Department Overview

History at Alderbrook is taught by 8 subject specialists whose areas of expertise cover a wide range of historical periods and themes. Our excellent GCSE results are a reflection of the effort and enjoyment that staff and students alike display in their historical studies. We are committed to inspiring our students to take an active interest in the history of both Britain and the Wider World during their time at Alderbrook, and on into the future.

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Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students are placed in mixed ability groups across each of the Humanities including History.

Students cover a range of historical periods that equip them for success in the skills required for their GCSEs. Year 7 follows a chronological study of British History whilst Year 8 focuses on a thematic study of the 20th Century in Britain and the Wider World.

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Introduction to History / Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

Autumn Term 2: How did William Control England? / Why was the Church so important in Medieval England?

Spring Term 1: The death of Thomas Becket / King John and the Magna Carta

Spring Term 2: The English Civil War

Summer Term 1: Did Everyone Benefit from the Industrial Revolution?

Summer Term 2: How did the Industrial Revolution impact on the local area?

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: A Depth Study of WW1 / Was Haig the ‘Butcher of the Somme’?

Autumn Term 2: The Suffragettes and Votes for Women

Spring Term 1: The Holocaust and its impact on Europe

Spring Term 2: Civil Rights in America

Summer Term 1: Comparison of the impact of JFK and MLK on the Civil Rights movement

Summer Term 2: Terrorism in the 20th Century / Was the 20th Century a Century of progress or destruction?

 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 History groups are mixed ability or set depending on the whole school timetable.

GCSE – OCR Modern World History B

Year 9

Autumn Term 1 and 2: Russia in Revolution and the impact of Stalin

Spring Term 1 and 2: The Cold War, 1945-1975 – Who was to blame for the Cold War? / Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis? / Why did the USA fail in Vietnam?

Summer Term 1 and 2: The USA, 1919-1941 – How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s? / How far did US society change in the 1920s? (Half of content)

Year 10

Autumn Term 1 and 2: The USA, 1919-1941 – How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s? / How far did US society change in the 1920s?

Spring Term 1 and 2: The USA, 1919-1941 – What were the causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash? / How successful was the New Deal?

Summer Term 1 and 2: Germany, 1918-1945 – Controlled Assessment (2000 word essay completed in exam conditions)

Year 11

Autumn Term 1 and 2: Germany, 1918-1945 – Controlled Assessment (2000 word essay completed in exam conditions)

Spring Term 1 and 2: How far did British Society Change, 1939-1975?

Summer Term 1: Exam preparation / Revision

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

As part of the History course we offer the opportunity to take part in two foreign trips.

To support our Germany module the department runs a year 11 trip to Poland to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

In support of our USA Depth Study we run a joint year 10 and 11 trip to New York City.

In year 8, we also offer a bi-annual trip to the Black Country Living Museum to support our study of the Industrial Revolution and its impact on the local area.

 

Career Options

History is a highly academic GCSE that requires a high level of literacy coupled with key critical thinking skills. As such it is applicable to a wide range of professions. History acts as a great platform for careers in Politics, the Civil Service, Law, the Media and Education amongst many others.

 

Contact the Head of Department/Faculty

For further information, please contact Mr R. Hall