the discipline. Students are given the tools and guidance to become independent learners and prepare them for future study and work-based settings. We follow the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in History. Topics for each paper are as follows:
  • Paper One: 1E (30%) Russia, 1917 – 91: From Lenin to Yeltsin
  • Paper Two: 2E.1: (20%) Mao’s China. 1949 – 76
  • Paper Three: 36.1: (30%) Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780 – 1928
  • Coursework Enquiry (20%)

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