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We aim to develop informed, Historically adept and literate students who can make good, safe and ethical choices in an ever-changing world and recognise the opportunities for employment in the 21st century. To give all students the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

The TSAT History department believes that a solid grasp of the history of the world is hugely important in young people developing as open-minded, free thinking, questioning and articulate members of society. The History department will ensure that enjoyment and understanding of the subject is pursued through understanding of the cultural, social and economic complexities of the past. They will understand differing cultural contexts in their pursuit of knowledge of the subject.

The History our students study takes them on a chronological journey across Key Stage 3 allowing them to make sensible connections to their prior learning each half term. We aim to ensure our pupils will be equipped with all the historical skills necessary to interpret sources, analyse evidence and understand the past. They will be able to construct coherent arguments by considering different opinions about the past. Learning will cover a range of periods from the events of 1066 and the Norman Invasion, the Industrial Revolution, the spread of the British Empire, the Cold War and the War Against Terror. All these topics, from different eras, will provide pupils with the vital skills for understanding the world today.

Through fostering a passion for the subject through dynamic teaching and rigorous assessment, pupils will become well-versed in the importance of interpreting the past in order to understand the present, and consider the future. Our pupils will appreciate and understand the diverse nature of modern society and be able to effectively communicate knowledge and understanding and be confident, articulate citizens. For our aspiring historians we aim to provide a clear route to allow success academically as well as offering transferable skills that will equip all pupils for future success.

We will endeavour to ensure that we deliver an age appropriate, high quality learning experience, inclusive for all students; where students are natured, challenged and encouraged to learn, working in partnership with our staff.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

Year 7 History

Half Term 1: 1066 and Medieval Life

Student’s will study the consequences of the death of Edward the Confessor the events of 1066 and the impact the Norman invasion had on Anglo-Saxon society.

Half Term 2: The Crusades

Students will study the causes, events and consequences of the crusades which build on

Half Term 3: Medieval Kings

Students will study Why and How the empire grew, Gandhi, Amritsar Massacre, Salt march to Independence, Partitioning of India, Why was the Empire lost, The legacy of the empire, Debate, How was the empire portrayed, Scramble for Africa, Australian Aborigines, Indian winners and losers.

Half Term 4: Hundred Years War

Students will study the causes, events (eg battles) and consequences of the Hundred Years War.

Half Term 5: Tudors

Students study different Tudor Kings and Queens and their rule and how it impacted on the country for example religious roller coaster, succession, taxes, and marriage.

Half Term 6: Elizabeth

Students will study the reign of Elizabeth and the challenges she faced both home and abroad.

Year 8 History

Half Term 1: Stuarts

Students study the reign of different Stuart King and the major events of the time period including the Gunpowder Plot, the Civil War, the role of Cromwell.

Half Term 2: Making of the UK

Students will look at how the United Kingdom was formed in regards to the union with Scotland, Wales and Ireland and how the rule of England impacted on the rest of these countries.

Half Term 3: Transatlantic Slave Trade

Students will study Africa before slavery, Capture, the Middle Passage, Slave Auctions, Life on a plantation, Revolt and resistance, Abolition, History of transatlantic slavery and how it lead to the growth of industry both in America and Britain.

Half Term 4: The Industrial Revolution

Students will study the growth of industry in England with some focus on Sheffield and the steel industry and how the growth of industries connected the country.

Half Term 5: Jack the Ripper

Students will study how conditions in late Victorian England resulted in Jack The Ripper getting away with his crimes.

Half Term 6: Programmes of Study are on World War One:

Students will study the Long term and short term causes if the war, the Schlieffen Plan, Trenches, Recruitment, the Battle of the Somme, Empire troops

Year 9 History

Half Term 1: The Inter-war years

Students will study the Treaty of Versailles 1919, life in Britain in the 1920s and 30s, the fear of Communism and the growth of Fascism.

Half Term 2: WW2 and the Home Front

Students will study the main events of the war and what life was like in Britain on the Home Front eg evacuation, rationing role of women etc

Half Term 4 – The Cold War

Students will study how the wartime allies fell out and how it leads to a Cold War and the fear of Nuclear destruction. They will focus on key events such as the division of Germany and Berlin after World War Two, Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the causes, evens and consequences of the Vietnam War.

Half Term 5 – Apartheid and South Africa

Students will study apartheid and South Africa and how the anti-apartheid movement grew in support and its actions in regard to ending this system of government in South Africa. They will focus on the work of the ANC, Nelson Mandela and the importance Sport played in ending apartheid.

Half Term 6 - Does equality exist?

Students will study the events of the US Civil Rights Movement in the Twentieth Century. They will make a direct comparison to the UK race riots and the legacy of racism from slavery and life in the /south underneath the Jim Crow era. Students will consider a range of issues such as Women’s Rights, the rise of Red Power and the Gay Liberation Movement. As a result they will be able to make links to different forms of protest and movement. They will be able to identify similarities to recent high profile protest movements such as the Black Lives Matter movement.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content

Students will follow the OCR 9-1 GCSE History Specification

Year 10

A Local History Site – Conisbrough Castle

Focussing on its structure, features, use and change over time, different interpretations of the castle and this will also include a visit to the site and guided tour.

The Norman Conquest 1065-1087

Focussing on Life in Anglo-Saxon England, Edward the Confessor’s death and the succession crisis, the battles of 1066, rebellion and revolt and how William secured power.

People’s Health 1250 – Present Day

Focussing on the causes and responses to the outbreaks of the Black Death, living conditions in towns and how this changed over time. The role of the government and changes in housing.

Year 11

The Making of America 1789-1900

Focussing on migration to the west, impact of migration on Native Americans, slavery and the slave trade, the causes, events and consequences of the civil war and the growth of towns and business.

Living under Nazi Rule 1933-1945

Focussing on propaganda and terror, life for men and women, the Hitler Youth, the persecution of the Jews and Germany at war.

There will be time after the Easter Holiday in Year 11 to revise aspects form all components and key skills needed for accessing the exam successfully.