KS3 Subject Information
History: Students study a range of History topics ranging from England in 1066 through to the First World War and the Holocaust in the 20th century. Pupils learn to develop an awareness and understanding of the role and use of different types of sources as well as their strength, weaknesses and reliability. Pupils also learn how to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame questions and create their own structured answers.
Assessment: Students sit an end of unit assessment for each topic that is levelled. In addition, periodic factual tests are given to assess comprehension and recall.
KS4 Subject Information
Students in GCCE History at Solway Community School will study a range of topics in the new syllabus. In Paper 1, students focus on Understanding the Modern World and on some of the most turbulent and troubled times in the 20th century from the origins of the First World War through to the struggle for civil rights in the USA. In Paper 2, students focus on Shaping the Nation which requires them to study an aspect of British history in detail. At Solway, this involves how medicine and health developed in Britain from 1000 AD to the present day as well as a detailed look at the Norman Conquest of England in the second half of the 11th century.
Assessment: At the end of Year 11, GCSE History pupils sit two exams, the first on Paper 1 and the second on Paper 2.
KS5 Subject Information
Students who choose to continue with History in KS5 at Solway Community School study two topics from the AQA syllabus: The Quest for Political Stability: Germany, 1871-1991, and The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007. In Year 12, AS students focus on The Quest for Political Stability in Germany between 1871 and 1929, and on The Making of Modern Britain from 1951-1979. If students wish to continue with History in Year 13, they take each of the AS topics a step further. That is, The Quest for Political Stability in Germany between 1929 and 1991, and The Making of Modern Britain from 1979-2007.
Assessment: each of the two topics is formally examined at the end of Year 12 (AS) and at the end of Year 13 (A2).