History

Introduction and Curriculum
The History department aims to help young people better understand the modern world they live in by comparing and contrasting it with times past. To do this students explore a variety of eras and question the ways historians interpret the sources from that era. Amongst other things, students learn about the importance of 1066, the representation of the Victorians and the significance of the Great War. History students at Isca find themselves recreating the Battle of Hastings, building models of First World War trenches as well as developing the analytical writing skills that best help them express their findings. A creative approach to historical investigation is encouraged at all times.
At GCSE, students follow the WJEC Route B specification, you can view it here, which encourages their analytical thinking as historians. They question the validity of sources and learn to evaluate historical interpretations – they are always reminded to ‘think like a Historian’.
 

Personalisation
It’s important that Historians at Isca take responsibility for their own progress and to help them learn to do this, the History team uses Personal Learning Checklists. Students use these to constantly assess their own skills as Historians and to target set to ensure their progress. To support those in need, classroom teachers organise a range of in-class support such as guided sessions; students working in guided groups, targets set from teacher marking and using Personal Learning Checklists so that students always know what skills they have mastered and their next steps for learning.  These strategies are used to support those who find History challenging but are also deployed to help extend the thinking and performance of the more able.
 

Extra-Curricular Activities
The History team believes it’s vital for young Historians to see at first hand the impact of historical events upon modern life. To this end, there are always a variety of enrichment activities available with a historical theme: from visits by Holocaust survivors to theatre trips and field trips abroad. We believe this provides students with an insight into the lasting impact of the historical events they study.

History Revision Site

The Isca History Revsion site contains a host of useful revision tools, past papers, guides and revision tips that will be useful for students in Year 11. Click here to link to the site.
 

Year 7


Topic Overview
Term 1- Roman Britain
Term 2-  The Norman Conquest
Term 3-  The Medieval World: Black Death

Skills Developed
The subject specific skills that the students will develop include extracting inferences from historical sources, chronological understanding, assessing reliability and usefulness, historical knowledge and understanding, and assessing interpretations.

The transferable skills that students will develop include interpreting, independence, creativity, self-awareness, and working with others.  New media and ICT are also used frequently.

Assessment, Home Learning, and Visits
Students are assessed termly by staff and a National Curriculum level is given. Assessment tasks include source based assignments and essays.  As part of their home learning, students will be encouraged to bring in a plan and some notes (roughly one side of A4) for each assessment.  These must be prepared at home.

In the Autumn term students will have the opportunity to visit the RAMM museum in Exeter and in the Spring they will go to Buckfast Abbey.

Useful Resources
BBC History
School History

Year 8


Topic Overview
Term 1- The impact of the English Civil War on Devon
Term 2 – The impact of the Industrial Revolution.
Term 3 – Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement

Skills Developed
The subject specific skills that the students will develop include extracting inferences from historical sources, chronological understanding, assessing reliability and usefulness, historical knowledge and understanding, and assessing interpretations.

The transferable skills that students will develop include interpreting, independence, creativity, self-awareness, and working with others.  New media and ICT are also used frequently.

Assessment, Home Learning, and Visits
Students are assessed termly by staff and a National Curriculum level is given. Assessment tasks include source based assignments and essays.  As part of their home learning, students will be encouraged to bring in a plan and some notes (roughly one side of A4) for each assessment.  These must be prepared at home.

In the Autumn term students will have the opportunity to visit Torrington 1646 and in the Spring they will go to Morwellham Quay.

Useful Resources
BBC History
School History

 

Year 9


Topic Overview
Term 1 –  Impact of World War I on Exeter
Term 2 – Impact of World War II on Exeter
Term 3 – Terrorism and the 21st Century World

Skills Developed
The subject specific skills that the students will develop include extracting inferences from historical sources, chronological understanding, assessing reliability and usefulness, historical knowledge and understanding, and assessing interpretations.

The transferable skills that students will develop include interpreting, independence, creativity, self-awareness, and working with others.  New media and ICT are also used frequently.

Assessment, Home Learning, and Visits
Students are assessed termly by staff and a National Curriculum level is given and a GCSE equivalent level where appropriate. Assessment tasks include source based assignments and essays.  As part of their home learning, students will be encouraged to bring in a plan and some notes (roughly one side of A4) for each assessment.  These must be prepared at home.

In the Spring term students will go to London for a Museums and Sightseeing trip.

Useful Resources
BBC History
School History

 

Year 10 and 11


All students will be entered for GCSE History and will follow the WJEC B specification.

Topic Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 10 Controlled
Assessment
WW2
Controlled
Assessment
WW2
Germany in
Transition
1919-1947
Germany in
Transition
1919-1947
Germany in
Transition
1919-1947
Changing role
and status of
women 1530 -
Present
Year 11 Changing role
and status of
women 1530 -
Present
Crime and
Punishment
1530 - Present
Crime and
Punishment
1530 - Present
Crime and
Punishment
1530 - Present
Revision  

Skills Developed
The subject specific skills that the students will develop include source analysis skills, sustained analysis skills, chronological skills, developing historical arguments, and analysing representations of history.

The transferable skills that students will develop include interpreting, independence, creativity, self-awareness, and working with others.  New media and ICT are also used frequently.

In the spring, students will have the opportunity to visit London with a focus on the theme of crime and punishment as part of their studies.

Useful Resources
BBC History
WJEC Specification
John D Clare

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