Curriculum: Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 History
Term 1Cold War Crises, 1958-70   
This unit of the course focuses on the three major crises of thee Cold War. The first was in 1961 when the Soviet Union constructed the Berlin Wall separating East Berlin from West Berlin greatly increasing East-West tension. The following year the two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war due to the Cuban missile Crisis. The third crisis was in 1968 when reforms in Czechoslovakia, known as the Prague Spring, led to a Soviet invasion which angered the West, as well as the Brezhnev Doctrine.
Assessment: Write a narrative account analysing the key events of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. You may use the following in your answer: - The Prague Spring - The Soviet Union re-establishes control You MUST also use information of your own. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2The end of the Cold War, 1970-91  
There was some hope at the end of the 1960s that relations between the USA and the Soviet Union would substantially improve. In the 1970s, the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) and the Helsinki Agreements brought about distinct changes, but the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 plunged the world into what became the Second Cold War. Relations between the superpowers in the early 1980s were as cold as they had ever been - yet by 1989 the leaders of the USA and the Soviet Union had announced that the Cold War was over.
Assessment: Full mock exam paper (55 minutes) to be completed in lesson. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Henry VIII and Wolsey, 1509-29   
Students continue their GCSE studies with a study of Early Elizabethan England. They will begin by learning the situation on Elizabeth's accession before an in depth study of her religious settlement and its impact. This will then lead into a focus on Mary, Queen of Scots in 1568 and the problems that her arrival posed for Elizabeth.
Assessment: Students will be assessed throughout the first term on their ability to answer all three of the examination questions. For example, students will be tested on their ability to describe two features of Elizabeth's Religious Settlement and an explain why question on the increase in the Catholic threat after the arrival of Mary, Queen of Scots. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Henry VIII and Cromwell, 1529-40   
Students will continue their study of Elizabeth's reign by looking at 4 key Catholic plots against Elizabeth. They focus with an analysis into the significance of the events of the Revolt of the Northern Earls and why it and the other plots failed. Students then study the deteriorating relations between Spain and the causes of war between England and the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Assessment: 'The decline in Anglo-Spanish relations in the years 1569-85 was caused by Elizabeth I.' How far do you agree? Explain your answer. You may use the following in your answer: • Francis Drake's voyage to the New World •The Netherlands You must also use information of your own (16 marks) Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5The Reformation and its impact, 1529-40   
Students end their study by looking at life in Elizabethan England. They begin looking at Elizabethan education along with assessing the problem of the poor due to an increased population. Students analyse the aid that Elizabethan government put in to place, for example, the Poor Law to help the 'deserving poor'. Students finish the course by looking at Elizabeth's encouragement of exploration to include Drake's circumnavigation of the globe along with Raleigh's takeover of Virginia.
Assessment: 55 minute examination paper to be completed in class. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Medicine in medieval and Renaissance England c.1250-c.1700 
Students will begin by learning what ideas, both rational and supernatural, people in medieval England (1250-1500) had about the causes of disease and illness. They will learn about the Theory of the Four Humours, the Treatment of Opposites and the continuing influence of Hippocrates and Galen throughout the period before exploring how ineffective these were in the attempt to cope with the impact of the Black Death. Students will then study continuity and change during the Medical Renaissance (1500-1700) including the work of Sydenham, Vesalius and Harvey before a comparison between the 1665 plague and the Black Death. They will also study the importance of factors such as the invention of the printing press, the Reformation and the rise of humanism.
Assessment: GCSE exam question: There was little progress in medicine in Britain during the Renaissance period (c1500–c1700).’ How far do you agree? Explain your answer. (16) You may use the following in your answer: • the work of William Harvey • bloodletting and purging You must also use information of your own.Key Words and Terms
 

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