Subject Overview  

History is a fascinating subject, full of interesting people, places, events and colourful stories about the lives of others before us. The History department at Hodge Hill Girls' School recognises its responsibility to provide a high quality education for all of its learners and encourages our mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity. The History department believes promoting and supporting British Values will help learners become confident and questioning individuals.

History is a vehicle, which demonstrates the need for acceptance, understanding, and co-operation between people and races and actively shows the consequences of prejudices, misunderstanding and aggression. Pupils develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. They investigate Britain's relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day.

The department is committed to providing a varied learning experience through the use of a variety of teaching techniques, targeted intervention and out of hours learning clubs to support learners. Pupils also have ample access to ICT suite allowing them to carry out effective research.

Year 7

Students study 6 units of work over the academic year, 4 history lessons per fortnight. Over the course of the year student develop skills such as developing a chorological understanding of time periods, analysing, and evaluating sources and make judgements on key enquiry questions. Homework takes the form of one exam question per lesson which allows pupils to become familiar with the question stems at KS4. Other consolidation homework may also be requested by the teacher. Pupils are asked to also engage with a ‘Hidden histories’ topic alongside the topics studied in class to ensure they receive a historical diet that is varied and reflective of the true nature of the past.

  • The 6 units of work studied in year 7 are:
  • How logical were the Romans?
  • How did William the Conqueror change England?
  • How did medical understanding develop in the middle ages?
  • How was the authority of the monarchy challenged in the middle ages?
  • How has the wider world been affected by the Crusades?
  • How did the Wars of the Roses affect England?

Year 8

Students study 8 units of work over the academic year, with 4 history lessons per fortnight. Over the course of the year students reinforce skills they have learnt in Year 7. Students carry out a number of enquiry based questions developing their extended writing skills focusing on evaluating the significance of key events and individuals. Homework takes the form of one exam question per lesson which allows pupils to become familiar with the question stems at KS4. Other consolidation homework may also be requested by the teacher. Pupils are asked to also engage with a ‘Hidden histories’ topic alongside the topics studied in class to ensure they receive a historical diet that is varied and reflective of the true nature of the past.

The 6 units of work studied in year 8 are:

  • How controlling were Tudor Monarchs?
  • Why was there an English Civil War in 1642?
  • How was the Industrial Revolution significant?
  • What was the impact of the slave trade?
  • What was the impact of the British India?
  • Why did conflict exist between the Native Americans and the Settlers in America?
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Year 9

Students study 6 units of work over the academic year, with 4 history lessons per fortnight. Over the course of the year students think critically, weigh evidence and explore a variety of arguments to develop perspectives and judgements preparing them for their GCSE. Homework takes the form of one exam question per lesson which allows pupils to become familiar with the question stems at KS4. Other consolidation homework may also be requested by the teacher. Pupils are asked to also engage with a ‘Hidden histories’ topic alongside the topics studied in class to ensure they receive a historical diet that is varied and reflective of the true nature of the past.

  • The 6 units of work studied in year 9 are:
  • How did the First World War affect Britain?
  • What were the aims of the Nazi Party?
  • What was the significance of the Holocaust?
  • What were the causes of the Second World War?
  • How was the British Welfare State created?
  • What was the Civil Rights movement in the USA?
  • Year 10 and Year 11

At GCSE pupils study the AQA course. As part of the content students’ study one period study, one thematic study, one wider world depth study and one British depth study including the historic environment.

Pupils will sit two examination papers at the end of year 11. Each paper is 2 hours in duration. There is no coursework element for GCSE history at Hodge Hill Girls’ School.

Homework takes the form of practice exam questions linked to the lessons taught in class and the expectation that pupils will create their own revision notes throughout the course. Pupils are also required to prepare for short low stakes factual knowledge tests in class, alongside end of unit tests and their mock exams. Revision must focus on memory retrieval and self-testing.

Paper 1:

  • America: Expansion and consolidation 1840 – 1895
  • Conflict and Tension 1918 – 1939

Paper 2:

  • Britain Health of the People c.1000 to Present Day.
  • Norman England 1066 – c.1100

Pupils will carry out an intensive revision programme in the Spring of Year 11. Pupils are provided with numerous resources alongside specialist teaching such as revision guides, GCSE pod, AQQ approved textbooks, bespoke revision material and differentiated lessons.

(Reviewed: June 2020)