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Severn Vale School

An Academy

History 

In History lessons students focus on developing their 5 key skills across Key Stage 3 in preparation for their GCSE course at KS4. These key skills are:

  • Change and continuity
  • Cause and consequence
  • Source skill
  • Interpretations and representations
  • Significance

Year 7

Students follow a chronological study from 1066 and the Battle of Hastings through to the rise of the Tudors and the reign of Elizabeth I. They study key events from this period focusing on the themes of ‘Power and the People’ and ‘Everyday Life’, including topics like William I’s control of England; the murder of Thomas Becket; the Magna Carta; the Peasants’ Revolt; Robin Hood; the Black Death; the Wars of the Roses; the Reformation and the Spanish Armada.

Year 8

Students follow a chronological study from 1601 and the reign of James I through the reign of Victoria and into the modern world by looking at the causes and events of WW1. They study key events from this period focusing on the themes of ‘Power and the People’ and ‘Everyday Life’, including topics like the Gunpowder Plot; the English Civil War; Oliver Cromwell-‘hero or villain?’; highwaymen; smugglers; transportation; the Slave Trade; Victorian Britain; the Industrial Revolution; the sinking of the Titanic and the causes and events of WW1.

Year 9

Students follow a chronological study from 1918 through to modern history. They study key events from this period focusing on the themes of ‘Power and the People’ and ‘Everyday Life’, including topics like the Treaty of Versailles; the League of Nations; the Suffragettes; the Russian Revolution; the rise of the dictators-Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler; the causes of WW2; the experience of people during WW2; the Holocaust; Hiroshima; the Cold War; the assassination of JFK; Civil Rights in the US and modern terrorism.

Year 10

Students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus and Yr10 focuses on Conflict and Tension 1918-1939; Health and the People c1000-present day and the first module of the Germany 1890-1945 course. Regular subject knowledge tests take place with regular interweaving of exam questions, revision techniques and exam skills into the subject content.

Year 11

Students complete the AQA GCSE syllabus and Yr11 focuses on the rest of the Germany 1890-1945 course and the reign of Elizabeth I including the Historic Environment question. Regular subject knowledge tests take place with regular interweaving of exam questions, revision techniques and exam skills into the subject content. Revision lessons take place once the course is complete and this is developed based on the needs of the Yr11 students each year. A ‘drop-in’ revision style clinic is offered after school every week throughout Year 11.