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History

The History Department at Ralph Thoresby is well established and prides itself on high standards. We have three members of staff and we are looking to increase the number of students taking the subject at both GCSE and A Level. The areas studied across all three key stages offer a broad sweep of history, both chronologically and geographically. With new specifications at GCSE and A level we are entering an exciting period as we look to broaden our offer, with more trips to more interesting destinations. Our current trip to Berlin is fast becoming a firm favourite with our students.

Links to SMSC and British Values

SMSC is a fundamental part of the History curriculum as are its explicit links to ‘Britishness’ and what constitute British values. We start KS3 by looking at the ethnic diversity of Britain and how this has changed over time. The ethical issues raised by the reformation, various wars and the slave trade are also examined in depth.

In KS4 we study British themes in preparation for Paper 2 examining topics as diverse as the Norman legal system and the development of Christianity, to the moral perceptions of the introduction of anaesthetics.

These themes are sustained strongly in KS5 with 50% of the course being British in content and ethical, social and cultural issues are a focus in three of our four units. For more information see SMSC overview

Courses available to take at KS4 and KS5

  • KS4 - AQA GCSE History
  • KS5 - Edexcel A Level History
  • Year 7 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Development Study-The Isles-Migration to and from the British Isles-Prehistory to now

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Our Yr 7 students start by examining the early patterns of immigration and how these affected life in Britain. We try to bring it up to date and relevant to our ethnically diverse community by focusing on Leeds in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

      Assessment

      Baseline assessment

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Migration and The Norman Invasion

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Why did the Normans invade in England in 1066 and why were they able to defeat Harold?

      Assessment

      How did migration change?

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      The Norman Invasion

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How was William able to control his newly conquered kingdom and how was it affected by Norman rule?

      Assessment

      Why did the Normans win the Battle of Hastings?

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      The Medieval Church and Murder of Thomas Becket

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How important was Christianity in Medieval Britain and how did it lead to Henry II being beaten?

      Assessment

      How powerful was the medieval church?

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      The Black Death and Medieval Castles

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      The horror of the Black Death was very real, but were the survivors better off because of it?

      How and why did castles develop during the middle ages?

      Assessment

      What were the consequences of the Black Death?

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Society in the Middle Ages

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Was life really ‘nasty, brutish & short’?

      Assessment

      Year 7-History Exam

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Exercise book

    Medieval Church

    Normans

    Equipment required: Pen, pencil & a ruler

    Regular activities to undertake: Encourage your child to read please. It is the single most beneficial thing that you can do.

    Make sure that your child completes his/her history homework in his/her own words rather than copy and pasting from the web.

     

    Homework Information

    Will be set twice per half term.

    Should be significant and at least 1 hr in duration.  Could include revision, assessment, pre-reading/flipped learning, investigation/extended project.

  • Year 8 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      In God’s name-The English and European Reformations

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      What was the reformation and why did it lead to so much blood shed?

      Assessment

      Testing Year 7 subject knowledge

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Gloriana-The reign of Elizabeth

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Why did Queen Elizabeth I get the nickname Gloriana?

      Assessment

      Why did the Spanish Armada fail?

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      The English Civil War

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Why did a 17th century writer see the Civil War as turning the world ‘upside down’?

      Assessment

      Year 8 – History Exam

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Changing Minds-Witchcraft & Science-1500-1750

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Why did ordinary people in the 17th century accuse their neighbours of witchcraft and how did science challenge this superstitious thinking?

      Assessment

      How did people’s beliefs change between 1500 & 1750?

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its abolition

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How and why did the slave trade develop and why was it abolished?

      Assessment

      Speech – Why the slave trade should be abolished

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      The Industrial Revolution

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      What was the industrial revolution and how did it impact the lives of working people?

      Assessment

      Letter – End child labour

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Exercise book

    Reformation to Civil War

    Equipment required: Pen, pencil & a ruler

    Regular activities to undertake: Encourage your child to read please. It is the single most beneficial thing that you can do.

    Make sure that your child completes his/her history homework in his/her own words rather than copy and pasting from the web.

     

    Homework Information

    Will be set twice per half term.

    Should be significant and at least 1 hr in duration.  Could include revision, assessment, pre-reading/flipped learning, investigation/extended project.

  • Year 9 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      WWI-What was the soldier’s experience?

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      What were the key features of WWI and how did these impact on the men who fought on the western front?

      Assessment

      Testing Year 8 subject knowledge

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      The Inter War Years-Focus-Hitler’s Germany/Soviet Russia

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      What is meant by totalitarianism and how and why did Communism & Nazism arise in the inter-war period?

      Assessment

      What was the significance of the Xmas truce of 1914?

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Winston Churchill’s wartime leadership

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Why has Churchill been regarded as a great war leader and does he deserve his reputation?

      Assessment

      Interpretations of Winston Churchill

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Twentieth Century-The US Century?

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How and why did the USA rise to global prominence during the 20th Century?

      Assessment

      Explain the significance of the use of Atomic bombs in 1945

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE content- Paper 1-Section B-Wider world depth study-Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      What were the origins and early developments in the Cold War (1945-49)

      Assessment

      Source evaluation – The Marshall Plan

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE content- Paper 1-Section B-Wider world depth study-Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How and why did the Cold War develop during the 1950s?

      Assessment

      Year 9 History exam

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Exercise book

    World War 1

    Hitler’s Germany

    Cold War

    The Cold war additional

    Equipment required: Pen, pencil & a ruler

    Regular activities to undertake: Encourage your child to read please. It is the single most beneficial thing that you can do.

    Make sure that your child completes his/her history homework in his/her own words rather than copy and pasting from the web.

     

    Homework Information

    Will be set twice per half term.

    Should be significant and at least 1 hr in duration.  Could include revision, assessment, pre-reading/flipped learning, investigation/extended project.

  • Year 10 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Paper 1-Section B-Wider world depth study-Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How did key features of the Cold War change? (1960-72)

      Assessment

      Cold War-Factors question

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Paper 1-Section A: Period study America, 1840–1895: Expansion and consolidation

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How did the plains Indians and early settlers adapt to life in the American West? (1840-1860)

      Assessment

      Interpretation Question-Great Plains

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Paper 1-Section A: Period study America, 1840–1895: Expansion and consolidation

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      What was the impact of conflict on the diverse cultures and interests in the US? (1840-1860s)

      Assessment

      Interpretation Question-Little Big Horn

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Paper 1-Section A: Period study America, 1840–1895: Expansion and consolidation

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How did the US consolidate and develop after 1865? (1865-1890)

      Assessment

      American West-Factors question

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Shaping the nation Paper 2-Section A: Thematic study Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How and why did medicine stand still in the middle ages then begin to change during the Renaissance?

      Assessment

      Usefulness question-The Black Death

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Shaping the nation Paper 2-Section A: Thematic study Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How and why was there a revolution in medicine during the nineteenth century?

      Assessment

      Significance question-Anaesthetics/germ theory

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Exercise book

    Cold War

    Cold War additional

    America, 1840 – 1895; Expansion and consolidation

    Britain, Health & People

    AQA GCSE – History Revision Guide (my revision notes) Hodder Education

    Equipment required: Pen, pencil & a ruler

    Regular activities to undertake: In addition to work set regularly by your teacher, try to revise your knowledge of units you have studied before.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework will be set at least every two weeks. It will be expected that students should spend at least 60-90 minutes on each item set. Could include revision, assessment, pre-reading/flipped learning, investigation/extended project.

    Assessment is through two exam papers taken at the end of Yr. 11. Each paper is worth 50% of the final mark.

  • Year 11 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Shaping the nation Paper 2-Section A: Thematic study Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How and why did medicine develop so rapidly during the twentieth century?

      Assessment

      Factors question-Religion question

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Section B: Paper 2-British depth study including the historic environment Norman England, c1066–c1100

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Why did the Normans invade England in 1066 and how did William establish control?

      Assessment

      ‘How convincing’ question-Battle of Stamford Bridge

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Section B: Paper 2-British depth study including the historic environment Norman England, c1066–c1100

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How did the Norman invasion affect the political, social & economic life of England?

      Assessment

      PINS arising from the mock exam

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Section B: Paper 2-British depth study including the historic environment Norman England, c1066–c1100

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How did the Norman invasion affect the church in England and a specific site?

      Assessment

      Site investigation question.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      GCSE content and skills

      Assessment

      Exam questions

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      GCSE content and skills

      Assessment

      Exam questions

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Exercise book

    Cold War

    Cold War additional

    America, 1840 – 1895; Expansion and consolidation

    Britain, Health & People

    AQA GCSE – History Revision Guide (my revision notes) Hodder Education

    Equipment required: Pen, pencil & a ruler

    Regular activities to undertake: In addition to work set regularly by your teacher, try to revise your knowledge of units you have studied before.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework will be set at least every two weeks. It will be expected that students should spend at least 60-90 minutes on each item set. Could include revision, assessment, pre-reading/flipped learning, investigation/extended project.

    Assessment is through two exam papers taken at the end of Yr. 11. Each paper is worth 50% of the final mark.

  • Year 12 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 1- Britain, 1625 – 1701: conflict, revolution and settlement Unit 2-18th Century France

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 1- Introduction.
      Revolutionary ideas and their significance.

      Unit 2-What was France like in the late 18th Century and what were the conditions for revolution?

      Assessment

      Unit 1- Causation Essay (A01) Unit 2-Source analysis-Interpretation of pre-revolutionary France (AO2).

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 1- The quest for political stability Unit 2-Causes of revolution

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 1- Why was there political instability in the period 1625- 1701?

      Unit 2-What were the causes of the revolution?

      Assessment

      Unit 1- Similarities and Difference essay (A01) Unit 2-Source analysis-useful of contemporary sources-early revolution (AO2).

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 1- Religion: Conflict and dissent Unit 2-Course of the early revolution (1789-91)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 1- Why was there religious conflict and how were dissenters dealt with?

      Unit 2-What were the most significant events between 1789 & 1791 and how radical were the reforms of the constituent assembly?

      Assessment

      Unit 1- Significance essay (A01) Unit 2- causes of the August Decrees (AO1). Both-First mock exam

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 1- Social and intellectual Change Unit 2-Rise of the Republic (1791-93)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 1- What were the key changes in society and cultural life during the given period?

      Unit 2-Why did constitutional monarchy fail and the threat of extremism increase?

      Assessment

      Unit 1- Change and Continuity Essay (A01) Unit 2-reforms of the constituent assembly (AO1).

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 1- Economy, trade and empire, 1625–88 Unit 2-The Terror (1793-95)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 1- What were the key developments in Economy, trade and empire, 1625–88?

      Unit 2-What was the Terror and how successfully did it strengthen the Republic?

      Assessment

      Unit 1- Significance essay (A01). Unit 2-Source analysis-purge of the Girondins (AO2).

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 1- The Glorious Revolution of 1688–89? Unit 2-The Directory (1795-99)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 1- How revolutionary, in the years to 1701, was the Glorious Revolution of 1688–89?

      Unit 2-Why did government by terror end and government by Directory develop?

      Assessment

      Both-Second mock exam Unit 1- Historical interpretation (A03) Unit 2-PINS of exam paper

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams: Course notes and textbooks

     

    Equipment required: File, textbook, pen, pencil, a ruler, highlighters

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Read ‘around’ the subject. In other words, don’t just do the specific activities that have been set by the teacher, undertake additional reading as recommended by the teacher

    Revise content studied to date.

    Thoroughly research and plan essays before writing them.

     

    Self Study Information

    Unit 1- All activities will be set in class and homework recorded on Classcharts

    Unit 2-All activities are in the booklet provided, including essay questions.

    Additional reading-

    Students will be provided with a Unit 1 reading list at the start of the course. They are able to borrow many of the text from school on a short term basis.

    Unit 2 – Duncan Townson/Dylan Rees  France in Revolution Hodder

    Alfred Cobban  A History of Modern France    Pelican

  • Year 13 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 3- Civil Rights and Race Relations Aspects in Breadth 1850 – 2009 Unit 2-The Directory (1795-99)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 3-
      The changing geography of Civil Rights issues
      The changing portrayal of Civil Rights in Fiction and film

      Unit 2-How successful was government by Directory?

      Assessment

      Unit 1- A01 How far did the period of 1850 – 2009 see a major change in the geographical distribution of black Americans? (A01) & -How far did books/images/film reflect the changing relations of black Americans between 1850 – 2009? (A01) Unit 2-weaknesses of the Directory (AO1).

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 3- Aspects in Breadth Free at Last 1865- 1877 Unit 4-Skills course for coursework

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 3—How remarkable was the transformation in the legal position of most black Americans in these years?

      Unit 4-Why have historians had different interpretations of the reasons for WWI?

      Assessment

      Unit 3- Assess the value Of the source for revealing X abut factors 1 and 2 (A03) Unit 4-‘Mock’ coursework question

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 3- Aspects in Breadth The triumph of ‘Jim Crow’, 1883–c1900 Unit 4-Background knowledge for coursework

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 3- What impact did the impact of the ‘Jim Crow’ Laws have on the lives of Black Americans?

      Unit 4-What was appeasement and why have historians had different interpretations of its role in the approach for WWII?

      Assessment

      Unit 3- Significance question (AO1) Unit 4-Coursework question

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 3- The New Deal and race relations, 1933–41 Unit 4-Coursework question

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 3- Why was the New Deal so controversial?

      Unit 4-What was appeasement and why have historians had different interpretations of its role in the approach for WWII?

      Assessment

      Unit 3- Assess the value Of the source for revealing X abut factors 1 and 2 (A03) Unit 4-Coursework question

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 3- ‘I have a dream’, 1954–68 Unit 4-Coursework question & revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 3- How successful were the Civil Right Movement in the 1950’s & 60’s?

      Unit 4-What was appeasement and why have historians had different interpretations of its role in the approach for WWII?

      Revision-Unit 1

      Assessment

      Unit 3- Cause and consequence question (AO1). Unit 4-Coursework question. Exam questions

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 3- Obama’s campaign for the presidency, 2004–09. Revision-Unit 1

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 3- How did Obama become the President of America and how significant was it

      Revision-Unit 1

      Assessment

      Unit 3- Assess the value Of the source for revealing X abut factors 1 and 2 (A03). Exam questions

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams: Course notes and textbooks

     

    Equipment required: File, textbook, pen, pencil, a ruler, highlighters

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Read ‘around’ the subject. In other words, don’t just do the specific activities that have been set by the teacher, undertake additional reading as recommended by the teacher

    Revise content studied to date.

    Thoroughly research and plan essays before writing them.

     

    Self Study Information

    Unit 3- All activities will be set in class and homework recorded on Classcharts.

    Unit 4-All activities are in the booklet provided, including notes.

    -Additional reading- Additional reading-

    Students will be provided with a reading list for each unit at the start of the course. They are able to borrow many of the text from school on a short term basis.

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