Department Staff

    Mrs Richens Head of History
    Miss Shaw History Teacher

    Course Overview / Purpose of Study

    Why should we study history?

    • There are many different reasons to study history.  We study History at Cranbourne because:
    • History helps you discover how your world evolved.
    • History helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express your own opinions.
    • History trains your mind and teaches you how to think and process information.
    • History students are rounded individuals who develop an understanding of both past and present.
    • The pursuit of historical events and people is fun - a form of time travel.
    • History helps you make sense of most other subjects.
    • A lack of historical knowledge prevents people from truly understanding the world they live in.
    • History helps you understand the origins of modern political and social problems.
    • History lets you learn how and why people behaved as they did, whether they are Elizabeth I, Hitler or John Lennon...
    • History makes you appreciate that people in the past were not just 'good' or 'bad', but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways, just like us.
    • History provides you with the skills employers are looking for.

    Source: www.schoolhistory.co.uk



    Key Stage 3

    Year 7:

    • The medieval period, including the Battle of Hastings, the black death and the discovery of Richard III's bones
    • The Tudor period - religous change, was Mary I a 'bloody queen', Elizabeth I's problems as a queen
    • The early Stuart period - James I as king, the gunpowder plot


    Year 8:

    • How Britain created such a huge empire
    • Slavery and the the abolition of slavery
    • The industrial revolution
    • World War I (a trip to the battlefields of France and Belgium accompanies this unit)
    • World War II and the holocaust


    Year 9:

    In Year 9 a case study approach - with the use of source material - is taken in order to prepare students for Years 10 and 11.  Topics covered are:

    • Pirates - is their portrayal in films accurate or not?
    • 1920s America  - who benefitted from the boom?
    • The Titanic and its significance as an event in history
    • Race relations in the USA - focus on important figures in history
    • The Jack the Ripper murders - using various sources and accounts of the time in order to try and solve the mystery.

    Throughout KS3 students are assessed half termly by written assessment and a short answer knowledge test.


    Key Stage 4

    Year 10: The 2016/17 academic year sees new changes to the GCSE examinations.  Cranbourne has selected Pearson Edexcel as the exam board history students will follow for their exams and core study.  For the first term, we will be studying crime and punishment which is inclusive of a case study of Whitechapel.  More details to follow.

    Year 11: Summer 2017 AQA exam board - students have already completed three units of study on Hitler's foreign policy, the origins of the Cold War and the crises of the Cold War.  Controlled assessments are well underway. 

    Over the course of Year 11 students will be finishig their controlled assessments and completing units on:

    • 1920s America
    • Hitler's Germany
    • Race relations

    The examinations are two papers, each 1 hour and 45 minutes in length. 


    Paper 1  consists of a 4, 6, and 10 mark question:

    • 4 mark question: describe
    • 6 mark question: content, knowledge and purpose
    • 10 mark question: explain key events and judge the significance  


    Paper 2 consists of:

    1 unit with a 4, 6 and 10 mark question:    

    • 4 mark question: what the source says
    • 6 mark question: explain three factors
    • 10 mark question: 1920s America - how useful is a source

    PLUS 1 unit covering Germany, Hitler and race relations as  8 and 12 mark questions


    Clinics are offered on a weekly basis and will be an environment in which students can catch up on work, revise and seek assistance from their teachers.

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