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History

History is the study of past events and particularly focuses on human affairs. History at Starbank aims to give students a sense of their place in the world both geographically and chronologically, whilst equipping students with the analytical tools to be empathetic, conscientious and critical future citizens.

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Why do we teach History?

History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be.

  • History is a study of the past and a reflection on the present.
  • History is a study of people and their interactions.
  • History helps us to understand current events.
  • • History is increasingly important in helping us to discern ‘false news’.

What would I learn in History?

Year 7 Curriculum

Year 8 Curriculum

Toilets Through Time (Thematic Study)

Industrial Revolution + Jack the Ripper

Norman Conquest

The British Empire

Medieval Britain

Female Suffrage + WW1

The Reformation

WW2: Key Events and Battles

English Civil War

WW2: Home Front and The Holocaust

Interregnum and Restoration

Migration Through Time (Thematic Study)

How would I learn in History?

History lessons are built around a particular historical enquiry which aims to foster a genuine enthusiasm for the subject. History at Starbank is both dynamic and engaging. Through a study of history, students are encouraged to think and reflect on a range of interpretations, periods, people and their behaviour. History involves critical and analytical thinking and the ability to make independent judgements. Students will present work through extended writing and debate.

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Why study History?

GCSE History covers a variety of topics. We learn about how today’s world has been shaped, and this will deepen your understanding of life around you. Studying History leads to a diverse range of further study opportunities and careers. It is the skills you develop when you ‘think like a historian’ that make History a well respected and attractive subject to universities and employers. Law, politics, civil service, business, marketing, finance, accountancy, journalism, economics, teaching, crime investigation, social work, archaeology and heritage offer a snapshot of the many career avenues that studying History can lead you down.

What would I learn in History?

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

  • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present.
  • Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.
  • The American West, c1835–c1895

Paper 3:

  • Modern depth study
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

How would I learn in History?

GCSE History is taught through analysis of historical sources and critical evaluation of the views of historians. This will in turn provoke debate and the opportunity to discuss and share ideas with others.

History is a rigorous academic subject, and as such involves a good degree of writing. Students are expected to produce extended written answers as GCSE exam practice on a regular basis and to retain significant amounts of subject specific content.

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:

Edexcel

Course Makeup:

  • Exams 100% 100%
  • Coursework 0% 0%

Exam Structure:

3 Papers:

  • Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

  • Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

  • Paper 3: Modern depth study

Staff in Department

Head of Department:

Ms G. Webb

Mr S. Gregory

Mr F. Iftkhar

Useful Website Links:

  • BBC Bitesize – https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zw4bv4j – The BBC’s GCSE specific webpage that allows students to revise and quiz themselves on key topics. Be sure to follow the Edexcel link. 
  • History Homework – http://historyhomework.com/ – All GCSE students at Starbank should see their class teacher for their unique log-in details for this page. It has a series of diagnostic tests and quizzes to aid revision.
  • Tutor2U – https://www.tutor2u.net/history – A free to use website with exam specific revision notes and subject quizzes.
  • Lessons in History YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDRPyrHxE7TXyD2eoTZ775g – A YouTube Channel created by history teachers aimed at improving the grades of GCSE students, particularly useful for Early Elizabethan England and The American West.

Recommended Revision Guides:

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Crime and punishment in Britaine

 

Name:

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Crime and punishment in Britaine

Author:
Alec Fisher 
Available from School Office:
Yes
My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Early Elizabethan England

 

Name:

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Early Elizabethan England.

Author:
John Wright
Available from School Office:
Yes – £4.00
My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: The American West


Name:

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: The American West.

Author:
Steve May
Available from School Office:
Yes – £4.00
My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Weimar and Nazi Germany


Name:

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Weimar and Nazi Germany

Author:

Steve Waugh

Available from School Office:
Yes – £4.00

Contact History Department

Please use the form bellow to contact the English department or alternatively please email history@starbank.bham.sch.uk

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