History

The History department at Rushey Mead Academy aims to develop in the students a confident understanding and appreciation of the past.


We nurture questioning minds and the development of independent thinking.  Teachers in the department are renowned for their innovative teaching methods.  This ensures that students gain transferable skills (interpretation, evaluation, analysis) to enable them to excel across the curriculum and in the modern workplace.

At Key Stage 3 units are designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding required by the Key Stage 3 History Programme of Study, from the National Curriculum.

At Key Stage 4 we follow the OCR SHP A GCSE History Course for the current Year 11. Year 10 we follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History   

KEY STAGE 3

During Key Stage 3 students have three lessons a week of Geography and History. Through the key stage this time is divided equally between the two subjects.

At Key Stage 3 students study Overview studies (enquiries) that enable students to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the main events and people across a long time span, develop a sense of period/era, and identify the links and developments. This is complemented by Big (Assessment) Questions (enquiries) that enable students to immerse themselves in the rich detail of the past through exploring some of the key events, people or changes and making the big ideas and stories more memorable.

Progress at Key Stage 3 is measured using a range of assessments which include essay style questions. 

Year 7

  • Introduction to Historical Skills
  • Medieval Realms 1066-1485

Year 8

  • The Making Of the United Kingdom
  • Expansion, Trade & Industry

Year 9

  • Twentieth Century World (including The Holocaust)

KEY STAGE 4

During Key Stage 4 students will have either 3 lessons a week in Year 10 and 2 lessons a week in Year 11 or 2 lessons a week in Year 10 and 3 lessons a week in Year 11.

 GCSE History enables students to gain relevant skills valued by employers, FE Colleges and Universities:

  • The ability to sort through and select information
  • The ability to weigh up and support an argument
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate information, images etc
  • An understanding of our past and how it influences our present (and future)
  • An enjoyment and appreciation of History

Current Year 11

The current Year 11 are completing the OCR A SHP GCE History qualification. The course covers three main topics:

  • A Study in Depth: Germany 1918-1945
  • A Development Study: Crime & Punishment across time (Romans to C20th)
  • A Controlled Assessment History Around Us: Victorian Leicester

The course has three assessment components:

  • Unit A953 History Around Us Controlled Assessment 25%
  • Unit A954 Development & Depth Study Examination 45%
  • Unit A955 Historical Source Investigation Examination 30%

The Controlled Assessment Unit is delivered in the summer term of Year 10. It includes a visit to local history site. The assessment is an extended piece of writing with a 2000 word limit.

Current Year 10

In Year 10 students are following the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History (1HIO). There are four topics:

  • Thematic study and historic environment: Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900:crime, policing and the inner city.
  • Period study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
  • British depth study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.
  • Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

The course has three assessment components:

  • Paper One (1HIO/10) Thematic study and historic environment 30%
  • Paper Two (1HIO/26/27) Period study and British depth study 40%
  • Paper Three (1HIO/31) Modern depth study 30%

These are all written examinations completed at the end of the two year course.

USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT

www.ocr.org.uk/history
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk 
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education 
www.victorianweb.org

We also have our own twitter feed @rusheymeadhist where we share relevant articles, links and revision tips.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Humanities Study Club runs once a week enabling students across all years to access support and resources.
Year 11 Revision classes are run in the Spring Term. There are visits to places of historical interest, including a GCSE visit to the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham and Abbey Pumping Station. We have developed close links with the University of Leicester to offer master classes and University experience days.

KS3 visits have included The Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalom) where students had the opportunity to listen to and talk with a Holocaust survivor. Students also have opportunities to enrich their learning within school participating in workshops delivered by expert facilitators including Kwibuka 20 in partnership with The Holocaust Centre and Uganda 40 in conjunction with BBC Radio Leicester.Humanities Study Club runs once a week enabling students across all years to access support and resources.

Year 11 Revision classes are run in the Spring Term. There are visits to places of historical interest, including a GCSE visit to the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham and Abbey Pumping Station. We have developed close links with the University of Leicester to offer master classes and University experience days. KS3 visits have included The Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalom) where students had the opportunity to listen to and talk with a Holocaust survivor.

Students also have opportunities to enrich their learning within school participating in workshops delivered by expert facilitators including Kwibuka 20 in partnership with The Holocaust Centre and Uganda 40 in conjunction with BBC Radio Leicester.

CONTACT US:

Ms Robinson – wrobinson@rushey-rmet.org.uk