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History

The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future

 History is the in-depth study of key world and British events that shape all of our lives. Essential skills are taught throughout the units such as source analysis, balanced viewpoints, extended writing skills, expressing opinions, reliability, sufficiency and utility; skills which any employer would value. A GCSE in History is advantageous to any future career path, in particular those that involve problem-solving, analysis and research. At Leeds East Academy we ensure that all students are working towards achieving fantastic GCSE history results from year 7 through our next steps curriculum. Students cover GCSE content through engaging lessons and challenging material in all year groups.

 Students will sit two GCSE exams at the end of year 11 to determine their overall grade. The GCSE History content comprises the following elements: one period study, one thematic study, one wider world depth study, one British depth study including the historic environment. Paper 1 is a written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 50% of GCSE, testing knowledge and skills of world depth studies and one in-depth study of one specific time period. Paper 2 is a written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 50% of GCSE, testing knowledge and skills of a thematic study and a period of British History.

For any further information regarding the History offer at Leeds East Academy, please contact the Head of Humanities: speight.v@whiteroseacademies.org

Courses in History

KS4 Students will be offered the following course: 

  • GCSE History (AQA)

KS3 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7 and 8

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Autumn 1

Year 7

Skills

 

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

 

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

Autumn 1

Year 8

Votes for Women

AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

AO4: analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including

how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

Autumn 2

Year 7

Norman Conquest and Battle of Hasting.

AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

 

Mini – assessments and STAR marking

Autumn 2

Year 8

First World War

AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

AO4: analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

Mini – assessments and STAR marking

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Year 7

Magna Carta and Tudors and Reformation

AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

 

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

Spring 1

Year 8

First World War

AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

AO4: analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

 

 

Spring 2

Year 7

Power of Parliament and monarchy.

Elizabeth I

 

AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

Mini – assessments and STAR marking

Spring 2

Year 8

Interwar years- German perspective

AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

AO4: analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

Mini – assessments and STAR marking

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Year 7

Parliament vs King

Civil War

AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

Summer 1

Year 8

World War Two

AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.

AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.

AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

AO4: analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including

how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

 

Summer 2

Year 7

Empire and Slavery and end of year exam.

Revision of all topics completed this year. Summative assessment.

End of year assessment covering all topics completed in exam conditions in the hall

Summer 2

Year 8

Holocaust and end of year exam.

Revision of all topics completed this year. Summative assessment.

End of year assessment covering all topics completed in exam conditions in the hall

 

KS4 Curriculum Breakdown

 Year 9 and 10

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Year 9

America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality

Part one: Expansion: opportunities and challenges

The geography of North America: attitudes to the Great American Desert; the belief in ‘Manifest Destiny’. Why the early settlers went west and the challenges they faced: Brigham Young and the Mormons; the pioneer migrant farmers, the journey west; the miners. Dealing with a different culture: the Plains Indians’ way of life; early American Government policy towards the Plains Indians; the Permanent Indian Frontier; a changing relationship with the Plains Indians.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Autumn 1

Year 10

Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day

Part one: Challenging authority and feudalism

Constraints on kingship: the barons’ dissatisfaction with King John’s rule and its resolution; Magna Carta, its terms and its short and long-term impact. The origins of parliament: issues between King Henry III and his barons; the role of Simon de Montfort; the Provisions of Oxford and the Parliament of 1265 and their short and long-term impact. Medieval revolt and royal authority: the social, economic and political causes of the Peasants Revolt; actions by rebels and government; impact of the Peasants' Revolt.

 

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

Autumn 2

Year 9

America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality

 

Part two: Conflict across America

 

Increasing conflict on the Plains: the Fort Laramie Treaty (1851) and the failure of the policy of concentration; the Indian Wars (1862–1867): reasons for and consequences of the Wars; Sand Creek Massacre; Fetterman's Trap.

The background to the American Civil War: differences between North and South, issues of slavery, westward expansion and free states abolitionism; breakdown of the Missouri Compromise, John Brown, the roles of Lincoln and Jefferson Davis; the social and economic impact of the American Civil War on civilian populations.

Coming to terms with the Mormons: the Mountain Meadow Massacre and its aftermath.

 

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Autumn 2

Year 10

Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day

Part two: Challenging royal authority

Popular uprisings against the Crown: the social, economic, religious and political causes of the Pilgrimage of Grace; the implications for royal authority; Henry VIII and his government’s reaction and the impact of the uprising.

Divine Right and parliamentary authority: the causes of the English Revolution; the New Model Army and the development of political radicalism during the Civil War era; the short and long-term impact of the English Revolution, including the significance of trial and execution of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth.

Royal authority and the right to representation: the causes of the American Revolution including the relationship between the government and people; impact and significance of the American Revolution.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Year 9

America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality

Part three: Consolidation: forging the nation

 

The aftermath of the American Civil War: the 13th Amendment; Civil Rights Act; reconstruction in the South, 1866–1877; carpetbaggers; the balance of Federal and State powers. The continued settlement of the west: the Homesteaders, reasons for going west; government actions and laws; land and railroads; farming problems and solutions. The resolution of ‘the Indian problem’ after 1865: the small reservations policy; attitudes to the native Americans; Battle of the Little Big Horn; The Dawes Act; Battle of Wounded Knee; the closing of the frontier and its impact on native Americans.

 

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Spring 1

Year 10

Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day

Part three: Reform and reformers

The extension of the franchise: radical protest; the Great Reform Act, causes and impact, including further reform; Chartism, causes, actions and impact.

Protest and change: campaigning groups and their methods and impact, including the Anti-Slavery movement; the Anti-Corn Law League; factory reformers; social reformers. Workers movements: the development of trade unionism and its impact, including Grand National Consolidation Trades Union (GNCTU), Tolpuddle Martyrs, New Model Unions and new unionism, including the match girls' and dockers' strikes.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

 

Spring 2

Year 9

Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894–1918

Part one: The causes of the First World War

The Alliance System: the Triple Alliance; Franco-Russian Alliance; relations between the ‘Entente’ powers; the crises in Morocco (1905 and 1911) and the Balkans (1908–1909), and their effects on international relations.

Anglo-German rivalry: Britain and challenges to Splendid Isolation; Kaiser Wilhelm’s aims in foreign policy, including Weltpolitik; colonial tensions; European rearmament, including the Anglo-German naval race. Outbreak of war: Slav nationalism and relations between Serbia and Austria-Hungary; the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo and its consequences; the July Crisis; the Schlieffen Plan and Belgium; reasons for the outbreak of hostilities and the escalation of the conflict.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Spring 2

Year 10

Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day

Part four: Equality and rights

Women’s rights: the campaign for women’s suffrage, reasons, methods and responses; role of individuals, including the Pankhursts; the reasons for the extension of the franchise and its impact; progress towards equality in the second half of the 20th century.

Workers’ rights: the General Strike (1926), actions, reactions and impact; trade union reform in the late 20th century. Minority rights: the development of multi-racial society since the Second World War; discrimination, protest and reform; the Brixton Riots, their impact, including the Scarman Report.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Year 9

Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894–1918

Part two: The First World War: stalemate

The Schlieffen Plan: the reasons for the plan, its failure, including the Battle of Marne and its contribution to the stalemate.

The Western Front: military tactics and technology, including trench warfare; the war of attrition; key battles, including Verdun, the Somme and Passchendaele, the reasons for, the events and significance of these battles. The wider war: the war on other fronts; Gallipoli and its failure; the events and significance of the war at sea, including Jutland, the U-Boat campaign and convoys.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Summer 1

Year 10

Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

Part one: Elizabeth's court and Parliament

Elizabeth I and her court: background and character of Elizabeth I; court life, including patronage; key ministers. The difficulties of a female ruler: relations with Parliament; the problem of marriage and the succession; the strength of Elizabeth’s authority at the end of her reign, including Essex’s rebellion in 1601.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

 

Summer 2

Year 9

Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894–1918 and End of year Exam

Revision of all topics completed this year. Summative assessment.

Part three: Ending the war

Changes in the Allied Forces: consequences of the Bolshevik Revolution and the withdrawal of Russia on Germany strategy; the reasons for and impact of the entry of the USA into the war. Military developments in 1918 and their contribution to Germany’s defeat: the evolution of tactics and technology; Ludendorff the German Spring Offensive; the Allied advance during The Hundred Days. Germany surrenders: impact of the blockade; abdication of the Kaiser; armistice; the contribution of Haig and Foch to Germany’s defeat.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Summer 2

Year 10

Elizabethan England, c1568–1603 and End of Year Exam.

Revision of all topics completed this year. Summative assessment.

Part two: Life in Elizabethan times

A ‘Golden Age’: living standards and fashions; growing prosperity and the rise of the gentry; the Elizabethan theatre and its achievements; attitudes to the theatre.

The poor: reasons for the increase in poverty; attitudes and responses to poverty; the reasons for government action and the seriousness of the problem.

English sailors: Hawkins and Drake; circumnavigation 1577–1580, voyages and trade; the role of Raleigh.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Year 11

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Elizabethan England, c1568–1603 and End of Year Exam.

Part three: Troubles at home and abroad

Religious matters: the question of religion, English Catholicism and Protestantism; the Northern Rebellion; Elizabeth's excommunication; the missionaries; Catholic plots and the threat to the Elizabethan settlement; the nature and ideas of the Puritans and Puritanism; Elizabeth and her government's responses and policies towards religious matters.

Mary Queen of Scots: background; Elizabeth and Parliament’s treatment of Mary; the challenge posed by Mary; plots; execution and its impact. Conflict with Spain: reasons; events; naval warfare, including tactics and technology; the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

Autumn 2

Elizabethan England, c1568–1603 and End of Year Exam.

Part four: The historic environment of Elizabethan England

The historic environment is 10% of the overall course, which equates to approximately 12 hours out of 120 guided learning hours. Students will be examined on a specific site in depth. This site will be as specified and will be changed annually. The site will relate to the content of the rest of this depth study. It is intended that study of different historic environments will enrich students’ understanding of Elizabethan England.

Mini – assessments on number take place through the half term in lessons

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Revision

 

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

 

Spring 2

Revision

 

Mini – assessments on number take place through the half term in lessons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Revision

 

GCSE examination period begins

 

Term by Term Schemes of Work

History Schemes of Work KS3
History Schemes of Work KS4