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In the History department at Mount Carmel our students study a variety of very interesting topics.

Key Stage 3

In the History department at Mount Carmel our students study a variety of very interesting topics. The year begins in Year 7 with an introduction: ‘What is History?’ Students are taught the skills to study History. After half-term, Year 7 study the Romans. They are asked Key Questions: How did the Romans develop an Empire? What have the Romans done for us? Students learn through investigation, source analysis and role-play. In the Spring term, students learn about the Middle Ages; from 1066 (The Battle of Hastings) to the 1500s (the Battle of Bosworth). Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through a creative curriculum: by designing board games, creating powerpoint presentations and making models of castles. They complete the Summer term with an end of Year exam based on their knowledge and understanding of the Middle Ages.

At the beginning of Year 8 students study the Tudors and Stuarts, with a focus on the religious issues the Tudors caused and the debate on whether Queen Elizabeth created a ‘Golden Age’. Students also learn about how England became united with Scotland and the consequences of the Gunpowder and the execution of King Charles on English Politics. In the Spring term, through key questions, students learn how and why Britain became an Empire, how the slave trade developed and the campaign for the abolition of slavery. In the Summer term, students learn about Britain in the 1800s, focusing on ‘Crime and Punishment’ and the development of ‘Sport, Leisure and Entertainment’.

In Year 9, students learn about both World War One and World War Two and the impact both Wars had on Britain and the World. Students also investigate topical events (cause, key features and consequence): The Holocaust, The Arab-Israeli Conflict, The Indian campaign for Home Rule, The Notting Hill Riots, The Civil Rights Movement, The assassination of JFK and the Swinging Sixties.

Key Stage 4

GCSE History at Mount Carmel follows the WJEC ‘Schools History Project’. Three examination topics are covered:

Germany (1918-1947)
– The weakness of the Weimar Republic
– The Rise of Hitler
– Hitler’s Germany
– The fall of Hitler and Germany

Crime and Punishment Through Time – from 1534 to the Present
– Why do people commit crime?
– When was the police force established?
– When did trials evolve?
– How have criminals been punished through time?

Sport, Leisure and Entertainment from 1900-the Present
A development study of  ‘Sport, Leisure and Entertainment form 1900 to the present’.

The examination is spilt into two parts:
Paper 1 Crime and Punishment
Paper 2 Germany 1918-47
Paper 3 Sport, Leisure and Entertainment from 1900-the Present

Pupils must also complete 1 piece of course work and this is worth 25% of the final mark.

Eighteenth Century Cotton Mills
In Year 10 Mount Carmel History students visit Quarry Bank Mill and consider the following questions in this piece of coursework:
– How typical was Quarry Bank Mill and its owners, the Greg’s compared to other eighteenth Century cotton mills?
– Which sources were the most useful to answer this question?

History is a great subject to study if you:
– Want to be a teacher, lawyer, police man/woman, archaeologist, forensic scientist etc.
– Want academic credibility on applying to colleges and universities
– Want to find out about YOUR past!

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