The Willink School

The Willink School

HISTORY - Mrs J Harbidge Head of Department
Mr. A Sizer, Mrs. H Jonas, Mrs. K Friend, Miss S Kilbane, Miss E Mace

The History Department teaches in mixed ability groups.  We aim to produce work that will challenge all students whilst supporting the less able.
We believe that students must be taught to think and question. Parents can assist in Year 7 by encouraging students to read widely and visit Reading Museum and other historical sites, at home and abroad.

Key Stage 3
PDF icon Milestone Assessment 2017-2018

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
 Historical Skills  Poos and Loos General Haig
 Battle of Hastings The Stuarts Nazi Germany
 Yalding village Abolition of Slavery The Holocaust
 Black Death The British Empire Dunkirk
 Henry VII  Conditions in Factories Suffragettes
   C19th electoral reform Atomic bomb

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Year 10 and 11 (GCSE) Exam Board: AQA

Germany 1890-1945: This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.

Conflict and Tension in Asia 1950-1975: This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different states and individuals and the ideologies they represented. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change, as well as how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

Britain: Health and the people: This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the periods during which they took place.

The Normans c.1066-1100: This option allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule.

In Year 10 students will study the following topics/units:

Term 1-3: Paper 1 Germany 1890-1945
Term 4-6: Paper 1 The Conflict in Asia 1950-1975 (Korean and Vietnam wars)

In Year 11 students will study the following topics/units:

Term 1: Paper 2 Britain: Health and the People c.1000 - the present day
Term 2: Paper 2 Britain: Health and the People c.1000 - the present day/The Normans
Term 3: Paper 2 The Normans
Term 4 – Revision
Term 5 & 6 - Examinations

There is no longer a coursework component in this GCSE syllabus
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Year 12 and 13 (A-Level) Exam Board: AQA

The Age of the Crusades 1071 - 1204 (1A)

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • What were the motives of the crusaders and the counter-crusaders?
  • What problems faced the states in Outremer and how successfully were these problems addressed?
  • How important were faith and ideas for Christians and Muslims?
  • What was the impact of the crusades on the Muslim Near East?
  • How did the Byzantine Empire, Outremer and the Latin West change and what influenced relations between them?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

The Making of Modern Britain 1951 - 2007 (2S) 

This option provides for the study in depth of the key political, economic, social and international changes which helped to mould Britain in the second half of the 20th century. It explores concepts such as government and opposition, class, social division and cultural change. It encourages students to reflect on Britain’s changing place in the world as well as the interrelationship between political policies, economic developments and political survival.

Why Study this subject? The History course at A Level allows for an exploration of the past which covers a wide spectrum of Historical issues. It allows students to develop their intrigue in Historical Enquiry and allows students the opportunity to engage in current affairs and political debate.

Optional Extra-curricular information
There is a Humanities Club which runs every Wednesday lunchtime. Activities include: Building a volcano and making it erupt, re-enacting battles and attending archaeological digs!