Curriculum Leader - History and Politics:

Mrs Murphy

History and Politics

The History and Politics Department aims to foster the development and appreciation of independent thinking and skills for lifelong learning and enjoyment through a variety of activities. There is a strong tradition of History at Desborough from a team of real enthusiasts. History gives an opportunity for students to understand the development over time of social and cultural values.  It also provides training in essential work and study skills such as the ability to locate and extract information from primary and secondary sources, to analyse and organise this information and to construct a logical argument.  These are useful in themselves as well as being vital skills in a wide variety of jobs and careers, from working in the City to being an architect, the abilities that History develops are highly regarded. History and Politics continue to be popular GCSE and A Level choices.

 

Curriculum Area History & Politics
Curriculum Leader Mrs C Murphy
Teachers

Mr M Bromley

Mr A Wyles

Mr A Collins

Key Stage 3 Information

 

Throughout Key Stage 3 students are taught skills to enable them to succeed at GCSE level. Core concepts and themes are covered through source analysis and the evaluation of conflicting viewpoints. In Year 7 students are taught core skills in History which are further developed through examination of the impact of the conquest of England in 1066 and the development of the Feudal System. The theme of royalty and religion is continued through exploration of medieval life and the Tudors & Stuarts and the Civil War. In Year 8 we focus on revolutionary changes, including a study of the Industrial Revolution and political revolutions in France and America. By studying the development of modern political systems students are prepared for the study of the political causes of twentieth century conflict. Regular assessment is built into the students learning and both peer and self -assessment form an integral part of developing student’s awareness of both the subject and their own progress.

We aim to spark their interest by visiting key historical sites closely linked to the topics they study, including Mount Fitchett Castle, Hampton Court Palace and the Imperial War Museum.

 

Key Stage 4

What are the areas I will study?

We follow the Edexcel GCSE

The GCSE is made up of three compulsory topics, all of which are externally assessed by exam. In 2017 23% of students achieved A or A*, 78% A* to C.

The units to be studied are:

Unit 1: Crime & Punishment since c1000 to the present

Unit 2: Two topics; Early Elizabethan England and Superpower Relations.

Unit 3: Weimar & Nazi Germany.

What activities will I take part in?

Discussion, taking notes, writing short essays, research from books and articles, making notes from videos, class debates, We will tackle source based questions, addressing provenance and utility and thinking hard about why things happen and what we can learn from the

You will:

  • Further develop your interest in and an enthusiasm for History, and acquire a sound basis for further historical study.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of influences in the Twentieth Century.
  • Investigate historical events, changes, people and issues.
  • Develop understanding of how the past has been represented and interpreted, using sources to identify relevant information.
  • Organise and communicate knowledge and understanding of history

How will I be assessed?

This scheme of assessment is un-tiered, covering all of the ability range, grades from 9 to 1 (everybody sits the same paper; there are no foundation or higher papers). More information can be found at:

Link to exam board website

Key Stage 5 - History

From 2016 we will follow the new AQA specification covering the following topics:

Unit 1:

The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975, including the changes undergone by the USA after the Civil War, to the challenges it faced in the Cold War.

Unit 2:

The English Revolution, 1625–1660, the causes and consequences of the English Civil Wars and their impact on politics and government at the time.

Unit 3: Individual Coursework

What activities will I take part in?

Discussion, taking notes, writing essays, research from books and articles and making notes from videos and class debates. We will tackle source based questions, addressing provenance and utility and thinking hard about why things happen and what we can learn from the past. Students are required to develop an understanding of the differing historical opinions surrounding issues such as appeasement, the use of the atomic bomb and the modernisation of politics in the United Kingdom.

 

What knowledge, understanding, skills and values will I develop?

You will:

  • Further develop your interest in and an enthusiasm for History, develop your analytical and communication skill which will be invaluable for further historical study at university and are also essential in the business world.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of influences and controversies in the Twentieth Century.
  • Investigate historical events, changes, people and issues.
  • Develop understanding of how the past has been represented and interpreted, using sources to identify relevant information. Enhance this understanding by reading widely to gather contrasting historical opinions.
  • Organise and communicate knowledge and understanding of history, including sharing information with other students through discussion, presentation and on occasion teaching a topic.

How will I be assessed?

The A Level is made up of three compulsory units, two of which involve an external exam. The enquiry is usually completed in the first term of Y13, with preparation work being completed over the previous summer.

 

Key Stage 5 - Politics

AQA: A Level Politics.

Link to AQA website

What are the areas I will study?

We currently follow the AQA Politics specification.

The units to be studied are:

Paper 1 – Politics of the UK

  • People, Politics and Participation
  • Governing Modern Britain

Paper 2 – Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics

  • The Politics of the USA
  • The Government of the USA
  • Comparing the USA and the UK

Paper 3 – Political Ideas

  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
  • Conservatism
  • Plus one other from:
    • Nationalism
    • Feminism
    • Multiculturalism
    • Anarchism

What activities will I take part in?

Discussion, taking notes, writing essays, research from books and articles and making notes from videos and class debates. We will tackle source based questions, and develop the skills required to analyse political situations. Students are required to follow political events in the news with a view to including these in their written work.

What knowledge, understanding, skills and values will I develop?

You will:

  • Further develop your interest in and an enthusiasm for Politics, develop your analytical and communication skills which will be invaluable for further study at university and are also essential in the business world.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the nature of democracy in the modern world, together with interpreting political reactions and responses.
  • Develop understanding of how the different political parties and structures influence the society and the choices people make. Enhance this understanding by reading widely.
  • Organise and communicate knowledge and understanding of politics, including sharing information with other students through discussion, presentation and on occasion teaching part of a topic to other students.

How will I be assessed?

The A Level is made up of three compulsory papers, all of which are externally assessed by exam. 

 

Useful Websites

Henry VIII

http://www.historystuff.co.uk/KS3_ActivitiesListings.html

General History

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/history/

http://www.educationforum.co.uk/KS3.htm

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions-and-resources/

Key Stage 3 History Home Page

online lessons, quizzes and test for Key Stage 3 history students

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historystuff.co.uk - Key Stage Three Activities Listings.

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Who do I see for more information?

Mrs Murphy