Brief overview:

In Year 9 & 10, History is delivered in 4 lessons per week. IGCSE History syllabus looks at some of the major international issues of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as covering the history of particular regions in more depth. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Learners develop an understanding of the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of their studies.

Useful Resources: Textbooks, internet websites, YouTube and films.

Setting: Students are taught in a diverse mix ability class.

Specific Equipment required by all students: The students are given copy books for note-taking, answering questions and tasks and writing homework. A textbook is also provided for student learning.

Homework guidance: up to two hours of homework per week including independent study and research on the topics taught each week.

Timetabled hours per week: 4 X 50 minute lessons.

 

Term Topics Syllabus Outline Assessment information
1 International Relations and the Interwar years: Were the peace treaties of 1919-23 fair?

To what extent was the League of Nations a success?

This sections looks at the aftermath of the First World War and the many peace treaties that were created as a means of ‘keeping’ the peace.

The League of Nations was also set up during this time and acted as the organisation that would oversee this interaction between the countries of Europe as the 1920s and 1930s developed.

Students are given an opportunity to be assessed not only on their knowledge on a particular topic but also their writing through description, explanation and evaluation. This is vital for cross-curricular links through improvement in writing and expression no matter what level of English they have. Source analysis is also a key component throughout.
2 International Relations and the Interwar years and the origins of

The Cold War.

Why had international peace collapsed by 1939? This section looks at the development of European states and the failure of keeping the peace. It sees the rise of Nazism in Germany and the devastating impact it had on Europe.

The aftermath of the Second World War will be studied in detail and this saw the development of a new conflict in the Cold War which lasted for the next 45 years until 1990.

Students are given an opportunity to be assessed not only on their knowledge on a particular topic but also their writing through description, explanation and evaluation. This is vital for cross-curricular links through improvement in writing and expression no matter what level of English they have. Source analysis is also a key component throughout.
3 The Cold War and the conflicts created from the containment of communism. Who was to blame for the Cold War? Of course both the USA and USSR would have different opinions but students are offered the opportunity to study the conflict that happened around the world and come to their own conclusions about the superpowers place in the world today. Students are given an opportunity to be assessed not only on their knowledge on a particular topic but also their writing through description, explanation and evaluation. This is vital for cross-curricular links through improvement in writing and expression no matter what level of English they have. Source analysis is also a key component throughout.