Independent day school
for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

History

Year 7 Curriculum

We aim to instil in our pupils an understanding of the past and the skills to interpret the documents of history. During the course of the year, pupils visit Norwich Cathedral and two contrasting castles.

Autumn Term

  • Introduction to history
  • Battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings (1066)
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Feudal system
  • Domesday Book.

Spring Term

  • Village life: Farming, importance of women, housing
  • Forest laws; crimes and punishments
  • Black Death
  • Peasants’ Revolt
  • The role of the Church
  • Monastic life.

Summer Term

  • Death of Thomas à Becket
  • The Crusades
  • Life in a stone keep
  • Besieging and defending a castle.

Year 8 Curriculum

During the course of Year 8 different types of primary evidence are examined.

Autumn Term

  • Battle of Bosworth
  • Personality of Henry VII
  • Career of Thomas Wolsey
  • Qualities of young Henry VIII
  • Lutheran Reformation
  • The six queens
  • Monastic closures; reasons and results
  • What sank the ‘Mary Rose’?

Spring Term

  • Protestant church under Edward VI
  • Kett’s Rebellion
  • Return of Roman Catholicism under Mary Tudor
  • Tour of Kentwell Hall.

Summer Term

  • The Transatlantic slave trade
  • The horrors of Middle Passage
  • Life on plantations
  • The work of abolitionists like Newton, Equiano, Wilberforce and Clarkson
  • The origns of Industrial Revolution.

Year 9 Curriculum

In the course of Year 9 a more critical approach to source material is adopted, Normandy veterans visit school and pupils are able to join a biannual visit to the First World War battlefields.

Autumn Term

Display of individual heraldic shields. Three marking criteria: How well produced? How inventive? How heraldic?

Topics include:

  • Continuation of study of the slave trade
  • Technological advances in the textile sector
  • Importance of Sir Richard Arkwright
  • Conditions in early spinning factories; the issue of ‘white slavery’
  • Problems of travelling by road in the eighteenth century
  • Pivotal role of civil engineers like Smeaton, Telford and Macadam
  • Benefits and drawbacks of canals
  • Constructing the early railways; Trevithick and the Stephensons
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s railways and ships

Spring Term

Major case study: the ‘Titanic’ disaster of 1912. Causes, course and consequences.
Topics include:

  • World War One
  • Schlieffen Plan
  • Trench conditions
  • Weapons: machine guns, gas, tanks, heavy artillery
  • The Somme (1916)
  • Passchendaele (1917)
  • Fighting at sea and in the air
  • Home front: propaganda, DORA, women’s roles
  • Entry of American troops
  • Ludendorff Offensive (1918)
  • Poetry and songs
  • Harry Patch’s pilgrimage
  • Churchill serving on the Western Front.

Summer Term

Topics include:

  • Hitler: early career, aims and obsessions
  • Theatres of fighting in World War Two
  • Visit to school by Normandy Veterans
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • Persecution of the Jews.

Years 10 & 11 GCSE History (optional subject)

Examination Board: Edexcel

Why choose to study history at GCSE?

This course allows you to study history in both breadth and depth, across a wide span of time. Many of the stories will be new to you; some awe-inspiring, others tragic. You will certainly sharpen your understanding of what causes events and what flows from them. Just as important, you should improve your evidence-handling skills considerably. Essay-writing and note-making form an essential part of this course.

For each Study or Enquiry you will have at your disposal at least two details, full-colour textbooks, written by seasoned classroom teachers.

Dramatisations and documentaries will be show on a fortnightly basis, in order to reveal attitudes held at the time.

Course Details

Study in Development either Medicine & Treatment
or Crime & Punishment
Enquiry in Depth either Life in Germany, 1919 – 1945
or The American West, 1840 – 1895
Source Enquiry either Surgical Advances, 1845 – 1918
or Protest, Law and Order in the 20th Century
Representations in History either The Impact of War on Britain, 1914-1950
or The USA, 1919-1941

Examination Details

Terminal examinations are held in June, each paper lasting 1 hour 15 minutes. You are allowed 2 hours 30 minutes for the controlled assessment task (Representations), which are normally undertaken in the autumn of Year 11.

 

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