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Head of Department: Mr Winters
The History Department has three newly furnished dedicated History rooms - each room with a computer and inter-active whiteboard. In addition we have a large stockroom containing a wide variety of texts, paper resources, library, DVDs/VHSs and DVD/VHS recording and editing facilities.
The History Department is very energetic and always keen to further develop. Our strengths focus on in-house resource creation i.e. classroom activity supports, revision materials, power-point programs, edited AV material etc; Mind Friendly Learning strategies; pro-active schemes of work that are continuously being reviewed and updated around Medium Term Planning; Assessment of and for Learning strategies; homework resources; self/peer assessment and student voice approaches.
There are four members of the Department - each teaching Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. History is a popular subject at South Wirral High School. Large numbers of students opt for GCSE History - usually averaging over 100 students each year - while in years 12/13 we regularly teach up to 40 students.
HISTORY Year 7 Topics
1) What is History? What are History’s main concerns? = 10/15
2) Screening test based on NC skills = 45 minutes
3) Being an ace Historian – HOW? Reinforce NC skills required to be
a good Historian e.g. evidence collection, chronology, using
sources etc. = 2 lessons.
How are artefacts useful? Using our skills with artefacts to find out about the Past = 1 lesson
What was my life like when I was 1/5/10? Using our skills to find out our own History = 1 lesson
6) What was my parent/carer’s life like when they were my age today?
Using our skills to find out family/carer History = 1 lesson
How was life different for my grandparents/great aunts etc. compared to today? Using our skills to find out grandparents History using venn diagram = 1 lesson
Assessment:- Evacuation in the Second World War = 1 lesson
Hope and Glory video analysis = 1-2 lessons
What was life like for people living in the Wirral 2500 years ago?
Consider some/all of following:-
our biggest skills test yet – why?
are we AD or BC 2500 years ago?
c) we were called Celts – why?
what were our homes like?
What would we do/see/hear/like/hate etc. during a typical
How did we talk?
Good to be a Celt? Compare life then and now
(NB linkage with next unit – 2 lessons – either side of Christmas break or both lessons at the beginning of 2nd term)
What was life like for people living in Wirral 2500 years ago?
Continued = 1 / 2 lessons.
Disaster! – invaded and beaten by the Romans – why? = 1 lesson
3) Did the Celts just let the Romans take over Britain? Boudicca = 2
Romans rule for 500 years….and then they left? Why? NC assessment = 1 lesson
5) Battered Britain ! For the next 500 years Britain repeatedly
invaded by many different tribes/peoples who were all fighting for
control of us – why? Consider some/all of the following:-
Angles and Saxons invade – where did they come
from? why did they invade?
How can we find out about the invaders? Sutton Hoo
How did the invaders change Britain? E.g. Crime /punishment; married life etc.
Did we do nothing! The legend of King Arthur
Vikings – where did they come from? why did they invade? What were they like?
The Dark Ages or not?
6) The Vikings – NC assessment = 1 lesson
7) How can we prove today that all these invasions and different
people actually lived in Britain? Exploring visible remains,
appearance, blood groups, language, place names, customs, days of
the week, numbering, artefacts etc. = 1 lesson