History at Caistor Yarborough Academy is more than a journey through time. We challenge students to develop their thinking skills and engage in active learning. The syllabus is designed not only to promote students’ enjoyment of History but also to allow them to build up the skills they need to be successful at GCSE. Not only does History at Caistor Yarborough Academy allow students to understand the past, but it engages them with the present, in order to encourage them to develop their opinions and articulate them effectively.
Key Stage 3
A wide range of topics are covered enabling students to develop historical knowledge and skills and understand the world they live in.
1) Britain before 1066 – A brief overview of some of Britain’s key societies before 1066, looking at Roman Britain and Anglo-Saxon Britain
2) 1066 & The Battle of Hastings – Looking at the Battle of Hastings, why William the Conqueror was victorious and how he asserted his rule in England
3) The Crusades – investigating the origins of the Crusades and their legacy in England and the Middle East
4) Challenges to Power – looking at events from History where powerful establishments have clashed such as the murder of Thomas Beckett and the Magna Carta
5) The Tudors –A study of the Tudor Dynasty, allowing students to learn about the characteristics and controversies around Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward and Mary I.
1) Elizabeth and the Golden Age – investigating the reign of Elizabeth I, the challenges she faced such as the Spanish Armada and how the Voyages of Discovery increased people’s knowledge of the World.
2) The Reign of the Stuarts and the English Civil War – looking at the Stuart dynasty, the Gunpowder Plot and how England ended up in a Civil War and executing their King!
3) The Age of Enlightenment – allowing students to study events such as the Great Fire of London and how London recovered, the growth of Science and Technology and the significance of events such as the French Revolution
4) The British Empire – the growth and development of the British Empire and its impacts on countries who belonged to the Empire
5) The Slave Trade – an investigation into the features, concepts and legacy of the Slave Trade
1) The Industrial Revolution – looking at the changes which occurred from 1750-1900 and how these changes impacted the UK
2) The First World War – this unit looks at issues in Europe in the build up to World War I, and in-depth study of life in the trenches and the controversies of the Treaty of Versailles
3) Europe between the Wars – The Suffragette movement and the Rise of Hitler – this unit looks at the importance of the Suffragette movement and allows students to investigate how Hitler rose to power in Germany
4) The Second World War – this unit is used to look at some of the most significant events which took place during the War such as the evacuation of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the D-Day Landings
5) The Holocaust – looking at the origins of the Holocaust, the early persecution of the Jews in Germany and the build up towards the Final Solution
Key Stage 4
GCSE History follows the Edexcel 9-1 course. The qualification is one that will engage students with a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain and the wider world and give them skills that will support progression to further study of history and a wide range of other subjects. The course consists of 3 Papers which cover 4 key Units:
Paper 1 – Thematic Study and Historic Environment – this covers the Unit of Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Paper 2 – Period Study and British Depth Study – this covers the Period of the American West from 1835-1895 and a British Depth Study of the reign of Henry VIII and his Ministers
Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study – this focuses on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Each paper requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the Historical periods in question, being able to analyse and assess the role of key events and people. They are also required to show a range of historical skills around source analysis, considering reliability, nature, origin and purpose of different historical sources to each clear and detailed conclusions.
Paper 1 is worth 30% of the qualification and carries 52 marks
Paper 2 is worth 40% of the qualification and carries 64 marks
Paper 3 is worth 30% of the qualification and carries 52 marks