Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of the units outlined below. These cover all the topics included in the OCR GCSE course and the students are taught how to develop arguments, evaluate historical sources and explain the relative importance of different reasons for change over time to meet the specific demands of the GCSE exam.

Assessment: All written assessments are completed every half term in class under controlled conditions in order to build up vital skills required for success at GCSE level. Students are repeatedly made aware of what they are being assessed on and how they are assessed so that they come to recognise before the end of Key Stage 3 what GCSE exam questions in History are like.  These assessments are based on 6 Assessment Objectives (AO’s) which have been devised from the GCSE specification, a copy if which can be found at the front of your child’s exercise book. Each half term the assessment will be set at learning development. These are all non-written assessments to measure progress in the AOs and are undertaken in 3 parts which develop the students’ ability to work independently and creatively.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, History is examined by OCR. The topics first studied at Key Stage 3 are returned to and studied at a higher level. All the topics included in the GCSE course will have been taught by the end of Year 10, leaving Year 11 to be entirely dedicated to preparing the students effectively for their exams. The department has run a number of residential visits in the UK and overseas over previous years to support students’ learning and fully intends to continue this provision in the future.

Assessment: History is assessed by 100% examination (5 topics are examined, each accounting for 20% of the final grade). All interim assessments set by the department to track student progress towards their exams are practice exam questions.

Overview of topics being studied

YearAutumnSpringSummer
7 The Roman Empire, Anglo-Saxon England & the Norman Conquest & medieval Ramsey. The Middle Ages & Early Modern Period, including Public Health Early Modern Ramsey & the Industrial Revolution, including Public Health
8 20th Century Public Health, modern Ramsey & Life in Nazi Germany Life in Nazi Germany

The USA 1789 - 1900

9 The People’s Health
c.1250 – Present
Life in Nazi Germany
1933 - 1945
History Around Us: Ramsey c.969 – Present
10

The Norman Conquest 1065 - 1087

The Norman Conquest & The USA 1789 - 1900

The USA 1789 – 1900 &
Life in Nazi Germany
11

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation