Staff

Ms R Samy CTL History & Humanities
Ms A Andrea Lead practitioner, history teacher
Ms S Butcher SLT, history teacher
Tayba Azam History teacher
Miss S Akhtar CTL citizenship and history teacher
Ms R Amin CTL citizenship and history teacher

Curriculum Overview & Aims

KS3

The History curriculum aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity and passion for History, while at the same time developing key history skills. Our KS3 curriculum enables pupils to learn about key events in British history, which help them develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past. Taught by excellent teachers, the history curriculum encourages pupils to think critically and ask perceptive questions, as well as to develop writing skills and a history specific vocabulary. Pupils learn how to describe change and continuity and the factors that contribute to change as well as how to explain causes and consequences of events effectively. In addition, we try to expose pupils to historical sources early on, in order to develop their comprehension, analysis and evaluations skills. The curriculum is designed to cover all the above key history skills at least twice in the two years of KS3. This gives students the opportunity to apply the skills to different contexts and to become familiar with the skills they will be using at GCSE. 
Details of studies per year
Year 7 – Students will learn about the Norman Conquest, Religion in Medieval England, Migration and the Reformation
Year 8 – Students will learn about the Slave Trade, the Industrial Revolution, the process that led to universal suffrage, Conflict in the 20th Century and the Holocaust.
Year 9 – Students will start the GCSE course with EDEXCEL

How are they assessed
Pupils are assessed through summative assessments which take place at the end of each unit.  These assessments include both knowledge based questions as well as exam questions taken from GCSE exam papers. After each assessment, students are given directed improvement and reflection time (D.I.R.T.) in order to reflect on their performance, identify key issues, improve their work, and set themselves targets which will enable them to progress. 


Home learning (frequency and expectations)

In KS3 students are given homework projects every half term. This enables them to carry out some independent research and to present their work to the rest of the class. The projects are regularly shared on SHMW.

 

How parents/carers can support their child

  • Check Show My Homework for set homework
  • Support students in their homework and to check if their homework has been completed
  • Encourage your child to use the internet appropriately when conducting research and not to copy and paste large sections from the site as their own work. It is important that students do the research independently and then write their findings independently
  • Encourage your child to read through their work and proofread their written work checking for spellings, punctuation and grammar
  • Support your child through organisation of their work and revision

 

KS4

Courses offered: GCSE History with Edexcel

Curriculum content and aims

GCSE history at LIS encourages learners to develop and extend their knowledge of specific historical events and developments, set both within British and International contexts. Through a broad curriculum, students learn about different societies and develop an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Students will build upon key skills taught at KS3 history and further develop these by applying them to more complex and demanding contexts. The GCSE history curriculum aims to develop independent and resilient learners who are able to think critically through a process of historical enquiry. Students will develop the ability to make judgements based on available historical evidence through analysis and evaluation. In addition, they will become confident in explaining how different interpretations of the same event developed and in discussing the accuracy of contrasting perspectives.

Details of studies per year

Year 9
Early Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588 (British Depth Study)
Crime and Punishment in Britain c.1000 - to present day (British Thematic study)


Year 10
Crime and Punishment in Britain c.1000 - to present day (British Thematic study)
Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1939 (Non-British Depth Study)


Year 11
Superpowers relations and the Cold War rivalry 1945-1991
Revision


How are they assessed.
Students are assessed on exam questions which are shared at the start of the unit. These are assessed formatively, with teachers giving feedback which is then applied by students to in order to move forward and make progress. Mark schemes and guidance on how to answer each question are provided throughout the unit, as well as ‘walking talking’ mocks that enable teachers to address misconceptions and key issues. 
Home learning (frequency and expectations)
Homework for GCSE History is set every week.
Homework is set on Show My Homework
How parents / carers can support their child

  • Check Show My Homework for set homework and ensure homework has been completed in a timely fashion
  • Buy revision guides for each GCSE topic, available to buy through parent pay
  • Encourage your child to revise and create revision resources like revision cards, mind maps and summaries
  • Encourage your child to log into active learn to access the classroom textbooks and extra resources
  • Encourage your child to practise exam questions and familiarise with the exam specification
  • Encourage your child to use revision platforms like Google classroom, Seneca and Youtube channels focusing on Edexcel History 9-1 content and exam skills. 
  • Encourage your child to use the internet appropriately when conducting research and not to copy and paste large sections from the site as their own work. It is important that students do the research independently and then write their findings independently
  • Encourage your child to read through their work and proofread their written work checking for spellings, punctuation and grammar

Possible Careers

  • Academic librarian
  • Archivist 
  • Archaeologist
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Editorial assistant
  • Information officer
  • Heritage manager
  • Historic buildings inspector or conservation officer
  • Museum education officer
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Museum or gallery exhibitions officer
  • PPC specialist
  • Politician's assistant
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Solicitor

Useful Websites
The following websites have been useful to students in research, homework or personal study:


https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/app/Home  (GCSE students have access to e-textbooks using this link)
https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zw4bv4j (bitseize for edexcel)

www.getrevising.co.uk

www.revisegcsehistory.co.uk


How parents or other members of other public can find out more about the curriculum/syllabus you are following: 
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html


Name of person in your department who parents can contact if they need more information about your syllabus:
Mrs R Samy (Head of Humanities and History)
Mrs Andrea ( History Lead Practitioner)

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