History

Head of History:  Tim Wright

Second-in-Charge of History: Maria Whitfield

Teacher of History:  Sinead Mallen

Teacher of History:  Danni Almond

Teacher of History:  Paul Willis

 

An understanding and appreciation of history are vital components of well-rounded, tolerant and reflective citizens. For many, the secondary sector is the last opportunity to study history formally; for some it will only be up to the end of Year 8. As a department, therefore, we are conscious of our responsibilities as history teachers and are committed to:

• stimulating student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in history

• cultivating a sense of the past, a knowledge of events and their causes and effects

• encouraging the development of informed opinions that are supported with reasoned arguments and communicated effectively

• encouraging open and enquiring minds that are aware that interpretations of history can often be shaped by individual points of view

 

To achieve these aims, we will ensure that we:

• provide a range of well-planned learning activities/experiences during the course of study (including field trips and the use of ICT), employing methods and resources that allow all students to have equal access to

History

• follow consistently schemes of work that fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum and examination syllabuses at GCSE and A level and which provide a structured pathway through their study of history

• develop explicitly, within the context of valid historical enquiries, the skills of history, such as the evaluation of source material, that make it a distinct and valuable academic subject

• provide opportunities for pupils to develop their skills of independent learning

• encourage pupils to share their own experience and culture with others in order to enhance learning and tolerance

• provide pupils with the opportunity to communicate information in a variety of ways and in a structured manner

• encourage pupils to let their work in history inform and enhance their work across the curriculum, and vice versa

• remain committed to developing our own professional skills and maintaining our own enthusiasm for history

 

At present, the history department is building on strong foundations. There is a tradition of strong examination results, and history is a popular option at both GCSE and A level. We have an enthusiastic team of history specialists with a wide range of expertise.

 

CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8), pupils have 3 hour-long lessons per fortnight. In order to cover the National Curriculum in this condensed Key Stage 3, we take a thematic approach that is outlined in the KS3 Programme of Study. We do not use one particular textbook, but there are many films, books and websites that would support pupils as they learn about these themes. These are outlined in the termly letter that is sent to parents.

 

At Key Stage 4, pupils have 5 hour-long lessons across the fortnight. In Year 11, we are following the Edexcel GCSE History B syllabus, and the four units we teach are Crime and Punishment Through Time, Life in Germany 1918-45, Protest, Law and Order in the Twentieth Century and Vietnam 1950-197 (for Controlled Assessment). A useful revision guide is available from the school via Parent Pay. All exams take place at the end of Year 11. The Controlled Assessment is completed in the spring term of Year 11. In Year 9 and 10 we are following the new OCR History B (Schools History Project) syllabus. For the Thematic Study, we look at Crime and Punishment for 1250 to the present day and for the British Depth Study we study The Elizabethans, 1580-1603. These topics are assessed in a 1 hour 45 minute examination at the end of Year 11. For the History Around Us unit, we study the Tower of London and their understanding is assessed in a 1 hour exam at the end of Year 11. For the Period Study, we investigate Viking Expansion, c.750–c.1050 and for the World Depth Study we examine Living under Nazi Rule, 1933–1945. These are also assessed at the end of year 11 in a 1 hour 45 minute examination. The OCR website has a range of OCR-endorsed books on these different topics.

 

At A Level, we follow the AQA History syllabus. The units we teach are:

The making of a superpower: USA 1865-1975

Religious conflict and the Church in England c. 1529-c.1570

• A 3,000- 3,500 Historical Investigation on a question set by the pupil, which must cover a period of approximately 100 years.

 

AQA endorse a range of textbooks, which can be found on their website. Guidance on more general reading and research on these topics will be given by teachers, and the history department has a range of books that may be borrowed.

 

 

INTERVENTION AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES SITES

At Key Stage 3, we run a weekly Learning Literacy through Horrible Histories Club. In the past we have taken groups to Valence House and to the Imperial War Museum and we hope to enhance our extra-curricular provision at Key Stage 3 in the future.

 

At Key Stage 4, we visit the Tower of London in Year 10 as part of the unit on studying the historical environment. In the past, we have run a residential trip to Munich as part of our study of Germany between the wars and we have regularly taken pupils on the Jack the Ripper walk in Whitechapel as part of their study of Crime and Punishment. GCSE revision sessions are held, usually at Easter or during the May half-term. On a more regular basis, after-school intervention is offered to all pupils, though this is targeted at those most in need of support.

 

At A Level, we are running a trip to Hampton Court this January for Year 12 in order to enhance their understanding of religious conflict in Tudor times. We try to attend relevant lectures, events and study days where possible. The fortnightly All Saints History Society also gives an opportunity for students to explore issues beyond the curriculum, for example through viewing and discussing historical films. Members of the society have also occasionally produced a history newsletter.

 

 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Some general websites that are useful for KS3:

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/

http://spartacus-educational.com/

http://schoolhistory.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history

 

For the current Year 11, the following websites could be useful:

Protest in the 20th century:

http://spartacus-educational.com/

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/candp/

http://www.johndclare.net/Women0.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/britain/generalstrikerev1.shtml

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn7DZSagDI4 The Battle of Orgreave

https://libcom.org/history/1989-1990-opposition-poll-tax

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mala4_ElCcE The Poll Tax Protests

 

Germany 1918-45:

http://www.johndclare.net/Weimar1.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/germany/

http://spartacus-educational.com/

http://www.educationforum.co.uk/germantests.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VE--RqpyQ BBC History File –Life in Nazi Germany

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8KFw2oS5Uk BBC History File – The Master Race

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv_6QtbmJJA The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler – Episode 1

 

Crime and Punishment form c.1250 to the present day

http://spartacus-educational.com/

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/candp/

 

 

 

 

Address

 

Terling Road,

Wood Lane,

Dagenham

RM8 1JT

Phone

 

Tel: 0208 270 4242

Fax: 0208 595 4024

 

E-mail

 

office@allsaintsschool.co.uk

 

School hours

 

Monday to Friday

8.40am - 3.15pm