Welcome to the History Department at Outwood Academy Ormesby


Mr B Roberts

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

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Mrs L Hannah

Mrs L Hannah Teacher of History l.hannah@ormesby.outwood.com

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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


Overview of Key Stage 4

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.

Students in year 11 study the GCSE History course in one year over six hours. The students are following the AQA History B Modern World course.

Topic 2: Peacemaking 1918–1919 and the League of Nations

  • Key issue: How did the Treaty of Versailles establish peace?
    • Key issue: Why did the League of Nations fail in its aim to keep peace?
    • Key issue: How did Hitler challenge and exploit the Treaty of Versailles 1933–March 1938?
    • Key issue: Why did Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement fail to prevent the outbreak of war in 1939?
  • Key issue: Why did the USA and USSR become rivals in the years 1945–1949?
  • Key issue: How did the Cold War develop in the years 1949–1960

Unit 2: 20th Century Depth Studies

The Roaring 20s: USA, 1918–1929

  • Key issue: How and why did the USA achieve prosperity in the 1920s?
    • Key issue: How far was the USA a divided society in the 1920s?
    • Key issue: Why did the US Stock Exchange collapse in 1929?

Depression and the New Deal: The USA, 1929–1941

  • Key issue: How serious were the effects of the Depression on the American people?3
  • Key issue: How did Roosevelt deal with the Depression?
    • Key issue: How far was the New Deal successful in ending the Depression in the USA?

War in Vietnam, 1954–1975

  • Key issue: How effective were guerrilla tactics during the Vietnam War?
    • Key issue: How did the coverage of the Vietnam War in the USA lead to demands for peace?
    • Key issue: Why were the US actions to end the Vietnam War unsuccessful?

Unit 3: Historical Enquiry

The British People in War

  • Key questions:
    • How far did the way of life of the people of Britain change as a result of the two world wars?
    • To what extent and why did the experience of the British people at war in the First World War differ from their experience in the Second World War?

GCSE History B 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