‘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. We look at the different Monarchs through British History up until 1603, and how they were able to keep power and control. 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, Medieval Kings and the Tudors. 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. The last module in the summer focuses on the different Tudor Monarchs and how successful their reigns were, and why they are so significant in English History.
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. Year 8 focus on how different groups throughout History are able to fight for Freedom and Equality. The first half of the year focuses the break away from the Monarchy, looking at how the English stood up against Charles I and how the Americans broke away from British rule during the war of independence. The pupils also study how Women campaigned for their right to vote and the role the Suffragists and Suffragettes played to help women gain equality and freedom. The second half of the year focuses on Black History. The pupils will start off with looking at the slave trade and the role different countries played in this, then will move on to looking at the British Empire, and what positives and negatives came out of the British gaining colonies overseas. Lastly, we will study the American Civil Rights Movement, looking at how prominent figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Rosa Parks campaigned for equality in the 1900's.
Year 9 Curriculum
In Year 9, pupils continue to develop their analysis skills and look at a range of sources during the year. The modules they study in this year focus on War in the 20th Century. Pupils will start off with studying the end of the First World War and how countries worked together to try and keep peace before World War Two breaking out in 1939. Pupils also study the rise of Hitler and have a project on the Holocaust to complete. They end the year studying the role of America in the Cold War and The Vietnam War and the tactics that were used in both. Finally, the pupils will study the assassination of John. F. Kennedy and use vital evidence in order to prove whether Lee Harvey Oswald was the killer or not.
Key Stage 4 Information
Pupils are undertaking a GCSE Qualification in Modern World History with the exam board AQA. The first half of the year emerges pupils in Conflict and Tension in the inter war years.. Pupils will study the relationship between the Western World and look at the causes for the outbreak of the Second World War.. 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. The 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 1558 - 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.