History

The History Department aims to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum for all students. We have two full time members of staff, who are very passionate about delivering interesting and engaging History lessons. The curriculum has been designed to equip students as early as Year 7 with the skills, knowledge and techniques to access History at a GCSE level. We have designed the schemes of work so that students have the opportunity to explore ancient, medieval and modern History, with a big emphasis placed on British History.

KS3

Underneath are the names and aspects of the topics we study in History, during KS3.

Year 7

  • Big Question: What is History?
    This unit allows students to understand why we study history. We focus on certain skills students require to become a good historians.
  • Big Question: Invasions, Conquests: Consequences?
    Students will look at a variety of invasions which Britain were involved in, from Ancient Rome up until the recent war in Afghanistan. Students will focus on why invasions occur and the consequences of the invasions. During this unit students will also undertake a baseline assessment.
  • Big Question: Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
    Students will look at who wanted to take control of England in 1066 after the death of Edward the Confessor. During this unit we study the Battle of Hastings and the consequences this has for England. Students will start to understand how the Normans set about controlling England, with the feudal system and the building of castles. An end of unit assessment will also be undertaken.
  • Big Question: Church V State: Did anybody win?
    Students will look at the conflicts between the Church v State. We start off our journey by looking at the Murder of Thomas Becket and end it with the execution of King Charles I. Students will be required to complete an assessment on Henry VIII and the causes which led to him breaking away from the Catholic Church.
  • Big Question: The sinking of Titanic: Caused by an iceberg?
     Throughout this unit we look at the enigma which is the Titanic. We consider why it was that this “unsinkable” ship went down in 1912. Students are also required to undertake a test which allows them to analyse different interpretations about how and why Titanic sank.

Year 8

  • Big Question: Elizabeth I: Masterful or lucky?
    This topic looks at one of the greatest Monarchs in British History, Elizabeth I. We consider whether Elizabeth was in fact a masterful or lucky queen. We look at how she contributed to the defeat of the Spanish Armada, solved England’s money troubles and transformed England’s popular culture. Students in this topic complete an assessment based on different interpretations about Elizabeth.
  • Big Question: Why did Britain experience an industrial revolution?
    This topic focuses on the causes of the industrial revolution. We also study the work children were required to perform in Lostock Hall during the 18th century and compare and contrast this work with what under privileged children throughout the world have to undertake today. Students will undertake an assessment on causes of the industrial revolution in this unit.
  • Big Question: A revolution in crime and medicine?
    In this topic we study the impact that the industrial revolution had on two areas. We see how crime and punishment changed, from medieval ideas to a more modern approach. Students also have the opportunity to see how the revolution brought about new ideas in the world of medicine, which eventually oversees an improvement in public health.
  • Big Question: World War One: Caused by a tuna sandwich?
    We focus on the causes of the First World War and in particular the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip (who was eating a sandwich at the time of the murder) and the alliance system. At the end of this topic students will complete an assessment on the causes of the First World War. The unit also provides us an opportunity to study life in the trenches and to look at several different World War One battles, including the Battle of the Somme. 

Year 9

  • Big Question: How did the Treaty of Versailles contribute to the outbreak of the Second World War?
    This unit focuses on the signing of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War One. Students study the severity of these peace terms and how this caused much resentment amongst the German people, leading to many calling for revenge on the allies. We also study the creation of the League of Nations and how this failed to stop the rise of Adolf Hitler.
  • Big Question: What were the other causes of the Second World War?
    In this unit we focus on the Second World War. We start with the causes of the war and the impact depression in Germany played on the causing war. We then look at a number of key events during the war such as Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and nuclear warfare. Students will also undertake an assessment which tests the ability to use evidence.
  • Big Question: What was life like in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany?
    This is the study of how Adolf Hitler rises to power and how he controls Germany. Students study Hitler’s policies towards women, children and the communists. A GCSE style of assessment question is introduced during this topic.
  • Big Question: What was the Holocaust?
    This is an important topic in the course of Key Stage Three. This topic coincides with the Holocaust Memorial Day. During this day a Holocaust survivor comes in to school to talk about his/her experiences and we also offer a variety of Holocaust workshops. During this topic we look at what the Holocaust was. We also consider how the Nazis treatment of the Jewish people changed during the 1930s and 1940s. Students towards the end of the unit will undertake an assessment which requires them to consider a number of sources about how Jewish people tried to resist the Nazis.
  • Big Question: What do we study at GCSE?
    The final KS3 topic is designed to explore aspects of the GCSE curriculum. Throughout KS3 students have been learning about topics which are studied again at GCSE, so that students have a foundation knowledge of these areas. We now consolidate this learning and plan our journey into the GCSE course.

History at Lostock Hall Academy

KS4

Underneath is a summation of the four topics we currently study at GCSE.

  • Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939.
    We begin the topic at the end of the First World War. We discuss the aims of the Big Three and how Germany were punished by the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. We then explore the formation of the League of Nations and explain why this organisation failed. Finally, we consider the foreign policy of Adolf Hitler to see how he invaded Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland, which contributed to the outbreak of World War Two. Students will undertake several assessments in this topic, which are all in line and linked to GCSE criteria.
  • Germany: Democracy to Dictatorship.
    This topic allows us to study Germany over a period of time. We begin by looking at the formation of Germany and the rule of Kaiser Wilhelm. We then go on to study the Kaiser’s abdication and the creation of the Weimar Republic. The depression and the struggles Weimar have to contend with, followed by the recovery of Germany under Stresemann is discussed. The rise of Hitler and how he transforms Germany into a Dictatorship is the final part of the topic. Within this we study Hitler’s approaches to the economy, education, church, women and youth. Hitler’s policies and attitudes towards communists and Jews finishes our topic.
  • Britain: Health and the People
    The new GCSE exam requires us to undertake a depth study involving Britain. We have chosen to look at how attitudes and treatments to health changed over a period of time. We begin by studying the ancient attitudes of Galen and Hippocrates. This is then followed by the medieval period where we study the plague, the role of barber-surgeons and why England was so unsanitary. The Renaissance and new ideas from Pare, Harvey and Vesalius comes next, with us finally looking at more modern and improved health with the introduction of antibiotics and the opening up of the NHS. Within this topic we are constantly comparing and contrasting the different ideas and attitudes to health. This fits in well with the style of questions students are asked in this section of the GCSE.
  • Elizabethan England
    The final part of the GCSE course allows us to study a particular time period, with a specific focus on a famous monarch. We have chosen to look at the Elizabethan period and the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In this topic we study Elizabeth’s policies towards religion and the poor. We explain how England successfully defeated the Spanish Armada and why Elizabeth executed her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. Elizabeth was also responsible for her transformation of popular culture and she encouraged the discovering of new worlds, both of which we consider in this topic. The exam board also requires us to study one specific historical site, which was important during the Elizabethan era. For example, over the next three years we study Hardwick Hall, The Globe Theatre and Gravelines (area where the Royal Navy defeated the Spanish Aramda).

Student Support 

Clubs are designed for students who need extra help throughout the course of the year. The GCSE KS4 History intervention sessions are available on a Monday night after school. In these classes we consolidate the work which has already been taught and this reinforces students understanding of the topic. These classes are open to any student studying GCSE History. Key stage three students also have the opportunity to attend History club on a Wednesday night after school. This gives students the opportunity to ask for help with any classwork or homework.

Activities and Events

We are fortunate enough to offer students the opportunity to attend two trips with the History department. The first trip is for Year 7 and 8 students. This involves a one night stay over in London. The trip links into our revolution in crime topic, as students have the opportunity to visit the Tower of London, the London Dungeons and participate in a Jack the Ripper walk.

London Bridge trip

The second trip is for Year 10 and 11 GCSE History students. As part of the GCSE course we study aspects of the Holocaust and Nazi policies towards Jews. As a result we visit Poland. Here we have the unique opportunity to visit Auschwitz, the Nazi Death Camp. This provides students with an insight into the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. We also tour around the Jewish district in Krakow, focusing on where the ghettos were situated and how Jews were treated at this time.

For any further information regarding History please feel free to contact Stephen Foster.