Key Stage 3 Overview
History at KS3 covers the key skills that will be used at KS4. We develop analytical skills to apply to a variety of sources; evaluate the quality and reliability of various types of evidence; ensure that pupils have an understanding of all key Historical terms and put these skills into practice with a wide range of assessments throughout KS3 which cover all relevant topics.
The topics covered are the social and political aspects of: Medieval Britain; Tudor England leading to the Civil War; The Industrial Revolution (including sessions on Jack the Ripper and Women’s Rights); Both World Wars and the Holocaust.
Key Stage 4 Overview
History at KS4 follows the AQA History syllabus and covers 4 key topics: Germany 1919-1945; Conflict and Tension 1945-1972 (Cold War); Health and the People c1000-present day and Elizabethan England 1558-1603. History has 2 terminal exams but one question in the Elizabethan paper is linked to a visit to a key historic site of the period so it is vital that pupils attend this visit.
Qualification Assessment Overview
The History GCSE is 100% external assessment which takes place in May/June of Year 11.
Internal “mock exams” take place in year 9, 10 and twice in year 11 to monitor progress but pupils regularly complete practice questions in a variety of forms throughout KS4.
How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey with History?
History is a subject which tends to lend itself to a variety of film resources so parents can help by accessing appropriate resources with their child and discussing these with them. Allowing pupils to their child and discussing these with them. Allowing pupils to share their learning at home; discussing the Cold War with grandparents or great grandparents can provide an invaluable insight into the topics we cover.