In the history department at Chellaston Academy we teach a broad range of British, European and World History.
We start off by testing and developing a key historical skill-enquiry, by looking at the Body in the Room. We then look at the importance of William Duke of Normandy’s attack at Hastings and the long term consequences of this. Students then follow important events through the medieval period through Year 7. Year 8 sees students study Tudor and Stuart Britain, followed by London through Time and then Slavery in America. In Year 9 the students focus on 20th century history and for those who have opted for GCSE History, will start this in the summer term.
GCSE students will follow the new 9-1 GCSE and we offer students Medicine in Britain c.1250-the present, The American West c.1835-1895, the reigns of King Richard I and King John 1189-1216 and the USA: Conflict at home and abroad 1954-75.
Finally we offer a popular A-Level which includes units on Russia 1855-1964 & Tudor England are studied, as well as a coursework unit on a topic of their choice.
The History department at Chellaston Academy is dedicated to providing a broad experience and wide range of knowledge to history students with student progress and results central to our ethos.
Year 7 Overview:
The Body in the Room Enquiry.
The Norman Conquest
• Why did William invade?
• The Battle of Hastings 1066
• The reasons for William’s victory.
The Impact of the Battle of Hastings
• The initial uprisings.
• Feudal system
• Doomsday Book
• Life in of Medieval Peasants
• Life in Medieval Towns.
Church and Crown
• The importance of the Medieval Church
• Henry II and governing England
• King John and the Magna Carta
Disease and Revolt
• Black Death
• Peasants Revolt
Year 8 Overview:
Princes in the Tower
• The situation after Edward’s death.
• Was Henry Tudor responsible?
Elizabethan England, 1558-1603
• The issue of religion by c1558
• Elizabeth I and the ‘middle-way’
• Elizabeth and Spain
• The problem of the poor
The Stuarts, 1603-1660
• James I and the Gunpowder Plot
• The Civil War
• Republican England
• The growth in the belief in witches
• Contemporary attitudes towards witchcraft
London through Time, c1660-1945
• The Plague of 1665
• The Great Fire of 1666
• Health problems in Victorian London
• The Blitz
• 7/7 Bombings
Civil Rights in the Americas c1500-1870
• Voyages of Discovery from c1492
• The importation of slaves from Africa
• Plantation life
Year 9 Overview:
Lincoln and the end of slavery
• American Civil War
• Lincoln’s role in the ending of slavery.
• Assassination of Lincoln.
• Life for Black Americans in the 1920s
The USA 1919-c1933
• Life in the USA
• Arts and Entertainment
• The Economy
• Hitler and World War One
• Treaty of Versailles
• 1920s Germany- hyperinflation and success
• 1929 Wall Street Crash and its impact on the German people.
• 1933 Chancellorship.
• Life in Nazi Germany.
Crime and Punishment
• Victorian policing
• Victorian crime
• The crimes of Jack the Ripper
• The limitations of police investigations in the twentieth century
• How police investigations have changed over time
Assassination of JFK
• An overview of Kennedy’s career to c1960
• Political controversies and possible enemies made in the years 1960-63
• The events surrounding Kennedy’s death in Dallas
• Rejoinders to the conspiracy theorists
The First World War
• Causes of the Great War
• The Western Front
• Life on the Home Front
2016/2017 sees the introduction of the new GCSE. This offers the following topics:
PAPER ONE – 30%
Medicine in Britain c1250- the present
PAPER TWO – 40%
The American West c1835-1895
The reigns of King Richard I and King John
PAPER THREE – 30%
The USA c1954-74: Conflict at home and abroad
All papers are a written examination and are undertaken at the end of KS4.
Medicine in Britain c1250- the present
⦁ Ideas about the cause of disease
⦁ Approaches to prevention and treatment
⦁ Case study: the Black Death 1348-49
⦁ Medical Renaissance
⦁ Case study: William Harvey and Great Plague
⦁ Pasteur’s Germ theory
⦁ Jenner and the development of vaccinations
⦁ Impact of the NHS; mass vaccinations
⦁ Fight against lung cancer in the twenty-first century
The American West c1835-1895
⦁ The Plains Indians: their beliefs and way of life
⦁ Migration and early settlement
⦁ Conflict and tension
⦁ The development of settlement in the West
⦁ Ranching and the cattle industry
⦁ Changes in the way of life of the Plains Indians
⦁ Changes in farming, the cattle industry and settlement
⦁ Billy the kid, law and order
⦁ Destruction of the Plains Indians way of life.
The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189-1216
⦁ The feudal system
⦁ Kingship and succession – murder of Prince Arthur
⦁ King Johns character
⦁ How England was ruled in Richard I’s absence
⦁ Jews in Medieval England
⦁ The Crusades
⦁ King John’s downfall
⦁ Signing of the Magna Carta
⦁ Siege of Rochester
The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad
⦁ The position of Black Americans in the early 1950s
⦁ Progress in education
⦁ Bus Boycott
⦁ Opposition to civil rights movement
⦁ Progress 1960-62
⦁ Peaceful protests and their impact 1963-65
⦁ Malcolm X and Black Power 1963-70
⦁ Martin Luther King
⦁ Reasons for US involvement in Vietnam 1954-63
⦁ Escalation of conflict under Johnson
⦁ Changes under Nixon 1969-73
⦁ Opposition to the war
⦁ Support for the war
⦁ The peace process and end of the war
⦁ Reasons for the failure of the USA in Vietnam
Religious Conflict & the Church of England c1529 - 1570
⦁ What was the political & social role of the church?
⦁ What was the churches spiritual role?
⦁ Who were the early reformers?
⦁ What were the main criticisms of the church?
⦁ The King's 'Great Matter'
⦁ The Reformation Parliament
⦁ Factions that formed as a result
⦁ The dissolution of the monasteries
⦁ Henry VIII’s will and Edwards inheritance
⦁ The development of doctrine and further reform under Edward VI
⦁ Opposition to Edward VI
⦁ Mary’s accession, aims and opposition
⦁ Blood Mary – her persecution and reform
⦁ Religious divisions on Elizabeth’s accession
⦁ The re-establishment of the Church of England
⦁ The threat of Mary Queen of Scots
⦁ The end of the Tudor reign.
Autocracy, reform and revolution - Russia 1855 - 1917
⦁ Russian autocracy in 18855
⦁ Alexander II's ‘The Tsar Reformer’
⦁ The autocracy of Alexander II and Alexander III
⦁ Growth of opposition to tsarist rule
⦁ Nicholas II and the challenge to autocracy
⦁ The revolutions
⦁ Russia in wartime
⦁ Establishment of Bolshevik government
⦁ New leaders and ideologies
⦁ The Communist dictatorship
⦁ Leninist/Stalinist Society
⦁ Communist control and Terror
⦁ Stalinism in wartime
⦁ Khrushchev and reaction to Stalinism
⦁ Opposition and the fall of Khrushchev
⦁ The Soviet Union by 1964
Available to download here.