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KS3 History

At Key Stage 3 our aim is very simple.  We want to equip students with all the necessary skills to thrive in the modern world.  We are studying a thousand years of History from 1066 to the modern world.  On arrival at the MFG students are immediately immersed in History skills and a local history study.  Working with Historic England, students will begin to understand the richness of the history all around them.  From that point we start at the beginning of what is the origins of Britain, the Battle of Hastings 1066.  Students will then move on how important was the church by 1547 and the Elizabethan Gold Age.  Finally, we work on ‘Why were Kings back in fashion?’ after the turmoil of the English Civil War and the execution of Charles I.

Year 8 moves us into the Industrial Revolution and how Britain changed.  With our rich industrial past students will again work with Historic England to note, Mirfield’s Canals, factories and buildings.  Moving away from Britain on a national scale, we then follow the impact that the British Empire had on the rest of the world, looking at British influence on culture and commerce.  The expansion of empire leads us into the twentieth century where we tackle the First World War.  How did we get into such a terrible war and what were the outcomes for Britain and the rest of the world?  We complete Year 8 by looking at the rise of totalitarian states, most notably Nazi Germany.  What can happen to a country when democracy fails and single men (in this case Hitler) make the decisions on running the state?

Finally, our KS3 is completed by the twentieth century up to the modern day.  The impact of Hitler’s Germany is felt throughout the world, and we focus on the ‘Home Front’ as our first unit of work.  This is followed by the Holocaust, the most devastating part of the Second World War with the annihilation of 6 million Jews and people who the Nazis felt ‘inferior.’  Working with the Centre for Holocaust Education, we deliver a sensitive and profound scheme of learning.  With the end of the Second World War we enter the Cold War.  Students will develop their understanding of capitalism and communism and how this impacted world politics and events.  To bring our curriculum to a close we focus on events that have affected world politics today.  The terror attacks on New York in 2001 and the implications of these attacks will be reviewed and assessed by Year 9 students.


Key Stage 4 History

At KS4 we use Edexcel Examination board.  We are studying four Units of work which culminate in 3 examinations.

Unit 1 is a thematic study and historical environment.  Medicine in Britain c1250 – Present and the British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

This is broken down in into four key time periods.  The first is medieval medicine which looks at treatments and cures for diseases and the impact of the Black Death.

Unit 2 the Renaissance period.  This period of enlightenment focuses on how the churches influence begins to decline and reason and observation move medicine forward.  This also includes the impact the Plague in 1665.

Unit 3 is the Industrial age, looking at how new housing and factories created new public health issues such as Cholera.  The development of Pastures germ theory began to revolutionise how we think about disease.

This then takes us to the modern world.  The focus is how surgery and medical advancements have massively improved public health, the role of the NHS and government policies on health

Unit 4 is a case study of medicine and surgery during the First World War.  How did these new types of injuries focus minds to develop techniques such as facial reconstruction and X-ray machines?

Paper 2: American West and Anglo-Saxon and Norman England.

The American West 1835-1895 tacks the development of the Frontier in America.  The role in which the US government played in the destruction of the Native American people and the physical landscape.  This section is completed by how the Native Americans are put onto reservations and the impact that had on their way of life and communities.

Anglo-Saxon & Norman England 1066-1088 is part B of Paper 2.  This section of work we investigate what Anglo-Saxon England looked like and how it dramatically changed after the Battle of Hastings.  Following on from that, we study Williams consolidation of power and how his policies on government, society and the church made a profound impact of Britain with long lasting implications.

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939

After Germany's defeat at the end of the First World War, we study how the new democratic republic was set up and the challenges it faced.  The rise of extremism with the communism and the Nazis proved too much for the Republic with the rise of Hitler and his chancellorship from January 1933.  We then focus on what it was like for people in Germany living under a totalitarian dictatorship.  Through various interpretations and source work students learn what life was like in Nazi Germany.

The three exams give the students a total figure and that will be converted into a final grade.  History GCSE has no coursework.  The three exams make up a 100% of the final grade.

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