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Light Hall School - History

Subject Overview

History is about more than simply memorising dates and the deeds of famous figures. History is a chronicle of human behaviour - a real-life drama full of villains and heroes, the mighty and the meek. It examines the circumstances that moved its players to transform people and places (for better and for worse), and it holds the answers to how and why our lives are fashioned the way they are today - from our language, fashion and technology to our sports, political systems and religious practices.  

Our aim is to give pupils an awareness of their background as a young citizen of the 21st century. Our approaches are varied but are rooted in the story of history, secure factual knowledge and a respect for evidence. We also encourage a questioning mind, the forming of opinions and a willingness to listen to others.



At KS3 students will study a range of topics that follow both a chronological and thematic approach. Students will use sources and their investigative skills to interpret and evaluate key events and changes in the past. It is hoped that the skills used at KS3 will then be transferable to the requirements needed at KS4. More detail, including project based studies and links to key resources, can be found on FROG.

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
yr 7 a

Skills Unit

What was life like in Tudor England?

What can we learn about Victorian London through Jack the Ripper?

yr 7 b

What was it like to live in the Middle Ages?

How did life change between 1750-1900?

How did Birmingham change in the 20th Century?

yr 8 a

How did the Normans gain control?

Why did Henry V111 break with Rome?
How did Elizabeth make England great?

Who benefitted from the British the Empire?
yr 8 b

What problems did Kings face in the middle Ages?

How did Parliament become more powerful?

How did ordinary people get the vote?

yr 9 a
Twentieth Century World
Home Front
yr 9 b
World War One
World War Two

a = first half of the term
b = second half of the term



Students study three topics in History using the board OCR SHP A. Students will undertake 2 exams in Y11, both in the summer. Paper 1 is a knowledge based paper that is worth 40% of the total mark; paper 2 is a skills based paper that is worth 30% and finally a controlled assessment that is worth 25%. This is also done in Y11.

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
yr 10
Medicine Through Time
Medicine Through Time
Germany 1918-1933
yr 11
Castles or Northern Ireland
(Controlled Study)
Germany 1933-1945



What are the aims of the course?   
The course aims to build on skills and knowledge obtained during Key Stage 3. The course further develops understanding of cause and effect, change, reliability and bias and the ability to pursue an argument in a historical context – i.e. why things happen, what results from them, what people say about them and what you think about them.

What coursework will I have to complete?  
Students will undertake 1 piece of controlled assessment that is done in lessons. The focus of this will be an essay based on the troubles in N Ireland.

What is involved with the examination?  
2 papers – Paper I: 2 hours long and Paper II: 1½ hours long – worth in total 75% of the final mark

What topics will I study?  
An overview study of the development of Medicine through time and an in depth study of Nazi Germany, 1919-45.

What skills will I develop?      
You will further develop your thinking skills by analysing sources as well as  your ability to understand cause and effect, to justify your decisions and opinions, to follow your own research.

What examination will I take?  
OCR SHP History

What independent study will I have to undertake?
Background reading for the coursework, watching relevant films and TV programmes, using IT e.g. the Internet to widen knowledge.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?    
History is useful for anyone looking for a career involving communication, thinking and decision making e.g., journalism, tourism, police, social service, teaching, computing, law.

What are the special features of the course?   
The examination papers require an understanding of analysis skills to achieve the highest grades although basic literacy skills will help achieve a GCSE grade.

Key Skills for History

You need to develop your skills relating to sources and their value to a historian.

You need to be able to assess for yourself how useful a source is in relation to the topic you are studying. The words listed below must be part of your vocabulary and need to be used whenever you are asked to use evidence to support your ideas.

Biased  |  Reliable  |  Unreliable  |  Useful

The History Staff

Mr S O'Connor
Head of History
Mr W Gowers
Teacher of History
Mr D Summerfield
Teacher of History