Mr N Baylis

As a department we wish to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills that our pupils have acquired at Key Stage 2. We aim to make History enjoyable, interesting and significant.
Pupils learn by enquiring about the main political, economic, social and cultural features of each of the selected periods below.
Our pupils have the opportunity to develop their understanding of causation and change over time. They establish their sense of chronology and use and evaluate a range of historical sources and interpretations. Pupils communicate and record their knowledge and understanding through many different media.
During their time at St John Lloyd students at key stage 3 will study a wide range of historical topics designed to stimulate their interest in the subject and develop a range of skills which will help them become more independent learners.
Students entering year 7 will be able to delve into the Middle Ages and will have the opportunity to study topics such as The Norman Conquest, Castles and the Black Death.
In year 8 students will investigate the controversy associated with Richard III before looking at the problems of the Early Modern period then the causes and consequences of the English Civil War.
As students move to the end of the key stage they have the opportunity to hone their skills by studying the impact of the Industrial Revolution and its effects on the population as well as many other topic areas including the Titanic, the First and Second World Wars as well as events in the late twentieth Century such as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
At the end of key stage 3 pupils have the option of continuing their studies by following our GCSE Course. There are many benefits from continuing to study history at Key Stage 4. History is regarded as a useful and interesting subject, which can help students to develop many valuable skills that can be applied to numerous different career paths. History can be particularly beneficial in careers which require a knowledge of historical events or research and presentation skills. Some examples could be law, education and research, working with antiques, conservation and restoration work, heritage work, museum work and archaeology.
The study of GCSE history could be looked upon favourably by a number of universities when considering candidates’ applications.
The history GCSE will follow the WJEC syllabus A. It will be based on four units of study each worth 25% of the final grade.

In year 10 pupils will study the following unit and sit the examination in the summer of Year10.

The Development of the USA 1930-2000

This is divided into the following areas

Changing Life in the USA 1930-2000

What were the main influences on American Life between 1930-1945? What were the main political and economic developments in the USA after 1945?
What were the main social developments in the USA from 1945-2000?

Changing attitudes to the race issues in the USA 1930-2000

Why was there so much racial inequality in the USA between 1929-1945?
Why was it difficult for black Americans to gain equal rights in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s?
How much progress has been made by black Americans since the 1960s?

The USA and the wider world, 1930-2000

How and why did US foreign policy change between 1930 and 1945?
How and why was the USA involved in the Cold War?
What role has the USA played in the search for world peace since 1970s?
On completion of this unit students will complete the controlled assessment element of the course.
This task consists of two based assignments the first of approximately 800 words and the second 1200 words.
In year 11 students will prepare for the final two units of the course. The first unit is Germany in Transition 1919-1947.

Students will study the political and economic problems of the Weimar Republic and the early development of the Nazi Party.
They will also find out how Hitler became Chancellor in January 1933, and how he changed Germany socially and politically.
Students will then investigate Nazi foreign policy leading to total war and the defeat of Germany.
The final element of the course is Russia in Transition 1905-1924.
This is split into three main study areas:-

  • The causes and impact of the Revolution of 1917 which saw the establishment of the new Communist state.
  • the causes and impact of the Civil War 1918-1924
  • the development of the Communist state 1921-1924.