Skills and Content arrgggggggggggh!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:53 AM
I took a position in a year and half ago Humanities deptwhereby the previous history teacher had left the curriculum in a disastersituation. In Ks3 we rotate 8 90minute lessons with RE and Geography.
I’m currently rewriting the curriculum, including all thelessons too! Im finding it a really struggled to interrelate content with theskills! We only have 8 lessons to teach each unit it so I find it really difficult where there is such scope!
So far my curriculum outline is below:
Unit 1 – Battle of Hastings
Unit 2 – Medieval Life
Unit 3 – Kings and Queens
Unit 4 – Industrial Britain
Unit 5 – World War 1
Unit 6 – Interpretations of Haig and the Battle of theSomme
Unit 7 – Holocaust
Unit 8 – Days that shook the world.
I am pleased with the outline of the curriculum and thereare elements which are great.
However I really struggled with the integrations ofskills, it has never been my ‘strong’ point but I want tobe more clear in my aim so if the dreaded OFSTED came I could be clear on theunit’s aim / overall skill.
Hence why I am hoping for some advice off someestablished History teachers.
Unit 4 – Is Historical Enquiry, using physical evidence.
Unit 6 – Interpretations
However the rest just looks at content / knowledge andunderstanding. Any advice or tips? Anyideas of overall big key question which tackles a skill too?
Look forward to reading all your advice.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:26 PM
We are currently rebuilding our KS3 taking second order concepts into account from the start. We are therefore basing our KS3 on big enquiry questions which work towards addressing a core second order concept. Have all the units up to Easter in full, however have only attached 2 here to give you a flavour.Have a look - please feel free to drop me a line if you want to discuss further. Sure many other people will have some great advice for you.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:40 AM
I love this forum!
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:11 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:57 AM
You might also like to have a look at buys I have posted on historydept.posterous.com hgsks3.weebly.com or hgsgcse.weebly.com
Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:07 AM
- Michael Riley Into the key stage 3 history garden: choosing and planting your history questions
"Had Churchill been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the nation. In 1940, when all the odds were against Britain, a leader of sober judgement might well have concluded we were finished. - Anthony Storr
Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:42 AM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:26 AM
Just wanted to congratulate Alex on his work so far, we made radical changes 3 years ago to our KS3 along similar lines. Attached file shows key questions with concepts on next slide which underpin the topic. new matrix of ks3.ppt 231KB 544 downloads
The best change is to see Year Eight and Nine students engaging with Medieval history still! I always hated the way that this tricky but wonderful period of history seemed to finish in the Summer Term of Year 7.
If anyone wondered if a thematic approach works, please ask the Year 8 student yesterday who enquired if it was possible to draw out the similarities between Magna Carta and the American Declaration of Independance without any prompt from me...
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:51 AM
I was hanging fire, for the time being, until Gove's jury is out but I think this has inspired me to make some interim changes.
I wish I had something to share in return but in the absence of anything more useful I thought I would share this audit ticklist that I put together to check that I was delivering the statutory requirements;
Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:08 AM
I found this forum such a great help and have been able to get in mind clear what I want to acheive! I'm attaching a scheme of a work as a way of a BIG thank you!
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