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Coombes Girls School


History is a vibrant exciting, informative and vital part of any person’s development, it is a subject not just for
school but for life! Our society today has not emerged by magic overnight, it has evolved over centuries and we
can only understand where we are now and where we might be in the future, by understanding where we have
come from.

Through history we look at different ideas, cultures, religions and interpretations; this is the single
most important lesson of history, understanding different points of view. In this way we can help to break down
prejudice and ignorance, to make the world a more harmonious place. History is vital to help prepare our pupils
to be better prepared for the outside world and to make them better citizens.

what to expect in year 7 

The budding new historians arriving at Coombe in Year 7 are transported back to Medieval Times to witness the Norman Conquest, the reign of King John and hear grumesome tales how the Black Death ravaged through Medieval England. To top off the year there is a trip to Warwick Castle to see first hand William the Conqueror's motte-and-bailey castle. 

what to expect in year 8 

In Year 8 we look at how our country has been transformed through religion and The English Reformation, through Industry with it's revolution and The Great Exhibition, through to the power of the British Empire with it's slave trade right through to the abolition of slavery and civil rights in the US.

what to expect in year 9 

The final year of Key stage 3 gives students a variety of topics to explore. Developments in the rights of women: suffragists and suffragettes, a history of beauty and medicine over time and then we jump into one of history's key events World War One. Year 9 historians also visit the World War One battlefields on an overnight residential.

why choose history for gcse? 

What does studying history involve? 

Our GCSE is designed to engage you with a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain
and the wider world and give you skills that will support progression to further study of
history and a wide range of other subjects.

Edexcel GCSE History 9-1:

During Year 10 and Year 11 you will study four units that will be examined at the end of Year 11. The GCSE is assessed by 100% exam. The four units you will study over the two years.

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (30% of GCSE) Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes 

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40% of GCSE) - Spain and the ‘New World’, c1490–c1555 and Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30% of GCSE) Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes

How will I know if I will be good at it? 

We will provide you with a range of resources to help you prepare for the assessments, including:
● specimen papers to support formative assessments and mock exams
● levelled exemplars of student work with examiner commentaries.

In Year 10 students visit the Tower of London during the summer term as part of their Elizabethan England and Crime and Punishment course.

In Year 11 students participate in a Jack the Ripper walking tour at night as part of their Whitechapel unit.