Key Stage 3
In their first year at Andrew Marvell School, students can expect to cover a number of familiar topics, alongside some new and exciting ones. Students will begin by learning about becoming a historian: they will develop investigative skills, learn how to use historical evidence and then apply their new skills to challenging and engaging tasks in topics such as The Battle of Hastings, the Black Death, the Tudors and the English Civil War.
When students reach year 8, they can expect to continue utilising the skills they learnt in year 7 in order to complete more challenging and complex tasks, whilst also developing new skills such as source analysis and interpretation of historical events. Students will apply these existing and new skills to studying topics such as Slavery, The Industrial Revolution and World War I. Students will also investigate the assassination of President Kennedy, and the murders of Jack the Ripper, as focused case studies.
What is History? A skills based unit.
The Battle of Hastings.
The Black Death.
The English Civil War.
The Industrial Revolution.
The British Empire.
Jack The Ripper
The Assassination of J.F. Kennedy.
Key Stage 4
In Year 9, students will begin studying for their GCSE History qualification following the OCR specifitcation. Students will be presented with more challenging tasks and homework in order to fulfil the requirements of the examining body. Topics studied in Years 9, 10 and 11 include: The American West, Medicine Through Time and a Local Study of Hull. Students in Year 9 will also study the Norman Conquest of England and Nazi Germany.
Throughout Key Stage 4, students will develop extremely useful life skills which can be used in other areas of study or places of employment, depending on their path after school. Such skills include, development of English language reading and writing, working in teams, improving research skills, presenting ideas and arguments, and increasing their knowledge of the world and their country. Finally, students can expect to develop many skills in Key Stage 4 in order to assist them with achieving the highest grade possible in their GCSE history exams.
Year 9 students will study the new OCR specification in History which allows students to study historical events in depth and put them into context, looking at the long and short term effects of events. They will also study the local area and consider the national importance of sites like Queens Dock. Pupils will be examined at the end of the course and will take 3 exams. Paper 1 examines British History and is worth 40% of the overall mark. Paper 2 is a local study worth 20% of the mark and paper 3 looks at World History and is worth a further 40% of the mark.
Topics covered over the three years:
World History: Nazi Germany
World History: The American West
British History: Medicine Through Time AD1250-present day.
British History: The Norman Conquest
Local Study: A study of Hull.
Years 10 and 11.
Year 10 and 11 students will study the OCR specification in History which allows students to study historical events in depth and put them into context, looking at the long and short term effects of events. They will also study the local area and consider the national importance of sites like Queens Dock. They will take two examinations at the end of the course and will complete a piece of coursework based on their study of Hull. The coursework is worth 25% of the overall grade and will take the form of a 2000 word essay. Paper 1 has questions on both Medicine Through Time and the American West to complete and is worth 45% of the mark. Paper 2 is a source investigation based on the study of Medicine Through Time and is worth 30% of the mark.
Topics covered in the 2 years.
Medicine Through Time
The American West
A local study of Hull.
The GCSE units in detail.
The American West, which focuses on the westward expansion of white American settlers and their interaction with Native American Indians. As a long running topic, students will study medicine through time. This topic will cover a number of developments in world history focusing on health, hygiene, diagnosis and cures. Students will begin with studying prehistorical medicine and then move on through the ages to other eras such as Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and end with the 20th century.
Students will study the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler and how the lives of the German people were changed as a result of Hitler’s social, political and economic policies. Particular focus is given to the Holocaust and the treatment of minorities, predominantly being the Jewish people. The unit on the Norman Conquest asks pupils to consider how Britain was invaded in 1066 and the short and long term impacts this had on the native population.
The local study will involve a visit into the centre of Hull and asks the pupils to look at both the physical evidence in the town centre and the written historical evidence to see how Hull developed over time and the importance of the docks to the local community.
Miss Kirsty Nicholson: Teacher of History
Mr Gary Crossley: Teacher of History and Assistant Headteacher.
Mr Robert Bateman: Teacher of Humanities.