History & Politics
Subject: History & Polotics
Subject/Curriculum Leader: Mr J Wigby
A passion for the past and the impact History has in society is at the heart of students’ experience of History at Norton College. As a department, we strive to foster our students’ appreciation of History and to develop their understanding of why it is important to learn from History. ‘Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it’ Edmund Burke. The curriculum we offer is broad and enriching, designed to develop an appreciation for and enjoyment of History.
The History Department is ambitious, high achieving and creative, staffed by four experienced teachers. It is our aim to promote learning in a lively and engaging way that combines fun with academic rigor. We are well resourced, with 4 classrooms, each with interactive whiteboards and a range of textbooks for all Key Stages. We also possess a range of resources for KS5 in the 6th form library.
To further develop students’ passion for History, the department offers a range of extra-curricular activities and students are encouraged to expand their interest in History outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to take part in competitions, both local and national, we were successful in the H.A. RAF centenary competition with the Science Department in 2018, which was a national award. We also work closely with local universities to provide enrichment opportunities.
‘We study History not to be clever in another time, but to be wise always’ Cicero
Key Stage 3
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students study History in four one-hour lessons per fortnight. Students are taught in mixed ability groups across KS3. Lessons are based on developing historical skills and promoting active and accessible learning.
Each scheme of work includes a range of different and challenging topics providing students with the key historical skills, knowledge, concepts, sources and interpretations. The curriculum at KS3 is broadly chronological starting with What is History? Which enables us to assess any prior knowledge students may hold. Year 7’s focus is primarily focused on 1066 to the end of the Tudors in 1603 but also gives a background from the Iron Age onwards. Year 8 focus is on the early modern world up until the advent of WW1. Year 9 looks at the USA and Civil Rights, WW1, the interwar years, WW2, the Holocaust and finishes with the Cold War. These topics also give students a grounding in what is taught at GCSE enabling them to have a relevant understanding of the context around events and not seeing them in isolation.
Year 7 - Autumn term
What is History?
Britain from the Iron Age to the End of Anglo-Saxon England
Medieval Power 1066 – 1485
Year 7 - Spring term
What was life like in the Middle Ages?
The Islamic World in Medieval times
Year 7 - Summer term
The Early Tudors to the Elizabethan Age
Year 8 - Autumn term
The Stuarts to the Commonwealth
The Glorious Revolution
Year 8 - Spring term
The Empire and the Slave Trade
The Industrial Revolution
Year 8 - Summer term
Power to the People: 1770 – 1918
Year 9 - Autumn term
American Civil Rights 1860 to the present
World War 1 1914 to 1918
Year 9 - Spring term
World War Two 1939 to 1945
Year 9 - Summer term
The Cold War:
Key Stage 4
History is a popular choice at Key Stage 4, students are entered for Edexcel GCSE History.
Final assessment of these GCSEs will take place at the end of Year 11, in the form of four separate topics in three formal examinations. Paper 1 is on Crime and Punishment c1000 to the Present Day including a Depth Study on Whitechapel c1870 to c1900. Paper 2 is a combined paper in two parts on The Anglo-Saxons and Norman England c1060 to C1088 and Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941 to 1991. Paper 3 is Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919 to 1939. There are 5 History lessons a fortnight at KS4 for students.
Over the course of the two years, students will be assessed regularly, and their progress tracked. Students are also provided with revision guides and have the opportunity to buy further revision resources at a discounted price. Formal mock examinations take place at the end of Year 10 and in the autumn term of Year 11. To extend students’ learning, we offer a range of extra-curricular activities including a trip to Berlin and we are also aiming to put on trips to York Dungeons and local historical sites related to the course content. In the spring term of Year 11, students are provided with an extensive revision programme in preparation for their final exams, which take place at the end of Year 11.
Year 10 - Autumn term
Key Topic 1: Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1060-66
Key Topic 2: William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066-87
Key Topic 3: Norman England, 1066-88
Year 10 - Spring term
Key Topic 1: The Weimar Republic, 1918-29
Key Topic 2: Hitler’s rise to power, 1919-33
Year 10 - Summer term
Key Topic 3: Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933-39
Key Topic 4: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-39
Year 11 - Autumn term
Key Topic 1: The Origins of the Cold War, 1941-58
Key Topic 2: Cold War crises, 1958-70
Key Topic 3: The end of the Cold War, 1970-91
Year 11 - Spring term
Key Topic 1: c1000-c1500: Crime, punishment and law enforcement in medieval England
Key Topic 2: c1500-c1700: Crime, punishment and law enforcement in early modern England
Key Topic 3: c1700-c1900: Crime, punishment and law enforcement in the 18th and 19th centuries
Year 11 - Summer term
Key Topic 4: c1900 – present: Crime, punishment and law enforcement in recent times
Key Topic 5: Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: Crime, policing and the inner city
Key Stage 5
At KS5 The Department offers courses in both History and Politics. Both courses have proved to be popular with numbers of Sixth Form students opting to study History and Politics. Through varied and creative teaching methods, within a supportive academic environment, students are encouraged to become independent, evaluative learners, studying History and Politics to the highest levels.
We teach OCR A Level England 1485-1558: The Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crisis 1547-1558) and Russia 1894-1941 in Year 12 History. In Year 13 History we teach China and its Rulers 1839 to 1989 and an Independent Topic based Essay, which provides students with the opportunity to focus on a historical topic of their choice. There are 8 lessons a fortnight for History
Academic study is complemented by a number of extra-curricular enrichment opportunities, which aim to broaden and develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the subjects in different contexts. Previous opportunities have included visits to Parliament, guest speakers and visits to York University Library. We regularly welcome visiting speakers to provide enrichment for our students and are aiming to work closely with the National Archives in London to enhance our use of primary source material.
The Tudors and Russia are taught in Year 12 with a 5-3 split. The Tudors module focuses on the reigns and policies of Henry VII and Henry VIII where you will learn about pretenders to the throne, domestic strife, foreign policies, wars, powerful men and women, court intrigue, the reformation and rebels and traitors. We then move onto the Mid Tudor Crisis, which is source based, and study Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey and Mary I and the religious rollercoaster and subsequent problems that arise.
Assessment for the Tudors is one 1 ½ hour examination
Autumn term - The Tudors
Year 12 - Spring term – The Tudors
Year 12 - Summer term – The Tudors
Russia focuses on the last years of Imperial rule under the Romanovs and includes sections on the problems of reform, the Russo-Japanese War of 1905 and the 1905 Revolution. Russia’s entry and subsequent defeat in WW1, Rasputin and the Romanovs, the 1917 Revolutions and the execution of the Royal family. The Russian Civil War and Lenin finishing with the dictatorship of Stalin.
Assessment for Russia is one 1 hour examination
Year 12 - Autumn term – Russia
Year 12 - Spring term – Russia
Year 12 - Summer term – Russia
China is predicted to become the biggest economy in the world overtaking the USA within 20 years. Its power and dominance is only growing so understanding the history of China is important for understanding how the 20th Century affected China and how China will affect the 21st Century. It is a complex but fascinating story.
The focus of the module is on the nature of Chinese government and its impact on Chinese people, society and the wider world. You will learn about similarities and differences between the nature of the Qing dynasty in Imperial China, the Presidency of Yuan Shikai, the Warlord Era, the Nationalist Government and the Communist government after 1949. We study the time period 1839-1989.
Assessment is one 2½ hour examination.
Year 13 - Autumn term - China
Year 13 - Spring term – China
Year 13 - Summer term - China
The independent study coursework is on a historical topic of your choice that you have not studied at A level. It is a 3,000 to 4,000 word assignment which prepares you for writing dissertations at Degree level. OCR provide a bank of questions you can choose from or you can choose your own question subject to approval from the examination board. This is the coursework element of you’re a level qualification.
Year 13 - Autumn term – Independent Study
Spring term – Independent Study
Summer term- Independent Study
Full specification is here https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/170128-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-history-a-h505.pdf
Subject/Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Rowlands
Democracy, dictatorship, monarchy, communism and republic – how do these political systems work and what impact do they have on citizens around the world?
Government and politics affects every aspect of our lives; our freedoms, our laws, the opportunities we have to succeed in life. At home in the UK debate continues on immigration, the health services and education.
We also look at the politics of the USA which has come under so much scrutiny over the la
You will study the features of government and political systems at local, national and international levels. You do not need to have studied the subject before, but you must have an interest in politics and current affairs.
The popularity of the Politics department can be seen with large numbers of Sixth Form students opting to study Politics. Through varied and creative teaching methods, within a supportive academic environment, students are encouraged to become independent, evaluative learners, studying Politics to the highest levels.
Academic study is complemented by a number of extra-curricular enrichment opportunities, which aim to broaden and develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject in different contexts. Recent opportunities have included a visit to Houses of Parliament. We also welcome visiting political speakers to provide enrichment for our students.
Year 12 - Autumn term
Year 12 - Spring term
Year 12 - Summer term
Year 13 - Autumn term
Year 13 - Spring term
Year 13 - Summer term
Assessment is 3 x 2 hour examinations. One on Unit 1, one on Unit 2 and another on Unit 3. There are source based questions on the unit 1 and 2 papers.