History at Great Sankey develops students’ awareness of how the past has shaped the world in which we live. Pupils will develop historical skills and be given opportunities to progress in their conceptual awareness in order to analyse relevant issues.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students will study:
The Roman Empire
Roman, Saxon and Viking England
The Battle of Hastings
William’s control over England
Life in Medieval England
The English Reformation
Elizabethan Golden Age
Challenges to Tudor and Stuart Monarchs
England under Cromwell
Life in Tudor and Stuart England
The United Kingdom
The French Revolution
• Who was Jack the Ripper?
• Why did Titanic sink?
• Why did World War One break out in 1914?
• Was Field Marshal Haig the Butcher of the Somme?
• Why did The Allies win World War I?
Conflict and tension, 1918–1939
This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different individuals and states. It focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups as well as how they were affected by and influenced international relations.
Part one: Peacemaking
• The peacemakers: Wilson and the Fourteen Points; Clemenceau and Lloyd George.
• The Versailles Settlement: Diktat; territorial changes; military restrictions; war guilt and reparations.
• Impact of the treaty: reactions of the Allies; German attitudes; strengths and weaknesses of the settlement.
Part two: The League of Nations and international peace
• The League of Nations: its formation; organisation; membership and how it changed; the powers of the League; the contribution of the League to peace in the 1920s.
• Diplomacy outside the League: Locarno treaties and the Kellogg-Briand Pact.
• The collapse of the League: the effects of the Depression; the Manchurian and Abyssinian crises and their consequences; the failure of the League to avert war in 1939.
Part three: The origins and outbreak of the Second World War
• The development of tension: Hitler’s aims and Allied reactions; the Dollfuss Affair; the Saar; German rearmament; Anglo-German Naval Agreement.
• Escalation of tension: remilitarisation of the Rhineland; the Axis and the Anti-Comintern Pact; Anschluss; the Sudeten Crisis and Munich; the ending of Appeasement.
• The outbreak of war: the occupation of Czechoslovakia; the Nazi-Soviet Pact; the invasion of Poland and outbreak of war, September 1939.
How is the course taught?
The above units are used to deliver the key concepts and skills of History:
Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity
Change and Continuity
Cause and Consequence
This is done using a variety of resources, including text books, audio-visual, written and pictorial sources. Lessons are varied with written work, collaborative learning and discussions among the main teaching methods used. We give opportunities for students to work independently and to engage in further research to supplement the resources provided. All units are framed around the assessment tasks, which are completed both in timed and revised situations on occasions and with the use of support materials on others.
What homework is set?
Homework is used to enhance the learning in the classroom, with varied activities such as research to supplement understand gained in lessons and project-based tasks to allow students to express creativity and develop independent learning skills.
Key Stage 4
GCSE History is among the most popular options subjects at Great Sankey and has a strong record of results. The History Department uses the AQA Modern World B syllabus, with the units comprising of:
(37.5% of the course, with an exam at the end of Year 11)
Topic 2: Peacemaking 1918-19 and the League of Nations
Topic 3: Hitler’s foreign policy and the origins of the Second World War
Topic 4: The origins of the Cold War, 1945-60
This unit is taught in Year 10, with students being assessed regularly each half-term, answering Describe, Source and Essay questions individually and as part of full exams.
(37.5% of the course, with an exam at the end of Year 11)
Topic 3: The Roaring 20s, USA 1918-29
Topic 4: Stalin’s Dictatorship: USSR, 1924-41
Topic 7: Race relations in the USA, 1955-68
This unit is taught in Year 11, with students being assessed regularly each half-term, answering Inference, Explain, Source Utility, Describe and Essay questions individually and as part of full exams.
(25% of the course)
Controlled Assessment on British People at War
This unit will be taught in the Summer term of Year 10 and will involve a source-based enquiry into the role of British people in both World Wars.
Key Stage 5
History is one of the most popular and successful subjects in our Sixth Form. The current course is from the AQA board, which will be examined for the last time in the summer of 2016:
1M The USA 1890-1945
2B The Church in England and the Struggle for Supremacy, 1529-47
2P Campaign for African-American Civil Rights in the USA, 1950-68
3M The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007
4X Historical Enquiry focusing on Russian history, 1855-1960
History is an excellent foundation for the study of subjects such as History, English, Law and Journalism at University and is a highly respected subject for any University application. It will also enhance the development of literacy skills and allow pupils to keep an important balance in the curriculum. This will also enable our students to have a wider choice of study at Post 16. There are many careers which greatly value a History qualification.
Following the Government’s A Level reform, the History Department will be offering a new History A Level for September 2015 from the OCR board:
Unit 1 : England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (25% of A Level (Exam)50% of AS Level (Exam)
(Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558)
This Unit will explore Tudor History from the reign of Henry VII to the end of Mary I’s reign. It will include:
- The government of Henry VII and threats to his rule
- Henry VII’s foreign policy
- Henry VIII and Wolsey
- The reign of Henry VIII after 1529
- Enquiry Topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558, examining
religious changes, rebellion and unrest under the rule of Edward and Mary.
Unit 2 : International Relations 1890–1941 (15% of A Level (Exam)50% of AS Level (Exam)
In this unit, you will investigate one of the most turbulent periods in history, from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century from the causes of WWI to the explosion of war on a global scale in 1941:
- The causes and nature of the First World War
- The Paris Peace Conference, the League of Nations, and international diplomacy 1919–1935
- Dictators and Appeasers in Europe 1929–1941
- The Far East 1918–1941
Unit 3: Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964 (40% of A Level (Exam)
This unit will investigate the dramatic and violent transformation of Russia from an Autocracy ruled by the Tsars to a Communist dictatorship.
- The nature of Russian government
- The impact of dictatorial regimes on the economy and
society of the Russian Empire and the USSR
- Impact of war and revolution on the development of the
Russian Empire and the USSR
- Russia: Empire, nationalities and satellite states
- Alexander II’s domestic reforms
- The Provisional Government
- Khrushchev in power 1956–1964
You will have the opportunity to create your own question on a topic which will be supervised by your teacher. You will use contemporary sources and the views of major historians to debate a major historical issue such as the rise of Hitler, building your own line of argument and challenging the opinions of historians.