History - Year 9

In Year 9, students have three lessons a fortnight. Students are taught in mixed ability classes. Students will study the major conflicts of the 20th century before embarking on a study of the GCSE thematic unit Britain The Health and the People c.1000 to the present day. Students will be assessed over two exam windows in October and January along with in class assessments and factual recall tests each term.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
1. The First World War 
Students will study:

The origins of the First World War.
The key features of the First World War with a focus on the Battle of the Somme.
The conclusion of the war and the peace settlement.  
Students will develop more sophisticated historical skills with more opportunities to interrogate and evaluate historical interpretations and sources.

Students will analyse the usefulness of sources from the trenches to understand soldiers' experiences and will answer a GCSE-style question based on a historical cartoon.

Students will have their progress assessed with a factual recall test and a Student Tracking Exam which will test both their knowledge and understanding of the First World War.
2. The Second World War  
Students will study:

The origins of the Second World War. They will form a judgement about on whether the policy of appeasement can be justified.
Some of the key events from Dunkirk to the use of the Atomic Bomb to end the war. Students will consider if ending the war more quickly was the primary motive for using the bombs.
Nazi racial policy and treatment of the Jews: focussing on the Nuremberg Laws, Kristallnacht, concentration camps and the Holocaust.  
Students will continue to develop their analytical skills against sources and interpretations.

Students will develop their essay writing skills to construct balanced pieces of writing which form a convincing judgement.

Students will have their progress assessed with a factual recall test (KT2) and a second Student Tracking Exam which will test both their knowledge and understanding of the both topics studied in Year 9 so far.

The exam is structured using GCSE style command language and will have an exam style mark scheme.  
3. The Origins of the Cold War & The War in Vietnam  
Students will investigate the Origins of the Cold War after the defeat of the Nazis. This affords them valuable insights into the rivalry between the Communist East and Capitalist West and provides a vital context for GCSE study in Year 11.
By studying the Vietnam War, students will lay the foundations for a more developed investigation of this topic also in Year 11.

This will include:
Post War relations between the superpowers and
Selected key events from the Cold War
Strategy and tactics in Vietnam (including both Guerrilla warfare and the US response).  
In preparation for GCSE study, students will complete a challenging Thematic Question that draws on influences from all 3 years of study in Key Stage 3.

Students will sit a factual recall test to further assess their progress.  
4. Britain: The Health & the People c.1000 to the present day 
In the final term students will begin studying GCSE content that charts the impact of medicine through time.

Students will study:
Medicine stands still the general lack of progress experienced during the Middle Ages.
Medical beliefs about illness and the superiority of Islam of Christianity.
The impact of the Black Death.
The beginnings of change the impact of the Renaissance on medicine including the work of Vesalius, Pare, Harvey, Hunter and Jenner.  
Students will continue to perfect their source analysis and thematic essay skills.

Students will be assessed on new thematic questions focused on comparison and significance of individuals and key moments.

Students will complete a further two factual recall tests to assess their progress.  

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