Our Vision?

“The student who learns history will unconsciously develop what is the highest value of history  judgment in worldly affairs.  We gather historical knowledge, not to make us cleverer the next time, but wiser for all time.” Jacques Barzun (adapted)

History at Rossett School enables students to explore a range of important issues at national and international level and to examine their own values and attitudes, as well as understanding those of others. We work to enable young people to become active and well-informed citizens who know how change is achieved and critical thinkers able to express their views orally and on paper. We aim to prepare students for life beyond school by enabling them to develop the transferable skills to work effectively as an individual, as part of a team and as a leader in order to contribute positively to society.

KS3

What will my child be studying?

Year 7

Year 8

Skills in History
Medieval Realms
Norman Conquest
Castles
Religion (Thomas Becket)
King John
Black Death
Peasants’ Revolt
Renaissance Reformation
Tudors and Religious Change Gunpowder Plot
Civil War
British Empire
Slavery
Industrial Revolution
WWI
Hitler’s Germany
WWII
Holocaust
Protest 1800-2000
Cold War

What equipment will my child need?

  • Pen, pencil, eraser, ruler, green pen
  • History exercise book for assessments and an assessment record form (provided by the department)
  • Folder

How can I support my child through KS3  History?
By looking through their exercise books at their personalised targets, and looking at their assessment record form which records their assessment levels.

By checking students are acting on their feedback.

By monitoring the completion of homework projects.

By encouraging them to discuss their learning.

How will my child be assessed in KS3 History Students are assessed via formative assessments and are familiar with skills and level criteria.

KS4

What exam board do we use?
OCR Modern World B http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-history-b-modern-world-j417-j117-from-2012

How is the course assessed?
2 examinations and a controlled assessment

How long are the examinations?
Paper 1 Cold War and the USA 2 hours Paper 2 British Depth Study 1 hour 30

Are there controlled assessments?
Germany 1919-1945 2,000 word controlled assessment

What is covered on the course?
International Relations
:-  Cold War 1945-1975 Depth Study
:-  USA 1919-1941 British Depth Study
:-  Britain 1939-1975

Where would we suggest visiting?
Eden Camp
Cold War Bunker
IWMs
Berlin

What websites would you recommend?
Schoolshistory
BBC History
Timelinetv
Spartacus
schoolnet
Explaining history
Learning Curve

What equipment will my child need?

How can I support my child through KS4  History ? By looking through their exercise books at their personalised targets, and looking at their assessment record form which records their target grades. By checking students are acting on their feedback. By encouraging them to discuss their learning and to read and watch the news and relevant documentaries. How will my child be assessed in KS4 History? Through content tests and the completion of past paper questions.

KS5

What exam board do we use?
AQA

How is the course assessed? Exams and coursework

How long are the examinations?
Unit 1 – HIS1H Change and Consolidation
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
1 hour 15 minutes written examination 72 marks

Unit 2 HIS2M Historical Issues: Periods of Change 
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes written examination 72 marks

Unit 3 – HIS3M The State and the People: Change and Continuity 
30% of A Level 1 hour 30 minutes written examination 90 marks

Are there controlled assessments?
Unit 4 – HIS4X Historical Enquiry
20% of A Level Coursework unit 60 marks
Approximately 3500 words on an analysis of a historical issue

What is covered on the course?
Unit 1 Tsarist and Revolutionary Russia 1855-1917
Unit 2 Life in Hitler’s Germany
Unit 3 Britain 1951-2007

Where would we suggest visiting?
Moscow and St Petersburg
Berlin, Nuremburg and Auschwitz
London

What websites would you recommend?
Schoolshistory
BBChistory
Timelinetv
Spartacus
schoolnet
Explaining history
Learning Curve
The Guardian website
Historical Association
The Student room
History learning site
Revision time.
What equipment will my child need?

  • Pen, pencil, eraser, ruler, green pen
  • History exercise book for assessments and an assessment record form (provided by the department)
  • Folder

How can I support my child through KS5?
By looking through their exercise books at their personalised targets, and looking at their assessment record form which records their target grades.

By checking students are acting on their feedback.

By encouraging them to discuss their learning and to watch the news and relevant documentaries.

By encouraging them to spend time each day engaged in wider reading 

How will my child be assessed in KS5 History?
Through content tests and the completion of past paper questions.