CONTACT

Anne Pearce (Headteacher)
Woodeaton Manor School,
Woodeaton,
Oxfordshire,
OX3 9TS

Tel: 01865 558722

Parents & Carers Meetings

On the 2nd Monday of every half term parents and carers are invited to attend a session covering a range of topics.
Meetings usually start at 7pm with refreshments provided.

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History

Aims

The History Department at Woodeaton aims to promote an enthusiasm for, and interest in, the past.  Students will be introduced to a variety of historical sources which includes written sources such as newspapers, diaries and memoirs, physical sources from different time periods and also stimulating sources such as video, audio tape and music.  This will enable them to learn to explore the subject and develop important skills like understanding the causes and consequences of events.  Students also learn the important skills of critically examining historical sources, and evaluating their worth. The relating of stories about important events and outstanding individuals also forms an important part of the teaching of history as that is what provides the fascination for many of us about our past.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, (Years 7 and 8) we focus on the study of British history since 1066, making links to European and world history where appropriate. To help students make connections between the different periods studied, we examine the same six key themes each year: conflict, power, the movement of peoples, empire, ordinary life and ideas and beliefs.

Pupils have two History lessons, (one hour) per week. Our emphasis is on motivating pupils so that they want to learn History by providing a learning environment where pupils are encouraged to take risks and be challenged with their learning, through curriculum experiences that are stimulating, rewarding, exciting, relevant and fun. The teaching of History follows the National Framework for Key Stage 3.

Pupils have the opportunity of engaging in group work and independent learning is always encouraged.

Pupils are continually assessed by their teaching using any combination of the following:

  • Information from observing, listening to and talking with pupils in lessons
  • Written work in their exercise books
  • Written tests (end of units and end of term)
  • End of Year tests

 

Course Content Years 7/8

Term

Year 7

Year 8

1

An Introduction to the Middle ages:

To include:

  • Chronology
  • Sequencing
  • Introduction to Primary / Secondary sources.

The Norman Conquest:

  • Claimants to the throne.
  • Events of 1066

The making of the United Kingdom.

To include:

  • Britain in 1500
  • Henry & the Mid-Tudors

 

2

Battles:

  • Fulford
  • Stamford Bridge
  • Hastings.

Castles:

  • Role of.
  • Attacking & defending.

 

  • Elizabeth1
  • The Civil Wars

3

Medieval Town / Country life:

  • Justice in the Middle ages
  • Medieval Religion.
  • The Black death

The Slave Trade

To include

  • Economy, conditions & realties of the Slave Trade

4

Problems facing Medieval Kings:

  • Thomas Becket
  • Magna Carta
  • Peasants’ revolt.
  • Opposition to Slavery

5

The Crusades:

  • Christianity and Islamic Crusades
  • Effects of the Crusades.

 

Britain & the First World War

To include:

  • The outbreak of war.
  • The Schlieffen Plan
  • Trench Warfare
  • Weapons and Tactics

6

The Crusades:

  • Why did people go on Crusades?
  • What did the Crusades achieve?
  • What were the effects of the Crusades.

 

  • The Home Front
  • The End of the War.

 

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Teachers: Mrs Holifield / Ms Jenkins
Course: AQA, GCSE History 9-1, 8145
Duration: 2 Years – Linear

First teaching from September 2016

At GCSE, we have recently introduced the AQA Modern World syllabus. This includes examination units on Medicine Through Time and Elizabethan England 1558-1603. The controlled assessment element involves a trip to Oxford Castle (formerly Oxford prison), and an examination of evidence in order to reach conclusions about prisons during the Victorian era.

Course Content

Term

Year 10

Year 11

1

Medicine Through Time Unit 1

Elizabeth I Unit 2

2

Medicine Through Time Unit 1

Elizabeth I Unit 2

3

Medicine Through Time Unit 1

Elizabeth I Unit 2

4

Medicine Through Time Unit 1

Elizabeth I Unit 2/Revision

5

Controlled Assessment

Revision

6

Controlled Assessment

Revision

 

In Key Stage 4 pupils have three History lessons, (One and a half hours) per week. At this stage our emphasis is on challenging pupils so that they are able to extend their learning and knowledge and to create independent learners, initially by giving them small research tasks and later, through the controlled assessment. Pupils will also have the opportunity of engaging in group work.

The teaching of History at KS4 uses the Schools History Project text books Elizabethan England and Medicine and Health Through time, as well as many other additional resources.

Pupils are continually assessed by their teaching using a combination of the following:

  • Information from observing, listening to and talking with pupils in lessons
  • Written work in their exercise books
  • Written assessments
  • Past exam papers