Welcome to the History Department at Outwood Academy Ormesby

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Mr B Roberts

Mr B Roberts Leader of Humanities b.roberts@ormesby.outwood.com

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Miss D Jevons

Miss D Jevons Teacher of History d.jevons@ormesby.outwood.com

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“TO REMAIN IGNORANT OF HISTORY IS TO REMAIN A CHILD FOREVER”
CICERO: ROMAN REPUBLIC POLITICIAN 106BC-43 BC

“WE ARE NOT MAKERS OF HISTORY. WE ARE MADE BY HISTORY”.
MARTIN LUTHER KING. AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST 1929-1968.

“THOSE WHO DONT KNOW HISTORY ARE DESTINED TO REPEAT IT”.
EDMUND BURKE. BRITISH POLITICIAN 1729-1797

History at Ormesby is a fantastic opportunity for students to study about the past in order to understand the present whilst preparing for the future.

Overview of Key Stage 3

At KS3 students study history for one hour a week in year 7 and two hours a week in year 8. The topics taught cover over 2000 years of human history and look at history from a local, national and a global level. Students are able to study a variety of topics ranging from the Tudors and Stuarts to the Slave trade, to the two world wars, the Holocaust and America in the 20th Century. Each topic focuses on different exam skills in order to develop key historical skills necessary to study history at GCSE. Teaching methods are innovative and inclusive ensuring all students are able to access the curriculum, enjoy the subject and see the value of studying history.

Studying History helps with vital skills, such as:
• Literacy and Communication Skills
• Questioning & Listening Skills
• Enquiry & Empathy
• Co-operation and Teamwork
• Sharing Opinions
• Retaining Information
• Understanding the world around us

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Overview of Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)

In year 9 and 10 students are studying the Edexcel GCSE History
Unit 1 – Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
Assessed by written exam (1 hour 15 mins, 52 marks, worth 30%)
Unit 1 covers the topic of medicine through time, including key events such as; The Black Death 1348-9, The Great Plague 1665, The Cholera Epidemic 1854, The NHS 1946. In addition, a study of a historical environment also includes finding out about the use of medicine in the trenches during World War One.
Unit 2A – Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88
Assessed by written exam (1 hour 45 mins, 32 for this section, worth 20%) N.B The American West and Early Elizabethan England are assessed on the same exam
Unit 2 has two aspects, the first with the study of Queen Elizabeth I and her reign including the events of the Spanish Armada.
Unit 2B – The American West, c1835–c1895
Assessed by written exam (1 hour 45 mins, 32 for this section, worth 20%) N.B The American West and Early Elizabethan England are assessed on the same exam
In addition, the study of the American West includes the study of the Indian population in America and the conflict that endured.
Unit 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Assessed by written exam (1 hour 20 mins, 52 marks, worth 30%)
Unit 3 focuses on Hitler’s rise to power during the Weimar period in Germany. It covers the increase in popularity of the Nazi’s and the build up to World War Two.

GCSE History B Specification
link to Specification

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Enrichment Opportunities

Thursday – History Film Club.
Friday – History intervention.

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

• Social, moral spiritual and cultural awareness of students are being developed this term through the study of equality is frequently a theme in lessons, and various topics include the study of various topics of race and religion, including: Immigration in 1920s USA, The Reformation, Civil Rights Movement, Abolition of Slavery, Political changes during the Victorian Era, the Cold War and spreading of ideologies

Topics are applied to today frequently in discussions, encouraging students to look at the world around them and understand how to promote equality and fairness.

• Many topics within the History Curriculum focus on race, culture and equality, such as; The Abolition of Slavery, Political Changes, Immigration,

• Authentic accounts of people’s opinions in the past are shared, including the discussion of race and culture, such as; Immigration, the Ku Klux Klan, Arguments for and against the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

• The inclusion of various sources in lessons are used frequently; paintings, photographs, newspaper articles, sculptures, drawings, monuments, memorials, etc, to encourage cultural awareness

Displays within the department showcase cultural values by showing posters, images, photographs of the past.

• The History Curriculum includes the study of democracy at different points in the past. Topics and study include; The Feudal System, The Peasants Revolt, The Reformation, the Civil War, the Commonwealth, Abolition of the Slave Trade, Reforms in the Victorian Era, The USA and democracy, The Cold War ideologies, Hitler’s Foreign Policy in the build up to WW2

• British values are studied at various points in the History Curriculum, including the important of democracy

Various faiths and beliefs are studied to promote understanding and tolerance