History

The fundamental aim of the History Department at the Catholic High School is to encourage all students to fulfil their potential by developing a passion for the subject. By instilling this passion within the students we hope that they will continue to engage with history once they leave full time education. In order to achieve this aim, we use a variety of teaching methods to engage and inspire our students. As a department, we also place great emphasis on extra-curricular work such as educational visits and clubs in a further attempt to bring the subject to life. 

History Curriculum 

Year 7 

  • History Skills
  • Medieval History
  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts
  • The Civil War
  • The Restoration
  • Slavery 

Year 8 

  • Living Conditions and Social Issues in 19th Century
  • The Suffragettes
  • Political History
  • World War One
  • World War Two 

Year 9

  • The Holocaust
  • Revolutions
  • Turning Points in the 20th Century
  • Jack the Ripper 

GCSE

For GCSE History we are following the Edexcel History (2016) (1HI0) Specification.   

Further details can be found at: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html  

The specification paper can be found at: http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/History/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446925867_GCSE2016_L12_History_Web.pdf 

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (30% of the qualification)

Option 10        Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900:crime

policing and the inner city

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40% of the qualification)

Option B3        Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

Option 26/27   Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30% of the qualification)

Option 31        Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 

How are students assessed for GCSE (From Summer 2018)? 

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (30% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes 

Section A: historic environment

Students answer a question that assesses knowledge plus a two-part question based on two

provided sources. 

Section B: thematic study

Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first

two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students answer one from a choice of

two. 

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes

Section A: Period study Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students select two out of three parts.

Section B: British depth study Students answer a single three-part question that assesses their knowledge and understanding. The first two parts are compulsory. For the third part, students select one from a choice of two. 

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30% of the qualification) Written examination lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes 

Section A Students answer a question based on a provided source and a question that assesses their knowledge and understanding. 

Section B Students answer a single four-part question, based on two provided sources and two provided interpretations.  

A Level

For A Level History we follow the OCR History A (H505) Specification. 

Further details can be found at:http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-history-a-h105-h505-from-2015/ 

The specification paper can be found at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/170128-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-history-a-h505.pdf  

Students study the following options: 

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry (25% of the qualification)

Unit Y113        Britain 1930–1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930–1951)

Unit 2: Non-British period study (15% of the qualification)

Unit Y219        Russia 1894–1941

Unit 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations (40% of the qualification)

Unit Y314        The Challenge of German Nationalism 1789–1919 

Topic Based Essay (20% of the qualification)

Unit Y100        Topic based essay 

How are students assessed for A Level 

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry (25% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes

Unit 2: Non-British period study (15% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 1 hour 

Unit 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations (40% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes

Topic Based Essay (20% of the qualification)

Non exam assessment. 3000-4000 word essay.

Homework Policy for History Years 7-9 & GCSE

Knowledge Organisers

Recent academic research has shown that students who studied and were then tested had better long term recall of the materials, even on information that was not covered by the tests. Students who had extra time to study but were not tested had significantly weaker memory and lower recall of the materials. With the recent changes to GCSE, it is vitally important that students develop their retention of key information and concepts. 

In order to help our students with this in History, we have introduced the use of Knowledge Organisers as homework. This means that homework in these subjects is based on revision techniques and the learning of key facts from each unit. 

History

In History, students in years 7-10 will be given a ‘Practice Book’. This book contains ‘Knowledge Organisers’ which set out the key components of each unit that every student should understand and be able to remember. Alongside this, are a set of tests for each unit. 

For homework each week, each student will be guided to revise for one of the tests in this book. They should use the relevant ‘Knowledge Organiser’ to help them learn the key facts in order to answer each question. The students are expected to learn the information and then complete the practice test at home from memory. When they have completed the test, they should review their answers and correct any incorrect answers in a different colour pen or pencil. This will highlight to them any areas for future revision. This is a key step as it is proven to help develop knowledge and assist with retaining key information. 

The practice tests will be checked on a regular basis. 

In the following lesson, there will be a short test, using the same questions to assess their knowledge and understanding of the topic. These results will be recorded to help assess the progress of each student. 

To assist with revision, each student is given a ‘History Revision Take Away’ which sets out a variety of different revision techniques. We encourage students to attempt as many of these as possible throughout the course of the year. This will help them work out which revision methods are most effective for them. 

The book is also available to download from Firefly under the History Department section. There are also additional materials available on Firefly to assist each student. These include explanations of the different revision techniques, brief overviews of each topic as well as links to YouTube videos, websites and even podcasts for GCSE students. Again, these can be found in the History Department section.

 

 

 

Teachers

Mr T Wilson (Head of History and Government and Politics)

LLB Hons (Liverpool John Moores University, LLM (University of Liverpool), Bar Vocational Course (Manchester Metropolitan University), MA History (Merit) (University of Liverpool), PGCE (University of Chester) 

Prior to commencing work as a teacher and joining the Catholic High School in 2015, Mr Wilson qualified as a Barrister and worked in the legal profession for a number of years. Alongside a Master’s degree in Law, Mr Wilson also has a Master’s degree with merit in History, specialising in the twentieth century. 

As well as teaching History, Mr Wilson teaches Government and Politics at A Level and specialises in British and American politics. Mr Wilson has recently returned from an Educational Training Programme at the UK Parliament after being selected from teachers nationwide. 

Within the field of History, Mr Wilson’s areas of interest are Nazi Germany as well as the political history of Britain and Ireland. Mr Wilson has a passion for local history and has collaborated with the University of Chester in several research projects in this area as well as educational development and progress within History. 

Outside of the department Mr Wilson runs the 6th Form Football team and is currently establishing a United Nations within the school community. Outside of school, Mr Wilson is interested in all sports especially football and plays the trumpet in a swing band. 

Ms U Mort (Assistant Headteacher – Achievement and Curriculum)

BA Hons History (University of Manchester), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan) 

Ms Mort taught History at a variety of grammar and comprehensive schools in the south east before moving back to the northwest in 2010 to take up her second assistant headship at the Catholic High School, Chester. Here her main responsibility is 'raising achievement'. Ms Mort is totally committed to improving student attainment, raising aspirations and unlocking potential. 

Ms Mort specialised in British Political History at University. Since then she has taught various courses at GCSE and A level, as well as the International Baccalaureate. Ms Mort’s current interest and area of expertise is German and Russian History 1870 to 1945. 

Mrs K Ellis (Teacher of History) BA (Hons) History, PGCE (Leeds)

Miss M Tromans (Teacher of History and Government and Politics) BA Hons History and Psychology (Wolverhampton), PGCE (Birmingham)