History

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In Year 7, pupils will study England from 1066 to 1381. Although all major events will be studied in depth, a focus on the skills of interpreting source material, both primary and secondary will assume significant importance. Extended writing tasks will also be tackled by pupils so that they can begin to appreciate the importance of clear written communication.

In Year 8, pupils will focus on the Tudor and Stuart royal houses that ruled England from the 15th to 18th centuries. In contrast to Year 7 and in preparation for Year 9, foreign policy will be considered in far more detail. Also, the issue of religious change will be a constant feature for the pupils’ study. The key skills of source analysis and essay writing will continue to be addressed throughout the year.

In Year 9, pupils study the Industrial Revolution from 1750 to 1900. The course proceeds to consider how industrialisation led to World War One and pupils will examine the causes, events and outcomes of this conflict. Pupils will also examine the causes and key events of World War Two and appreciate the link between these two major conflicts.

History is recognised by universities and employers as being particularly rigorous. Pupils that study History at The John Lyon School will be equipped with a wide range of transferable skills such as the ability to interpret a range of evidence, analyse patterns and trends and write a clear and concise essay based on their interpretations.

Pupils follow the Edexcel course at International GCSE level. Of the four units studied over the two year course, two are completed in Year 10. Russia in Revolution 1914 - 1924 and associated skills are studied in the first half of the year, and International relations 1919 - 1939 are studied in the latter half. The beginning of the USA topic is also addressed at the end of the year.

In Year 11, pupils build on the range of skills they acquired in Year 10 to tackle the other two units of the course. The USA from 1945 to 1974 will be studied as well as the skills for this paper. Pupils also prepare for their Changing Nature of Warfare c.1936 to c.2003 module. Class time is devoted to revision and examination technique in preparation for study leave and the International GCSE examinations.

History at A-Level represents an opportunity for pupils to further enhance their historical skills and build on the knowledge they have acquired during their International GCSE course. The A-Level course incorporates several different topics which will equip pupils with a broad chronological understanding of events from the sixteenth century onwards. Valuable skills such as independent learning, interpretation and the ability to write a clearly argued and focussed essay are acquired throughout the course.

For AS Level History, pupils follow the Edexcel course and study two papers. The main topics are Paper 1: The Tudors 1509 to 1603 and Paper 2: The German Reformation 1515 to 1555. The course builds on the skills covered at International GCSE level, particularly essay writing and source analysis.

At A-Level History, pupils study two units. The main unit is a depth study, which focuses on the USA from 1850 to 2009. This is complemented by an independent coursework study of a topic of the students’ choice which is taught alongside the depth study. The key skills of source interpretation and essay writing learnt in the Lower Sixth are built on in the Upper Sixth.

Historians will conclude the A-Level course equipped with transferable skills that are useful for further study and employment. Comprehending source skills of inference, cross referencing and utility, as well as the ability to confidently construct a well-argued and cogent essay, are disciplines that lend themselves to a range of subjects and careers. Past students have gone on to study History, Politics, International Relations, PPE, Economics and Law.