Topic outline

  • KS3 - Year 7

    Invasions, plots, murders and plagues- the medieval period had it all! From survival in the Arabian desert, through the settlement of medieval European tribes, to the victory of William the Conqueror in 1066 and how he paved the way for the kings of England in the centuries to follow. Year 7 history at SVC follows a varied and rich path through the medieval history of both Europe and Arabia, working not only on knowledge and understanding, but also on key historical skills such as interpretation and debate.

    Work in Year 7 is divided into different enquiries each term, with 2-8 lessons being spent on each enquiry. Topics that will be covered throughout the year will include:

    • What is history?
    • What divided medieval worlds?
    • What made a successful medieval king?
    • What happened in 1066?
    • How, and why, were medieval wars fought?
    • What was the Black Death, and why was it so terrifying?
    • Where was it better to be ill in medieval times: Europe or Islamic Asia?

    Ely Enterprise Project:

    In the final half term of the academic year all year 7 historians take part in a local study on the city of Ely. This is an enterprise project where pupils set up an organization to help encourage visitors to Ely to enjoy its rich and diverse history. Pupils will utilize all of their new found historical skills, as well as building on cross curricular skills from subjects such as IT and Geography.

  • KS3 - Year 8

    1500 -1750 - The Making of the United Kingdom!

    The period 1500-1900 in Europe was one of constant change, for peoples of all backgrounds. From the ordinary workers in the fields, to the citizens of the growing New World; from Kings and their grip on their kingdoms, to the working classes and their demands for the right to vote- the year 8 curriculum is very much focused on the lives of the peoples of Europe throughout this period, and on how the major events of the period played a significant role in shaping those lives.

    Work in Year 8 is divided up into different enquiries each term, with 2-8 lessons being spent on each enquiry. Topics that will be covered throughout the year include:

    • Did everyday lives get better between 1500 and 1900?
    • When was life hardest for children?
    • Why did religion become a matter of life and death?
    • Why were Europeans so mad about empire?
    • Why did monarchs lose control?
    • What was the slave trade and why was it abolished?
    • If Britain was so ‘great’ then why did people emigrate?
  • KS3 - Year 9

    After 1900 - A World Study!

    In the last 100 years historians estimate that 50 million people have been killed as a result of wars or conflicts. It's easy to think of the medieval world as a dangerous place, but in fact the century you were born in is a lot worse! Maybe we don't see cities wiped out by cholera or the plague any more - but think about how many can be killed with nuclear weapons...

    This is the last course we do in Key Stage Three. It takes an overview of the main events, personalities and development of the period, especially the way in which war has shaped our modern world.

    You will study the following topics:

    • How far has warfare changed in the twentieth century
    • The Western Front: A Depth Study
    • How did the Nazis control everyday life in Germany after 1933?
    • Why did the Second World War Start?
    • What were people's experiences during the Second World War?
    • How and Why did the Holocaust Happen?
    • Human Rights: Any Progress?
    • The Cold War: a case study - the Cuban Missile Crisis
    • How will twentieth century America be remembered?
  • GCSE History

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification
    Edexcel Exam Board - GCSE History GCSE History

    History is a very popular and vibrant subject here at Soham Village College. It is taught by an enthusiastic team who enjoy the challenge of bringing the subject to life.  Multi-media work and 'active' history are the norm in GCSE lessons. History GCSE seeks to encourage students to develop the ability to think independently, to form a reasoned argument and to evaluate sources of information in a critical way. The study of History at GCSE provides an excellent foundation/level of skills for a wide variety of jobs including law, politics, journalism, strategic management and the armed services.

    The syllabus offered is called 'Schools History Project' and the work covered is divided into four key areas

    1. A Study in Development - Crime and Punishment through Time
      This broad study looks at the theme of crime and punishment in Britain from the 15th century to the present day.  It is a fantastic course that provides students with a good understanding of how British justice got to the point it is at today.  The course considers laws, policing, crimes and punishments and includes such diverse topics as witchcraft, the death penalty and the formation of the first police force.  This unit makes up 25% of the course and is assessed by a 1hr 15 minute exam.

    2. Change in  British Society (1955 – 1975)
      This unit involves a fascinating look at British cultural history.  It gives students an understanding of this very diverse period in British history.  The unit includes a study of Immigration and the issues and problems surrounding it, including the race riots; and sex discrimination and the changing role of women, including women’s liberation/feminism.  The unit also looks at how and why society became more liberal considering issues such as the death penalty, contraception and abortion.  The final section of this unit explores the ‘swinging sixties’ and considers how far they were actually ‘swinging’ looking at areas such as youth culture, mods and rockers, hippies, music, fashion, punks. This is all set against the economic hardship of the time and the ‘average’ British family.   This unit makes up 25% of the course and is assessed by controlled conditions coursework.

    3. A Study in Depth – Life in Germany (1919 – 1945)
      This section of the course revisits some of the work that has been explored in Y9 but in more detail and depth.  The enquiry examines the reasons for and the impact of the development of the Nazi regime in Germany. It examines conditions in Weimar Germany and the reasons why many German people began to support the Nazi party. It explores the setting up and nature of Nazi government. The emphasis is on the impact on and the reactions of differing groups of people in Germany living in the Nazi state.  This study provides students with a valuable insight into the dangers of economic turmoil, the limitations of democracy and the consequences of making the wrong political choices. The study provides us with a clear ‘warning from history’ that is still very relevant today.  The unit makes up 25% of the course and is assessed with a 1hr 15 minute exam.

    4. Protest in the 20th Century – Source Enquiry
      This unit focuses on the causes, leaders, tactics and outcomes of protest in the 20th century by examining four case studies.  The general strike (1926) and the miners’ strike (1984) are studied as examples of economic protest.  The suffragettes (1903 – 1914) and the poll tax protest (1990) are studied as examples of political protest.  These case studies will be examined through the use of historical sources.  This unit makes up 25% of the course and is assessed by a 1hr 15 minute exam.

    Other Information

    GCSE History students will have the opportunity to take part in a trip to the Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham in Year 10. This is a fantastic museum where they get to see a real historic prison and take part in a mock trial in a 19th century courtroom.
    There will also be the opportunity to go on a trip to Berlin in Year 11 to support the unit on the 'Life in Germany (1919 – 1945)'.