What will your child be learning?

 At John Cabot we teach history thematically which means all students in KS3 study the same topic at the same time. We have a 3 year rolling programme which is differentiated to suit the individual needs of the students. Over the course of KS3, students will experience the following themes. Each theme has an over-arching enquiry which is re-visited regularly.

  1. Warfare – How has warfare developed over time?
  2. Key Events in History – What key events have shaped the Modern world?
  3. Key People in History – Can one person change the world?
  4. Power – How have the Church, Parliament and the Crown battled for power?
  5. The British Empire – Should we be proud of the British Empire?
  6. The Making of the United Kingdom – How united have we been throughout time?

How will your child be assessed?

 Students are assessed using GCSE questions. We will cover all the questions that are asked at GCSE in KS3. Questions will be tailored to suit the content that students are learning. Students will be taught how to develop GCSE skills so by the time they are in Y10 students are used to the language and requirements of GCSE questions. Assessments are built into the Schemes of Learning and will take place in lessons with the support of teachers.

How can you help your child?

Encourage your child to read around the topics we are studying at home. They could carry out some independent research using the internet or books. Ask them regularly what they are learning in History and check to see whether there are any documentaries that could enhance their knowledge. Encourage a love of History outside the classroom by taking them on visits to museums, castles and historical sites during the school holidays. Encourage them to read and write as much as possible – check their literacy and help them with spellings, punctuation and grammar.

How will Homework be organised?

There is currently no homework programme for KS3.

What will your child be learning?

 At John Cabot we teach history thematically which means all students in KS3 study the same topic at the same time. We have a 3 year rolling programme which is differentiated to suit the individual needs of the students. Over the course of KS3, students will experience the following themes. Each theme has an over-arching enquiry which is re-visited regularly.

  1. Warfare – How has warfare developed over time?
  2. Key Events in History – What key events have shaped the Modern world?
  3. Key People in History – Can one person change the world?
  4. Power – How have the Church, Parliament and the Crown battled for power?
  5. The British Empire – Should we be proud of the British Empire?
  6. The Making of the United Kingdom – How united have we been throughout time?

How will your child be assessed?

 Students are assessed using GCSE questions. We will cover all the questions that are asked at GCSE in KS3. Questions will be tailored to suit the content that students are learning. Students will be taught how to develop GCSE skills so by the time they are in Y10 students are used to the language and requirements of GCSE questions. Assessments are built into the Schemes of Learning and will take place in lessons with the support of teachers.

How can you help your child?

Encourage your child to read around the topics we are studying at home. They could carry out some independent research using the internet or books. Ask them regularly what they are learning in History and check to see whether there are any documentaries that could enhance their knowledge. Encourage a love of History outside the classroom by taking them on visits to museums, castles and historical sites during the school holidays. Encourage them to read and write as much as possible – check their literacy and help them with spellings, punctuation and grammar.

How will Homework be organised?

There is currently no homework programme for KS3.

What will your child be learning?

 At John Cabot we teach history thematically which means all students in KS3 study the same topic at the same time. We have a 3 year rolling programme which is differentiated to suit the individual needs of the students. Over the course of KS3, students will experience the following themes. Each theme has an over-arching enquiry which is re-visited regularly.

  1. Warfare – How has warfare developed over time?
  2. Key Events in History – What key events have shaped the Modern world?
  3. Key People in History – Can one person change the world?
  4. Power – How have the Church, Parliament and the Crown battled for power?
  5. The British Empire – Should we be proud of the British Empire?
  6. The Making of the United Kingdom – How united have we been throughout time?

How will your child be assessed?

 Students are assessed using GCSE questions. We will cover all the questions that are asked at GCSE in KS3. Questions will be tailored to suit the content that students are learning. Students will be taught how to develop GCSE skills so by the time they are in Y10 students are used to the language and requirements of GCSE questions. Assessments are built into the Schemes of Learning and will take place in lessons with the support of teachers.

How can you help your child?

Encourage your child to read around the topics we are studying at home. They could carry out some independent research using the internet or books. Ask them regularly what they are learning in History and check to see whether there are any documentaries that could enhance their knowledge. Encourage a love of History outside the classroom by taking them on visits to museums, castles and historical sites during the school holidays. Encourage them to read and write as much as possible – check their literacy and help them with spellings, punctuation and grammar.

How will Homework be organised?

There is currently no homework programme for KS3.

Exam Board:  Edexcel

Qualification:  GCSE History  

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

Paper 1:  British Thematic Study with Historic Environment – 30%

This study covers a broad sweep of history over an extended period of time through a single theme.

Theme:  Crime and Punishment in Britain c1000 to present day.

This topic includes a single geographical focus on Whitechapel, London c1870-1900 – the scene of Jack the Ripper.

Paper 2: Period Study and British Depth Study – 40%

You will take a depth study on an aspect of Medieval History and a period study on an event that has shaped the world we live in today.

Medieval Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England 1558-88

Period Study:                     Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study – 30%

This is a non British study which looks at 20 years in great depth.

You will focus on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.

 

How will I be assessed in the subject?

You will take 3 exciting exams at the end of Y11:

Paper 1(30%):  British Thematic Study with Historic Environment – 1 hr & 15 min

Paper 2(40%):  Period Study and British Depth Study – 1 hr & 45 min

Paper 3(30%):  Modern Depth Study – 1 hr & 15 min

 

Am I suited to this subject?

If you are interested in reading about history and world affairs, have a passion for carrying out further research, love literacy and enjoy analysing evidence, then History at GCSE could be an option for you.

Furthermore, if you like debating with your peers, forming judgements and are confident in expressing your opinions then you should seriously consider History.  If you like all the above and also enjoy extended writing, then History at GCSE is definitely for you.