Ms S. Lopez Khan (Head of Humanities)
KS3 History at Buxton covers a wide range of topics that stimulate and engage our students.
- Students begin Year 7 with a Baseline Assessment to determine the differing levels of students, followed by learning the skills needed to tackle History at secondary school through our What is History? unit. Then students study a wide range of topics that give our students a broad view of different historical periods and themes. We begin with the Life in the Middle Ages unit, which helps students to understand the early history and development of the English people, and finish with the study of castles. Last year we took students on a field trip to Borough Market to give students the opportunity to appreciate the importance of ‘peasant’ produce in Britain’s history. Every year we will vary the field trip, and this year will visit Mounfitchet. Our students then move East to study Islamic Civilisations and then The Crusades. Year 7 ends with a study about African Civilisations, then onto African People of the Americas.
- Our year begins with a study of the religious turmoil that England experienced during The Reformation during the Tudor reign. We then move on to looking at the gruesome nature of religious belief in the seventeenth century by learning about Crime and Punishment, the treatment of ‘witches’, the Black Plague and the Great Fire of London. Later in the year, we move forward in time and students study both World Wars, as a prologue in preparation for GCSE. We finish the year by spending some time studying the impact of The Holocaust. This not only gives our students the opportunity to learn about deeply tragic events in the twentieth century but also to ask philosophical questions about how human beings treat one another.
- The government changes for 2018 have just been accredited in November 2015. We are in the process of adapting our Schemes of Learning for the Edexcel syllabus, which includes 3 exams and no coursework.
- GCSE History at Buxton has, until 2015, followed the OCR B 2013 Modern World History syllabus. For current year 10 and 11, this has been a three year course, giving our students the maximum chance to leave school at 16 with a greater opportunity to achieve the top grades. Students leaving in the year 2015 achieved 85% A* – C – the highest results the school has achieved for History. In the first year, students take a unit on International Relations called A New World? 1948-2005. During this, students study the impact of the Cold War on Eastern Europe, and the developments of resistance movements in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Germany and Poland. During this period, students are introduced to the ideological differences between Capitalism and Communism, and the changing nature of warfare and politics in the second half of the twentieth century. This topic gives our students the chance to explore the reasons for the end of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Empire. We then move on to studying terrorism in the twentieth century – this includes the different definitions of terrorism and focusing on motivations of the Irish Republican Army, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, and Al Qaeda. We discuss the use of terrorism and the impact that it has on our world today. We finish this unit with a study on the significance of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the legacy of these in shaping the world today.
Following our International Relations unit, our Year 10 and 11 students complete a Depth Study on Mao’s China c. 1930-1976. This unit is a detailed study of how China became Communist, to the changes that Communist rule made to life in China, the relations that China had with the rest of the world and then finally the future of China in our world today as a growing, admired and vilified economic superpower and the legacy of Communist rule.
This course then moves onto a British Depth Study, 1939-1975. This topic shows students the changes that British society experienced following WWII and the impact of a new Labour government. This includes studying the impact of post-war Immigration to Britain, the introduction of the Welfare State and NHS; and changes following the Women’s Liberation Movement and the growth and rebellion of a new generation of Young People in the 1960s. This is a source-based unit of work, which utilises evidence-analysis skills to which students are introduced in KS3.
The final unit is the Controlled Assessment on The USA: A Land of Freedom? 1945 – 75. This topic is primarily on the impact and importance of the struggle for Black Civil Rights in America. Students learn about the nature of the struggle for black citizens, the development of protest, and the philosophies of crucial conflicting figures such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Students then complete an independently researched essay task (with footnotes) of 2000 words in a controlled environment of 8 hours, which allows them to demonstrate the skills learnt throughout their time at Buxton and prepares them extremely well for further study in any subject.
Note from Buxton History Department
We are proud of the diverse nature of History at Buxton and of the opportunities that our students are afforded during their time here. We aim to offer as many world-based subjects as possible to give students a deeper global awareness. The Humanities teachers are passionate about learning about other cultures and promote exploration of the world for a true understanding of the nature of humanity.