Key Stage 3
History is taught within the Humanities faculty at Lipson.
In history at KS3 we aim to give the students a good understanding of historical chronology by introducing a full range of key events from 1066 until the present day. In addition, we aim to encourage students to appreciate the different opinions that people have of past events through the examination of evidence, looking at issues of provenance, utility and bias.
Key Stage 4
KS4 Exam Board
At KS4 we study WJEC Modern History. Students investigate three key themes. The first unit concentrates on Britain from 1929 – 1951, where we examine the impact of the Great Depression and the subsequent introduction of the NHS and the welfare state. Students will also investigate the reasons for the rise to power of Hitler and the impact of the Nazis on Germany in the second unit. Finally, students will examine the USA from 1929-2000. We believe these units provide our students with an excellent understanding of the most decisive events of the 20th century. Students also undertake a unit which is assessed through two controlled assignments. This year they investigated the impact of the industrial Revolution of the social conditions of the late 19th century and also looked at the reasons for the failure to catch Jack the Ripper. We are considering looking at the role of Haig in the First World War for next years’ issue (we are required to look at a new issue each year for the controlled assessment unit).
From 2015 our Year 9 students (and subsequent year groups) will be following the Edexcel (9-1) GCSE 1HIO. The new topics for this course are Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, Spain and the New World, Medicine through time and Weimar and Nazi Germany. The first students to be examined in this specification will be in 2018.
Key Stage 5
KS5 Exam Board
At KS5 we study OCR History which builds on the work studied at KS4. We study three examination units - The War of the Roses, Britain and Ireland 1792-1922 and Germany 1919-1963. In addition, 20% of the final marks are awarded for a personal investigation. Students choose their own topic to investigate and produce their findings in a 3000 word essay. This allows them to get a real taste of the work undertaken by historians and involves the evaluation of both primary and secondary evidence.
Therefore, we believe the history provision at Lipson allows for students to understand the development of both Britain, and Britain’s’ place in the world. There is a natural progression that takes place as students continue their learning through the key stages. We aim for high academic standards and examination results have been very good year on year. However, we do appreciate that above everything else, the learning of history should be fun and exciting and this value we place at the heart of what we do.