History

Welcome to History

All teachers of history at Valley are extraordinarily enthusiastic about our subject and strive to create exciting, imaginative and inspiring lessons. We believe in consistently challenging students to hone their skills and broaden their knowledge with targeted and personalised learning; we encourage them to ask questions of themselves and the subject itself so that they can become independent and self-sufficient learners. We believe the study of history is vitally important, as it offers not only an excellent understanding of the many ways that the world has developed and changed over time, but also a greater understanding of the world we live in today.

Staff

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Key Stage 3

The History course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) course in Key Stage 4. In Year 7 students study a variety of topics shown below. During the year students will build on their historical knowledge and develop their skills. In Year 8 students will use the knowledge and skills developed during Year 7 to develop their exam technique in preparation for starting their GCSE in Year 9.

Year 7

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Year 8

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr Dan Sykes (2nd in Faculty)

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in History

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Dan Sykes (2nd in Faculty)

Key Stage 5

AQA GCE A Level History

Course Breakdown

Year 1
Unit 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1649.
Unit 2: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–1929.

Year 2
Unit 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1702.
Unit 2: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–1953.
Unit 3: Historical Enquiry.

How is this course assessed?

Year 1
Paper 1 – 1½ hour external examination.
Paper 2 – 1½ hour external examination.

Year 2
Paper 1 – 1½ hour external examination.
Paper 2 – 1½ hour external examination.

AQA GCE A Level History is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr D Sykes (Teacher of History)

Enrichment Opportunities for History

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.