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Meadowhead School

Meadowhead SchoolAcademy Trust

History

Our Vision

The History Department at Meadowhead aims to develop historians who are passionate about the past and equipped with skills for the future.

Our History Curriculum is designed to ensure that Meadowhead students:

  • Are taught a coherent, balanced chronological narrative that gives them a knowledge and understanding of important periods and events in British and World History.
  • Are taught a broad content that includes people of different genders, faiths and cultures in order to reflect the diversity of the school’s population and the diversity of wider British society.
  • Are taught content that helps them to understand the modern world and current events and demonstrates how History is relevant to them today.
  • Are taught engaging, challenging topics that they will enjoy studying.
  • Develop and progress in their historical skills. Key concepts and skills required for GCSE will be integrated into lessons to aid their transition.
  • Develop their writing skills and vocabulary.
  • Have their needs met whatever their ability, background or educational needs so that it is accessible to all and inspirational for all.

Where will history at Meadowhead take me .....in time, space and place?

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where will history take me?

 

“History is a light that illuminates the past, and a key that unlocks the door to the future.”

Runoko Rashidi

“We are not makers of history.
We are made by history.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Key stage 3 (7-9) 

Please click the hyperlinks to access the knowledge organisers

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

1. How can we find out about Sheffield’s story before 1066? (Evidential Thinking)

2. Did the Normans bring a “truckload of trouble” to England in 1066? (Change & Continuity)

3. How important was religion to people in the Middle Ages? (Historical Significance)

1. How did the Tudors change the religion of England forever? (Change & Continuity)

2. Why did the English kill their king in 1649? (Causation)

1. Why did the First World War start in 1914? (Causation)

2. How can sources help us discover the varied experiences of soldiers during WWI? (Evidential Thinking)

3. What was the most significant event of the Second World War? (Significance)

Assessment

Enquiry Outcome Task for each enquiry

Vocabulary and Knowledge Retrieval Tests for each enquiry

Enquiry Outcome Task for each enquiry

Vocabulary and Knowledge Retrieval Tests for each enquiry

Assessment Week 1 – 20 Knowledge Retrieval Questions & Extended Answer

Enquiry Outcome Task for each enquiry

Vocabulary and Knowledge Retrieval Tests for each enquiry

Term 2:

4. How different was life across the medieval world? (Similarity & Difference)

5. Did the Black Death bring destruction or opportunity? (Consequence)

6. Who had power in the Middle Ages? (Causation)

3. How did Sheffield develop as a result of the Industrial Revolution? (Consequence)

4. Is Niall Ferguson right about the British Empire? (Interpretations)

5. What was it like to be involved in the slave trade? (Evidential Thinking)

4. Why did the Holocaust happen? (Interpretations)

 

5. How did Communism change the world? (Change & Continuity)

Assessment

Enquiry Outcome Task for each enquiry

Vocabulary and Knowledge Retrieval Tests for each enquiry

Assessment Week 1 – 20 Knowledge Retrieval Questions & Extended Answer

Enquiry Outcome Task for each enquiry

Vocabulary and Knowledge Retrieval Tests for each enquiry

Assessment Week 2 – 20 Knowledge Retrieval Questions & Extended Answer

Enquiry Outcome Task for each enquiry

Vocabulary and Knowledge Retrieval Tests for each enquiry

Assessment Week 1 – 20 Knowledge Retrieval Questions & Extended Answer

Term 3:

7. How fierce were medieval queens? (Interpretations)

8. How significant has migration been for Britain? (Thematic - Significance)

6. How significant was Britain’s rivalry with France? (Significance)

7. How did British people win the rights that we enjoy today? (Thematic – Similarity & Difference)

6. Who killed Kennedy?

(Evidential Thinking)

7. How did people fight for equality in the 20th Century? (Consequence)

8. What is the history of modern terrorism?   (Thematic – Similarity & Difference)

Assessment

Enquiry Outcome Task for each enquiry

Vocabulary and Knowledge Retrieval Tests for each enquiry

 

Assessment Week 2 – 20 Knowledge Retrieval Questions & Extended Answer

Enquiry Outcome Task for each enquiry

Vocabulary and Knowledge Retrieval Tests for each enquiry

Enquiry Outcome Task for each enquiry

Vocabulary and Knowledge Retrieval Tests for each enquiry

Assessment Week 2 – 20 Knowledge Retrieval Questions & Extended Answer

Key stage 4 (10-11)

 

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1

What was medicine like in the medieval period?

How did medicine develop in the Renaissance?

How did medicine develop in the 18th and 19th centuries?

How did medicine develop in the 20th Century?

*Due to Ofqual’s changes for the 2022 exams, Year 11 students will be completing their study of ‘Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany’ and will study one unit from Paper 2: ‘Elizabethan England.’ They will also be examined on ‘Medicine Through Time’ Relations’ which they studied in Year 10.

3. How did Nazi control and the dictatorship develop?

4. What was life like in Nazi Germany?

1. How successfully did Elizabeth I rule England?

Assessment  

20 knowledge questions

+

20 mark question on Medieval and Renaissance medicine

Mock Exams:

Full Paper 1: Medicine Through Time & Historic Environment

Full Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany

Term 2:

Historic Environment: The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatments and the trenches.

Was the Weimar Republic doomed to fail?

2. What challenges did Elizabeth face at home and from abroad?

3. What was Elizabethan Society like in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88?

Assessment  

20 knowledge questions +

20 mark question on Medicine in 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries

Paper 2, Section A: Elizabethan England

Term 3:

 Why did Hitler rise to power?

How did Nazi control and the dictatorship develop?

What was life like in  Nazi Germany? 

Revision: Medicine through time

Revision: Weimar and Nazi Germany  

Assessment  

Trial Exams:

Full Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

GCSE Examinations

Key stage 5 (12-13)

 

Year 12

Year 13

Term 1

1. The United States, 1917-33

2. The Roosevelt years, 1933-45

1. The response to apartheid, c1948-59

2. Radicalisation of resistance and the consolidation of National Party power, 1960-68

1. The British Navy and the French Wars 1793-1815

2. The British Army and French Wars 1793-1815

Coursework: : Reasons for the abolition of the slave trade

Term 2:

3. The affluent society, 1945-61

4. The changing political environment, 1961-9

3. Redefining resistance and challenges to National Party power, 1968-83

4. The end of apartheid and the creation of the ‘rainbow nation’, 1984-94

3. The Crimean War 1985-6

4. The Second Boer War 1899-1902

5. The First World War 1914-18

Coursework: Researching and writing coursework on the historiography around the abolition of the slave trade.

 Assessment  

Trials:

Paper 1: Option 1F:

In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96

Trials:

Paper 2: Option 2F.2:

South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’

Trials:

Paper 3: Option 35.2:

The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918

Coursework submitted: 3000-4000 word essay on What were the justifications for Britain’s involvement in the Slave Trade and how did it work?

Term 3:

5.  A decline in confidence, 1968-80

Background to coursework: What were the justifications for Britain’s involvement in the Slave Trade and how did it work?

6. Historical interpretations: What impact did the Reagan presidency have on the USA, 1981-96?

Revision

Revision

 Assessment

Assessment week / resit trials:

Paper 1

Paper 2:

Resit trials N/A

Useful websites

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html  

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/history-2015.html  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zj26n39  

https://www.senecalearning.com/

Extra-curricular / enrichment

  • A range of Historic environment visits will be offered to narrow the ‘cultural gap’ and enhance cultural capital:
    • Peveril Castle
    • Battlefields in France and Belgium
    • Royal Armouries in Leeds
    • Washington DC
  • Weekly History Film Club for KS3 to further engage students in the subject.
  • Cross-age mentoring for GCSE students to help them with revision, examinations and responsibility. 
  • One off events and visiting speakers for key commemorations/themes.

history through the ages

Battlefields trip 

 battlefields trip