History

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Portchester Community School History Department’s Philosophy:

In the History department we believe that our History Courses encourage students to be:

  • Knowledgeable about key moments in History
  • Inquisitive about the world around them
  • Engaged in independent research
  • Always questioning why things happened in the past
  • Aware that historical events affected different people in a variety of ways
  • Curious about the way in which the past has been interpreted
  • Simulating academic History in the real world

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Students will study a range of historical questions including:

'What can we learn from evidence about Ancient China?
'How advanced was medicine in China compared to England before 1066?'
Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
Should we bother to learn about the death of Thomas Becket?
How did the Black Death affect England?
Was Richard III a hero or a villain?
Why did Henry break with Rome?
Why did the Civil War break out in 1642?
How accurate is the film Amistad’s portrayal of the middle passage?
Why study 1807?
Why have people had different ideas about the Charge of the Light Brigade?
How did the Industrial Revolution evolve over the 19th Century?
At what point did World War I become inevitable?
How realistic is the ‘Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas’?
What were the most significant events of British history?
Was Saxon justice harsh and superstitious?
Were the Middle Ages lawless and violent?
Why was there a Witchcraft craze in early modern England?
Were Highway men ruthless killers or romantic heroes?
How significant was prison reform in the 18th and 19th centuries?
What was Whitechapel like in 1888?
Why was Jack the Ripper so frightening?
How did the role of the Police change over time?
Why was the death penalty abolished?

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 - 11)


GCSE Edexcel (9 - 11) 1H10

Paper 1 - Thematic Study and Historic Environment (30%)

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain C 1000 - present
  • Whitechapel C 1870 - 1900: crime, policing and the inner city

Paper 2 - Period Study and British Depth Study (40%)

  • Henry VIII and his ministers 1509 - 1540
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941 - 1991

Paper 3 - Modern Depth Study (30%)

  • Germany Weimar and Nazi 1918 - 1039

The above topics are studied and will be examined at the end of Year 11

  Teaching Staff

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Mrs C Buckingham Subject Leader for History c.buckingham
Mr C Grove History Teacher c.grove

The History GCSE specification

Programme of Study 2017 - click for larger view