History is a fascinating subject in which our students study wars between nations, great scientific discoveries, politics, and the wonders of art, magnificent buildings and peoples’ daily lives. It gives students an unparalleled insight into how humans lived. History helps students to understand themselves, understand what has happened in the past and therefore it informs them of the decisions we can make in the future. You can find out more about History and why it is such a valuable subject on the Historical Association website: https://www.history.org.uk/.
- Introduction: What is History? Movement, Settlement and Empire - from the Romans to the Normans
- Conflict: Why did people risk their lives? The Norman Conquest and the Crusades
- Power: Could a king do whatever he liked? Why do people disagree about King John?
- Ordinary Life: What was it really like in the Middle Ages?
- Ordinary Life: How significant was the Renaissance?
- Revolution: What did the Industrial Revolution do for Britain? How did the Industrial Revolution affect peoples’ lives?
- Empire: Why were the Europeans mad about empires? The British Empire and the Slave Trade.
- Power: Monarchy - When and why did kings lose control? A Civil War depth study.
- Power: Democracy - How did ordinary people win the right to vote? The French Revolution and the Chartists.
- Conflict: What wars should we know about? War and Peace 1066 – 2000
- Conflict: How have conflicts affected soldiers and civilians? Causes and events of the First and Second World Wars, The Blitz and the Atomic Bomb
- From Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1900 to 1953.
- America: Mixed Salad or Melting Pot? America 1900 to 2010.
- Why was Obama's election so significant? Racism and the Civil Rights Movement in America.
- How safe have people felt since 1945? The Cold War: including Vietnam, the Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- Year 9 are following the OCR’s Schools History Project B (9-1) (J411) which can be found here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-history-b-schools-history-project-j411-from-2016/. Students sit 3 exams at the end of Year 11.
- Component 1: British History– assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 40% of the qualification. - Thematic Study: The People’s Health, c.1250 to present
Year 10 are following the OCR’s Schools History Project B (9-1) (J411) which can be found here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-history-b-schools-history-project-j411-from-2016/. Students sit 3 exams at the end of Year 11.
- Component 1: British History– assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 40% of the qualification.
- British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest, 1065 – 1087
- Component 2: History Around Us – assessed through a written examination of 1 hour and worth 20% of the qualification. SPaG is assessed specifically on this examination and is worth 10 additional marks.
- Site visit: The Tower of London
- Component 3: World History - assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 40% of the qualification.
- Period Study: The Making of America, 1789-1900
- World Depth Study: Living Under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945
Year 11 are following the OCR’s Schools History Project A (J415) which can be found here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-history-a-schools-history-project-j415-from-2013/. Students sit 2 exams at the end of Year 11 and complete one piece of controlled assessment.
- Paper 1: Unit A954 Study in Development and Study in Depth – assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 45% of the qualification.
- Study in Depth 14: Germany, c. 1919-1945
- Study in Development: Medicine Through Time
- Paper 2: Unit A955 Historical Source Investigation - assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 30% of the qualification.
- A Study in British History: Public Health in Britain 1800–1914
- Controlled Assessment: Unit A953 Modern World Study on the Arab-Israeli Conflict – assessed in school under controlled assessment conditions and worth 25% of the qualification. Pupils are expected to write 2000 words.
All students are expected to bring a pencil, pen, ruler and their History folder to every lesson. Students should ensure all their equipment is clearly labelled with their name and tutor group.
Recent Trips and Visits
Recent trips and visits have included:
- Year 7: Stansted Mountfitchet Castle
- Year 8: France and Belgium – a 5 day residential visit linked to World War 1 and World War 2
- Year 10: Berlin, Wannsee and Sachsenhausen – a 5 day residential visit linked to Germany, c.1919 – 1945
- Year 10: The Tower of London linked to Component 2: History Around Us
- Year 11: The Old Operating Theatre and Public Health Walk, London
Useful Links for History
- BBC Bitesize clips and activities for Key Stage 3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39
- BBC Bitesize clips and activities for GCSE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/
- The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/
- Advice on using sources: http://www.johndclare.net/how_to_do_sourcework.htm
- The Historical Association: https://www.history.org.uk/ (all students are provided with log in details.)
Get involved in extra-curricular opportunities in school or take part in a competition:
- Go to Humanities Club on Tuesdays in the lunch break
- Take part in history competitions such as those run through the Historical Association
- Ask to lead an assembly.
Visit local museums and attractions:
- The Scott Polar Research Institute: http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/
- The Fitzwilliam Museum: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/
- Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: http://maa.cam.ac.uk/
- Museum of Zoology: http://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk/
- Museum of Classical Archaeology: http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum
- Whipple Museum of the History of Science: http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/whipple/
- The Museum of Cambridge: http://www.folkmuseum.org.uk/
- IWM Duxford: http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford
Visit national museums and attractions:
- The Natural History Museum: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
- The Imperial War Museum: http://www.iwm.org.uk/
- The Victoria and Albert Museum: http://www.vam.ac.uk/
- Historic Royal Palaces: http://www.hrp.org.uk/
Use the media:
- Watch the news each day
- Read the Horrible History books
- Look out for interesting documentaries on terrestrial television
- Look out for other relevant programmes on digital television channels, e.g. History Channel, Discovery Channel
- Support a charity – students could research and decide upon which one. For example, http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
Read historical fiction: https://www.theguardian.com/books/childrens-historical-fiction
Miss A Grady, Head of Humanities: AGrady@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk
Miss A Lloyd, Head of History: ALloyd@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk
Mrs L-M Pugh, Teacher of History: Lpugh@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk
Mrs E Matthews, Teacher of History, EMatthews@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk
Mrs J Kelleher, Teacher of History, JKelleher@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk
Mrs J Smith, Teacher of History, JSmith@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk