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History Department

“The aim of the historian, like that of the artist, is to enlarge our picture of the world, to give us a new way of looking at things.” (James Joll)

 

Curriculum Vision

The History Department at Walthamstow Academy is fully committed to all students making sustained and rapid progress to achieve or exceed their aspirational targets. All students are stretched and challenged every lesson in order to ensure they are able to achieve to their full potential in this important academic subject. Our goal is to enable all students to truly learn and understand some of the astonishing events, remarkable people and changes that have taken place in Britain and across the world, and to learn from past mistakes and recognise the importance of making a better future.

All students:

  • We are ambitious for, and have high expectations of, all of our pupils and know that every student can experience success in History through careful sequencing of the curriculum and high-quality, research-informed teaching and learning.
  • We believe that every student should develop an understanding of how our history forms our sense of identity and place in the world, and through studying a range of periods and peoples will become more empathetic and open minded.
  • Our knowledge rich curriculum and consistent use of explicit instruction and systematic retrieval practice across all classes ensures all students make progress in History, including those with SEND.

Confidence:

  • Through our curriculum delivery students can confidently encounter and understand the dynamics of the modern world.
  •  Students will learn to ask thoughtful questions and develop independent, analytical thinking and a passion for learning.

Strong analytical skills and development of core History concepts:

  • Our curriculum develops students’ skills of analysis and their ability to explain important changes and events in history.
  • Our curriculum enables students to develop their understanding of core history concepts including their ability to analyse a range of historical sources, explain the significance of key events in history, and explain why historians have different interpretations about events and people in history.

Literacy:

  • Our curriculum sets out to develop all students literacy skills in writing, reading and speaking. Students’ extended writing skills, speaking and debating skills and reading a wide range of historical texts.
  • Our curriculum develops students’ tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary. Students are provided with key terminology definition lists for every history unit.

Curriculum Overview

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

- Migration to Britain, 10,000BC to the 20th Century

- The Battle of Hastings, 1066

- The Norman Conquest including castles, the Harrying of the North, the Feudal system, and the Domesday Book.

- Religion in the Middle Ages (Christianity and Islam). Including the Crusades

- Medieval Empires – The Ottomans, China, and African Empires

- Challenges to Medieval monarchs including the Black death and the Peasants’ Revolt

- Revision for UL assessment

Year 8

- The English Reformation

- Elizabeth 1, Early Years, 1558-88. Including the beginnings of the slave trade

- The English Civil War

- The British Empire and the Slave trade. The Abolition of the Slave trade.

- The Chartists and the Suffragettes

- Revision for UL assessment

Year 9

- Causes of the First World War

- Battles of WWII. Including the Evacuation of Dunkirk, the Blitz and Stalingrad

- The Holocaust

- The Civil Rights Movement in the USA and Britain (USA)

- The Civil Rights Movement in the USA and Britain (Britain)

- End of the British Empire

- Revision for UL assessment

       

Year 10

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.1h 15mins

  • KT1 c1250-c1500
  • KT2 c1500-c1700

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

  • KT3 c1700-c1900
  • KT4 c1900-Present Day
  • Historic Environment , 1914-18 Injuries and treatment of soldiers

Paper 2: British depth study: ‘The Elizabethans’, 1558-1588.

  • KT1: The accession, government and religion, 1558-69
  • KT2: Challenges to Elizabeth at and abroad, 1569-88
  • KT3: Elizabethan Society and the age of exploration, 1558-88

Year 11

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39.

  • KT1: Weimar Republic, 1918-29
  • KT2: Hitler’s Rise to Power, 1919-33
  • KT3: Nazi Control and Dictatorship

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39.

  • KT4: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-39

Paper 2: Period study : Superpower relations and the development of the Cold War between the USA and USSR, 1941-1991

  • KT1: The Cold War, 1941-58
  • KT2: The Cold War Crises, 1958-70

Paper 2: Period study : Superpower relations and the development of the Cold War between the USA and USSR, 1941-1991

  • KT3: The End of  Cold War, 1970-91
  • REVISION
       

Year 12

Paper 1: Britain, 1918-79:

  • KT4: The changing quality of life, 1918-79

Paper 2: USA, 1955-92

- KT1: Affluence and Conformity, 1955-63

Paper 1: Britain, 1918-79:

  • KT4: The changing quality of life, 1918-79 (finish)
  • KT3: Society in transition, 1918-79)

Paper 2: USA, 1955-92

  • KT1: Affluence and Conformity, 1955-63 (finish Civil Rights, 1955-63)
  • KT2: Protest & Reaction, 1963-72

Paper 1: Britain, 1918-79:

  • KT3: Society in transition, 1918-79  (finish)
  • KT2: Creating a Welfare State

Paper 2: USA, 1955-92

  • KT2: Protest & Reaction, 1963-72 (finish)
  • KT3Social and Political change, 1973-80

Year 13

Paper 1: Britain, 1918-79:

  • Thatcher Interpretations, 1979-1991

Paper 2: USA, 1955-92

  • KT4: Republican Dominance and its opponents, 1981-92
  • Coursework: Interpretations about the Causes of WWI
  • Paper 3: Electoral and franchise reform, 1780-1928

Paper 1: Britain, 1918-79:

  • Thatcher Interpretations, 1979-1991
  • Coursework: Interpretations about the Causes of WWI
  • Paper 3:  Radical Reformers c1790-1819, Chartism, 1838-1850, CD Acts and their Repeal Campaign, 1862-89, WSPU, 1903-14 and Trades Union Militancy, 1915-27

- Finish any units not completed and Revision

The History Team

  • Mr Vimal Pandya – Head of History
  • Mr Paul Tannahill
  • Mr Benedict Fulford-Brown

For more information on our curriculum, please email vimal.pandya@walthamstow-academy.org for a copy of our department curriculum handbook.

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