Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

History

Head of Department
Mr G Penny
Teachers
Mr B Crompton
Miss E Ghazi-Torbati
Mr P Griffiths
Mrs A Jay
Mr R MacPherson
Mrs A Mansfield
Mr J Mansfield
Mr G Morgan
Miss H Parry
Mrs E Smith
Mrs J Warren

The History Department comprises of 11 specialist teachers. Pupils are taught a range of political, economic, social, religious and cultural features from selected periods from the histories of Wales, Britain, Europe and the USA . We aim to develop and maintain an interest and enthusiasm when studying the past and to highlight the values and uses of history. We want pupils to enjoy and excel in history through an enquiry based approach in a safe and stimulating environment. A wide variety of teaching strategies, activities and resources are used across all Key Stages to make the teaching of history both stimulating and challenging.

Key Stage 3

We aim to develop and maintain an interest and enthusiasm when studying the past and to highlight the values and uses of history. We want pupils to enjoy and excel in history through an enquiry based approach in a safe and stimulating environment.

A wide variety of teaching strategies, activities and resources are used across all Key Stages to make the teaching of history both stimulating and challenging.

“The further back you look the more you can understand the present”

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils study aspects of Medieval Britain and Wales c.1066-1500.

They have the opportunity to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in primary school. In particular they study primary and secondary sources and begin to use sources to help find out about the past and how the past has been interpreted. They also develop skills such as chronology, change and continuity, cause and consequence and how the past has been interpreted/viewed in different ways.

Pupils are taught about the major changes and the effects these had on Wales and Britain c.1000-1500.

Autumn Term

How did William gain control of England and parts of Wales? Topic and events include: Contenders to the Throne, The Battle of Hastings, Feudal System, Domesday Book and Castles.

Spring Term

Medieval Society and topics include: Religion, the Crusades, village and town life, Medicine, the Black Death, Crime and Punishment.

Summer Term

Challenge to the Throne and topics include: Thomas Becket, King John, Owain Glyndwr.

Medieval jousting tournament at Cardiff Castle

Year 7 pupils enjoying a Medieval jousting tournament at Cardiff Castle.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils study aspects of Early Modern Britain to the early twentieth century c.1500-1914.

They have the opportunity to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in Year 7. In particular they study primary and secondary sources and begin to use sources to help find out about the past and how useful and reliable sources can be. They also develop skills such as chronology, change and continuity, cause and consequence and how the past has been interpreted/viewed in different ways.

Pupils are taught about the major changes and the effects these had on Wales and Britain c.1500 to the early twentieth century.

Autumn Term

Was religion the biggest problem faced by the Tudors? Topic and events studied include: The reformation, the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth, Wales and the Acts of Union, the importance of marriage, Mary Queen of Scots and the Spanish Armada.

The abolition of slavery. Topics and events studied include: the history of slavery, the British Empire, the slave trade, support for the slave trade, the middle passage, life on plantations, resistance, Wales and the slave trade and the reasons for abolition of slavery.

Spring and Summer Terms

Wales and Britain during the Industrial Revolution c.1750-1900. Topics and events studied include: an over view of the main changes, the impact on Wales, political changes, social and working conditions, protest movements, the rise of recreation and leisure and could this era be viewed as an Age of Progress?

World War One. Topics and events include; the causes of the war, joining up, trench life, fighting on the western front, the Home front and the impact of the war in Wales, Britain and around the world and the lasting legacy of this war.

Year 8 at London Bridge

Year 8 at London Bridge

GCSE

History has values and skills which are important in many areas of life and is highly regarded by employers and universities. History provides a very good basis for a variety of careers including: law, journalism, business and finance, publishing, editing, management, politics, teaching as well as many other career paths.

History is a very popular and successful subject at GCSE and a wide range of teaching methods and learning activities are used to ensure the work is interesting and rewarding. These include visual, auditory and kinaesthetic strategies, traditional methods and the use of ICT and Power points. Assessment takes place on a regular basis throughout the course to support pupils’ development as historians.

The best reason to choose History at GCSE is because you are interested in History and you enjoy studying about the past.

Unit 1 Study in Depth – USA: A Nation of Contrasts 1910-29 (25%)

Examined in the summer of Year 10.

  • Problems and Challenges; immigration, gangsters, prohibition, Ku Klux Klan, religion, fear of communism.
  • The American Economy; causes of the boom, prosperity, the car industry, poverty in the 1920s, the Wall Street Crash 1929 and the Depression.
  • Culture and Society; the Jazz Age, Hollywood, role of women, sport, fads and crazes

Unit 2 Study in Depth – Britain: A Nation in Transformation 1951-1979 (25%)

Examined in the summer of Year 11.

  • What were the main issues facing the people of the UK in the 1950 and 1960s?
  • What were the main changes in popular entertainment and leisure in this period?
  • How far did the lives of women and young people change in this period?
  • How did attitudes to authority change in the 1950s and 1960s?
  • What were the main political and economic issues to emerge in the 1970s?

Unit 3 Outline Study- The Development of Germany 1919-1991 (25%)

Examined in the summer of Year 10.

  • The main features Germany’s political and economic development; the Weimar Republic, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, the division of Germany; East and West Germany, reunification.
  • Life in Germany; 1920s, Ruhr, life under the Nazis, opposition, youth, the Final Solution, post-war Germany, capitalism, communism, the Berlin Wall.
  • The role played by Germany in world affairs; Impact of WW1, League of Nations, Hitler and steps to war, WW2, post war treaties and events, Berlin Blockade, NATO, Germany, Europe and the Cold War.
Berlin Yr 10 pupils outside the Reichstag, Berlin.

Berlin Yr 10 pupils outside the Reichstag, Berlin.

Unit 4 Britain and War in the Twentieth Century Controlled Assessment (25%)

Completed in the summer term of Year 10 and autumn term of Year 11.

This entails a two part historical investigation on the effects of war on Wales and England in the twentieth century. The assignments are taken from World War One and World War two in two year cycles. Pupils are assessed on their understanding of the uses and reliability of sources and how the past has been represented.

WW1 Memorial to Welsh soldiers at the Battle of the Somme 1916.

Yr 9 Mametz – WW1 Memorial to Welsh soldiers at the Battle of the Somme 1916.

AS and A Level

The aims of the course are to stimulate an interest and fascination in the subject and promote the study of History through

  • Establishing an understanding and knowledge of aspects of the past
  • The development of key historical skills such as analysis, interpretation and evaluation
  • Developing an understanding of historical themes, concepts and skills
  • Understanding the factors which cause change and continuity in the past
  • Awareness of significant events, individuals and issues
  • Understanding the varying interpretations of historical events – how the past has been judged and represented
  • Awareness of the nature of historical evidence and methods used by historians.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
“The further back you look, the further forward you can see”

Content

Students study the WJEC A level Examination in History and the following topics are studied:

  1. A period study of Wales and England 1485 – 1603.
  2. An in-depth study of Weimar and its Challenges 1918-33
  3. The American Century 1890-1990
  4. An in-depth study of Nazi Germany 1933-45
  5. Historical Investigation based on HY3.

WJEC and History A Level.

AS Level: Unit 1 (HY1)

Aspects of Wales and England 1485 – 1603; politics, government, protest, rebellions.

Assessment is through essay style questions. The examination is 1hour 30 minutes and worth 20% of A Level.

AS Level: Unit 2 (HY2)

Weimar and its Challenges 1918-33; its establishment, political and economic issues, role of Stresemann, the rise of Hitler 1929-33.

Assessment is through source based questions and an interpretation. The examination is 1 hour 45 minutes and is worth 20% of A Level.

A Level: Unit 3 (HY3)

The American Century c.1890-1990. This focuses on two aspects: The Struggle for Civil Rights and The Making of a Superpower (foreign policy).

Assessment is through two essay questions. The examination is 1hour 45 minutes and worth 20% of A Level.

A Level:Unit 4 (HY4)

An in-depth study of Nazi Germany 1933-45; the consolidation of power, the nature of the political system, economic and social policies, World War Two and the Holocaust.

Assessment is through source based questions and an essay. The examination is 1hour 45 minutes and worth 20% of A Level.

A Level:Unit 5 (HY5)

Historical investigation on an issue from HY3, for example, The Origins of the Cold War. This allows students to explore this historical issue in depth.

Assessment is through coursework which needs to be between 3,000 and 4,000 words and is worth 20% of A Level.

The AS examinations take place in the summer of Year 12 and A2 examinations are taken in the summer of Year 13. Regular assessment will take place throughout Years 12 and 13 on the knowledge and skills required in the AS and A2 examinations.

Teaching and Learning Styles

The History Department uses a range of teaching strategies, activities and resources. Typed notes are often distributed, and students also encouraged to read and research and share your ideas with other students. The seminar type approach is regularly used with the emphasis on discussion. There is also time allotted for practising source and essay skills. Use is made of films and other support materials. Students also receive AS/A2 level textbooks or booklets on the various topics.

Transition to A Level

Studying AS and A Level History requires considerable commitment. You will be encouraged to read widely, both specialist books linked to the periods of study and more general reading to expand your historical vocabulary and understanding.

Compatible Subjects

History combines both a ‘scientific’ method of investigation with an ‘artistic’ style of impression, so it does sit comfortably in a number of combinations. History is often a popular choice alongside Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences subjects or as a Humanities subject within a mainly science choice.

Prospects

History is an excellent subject in preparation for many careers. It provides possibilities for careers in professions such as journalism, management, personnel, politics, civil service and medicine. It also helps you to prepare for more directly related careers such as law, teaching and research.

Educational Visits

In the Spring Term students have the opportunity to explore several sites of historical and cultural interest in London including:

  • A seminar and exhibition on Tudor Rebellions at The National Archives at Kew
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • West End musical theatre
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • Covent Garden.
Hampton Court

Yr 12 London Students at Hampton Court

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