KS4 pupils all study Entry Level History. Each unit is taught for 20 hours before an assessment booklet is completed in class to demonstrate knowledge and skills. We can support our pupils with literacy difficulties to access these assessment tasks by providing readers and scribes. Support is also provided to pupils who may require prompting to stay on task, or extra time to complete work.
Learners can achieve Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 in each unit and can gain a qualification at Entry 1, 2 or 3 depending on the overall level of units they achieve.
All learners study the following six units:
Unit 1: A Society Outside Britain in the Past
This unit gives learners the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to investigate a society outside Britain in the past. Learners will study a short period of non-British history focusing on a particular society. They will use historical sources, learn about the key features that affected people's lives and identify similarities and differences between past and present. In Park School we study life in Germany under Nazi rule.
Unit 2: History in the Media
This unit helps learners understand the background to a historical topic which has featured in the media, and to communicate their findings. We learn about Martin Luther King, Rosa Parkes and the Civil Rights Movement.
Unit 3: A Significant Event of the Twentieth Century
This unit aims to enable learners to gain knowledge of a significant event of the twentieth century. Learners will understand why the event was important and how it has been represented. In Park School we examine the assassination of JFK in Dallas on 22nd November 1963 and the implications of this event.
Unit 4: A Historical Investigation of Local History
This unit allows learners to study a person, place or event of importance to Northern Ireland from their locality, and to communicate their findings. Pupils at Park School study the sinking of the Titanic. Pupils will also construct and present a PowerPoint presentation as part of this unit.
Unit 5: A British Society in the Past
To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to investigate a British society in the past. Learners will study a short period of British history focusing on a particular society. They will use historical sources, learn about the key features that affected people's lives and identify similarities and differences between past and present. We study life in Britain during WW2, examining the Blitz, evacuation and rationing.
Unit 6: People and Protest in the Past
This unit aims to develop the learner's understanding of the reasons why groups of people and individuals protested in the past and the methods they used. They will investigate how the chosen protests affected peoples' lives in the past. At Park School we focus on the Suffragette Movement. Pupils learn about the lives of Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison.