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Hampstead School

History

Contacts

Mr T Woudhuysen

Acting Head of Social Sciences

What we aim to do:

History is concerned with the study and appreciation of the past. The History Department aims to develop students’ understanding of the world, giving them an appreciation of the events and people that have shaped the present day.

Our curriculum focuses on developing students' ability to carry out historical enquiries. In addition, the Department seeks to develop the historical skills of students, such as extended writing and source work. At the same time a strong emphasis is placed on content, concepts and critical thinking.

In all years the Department uses a range of activities, including source analysis, role plays, debates, and visual, written and oral presentations. A variety of textbooks and other resources - including pictures, video, music, and interactive whiteboard activities are used to enable students to develop their historical skills and appreciation of the subject. Home learning activities are set accordingly, including additional workbooks to provide additional challenge for students.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum and Assessment:

History is a compulsory subject for all pupils in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and students are taught in mixed ability groups. All students at Key Stage 3 study an enquiry-based curriculum.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is thematic and develops chronologically across the Key Stage:

  • Year 7 – ‘Britain: Migration and Invasion – 10BC to 1100AD.
  • Year 8 – ‘Religion, Society, Democracy and Revolution’ – 1098-1804
  • Year 9 – ‘The Making of the Modern World’ – 1776 to present day.

Throughout each year students will have the opportunity to study a depth study, world study, European study and local study.

In the Year 7 curriculum the following topics are studied (in order):

  • Local and Family History
  • The Roman Empire
  • Interpretations of Roman Britain
  • The Anglo-Saxon world
  • The Viking invasions
  • The Norman conquest

In the Year 8 curriculum the following topics are studied (in order):

  • The Crusades
  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation
  • The English Civil War
  • The French Revolution
  • Slavery and the Haitian Revolution

In the Year 9 curriculum the following topics are studied (in order):

  • The Scramble for Africa
  • Causes of the First World War
  • Feminism
  • The Holocaust
  • The Making of the United States of America
  • 1920s America

Students are assessed by way of quizzes, source based work, projects and extended writing. They then sit a final End of Year Examination in the summer term, which assesses their learning and progress in History throughout the year.

Home learning activities are set accordingly, including additional workbooks to provide additional challenge for students.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum and Assessment:

For Key Stage 4 the AQA specification is taught. There are two units with two subject each in them.

Unit 1: Understanding the modern world (50%)

  • America, 1920-1973: Opportunity and inequality
  • Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972

Unit 2: Shaping the nation (50%)

  • Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day
  • Elizabethan England c1568-1603

Pupils are assessed with knowledge tests; source-based and extended writing assessments throughout each unit to develop their exam skills and receive detailed feedback on how to improve. In Year 10 pupils sit an End of Year Examination in the summer term, which assesses their learning and progress in History throughout the year based on GCSE style examinations. In Year 11 students sit Pre-Public Examinations in preparation for their final GCSE examinations.

Home learning activities are set once a week and include a range of activities from independent research enquiries to practice exam-style questions.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum and Assessment:

For Key Stage 5 AQA specification is taught – this provides excellent links to Key Stage 4.

  1. Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702 (50% of the AS – *40% of the final A Level)
  2. Democracy and Nazism, 1918-1945 (50% of the AS – *40% of the final A Level)
  3. Civil Rights in the USA from 1865-1965 (20% of the final A Level)

Pupils are assessed primarily through essay questions throughout each paper in order to develop their exam skills. They also receive detailed feedback on how to improve. In Year 10 pupils sit an End of Year Examination in the summer term, which assesses their learning and progress in History throughout the year based on GCSE style examinations. In Year 11 students sit Pre-Public Examinations in preparation for their final GCSE examinations.

Home learning activities are set each lesson and revolve around embedding learning, preparing for future lessons, and extensive study of content

Enrichment Opportunities:

The History Department offers an extensive Enrichment programme. This includes the following:

  • Key Stage 5 Trip to Berlin or Washington
  • Key Stage 4 Speakers and Workshops
  • Key Stage 3 Enrichment Day Trips

Additional Information:

There is a range of excellent websites, films, documentaries, books and Podcasts, which support and extend pupils’ understanding of the topics they study. Please speak directly with your child’s History teacher for recommendations.

We recommend the following websites for general support, particularly with home learning activities: