History - Year 10

Students will study AQA GCSE History (8145). The course is assessed by two examination papers at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1 is based on two topics: 'Germany, 1890-1945' and 'Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972'.
Paper 2 is also based on two topics: 'Elizabethan England, 1568-1603' and 'Britain: Health and the people'.

Each examination contributes 50% of the student's overall GCSE grade. Students will attend five lessons a fortnight.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the Present day 
This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the periods during which they took place.

Students will study the importance of the following factors:
war
superstition and religion
chance
government
communication
science and technology
the role of the individual in encouraging or inhibiting change.

The unit is organised as follows:
Medicine stands still the general lack of progress experienced during the Middle Ages.
The beginnings of change the impact of the Renaissance on medicine including the work of Vesalius, Pare, Harvey, Hunter and Jenner.
A revolution in medicine the rapid advancements in the 19th century focusing on individuals such as Pasteur, Ehrlich, Simpson, Lister and the impact of the Public Health Acts in 1848 and 1875.
Modern Medicine focusing on the 20th century developments such as penicillin, plastic surgery, blood transfusions and the formation of the NHS

This option focuses on the following questions:
Why has there been progress in the health of the British people?
How and why has the pace and scale of medical development varied at different times?
What impact has medical progress had on people and society?
How and why have different factors been more important than others for individual medical developments?
What is the significance of key individuals or events in the history of medical development?  
Each subtopic will be formatively assessed as students progress through the topic.

This will include practising the full range of GCSE style questions with a focus on explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts. (Second order historical concepts include continuity, change, cause, consequence, significance, similarity and difference).

Students will also have regular short answer Knowledge Tests to assess their understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period.

Each topic will be formally assessed on all subsequent student tracking (ST) exams throughout the academic year.

The ST1 exam will assess the Medicine component  
Elizabethan England, c15681603 
This option allows students to study in depth a specified period, the last 35 years of Elizabeth I's reign. The study will focus on major events of Elizabeth I's reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints, and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

Part one: Elizabeth's court and Parliament Background, Court life, Challenges of ruling, issue of marriage.
Part two: Life in Elizabethan times The 'Golden Age' of theatre and prosperity of the gentry but increased poverty of the lower classes. The achievements of sailors like Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins.
Part three: Troubles at home and abroad Religious problems, Mary Queen of Scots and the conflict with Spain.
Each subtopic will be formatively assessed as students progress through the topic.

This will include practising GCSE style questions with a focus on the skills of description, analysis of cause and consequence and evaluation of historical sources and interpretations.

Students will also have regular short answer Knowledge Tests to assess their understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period.

Each topic will be formally assessed on all subsequent student tracking (ST) exams throughout the academic year.

 
Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship  
This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It focuses on the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism. The topic is split into three subtopics:

1) Germany and the growth of Democracy
This subtopic focuses on the growth of democracy in Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm II and after the First World War.

2) Germany and the Depression
This subtopic focuses on the Depression and how it contributed to the rise of the Nazis.

Each subtopic will be formatively assessed as students progress through the topic.

This will include practising GCSE style questions with a focus on the skills of description, analysis of cause and consequence and evaluation of historical sources and interpretations.

Students will also have regular short answer Knowledge Tests to assess their understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period.

Each topic will be formally assessed on all subsequent student tracking (ST) exams throughout the academic year.

The ST2 Exam will assess elements of all three components studied in Y9/10: Medicine, Elizabeth I and Germany.  

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