‘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
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.
Key Stage 4 Information
Pupils are undertaking a new GCSE Qualification in Modern World History with the exam board AQA. The first half of the year emerges pupils in Conflict and Tension in Asia. Pupils will study the relationship between Asia and the Western World and look at the causes for the Vietnam War and why the Vietnamese became victorious. For the second module pupils undertake a Depth Study of Germany, 1890-45. 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.
Students will then move on to look at British History for paper two. Pupils will study the final two units on their GCSE Course. The first is a British Depth Study which investigates life during Elizabeth I’s reign from 1568 - 1603. Within this pupils investigate the Elizabeth’s problems during her rule and Elizabeth’s problems at home and abroad. Following this, pupils are taught 800 years of British history in their second study – Power and the People 1170 to present day. Topics include American Independence, the peasant’s revolt and the suffragettes.