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History at The Grangefield Academy

Key Stage Three

In Key Stage three pupils study world and British History from c500AD to 1990AD. They study a number of units in each year which aim to develop their historical knowledge as well as improving their research and source evaluation skills. In this respect we also aim to compliment the work on pupils literacy skills which are developed in their English lessons.

We follow the standard Northern Education Trust Key Stage Three lessons which are outlined below

Year 7

  • The Origins of a Nation 790AD-1066
  • Medieval England: 1066-1485
  • England in the Renaissance:
  • The rise of the Tudors 1485-1603
  • A divided country 1603-1665
  • Industry and Empire 1705-1901
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Year 8

  • Britain and the First World War 1901-1918
  • Hitler and the HolocaustSecond World War
  • The Cold War
  • Opportunity and Inequality in the modern world: Apartheid
  • Making of modern Britain

Key Stage Four

In years nine, ten and eleven students follow the AQA History specification. This specification aims to develop pupils source evaluation and analysis skills as well as their recall and deployment of Historical facts.

Pupils will sit two exams at the end of Year Eleven, each of which will last two hours. These are each worth 50% of the final mark.

Unit one

International relations 1918 to 1939

A 20th century period study

In this unit pupils look at how Europe changed after World War One. They look at what each of the victorious powers wanted from the Treaty of Versailles and how successful they were in achieving these aims. They also look at the effect that the Treaty had on Germany. Finally, they look at the structure and powers of the League of Nations before looking at the role of the Manchurian and Abyssinian crises in its failure.

They follow this up by looking at how Hitler challenged the Treaty of Versailles in the years leading to World War Two. They look at Hitler's foreign policy aims and how he implemented them when he came to power in Germany in 1933. In particular they look at German rearmament, the Saar referendum, the remilitarisation of the Rhineland, the Anschluss with Austria, the Sudeten Crisis, the end of Czechoslovakia, the Nazi-Soviet pact and the invasion of Poland. They evaluate the relative importance of each of these factors in the outbreak of war in September 1939.

Unit two

The USA 1918 to 1933

A 20th century depth study

In this unit pupils look at how the USA isolated itself from international affairs in the 1920s from a political, economic and social point of view. They look at why the USA experienced an economic boom in the 1920s and evaluate the importance of mass production in this. They look at the development of the entertainment industry and why the economic boom passed some groups by. They also look at the major social issues facing the USA in the 1920s such as racism and women's rights. Finally, they look at the effects of prohibition and its links with the development of organised crime in the major cities.

Students then look at the effects of the Wall Street Crash had on America and its slump into depression in the early 1930s. They look at how the Republican government led by President Hoover tried to tackle the crisis and evaluate the extent his success. They look at the Roosevelt won the 1932 presidential election and evaluate the success that he had during his first 100 days in power. They look at the New Deal and analyze the effect that the alphabet agencies had in implementing it. They look at why many people opposed the New Deal before finally looking at how successful it was in pulling the USA out of the depression.

In the final part of this unit students look at how the USA developed after the Second world war. They look at the social and economic developments but look in depth at changes that affected the lived of women and African Americans.

Unit three

Medicine and public health in Britain - c1000 to today

A period study across time

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the periods during which they took place. Although the focus of this study is the development of medicine and public health in Britain, it will draw on wider world developments that impacted on the core themes. Students will have the opportunity to see how some ideas and events in the wider world affected Britain and will promote the idea that key themes did not develop in isolation, but these ideas and events should be referenced in terms of their effects on the core theme for Britain and British people. Students will study the importance of the following factors:

• war

• superstition and religion

• chance

• government

• communication

• science and technology

• the role of the individual in encouraging or inhibiting change.

Students will show an understanding of how factors worked together to bring about particular developments at a particular time, how they were related and their impact upon society. Students will develop an understanding of the varying rate of change, why change happened when it did, whether change brought progress, and the significance of the change(s). They should also be able to distinguish between different types of causes and consequences, such as short/long term causes, intended/unintended consequences.

Unit four

Norman England 1066 to c1100

A medieval period study

This option allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

Part one: The Normans: conquest and control • Causes of Norman Conquest, including the death of Edward the Confessor, the claimants and claims. • Military aspects: Battle of Stamford Bridge; Battle of Hastings; Anglo-Saxon and Norman tactics; military innovations, including cavalry and castles. • Establishing and maintaining control: the Harrying of the North; revolts, 1067-1075; King William's leadership and government; William II and his inheritance.

Part two: Life under the Normans • Feudalism and government: roles, rights, and responsibilities; landholding and lordship; land distribution; patronage; Anglo-Saxon and Norman government systems; the Anglo-Saxon and Norman aristocracies and societies; military service; justice and the legal system such as ordeals, 'murdrum'; inheritance; the Domesday Book. • Economic and social changes and their consequences: Anglo-Saxon and Norman life, including towns, villages, buildings, work, food, roles and seasonal life; Forest law.

Part three: The Norman Church and monasticism • The Church: the Anglo-Saxon Church before 1066; Archbishop Lanfranc and reform of the English Church, including the building of churches and cathedrals; Church organisation and courts; Church-state relations; William II and the Church; the wealth of the Church; relations with the Papacy; the Investiture Controversy. • Monasticism: the Norman reforms, including the building of abbeys and monasteries; monastic life; learning; schools and education; Latin usage and the vernacular.