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Key Stage 4

 Pearson Edexcel GCSE History

We follow the Pearson Edexcel History Course which is studied over two years, with the exam at the end of Year 11.

Year 10 Topics

The American West, c1836–c1895 

Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–1540 

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms  Year 10
Autumn 1 

Paper 2 (Option 24/25)

Option 24/25: The American West, c1835–c1895

Key topic 1: The early settlement of the West, c1835–c1862

  • The Plains Indians: their beliefs and way of life
  • Migration and early settlement
  • Conflict and tension

Key topic 2: Development of the plains, c1862–c1876

  • The development of settlement in the West
  • Ranching and the cattle industry
  • Changes in the way of life of the Plains Indians

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: consequence;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics.

Target: Analytical narrative (i.e. analysis of causation/consequence/ change);

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: consequence/significance;

Autumn 2

Paper 2 (Option 24/25)

Option 24/25: The American West, c1835–c1895

Key topic 3: Conflicts and conquest, c1876–c1895

  • Changes in farming, the cattle industry and settlement
  • Conflict and tension
  • The Plains Indians: the destruction of their way of life

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: consequence/significance;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics

Spring 1

Paper 2 (Option B3)

Option B3: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

Key topic 1: Henry VIII and Wolsey, 1509–29

  • Henry VIII, Renaissance Prince
  • The rise of Wolsey and his policies
  • Wolsey’s foreign policy
  • Wolsey, Catherine, the succession and annulment

Key topic 2: Henry VIII and Cromwell, 1529–40

  • Cromwell’s rise to power, 1529–34
  • Cromwell, and the king’s marriages
  • Cromwell and government, 1534–40
  • The fall of Cromwell

Target: Knowledge of key features and characteristics of the period.

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts: causation

Spring 2

Paper 2 (Option B3)

Option B3: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

Key topic 3: The Reformation and its impact, 1529–40

  • The break with Rome
  • Opposition to, and impact of, Reformation, 1534–40 The dissolution of the monasteries
  • The Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts: change;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics.

Summer 1 

Paper 1 (Option 11)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

c1250–c1500: Medicine in medieval England/ c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in England

  • Medieval Medicine – ideas about causes of disease
  • Medieval Prevention and Treatment
  • Black Death Case Study
  • Renaissance Medicine – ideas about causes of disease

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: similarity;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics of the period.

Summer 2 

Paper 1 (Option 11)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in England/ c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain

  • Vesalius and Harvey
  • Hospitals and the Plague
  • Jenner and vaccination
  • Germ Theory – Pasteur and Koch
  • Florence Nightingales and Hospitals

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts: change and continuity;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics.

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts:

significance/change;

 

Year 11-Topics

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms

Year 11

Autumn 1

Paper 1 (Option 11)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present 

c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain/ c1900–present: Medicine in modern Britain

  • Antiseptics and Anaesthetics
  • Public Health – cholera epidemic
  • Modern Ideas – DNA
  • Magic Bullets
  • The NHS
  • High Tech medicine and Surgery

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts: change and continuity;

Knowledge and understanding of features and characteristics.

Target: Analysis and evaluation of second order concepts:

Significance/change.

Autumn 2

Paper 1 (Option 11)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  • Knowledge, selection and use of sources for historical enquiries

Target: Analysis and evaluation of source utility.

Target: Source analysis and use (the ability to frame historical questions).

Spring 1

Paper 3 (Option 31)

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Key topic 1: The Weimar Republic 1918–29

  • The origins of the Republic, 1918–19
  • The early challenges to the Weimar Republic, 1919–23
  • The recovery of the Republic, 1924–29
  • Changes in society, 1924–29

Key topic 2: Hitler’s rise to power, 1919–33

  • Early development of the Nazi Party, 1920–22
  • The Munich Putsch and the lean years, 1923–29.
  • The growth in support for the Nazis, 1929–32
  • How Hitler became Chancellor, 1932–33

Target: Knowledge of key features and characteristics of the period.

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: causation.

Spring 2

Paper 3 (Option 31)

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Key topic 3: Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933–39

  • The creation of a dictatorship, 1933–34
  • The police state
  • Controlling and influencing attitudes
  • Opposition, resistance and conformity

Key topic 4: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39

  • Nazi policies towards women
  • Nazi policies towards the young
  • Employment and living standards
  • The persecution of minorities

Target: Knowledge of key features and characteristics of the period.

Target: Analysis of second order concepts: causation.

Target: Analysis and evaluation of source utility.

Target: Analysis of interpretations (how they differ).

Target: Analysis and evaluation of interpretations.

Summer 1

Revision

Summer 2

Examination