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Croeso i’r adran Hanes /

Welcome to the History Department

Aims of the subject

History aims to develop the historical and thinking skills of all learners through a variety of learning experiences.

History is concerned with the study of the past. It contributes to pupils’ understanding of the world and gives pupils an appreciation of the events and people that have shaped our lives today. The department promotes the development of lively and enquiring minds that learn to question the world around them and develops skills to allow pupils to express themselves in a variety of platforms.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are given opportunities to study Medieval History to the Second World War. Whenever appropriate the Curriculum Cymreig is developed through the use of Welsh History examples within the time period studied.

Currently, History lessons in Key Stage 3 are timetabled as follows:

Year 7  History forms part of the Humanities Programme taught. Examples of topics covered are The Normans, Castles, World War 1, the Titanic Disaster and the 1950s. Pupils have 13 Humanities lessons a fortnight, which also incorporate Religious Studies, Geography, ICT and skills.

Year 8   In Year 8 pupils have 3 History lessons a fortnight. Topics covered in Year 8 are the Tudors and Stuarts and the Industrial Revolution.

Year 9  In Year 9 pupils have 3 lessons per fortnight. Topics covered are the Atlantic Slave Trade, the First World War and the Second World War. These topics link into the WJEC History GCSE course and provide pupils with a good grounding with some of the areas studied in Key stage 4.

The Key Stage 3 scheme of work develops pupils Essential skills as well as Historical skills.

Historical skills developed include chronology, knowledge and understanding, interpretation and Historical enquiry.

Essential Skills developed include communication, improving own learning performance, working with others, ICT and problem solving.

Key Stage 4

Pupils are given the opportunity to study WJEC GCSE History Syllabus A or OCR Applied History.


Unit 1           Wales and England in the early twentieth century, 1890- 1919.

Unit 2           The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603.

Unit 3           The development of the USA, 1930-2000.

Unit 4           Controlled Assessment Task on either South Africa and Nelson Mandela or  Victorian London
                     and Jack the Ripper.

Each unit is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade. Pupils will sit one paper in the summer of Year 10 and then 2 exam papers in the Summer of Year 11. The Controlled Assessment task is completed during the first half term of Year 11.

OCR Applied History

This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE. Grades are awarded at level 1 and 2.

Level 1 =GCSE grade D –G.  Level 2= GCSE grades A* -C.

There are no examinations for this course. Three assignments are internally assessed and externally moderated and the final assessment is a   mandatory external assessment worth 25% of the overall grade set by the board which has to be completed in 4 hours.

Topics currently being studied by Year 10 are the Vietnam War and the Anglo Saxons, Vikings and Normans.

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