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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, 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 of 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.

History Staff

Mr Gawronski
Head of History

Mrs Blood
Teacher of History

Mr Mather
Lead Learner/Associate Assistant Head & Teacher of History

Mrs Moss
Deputy Headteacher

Curriculum Plan