History

 
 
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana

Curriculum Overview:

The Heathfield History curriculum reflects the national curriculum for history. The History department strives for every student to make progress every lesson, every day. We aim to offer a rich, challenging and stimulating curriculum that seeks to ensure all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • 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 analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales
  • We aim to ensure that students to use the past in a way that can explain the world around them.
Theme 1: Empire
Why were empires created?
How did Empires lead to tension?
What was the impact of empires?
Theme 2: Conflict and Warfare
Why does conflict occur?
What does conflict look like?
What is the impact of conflict?
Theme 3: Power and Citizenship
Who had power?
How does power lead to tension?
How far did power shift?
Theme 4: Religion and Human Rights
What did people believe?
Why did people hold these beliefs?
What were the impact of these beliefs?
Social Life
What was life like for ordinary people?
Why did people believe this?
How far did life change for different communities?
What was the impact of social change?
Conclusions:
How far did the world stand still? (Change and Continuity) How far did the world transform? (Change and Continuity) How far was the 20th century an “Age of Extremes? (Change and Continuity)
 
 

Our curriculum outlines the learning journey for every student. It offers an overview of the themes, skills and content of the History curriculum.

What do we study?

KS4
KS4 Overview
Year 10 Year 11

Topic 2 : Thematic Study

Britain: Health and the People c1000-present.

  • How have beliefs and explanations about the cause of disease developed over time?
  • How have methods of treating the sick developed over time?
  • How has surgery transformed over time?

What are the current challenges to people’s health and wellbeing?

Topic 3 : Specific period study

Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

  • How did an emperor rule Germany?
  • Why was Germany in crisis after the First World War?
  • Why did the German people turn to Hitler and the Nazis?
  • How did a dictator rule Germany?

Topic 1 : Wider world depth studies

Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975

  • The Cold War between the USA and USSR. Why lay behind the superpower rivalry?
  • The origins and impacts of the Korean War.

The origins and impacts of the Vietnam War.

Topic 4 : British Depth Studies

Norman England c1066-1100

  • Why was Medieval England a different world than today?
  • Why was 1066 a year of crisis?
  • How were the English conquered?
  • How did the Normans transform England?
  • What is the legacy of the Normans?
ASSESSMENT
Paper 1 Paper 2
International : Germany & Cold War in Asia Britain : Medicine Through Time and Norman England
50% - May / June exam, Year 11 50% - May / June exam, Year 11

What do we study?

KS4

For the KS4 Curriculum we follow the AQA GCSE specification as outlined below.

KS4 Overview
Year 10 Year 11

Topic 2 : Thematic Study Britain: Health and the People c1000-present.

  • How did an emperor rule Germany?
  • Why was Germany in crisis after the First World War?
  • Why did the German people turn to Hitler and the Nazis?
  • How did a dictator rule Germany?

What are the current challenges to people’s health and wellbeing?

Topic 3 : Specific period study Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

  • How did an emperor rule Germany?
  • Why was Germany in crisis after the First World War?
  • Why did the German people turn to Hitler and the Nazis?
  • How did a dictator rule Germany?

Topic 1 : Wider world depth studies Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975

  • The Cold War between the USA and USSR. Why lay behind the superpower rivalry?
  • The origins and impacts of the Korean War.

The origins and impacts of the Vietnam War.

Topic 4 : British Depth Studies Norman England c1066-1100

  • Why was Medieval England a different world than today?
  • Why was 1066 a year of crisis?
  • How were the English conquered?
  • How did the Normans transform England?
  • What is the legacy of the Normans?
ASSESSMENT
Paper 1 Paper 2
International : Germany & Cold War in Asia Britain : Medicine Through Time and Norman England
50% - May / June exam, Year 11 50% - May / June exam, Year 11
 
 

Extra-curricular and forging Cultural Capital

The department also offers two trips at KS4. Firstly, the annual trip to the former battlefields of Belgium, where we explore the First World War memorial graves that conveys the tragic human cost of one of the most important conflicts in world history. Secondly, the biennial visit to Poland where we visit the former concentration camps of Auschwitz and Berkenau. We also run excursions to the Chalke Valley History festival as well as forging links with the Holocaust educational trust, whereby Year 9 students have the opportunity to meet and talk with a Holocaust survivor.

Staff
Mr J Barter Head of History
Miss J Martin Teacher of History, Head of Humanities
Mr W Lowndes Teacher of History, Assistant Head
Mrs A St-John Teacher of Humanities

 

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