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Ridgewood

School

History

The vision of the History department, which also includes the teaching of Politics, is ‘Developing Enquiring Minds’.

The department, based in the school’s Newton Block, consists of three talented teachers who love both History and the teaching of it in equal measure! At KS3, students are taught in mixed ability groups, and at KS4, History is a popular option. At post-16, the department offer A Levels in History, and Politics, both of which are extremely popular, and lead to many students studying these subjects at university level.

The role of the History teacher is no small task, and our staff endeavour to equip our students with the knowledge of people, events and periods of history spanning all the way from the Romans to the present day. In order to present their wide range of knowledge, students are taught how to structure detailed and evaluative essays, and how to debate the answers to crucial questions. They also learn precise knowledge about a wide range of historical events, and learn to 'read between the lines' of sources.

The focus of lessons in History is on collaborative learning in engaging lessons where students are encouraged to work together to explore, evaluate and understand. Lessons are also extremely well resourced, with GCSE students benefitting from sample model answers, question breakdown sheets, and a vast range of historical sources to appreciate.

Of course, the discovery of history outside the classroom is also important to the department. Students have had the opportunity to visit the University of Sheffield to take part in Model UN debates, and have also ventured further afield to visit Germany and discover history in action. Students of Politics have benefitted from multiple visits from Ed Milliband MP, and a member of the House of Lords (Lord Norton) to discuss contemporary political issues.

KS3 

Year 7

Half-term 1 (September – October)

Romans

Half-term 2 (Until Christmas)

Hastings

Half-term 3 (Up until February)

Medieval Life

Half-term 4 (Until Easter)

Tudors

Half-term 5 (Until May)

Stuarts

Half-term 6 (Until the end of the school year)

Significant Events

 

Students will undertake a knowledge test every three weeks. The information students need to know will be provided to them on a Knowledge Box and we will expect students to produce their own revision material from these and self-test regularly to ‘drill’ the content.

There will also be an end of unit test at the conclusion of every topic; roughly each 5 weeks.

Support

At the start of each topic, students will be given a Knowledge Box which summarises all of the key information students will need to learn. Please test your child on these and ask to see that they have made extra revision notes from them.

We set homework every week; it will either be to revise the key content from previous lessons (using the Knowledge Box), or it will be to carry out a ‘Big Read’ and to answer some accompanying questions.

Useful websites to develop and consolidate learning are below:

www.historylearningsite.co.uk/

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39

Year 8

Half-term 1 (September – October)

World War One

Half-term 2 (Until Christmas)

Weimar Republic

Half-term 3 (Up until February)

Hitler’s Germany

Half-term 4 (Until Easter)

Treatment of the Jewish peoples, 1933-1945

Half-term 5 (Until May)

World War Two

Half-term 6 (Until the end of the school year)

Churchill

Students will undertake a knowledge test every three weeks. The information students need to know will be provided to them on a Knowledge Box and we will expect students to produce their own revision material from these and self-test regularly to ‘drill’ the content.

There will also be an end of unit test at the conclusion of every topic; roughly each 5 weeks.

Support

At the start of each topic, students will be given a Knowledge Box which summarises all of the key information students will need to learn. Please test your child on these and ask to see that they have made extra revision notes from them.

We set homework every week; it will either be to revise the key content from previous lessons (using the Knowledge Box), or it will be to carry out a ‘Big Read’ and to answer some accompanying questions.

Useful websites to develop and consolidate learning are below:

www.historylearningsite.co.uk/

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39

Year 9

Half-term 1 (September – October)

Slavery

Half-term 2 (Until Christmas)

The US Boom

Half-term 3 (Up until February)

The Roaring ‘20s

Half-term 4 (Until Easter)

Wall Street Crash

Half-term 5 (Until May)

The New Deal

Half-term 6 (Until the end of the school year)

Terrorism

 Students will undertake a knowledge test every three weeks. The information students need to know will be provided to them on a Knowledge Box and we will expect students to produce their own revision material from these and self-test regularly to ‘drill’ the content.

There will also be an end of unit test at the conclusion of every topic; roughly each 5 weeks.

Support

At the start of each topic, students will be given a Knowledge Box which summarises all of the key information students will need to learn. Please test your child on these and ask to see that they have made extra revision notes from them.

We set homework every week; it will either be to revise the key content from previous lessons (using the Knowledge Box), or it will be to carry out a ‘Big Read’ and to answer some accompanying questions.

Useful websites to develop and consolidate learning are below:

www.historylearningsite.co.uk/

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39

KS4 

Students follow the Pearson/Edexcel History GCSE specification.

We would strongly recommend students purchase the Revision Guides which accompany each topic to support their learning. There are four in total which summarise all the key information and provide tasks and practice questions within them. 

The topics we study are:

-          Paper 1) Crime and Punishment with Whitechapel

-          Paper 2) Early Elizabethan England

-          Paper 2) Cold War

-          Paper 3) USA, 1954-75

The School Shop sells these at a reduced rate of only £2.45 each.

Alternatively, they can be purchased via this link:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.resources.html?filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Publisher%2FPearson

Topics (Year 10)

Half-term 1 (September – October)

Civil Rights: USA

Half-term 2 (Until Christmas)

Civil Rights: Vietnam

Half-term 3 (Up until February)

Early Elizabethan England

Half-term 4 (Until Easter)

Early Elizabethan England

Half-term 5 (Until May)

Crime and Punishment: criminal activity

Half-term 6 (Until the end of the school year)

Crime and Punishment: policing methods

Topics (Year 11)

Half-term 1 (September – October)

Crime and Punishment: punishments

Half-term 2 (Until Christmas)

Whitechapel

Half-term 3 (Up until February)

Cold War: Key Topics 1 and 2

Half-term 4 (Until Easter)

Cold War: Key Topics 3

Half-term 5 (Until May)

Revision

Half-term 6 (Until the end of the school year)

 

Assessment

There will be three terminal examinations at the end of Year 11 – Paper 1 (Crime and Punishment with Whitechapel, which is worth 30% of the overall qualification), Paper 2 (Elizabeth and the Cold War, which is worth 40% of the overall qualification) and Paper 3 (USA, which is worth 30% of the overall qualification). There is no coursework.

Students will have a knowledge test every 3 weeks, and a diagnostic assessment at least every 4 weeks. We will also have end of half-term assessments which will cover all of the content students have covered in class from the beginning of Year 10 up to that point.

Support

Homework

What we will ask students to do

How parents can support

Revision

We will tell students there will be a knowledge test on a particular topic and provide them with revision materials. We will expect students to produce their own notes / flashcards / mind-maps and self-test themselves regularly.

Ask to see the notes your child has prepared.

 

Test them on the content.

Practice questions

We will give students a set of practice questions to answer.

Check the presentation of the work.

 

The homework should take at least an hour – please check to ensure sufficient time has been spent on it.

 

Read the answers to check it achieves each criterion on the structure sheets / checklists provided.

 

Encourage your son / daughter to use the revision materials on this webpage to supplement their answers.

Useful web links:

qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zw4bv4j

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/usa/

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/ir2/

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/vietnam/

www.johndclare.net/America1.htm

 

KS5 

KS5 History (AQA)

Year 12 topics

 

GERMANY

TUDORS

Half-term 1 (September – October)

Challenges faced by the Weimar Republic, 1919-24

Henry VII’s rule

Half-term 2 (Until Christmas)

Was there a Golden Age of Weimar?

Domestic and religious policy under Henry VII

Half-term 3 (Up until February)

Hitler’s rise to power

Government under Henry VIII

Half-term 4 (Until Easter)

Establishing the Nazi regime

Mid-Tudor Crisis

Half-term 5 (Until May)

Coursework

Edward VI

Half-term 6 (Until the end of the school year)

Coursework

Mid-Tudor rebellions

Year 13 topics

 

GERMANY

TUDORS

Half-term 1 (September – October)

How did Hitler consolidate his power?

Mary I: government and religion.

Half-term 2 (Until Christmas)

Nazi Treatment towards the Jews

Elizabeth I: domestic policy

Half-term 3 (Up until February)

Coursework

Elizabeth: foreign policy

Half-term 4 (Until Easter)

Morale during wartime

Culture under Elizabeth

Half-term 5 (Until May)

 

REVISION

Half-term 6 (Until the end of the school year)

Assessment:

Students will be given a Knowledge Test every 3 weeks. There will be diagnostic assessments every 3 weeks as well. Finally, we will have end of half-term exams roughly every 6 weeks.

Students will also be set personalised ‘next step’ work to complete in a separate book they have been provided with. We expect students to spend at least 90 minutes per week consolidating their skills in this book. Please ask to see your son/daughter’s work and monitor completion.

More details of our A Level History course and the exams/assessment can be found in the Sixth Form section of this website.

Useful web links:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/as-and-a-level/history-7041-7042

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Revision-Notes-level-1485-1603/dp/1471876101

Required textbooks are provided, but we would encourage students to purchase the accompanying revision guides for the Tudors and Germany:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revision-Notes-level-Democracy-1918-1945/dp/1471876225

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Revision-Notes-level-1485-1603/dp/1471876101

KS5 Politics (Edexcel)

Year 12 topics

Half-term 1 (September – October)

Democracy and Participation

Political Parties

Half-term 2 (Until Christmas)

Voting Behaviour

Electoral Systems

Half-term 3 (Up until February)

UK Constitution

Half-term 4 (Until Easter)

Parliament and Cabinet

Half-term 5 (Until May)

Revision and Progression Exams

Half-term 6 (Until the end of the school year)

Impact of the EU

Year 13 topics

Half-term 1 (September – October)

US Constitution and comparison to the UK

Half-term 2 (Until Christmas)

Comparison between the powers of the PM and President

Half-term 3 (Up until February)

Relations between the branches of government in the USA

Half-term 4 (Until Easter)

Supreme Court and Rights in the USA

Half-term 5 (Until May)

Revision

Half-term 6 (Until the end of the school year)

Revision and terminal exams

Assessment:

Students will be set personalised ‘next step’ work to complete in a separate book they have been provided with. We expect students to spend at least 90 minutes per week consolidating their skills in this book. Please ask to see your son/daughter’s work and monitor completion.

Students are terminally examined with three papers at the end of Year 13. There is no coursework for Politics.

More details of our A Level Politics course and the exams/assessment can be found in the Sixth Form section of this website.

Useful web links:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/politics-2017.html

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/politics-2017.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

Required textbooks are provided, but we would encourage students to purchase the accompanying revision guides:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Revision-Notes-level-Government/dp/1471889661

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Revision-Notes-level-Political/dp/1471889696/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=BGNP4FS3ZJMHBE27BJKJ