Greensteds International School
Mar 30, 2017
History Department

Overview

 

You Do Not Know Your PAST, You Will Surely REPEAT It In Your FUTURE.

The teaching of History at Greensteds aims to stimulate each student’s natural interest in the past and improve their understanding of it. In their History lessons, students develop the skills of
critical thinking, incisive analysis, effective oral and written argument, reading between the
lines, essay writing and much, much more.  History is not just a dry series of dates and events (though they do matter).


 It is an ongoing process of investigation, analysis, selection and debate.  It is this process which inspires inquisitive, challenging and analytical minds to pursue the subject up the school and beyond.

 

Content of History at Key Stage 3


At Key Stage 3, The course has been constructed around the requirements of the National Curriculum and     
we encourage the students to make connections and contrasts across time and continents, societies
and cultures; religions and politics.  We travel through the Middle Ages  in the  First Year, moving
on to the French Revolution, and aspects of the 19th century in the Second Year.  Third Year students follow a 20th century course, which begins with World War One and charts the road to World War Two and on to events of more recent times.

 

Planning for progression


Our department considers a number of issues when planning for progression and monitoring pupils' progress. What is known about what pupils have already achieved at key stage 2 and how does this affect the pitch of early units?
How can units be sequenced so that earlier efforts lay the foundation for later work?
When ideas and concepts are revisited or reinforced is it in a different context or using different activities?
Are there sufficient opportunities for pupils to show greater independence with various forms and amounts of History?
Is there sufficient challenge for pupils in year 7, year 8 and year 9?
How are able pupils, with competence and expertise beyond the level expected in particular years, challenged?
Are students with learning difficulties given support to ensure they continue to meet their own challenges?
Are appropriate expectations made of pupils in their use of language, mathematics and ICT?
Does the programme represent a coherent experience of history for those who leave the subject at the end of year 9?
Does the programme constitute an adequate preparation for pupils who continue history through to key stage 4?


Key Stage 4


International General Certificate of Secondary Education (Cambridge) Paper 0470
History is an optional subject at Key stage 4. Students sit for C.I.E exam at the end of June after a two year course starting in Year 10 through to Year 11.

 

Assessment

 

History is 100% exam based assessment.                                                                                            
Students sit exams at the end of year 10, mock exams in year 11 and their final IGCSE exams at the end of year 11.

 

Students are prepared and entered for the following papers:

 

Paper 1 – 3 Questions - Core and depth study questions; (Weighting value: 40%)
Paper 2 – 6 Question – source-based questions with a prescribed topic; (Weighting value: 33%)
Paper 4 – 1 Question – depth study  (Weighting value: 27%)

 

Our staff consists of Mr. Raymond Bosire (HOD).

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