‘Teaching in science and humanities shows many strengths through high expectations, strong questioning and the frequent opportunities teachers give pupils to explain their reasoning in verbal and written responses’ OFSTED 2017

‘At key stage 4, work in books reveals a picture of consistent progress, with frequent opportunities for pupils to apply their skills and knowledge’ OFSTED 2017

The History Department at the Snaith School aims to enrich pupils' understanding of and engagement with the present through a deepened understanding of the past.

Scheme of Work

Scheme of Work

KS3 Information

Year 7 Curriculum

This year provides pupils with an opportunity to develop their understanding of time and place. Pupils begin by developing their understanding of how time is measured and organised. It is designed to develop confidence with chronology. Historical skills such as bias, using evidence and interpretations are also introduced in the first half term. Pupils move on to study a unit which explores the Romans and the nature of historical evidence. The year concludes with a study of the Normans and Medieval Kings. Pupils explore how they were able to conquer the country and effectively control a hostile Saxon majority. They consider the multi-cultural nature of English society before 1066 and evaluate different claims to the English throne. Work concludes with an in-depth investigation of William’s victory at Hastings. 

Year 8 Curriculum

In Year 8 pupils continue to develop their grasp of the subject by carrying out a range of structured investigations, each designed to explore a particular concept or enable pupils to use their skills of source analysis. The first half of the year focuses on the seventeenth century and pupils follow the historical enquiry – “Does the seventeenth century deserve its reputation as bloody and brutal?” Pupils study topics including the English Civil War, Witchcraft and Superstition, The Gun Powder Plot and the Plague. The second half of the year sees pupils continue their studies into the eighteenth and nineteenth century where they explore the impacts of the Industrial Revolution. Pupils investigate the extent and impact of social and economic change Britain 1750-1900.

Year 9 Curriculum

The main aim of History in Year 9 is to provide pupils with an understanding of the world in which they live and to help them to develop important study and life-skills. The Twentieth Century and Modern World History is the focus this year and provides a solid foundation for those who opt to continue their study of History into GCSE. Topics include inventions of the twentieth century, International Relations 1919-45, The Assassination of JFK, Civil Rights and the Holocaust. The theme throughout the year is the historical enquiry “How far was the twentieth century a century of progress?”

Key Stage 4 Information

Year 10 Curriculum

Current Year 10 pupils are undertaking a new GCSE Qualification in Modern World History with the exam board OCR. For the first half of Year 10 they undertake a Depth Study of Germany, 1919-45. Pupils look at the changing nature of Germany as it emerged as a broken and defeated country after World War I and rose again under Hitler and the Nazis. Study is from the German perspective and looks at what it was like to live in Germany throughout the World Wars. The second half of the year emerges pupils in International Relations 1945-1975. Pupils will study the relationships between world super powers after World War II, predominantly looking at the origins and events of the Cold War. Topics include the Berlin Blockade, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.

Year 11 Curriculum

Year 11 pupils complete the final two units on their GCSE Modern World History Course. The first is a British Depth Study which investigates how far British society changed between 1890 and 1919. Within this pupils investigate the reason for and impact of the Liberal Welfare Reforms, the campaign for Female Suffrage and life on the Home Front during World War One. Following this pupils then complete an independent investigation as part of a controlled assessment which focuses on Civil Rights in America during 1945-745. 

Next Steps

Career options include administrative positions such as civil servants, legal services include solicitors, barristers and court reporters. Cultural areas include librarian, museum curator and archivist and also media, journalists, publishing or TV or film producer.

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