At Merrill Academy we aim to provide students with a breadth of topics that will engage and inspire them to learn more about History. As well as gaining a depth of knowledge about topics, students will acquire skills in enquiry, analysis and communication that they can adapt and use in all subjects.
At KS3 students have 3 lessons a fortnight of History.
Students will learn about the reasons why there was a battle for the English throne through a close study of the Bayeux Tapestry. They will also consider the methods used to control England after the invasion of 1066.
Students will learn about who the Tudors were and how they gained control of the throne. They will question and evaluate the importance of the religious legacy left by the rulers.
Students will learn about how and why the slave trade happened and why it was accepted at the time. They will use interpretations to investigate the life led by slaves to their eventual emancipation.
Students will learn about the reasons behind the Industrial Revolution and the conditions that people lived and worked in at this time.
Students will investigate the long and short term causes of the war and why so many young men volunteered. Through source analysis they will assess the conditions that soldiers lived and fought in.
Students will understand why the Holocaust is a significant topic and is taught in schools. They will learn about the Nazi persecution of the Jews and question where the responsibility lies.
At KS3 students are assessed formally twice in each topic testing skills that are relevant for GCSE. This assessment allows teachers to grade pupils at Approaching, Developing, Securing or Mastery. Using the formal assessments and classwork, teachers will make a prediction of the GCSE grade that the student is working towards.
This period study focuses on Opportunity and Inequality – when some Americans lived 'The American Dream' whilst others faced poverty, discrimination and prejudice.
This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of individuals and states including the Great Powers during the peace-making process.
This thematic study enables students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed over a long period of time. The importance of factors such as war, superstition & religion, chance, government, communication, science & technology and the role of individuals will be considered.
This option allows students to study 35years of Elizabeth I's reign. The study will focus on major events of the Queen's reign from economic, religious, political and social perspectives.
This unit will focus on revision tips and exercises, how to answer exam questions and preparation for the GCSE.
In each topic students are internally assessed at the end of each topic to allow teachers to make accurate predictions of GCSE grades.
A qualification in History can lead to a successful career in many fields. A student with a good History GCSE grade shows an employer that they have strong analytical and communication skills that can be useful in finance, business, HR and Law.