Key Stage 3

History is the study of our past. We learn throughout KS3 where we come from, why people in the past behaved as they did, and how the past shapes our future. This KS3 course has been designed to prepare learners to make excellent progress into KS4 with a particular focus on developing the skills associated with academic discipline of History. The foundational skills acquired from the study of history have application in most working environments, the ability to make reasoned judgements, process large amounts of information, construct logical arguments and decipher a range of evidence types have clear benefit to all other subjects, too.

Year 7 at Hillsview Academy (HVA) aims to develop learners’ skills as historians. Students will practice making inferences, understanding significance, identifying progress and decline, working with evidence, understanding different historical perspectives, analysing interpretations and they will become accustomed to forming their own well-reasoned judgements. These skills are acquired and practiced as part of a broad history of the British Isles, from the Stone Age to the twentieth century; making sure to stop off at the most significant points in-between.

For Year 8 students, the opportunity to engage in depth studies of slavery, and to study British History during the Tudor period forms the basis of our learning, promoting self-study and research to draw our own conclusions about the past.

Key Stage 4

Paper 1 – Crime and Punishment 1000-present (Option 10)

This module spans an entire millennium from the 11th to the 21st century. What crimes happened during Anglo-Saxon period in England and what kind punishments did they have? How has crime and punishment changed and perhaps more importantly why has it changed? This course examines the different factors that have influenced developments in crime and punishment, zooming in on the most significant case studies: the reign of Bloody Mary, the gunpowder plot, the rise of witch-hunts, the case of jack the ripper, terrorism and the emergence of online crimes.

Paper 2a – Super Power Relations 1941-91

As war comes to its bitter end, a new more destructive and timeless division emerges across Europe. The ideological divide between east and west becomes permanent with the erection of the Berlin Wall a tangible construction that explains two halves of a globe. James Bond is based around this intrigue with spies, new weapons and murderous collusion's and forms the syllabus our students learn at KS4. The journey takes us from inevitable divide to wondrous unification of Europe by 1991 and the fall of Communism in the East.

Paper 2b – Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest, 1060–66

1066 is one of the most memorable dates in British history. The conquest of Duke William of Normandy was the last time that England was invaded by a foreign force. The Norman Conquest changed England forever and set the course of British history. Our landscape was shaped by the Norman architecture and Norman culture shows itself in our language and customs. Just how did William become one of England’s greatest monarchs, how did he consolidate power and what legacy did he leave behind?

Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39

From a minor annoyance of a few hundred members the National Socialists (Nazis) become the dominant force in Germany, changing forever the shape of Europe once more. Our students learn how Hitler was voted into power and the road to war that comes to dominate the depressive years of the 1930s. Life in Germany is shown to be both terrifying and amazing depending upon the group that you fell into under Nazi policy. Students engage in this in depth study to formulate an understanding of how a forward thinking country can commit unforgivable atrocities.

Subject Teachers:

Mrs A Storey (Curriculum Leader of Humanities) - astorey@hillsviewacademy.org

Mr D Grainger - dgrainger@hillsviewacademy.org

Mr L Boyd-Hill - lboyd-hill@hillsviewacademy.org

Mr C Craig - ccraig@hillsviewacademy.org