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, with one lesson of history a week. 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.

Key topic questions include:

  • How logical were the Romans?
  • How did William the Conqueror change Britain?
  • What was Medieval Lifestyle like in Britain?
  • How was the wider world affected by Islam?
  • Case Study: The Battle of Hastings (gaining knowledge)
  • Case Study: The Battle of Hastings (gaining skill)

Year 8

Students study 8 units of work over the academic year, with two lessons of history a week. 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.

Key topic questions include:

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

Year 9

Students study 6 units of work over the academic year, with one lesson of history a week. 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.

Key topic questions include:

  • What was the impact of the First World War?
  • What were the aims of the Nazi Party?
  • What was the impact of the Holocaust?
  • What were the causes of the Second World War?
  • How did the Second World War change Britain?
  • Dissertation on 20th Century History

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 each paper is 1 hour 45 minutes at the end of Year 11:

Paper 1:

  • America: Expansion and consolidation 1840 – 1895 (Year 10)
  • Conflict and Tension 1918 – 1939 (Year 11)

Paper 2:

  • Britain Health of the People 1000 to Present Day. (Year 10)
  • Norman England 1066 - 1100 (Year 11)

Pupils will carry out an intensive revision programme in the Spring of Year 11.

(Reviewed: October 2019)