We aim to ensure that students have a great appreciation and understanding of how past events have shaped the world around us today. As well as building up students' knowledge and understanding of key historical events and people, they will be given the opportunity to hone valuable skills that they can use in and outside History. These include analysing and interpreting sources as evidence; forming balanced and substantive arguments based on their own opinions; understanding a range of topics, and being able to clearly explain how and why things happen.
In order to effectively prepare students as historians, we follow a broad and balanced curriculum that allows students the opportunity to develop a stronger chronological understanding of British and world history whilst improving their historical skills in Key Stage 3. This, ultimately, will better prepare them for Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7, students are introduced to key historical skills that will help them to succeed over the next five years. In our first Cycle of work, Medicine Through Time, students study changes to health and medicine over a thousand- year period, whilst developing their interpretation skills and ability to gather information from historical sources. They will also develop their writing skills. In our second Cycle of work, on the Medieval Period, students look at how and why the Norman Conquest was successful and what life was like for ordinary people. In our third Cycle of work, on the Tudor and Stuart periods, students look at the political impact of the Tudor monarchs before again studying what life was like for ordinary people. They will also study the causes and consequences of the English Civil War. Throughout the course of their first year at Fullhurst, students will receive a wealth of information relating to history from 500AD- 1650. They will develop a strong chronological understanding and will develop skills relating to historical interpretations, historical sources, significance, reliability and utility.
In Year 8, students broaden their understanding of British and world history further by studying events from the 1600’s to the 20th century. In our first Cycle of learning, students study the colonies of the British Empire and consider the impact and legacy of the Empire. Colonies studied include America, Canada, India, Australia and Africa. In Cycle 2, students go on to study Britain’s subsequent role in the Slave Trade and the impact that this had on the USA, all the way from the American Civil War period to the time of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Students will end the year in Cycle 3 studying the impact of the Industrial Revolution on society and looking into the horrors of the World Wars of the 20th century, including the Holocaust. As before, in their second year at Fullhurst, students will further develop their chronological understanding and will further develop skills relating to historical interpretations, historical sources, significance, reliability and utility.
After each Cycle of learning, both Year 7 and Year 8 students will be examined via two tests:
- One Recall Examination, out of 50 marks, lasting 1 hour. Students must recall key facts from their Cycles of learning.
- One Skills Examination, out of 50 marks, lasting 1 hour. Students must apply their knowledge and historical skills gained from each Cycle of learning to exam-style questions.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, students follow the Eduqas GCSE History qualification. They study a broad range of topics from British, European and World history covering over 1000 years. This qualification will enable students to further develop and use skills previously obtained in KS3. Students begin studying for this qualification in Year 9, and study the following topics;
- Germany in Transition 1919-1939 (looking at the impact of WW1 on Germany, the successes and weaknesses of the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s rise to power and consolidation of power, life in Nazi Germany, and Hitler’s foreign policy)
- The Elizabethan Age 1558-1603 (looking at Elizabeth I’s government, social problems including poverty, the Elizabethan theatre, the Religious Settlement, and religious problems from Catholics (including the Spanish Armada) and Puritans)
- The Development of the USA 1929-2000 (looking at the impact of the Wall Street Crash, Roosevelt’s New Deal, the impact of WW2 on the US economy, social and political changes in the USA, Cold War rivalry, and US attempts to find peace after 1970)
- Crime and Punishment Throughout Time 500AD-Present (looking at the causes and types of crime, ways to enforce law and order and methods of/attitudes towards punishment over three time periods: Medieval, Early-Modern, and Modern. Students will also study an historical site: either Botany Bay or London’s East End*)
Students complete the course by taking one examination for each topic at the end of Year 11. Both the Elizabeth and Germany examinations last one hour each, whilst the USA examination lasts 45-minutes and the Crime examination lasts for 1 hour and 15- minutes.
*This is dependent of the year of the examination. For example, examinations taking place in 2020 and 2021 have the historical site as Botany Bay).
The History department support the skills enrichment programme by organising the following trips for students:
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon
- The Galleries of Justice, Nottingham
- Hitler on Trial theatre visit, Leicester