In the Year 9 curriculum, lessons focus on certain themes and the international relevance of historical events. Students will understand the events that have shaped the modern world and make up their own mind about historical issues.
Students will study challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present. This will include the Holocaust and World War II. It will also include the Cold War, the U.S. Civil Rights era and a look at Winston Churchill. In each topic or period there are enquiries. Each enquiry gives students a big question to think about. Students will need to use the ideas and information they have collected through the enquiry to answer the big question and develop certain skills.
Understanding in History comes from developing a grasp of the key concepts. These shape the key questions asked in a topic and organise the subject knowledge. For example, a set of second-order concepts for History include 'cause and consequence', 'change and continuity', 'similarity and difference', and 'historical significance’. Students will develop these skills in Year 9 which will help build the foundations for GCSE.
The course will suit students who are curious and passionate about History and have a strong interest in finding out about the past using sources. It will also suit students who enjoy extended writing and answering enquiry questions. Studying History in Year 9 is a requirement for studying GCSE History in Years 10 and 11.
Enquiries to: Mr O Hoskins – Subject Leader: History