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The History Department at Abersychan is located in three dedicated teaching rooms in the main building. Both rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and laptops for pupils to use. History is taught by Subject Leader, Mr Evans and the Second In Department Mr Thomas, both of whom are experienced subject specialists along with our Alenco, Mrs Nicola Strachan. Mr Evans is also an experienced Team Leader with the WJEC exam board. The department is consistent and extremely successful. Over the past 4 years, an average of 55% of all GCSE pupils achieved a Grade A*-C, with pupils regularly achieving above their target grades! Also, last year, we achieved our best ever KS3 results in Year 9. At least 96% of our pupils achieved at least a Level 5, with 61% achieving a Level 6 and 25% achieving a Level 7!

Subject Leader:  Mr B. Evans ( Barrie.Evans@abersychanschool.co.uk)

Year 7: how the coming of the Normans affected Wales and Britain between 1000 and 1500. Different topics studied include:

  • The Battle of Hastings;
  • How William the Conqueror kept control;
  • Life in a medieval village;
  • The Black Death;
  • The Welsh Princes. 

Year 8: the change and conflict in Wales and Britain between 1500 and 1760. Different topics studied include:

  • Henry VII as king;
  • Henry VIII and the break with Rome;
  • Elizabeth I as Queen.

Year 8: the changes that happened in Wales, Britain and the wider world between 1760 and 1914. Different topics studied include:

  • The industrial revolution, focusing on factories, coal and iron.

Year 9: how some twentieth century events have shaped our world. Different topics studied include:

  • Wales and Britain in The First World War.

Year 10 & 11: at GCSE History, four units are currently studied. You will study and sit exams on:

  • Depression War and Recovery, 1930-1951, focusing upon life in the depression in the 1930’s, the road to the Second World War, the Home Front in the Second World War and Wales and Britain after the Second World War;
  • Germany in Transition, 1929-1939, focusing upon Hitler's rise to power, how Hitler consolidated his power and how Hitler changed the life of ordinary people in Germany.
  • Changes in Crime and Punishment, 1500-Present Day, looking at how the justice system in Britain has evolved.
  • You will also complete 2 coursework assignments, on Britain in World War One, focusing on conditions in the trenches and Conscientious Objectors.

The Germany In Transition examination will be sat at the end of Year 10 but can also be tried a second time at the end of Year 11. The Depression War and Recovery, 1930-1951 and Changes in Crime & Punishment, 1500-Present Day examinations will be sat at the end of Year 11.

What homework and assessments will I have to do?

  • Key Stage 3:

You will have at least one written assessed task per term to complete at home, based on what you have been learning in class. This will be marked by yourself and a friend and you will set yourself targets for improvement. Your teacher will also mark it and give you a level as well as suggesting ways in which you can improve in the future. If your level is better than your target level you will receive a merit. You will also have two presentation tasks to complete per year. Your classmates and your teacher will watch your presentation and offer feedback to help you improve.

  • GCSE:

You will be set a past paper to complete at home after every module you complete. You will also sit a mock exam after every module. You will also complete 2 coursework assignments that count for 20% of your final grade. If your grade in your assessments is better than your target grade you will receive a merit and a certificate

There will also be regular revision classes after school to provide you with extra support. A range of revision activities can also be found at:

https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zwwxqhv

What visits can I go on?

  • Key Stage 3:

Pupils will have the opportunity to visit Cosmeston Medieval Village and Big Pit during their studies in Years 7, 8 & 9. Pupils in Year 9 will also have the opportunity to visit sites relating to the First World War in Belgium around the city of Ypres and on the Somme in France.

  • GCSE:

Pupils will have the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum in London and also the city of Berlin. GCSE pupils will also have the opportunity to visit sites relating to the First World War in Belgium around the city of Ypres and on the Somme in France. We have also recently travelled to Auschwitz.