Balshaw’s Church of England High School

History

History Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mr M Barrett the Curriculum Leader.

  • Mr M Barrett - Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs K Cherry
  • Mrs D Howarth
  • Mr J Morgan (Deputy Head)
  • Mr S Riley (Head of Farington)
  • Mrs A Wilson (Deputy Head)

Year 7

  • Why do we study History? What is History?
  • Chronology - ordering events
  • Evidence - how we use evidence
  • How can evidence be useful
  • Contemporary evidence and interpretations
  • 'Who are the British'?
  • Church, state, society 1066 onwards
  • 1066 - Norman Conquest
  • How did William win 1066?
  • How did the Normans establish control?
  • Castle building - importance of castles, Motte and Bailey castles, Stone Keep castles, developments over time
  • Feudal system
  • Domesday survey
  • Religion in Medieval times
  • Religion and daily life/role of the catholic church
  • Thomas Becket and the murder of
  • Monastic life - Monks and Nuns
  • What was life like for the peasants in the Middle Ages?
  • Public health problems in the Middle Ages
  • Why was the Black Death so significant?

Year 8

Developments of Church, State, Society 1509 onward

  • The Renaissance
  • Henry VIII and the English Reformation
  • Protestants and Catholics
  • Edward VI and Mary I - the religious roller coaster
  • Elizabeth I
  • Elizabeth and religion
  • The Spanish Armada - reasons for English victory
  • 1605 Gunpowder Plot and James I
  • Charles 1625-49. Why was there a Civil War? Why was Charles I executed? The role of Cromwell
  • 1665 Great Plague

Power, Industry, Empire 1745 -1901

  • Population growth - it's causes/impact
  • What were living and working conditions like in the 18th and 19th centuries?
    • Factory conditions/factory life
    • Public health in towns
  • Cholera and John Snow
  • Work of Reformers - factory reform/public health
  • Role of government - Public Health Acts 1848, 1875
  • Development of the British Empire
  • Historical developments of slavery
  • Atlantic slave trade 'Middle Passage'

Year 9

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider World - the 20th century

  • Events at the end of WW1
    • Terms of Treaty of Versailles
  • Rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany. Why did Hitler gain power by 1933?
  • Life in Nazi Germany - propaganda/education in Nazi Germany
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Persecution and prejudice
  • The Holocaust/the Final Solution

Key events of WW2 possible areas include:

  • Dunkirk
  • Battle of Britain
  • Barborossa - Germany v Soviet Russia
  • D-Day
  • Life on the Home Front
  • Impact of WW2 on medicine/surgery

Pearl Harbour - The USA enters WW2

  • The development of the Atomic Bomb
  • The Pacific War against Japan
  • Was the use of atomic bombs justified?

GCSE content and skills Summer Term Year 9
USA 1920-73 parts 1 and 2

  • Boom 20's advertising/consumer society/hire purchase/mass production
  • Inequities "Divided Society"
  • Republican policies and stock market boom
  • Organised crime
  • Prohibition
  • Immigrants and their experiences
  • Red scare, Sacco and Vanzetti, Ku Klux Klan
  • Bust - Depression and New Deal
  • Impact of Depression - unemployment, farmers, businessmen
  • Hoovers unpopularity. Election of Roosevelt 
  • Impact of New Deal. Opposition to New Deal
  • Impact of WW2 on US economy recovery
  • Effects of WW2 on women and African Americans

 

Years 10 & 11

  • We study AQA GCSE History

GCSE Historians

For more information regarding 'GCSE Historians', please see here