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Year 11

Posted: June 4, 2012 in GCSE

For those students wondering what may come up on your examination, read through the following document. Ms. Birch and I recommend that nothing is sacrificed as there is obviously no pattern to what Edexcel include each year. However, we advise that you spend more time on the topic areas in the June 2012 column.

International Relations examination forecast

Best of luck and a reminder that you can do a mock periods 7 and 8 this Wednesday in my room. Year 10 are also preparing for examinations so five of them will be in the classroom. Furthermore, Thursday 14th June is available to you to revise in school. Either Ms. Birch or myself will be available to answer questions and offer guidance.




Year 10 practice examination

Posted: December 17, 2011 in GCSE

Instructions for my Year 10 class.

You will probably be in the exams room or A04 for your formal assessment. The paper is for 1 hour 15 minutes but you will not have sufficient time during periods 3 and 4. Therefore, I propose that you answer questions 1 to 4 in 51 minutes on Tuesday and complete question 5 in the remaining 24 minutes on Wednesday. Instructions will be given out during the lessons. However, papers must be given back at the end of the first lesson and only question 5 can be answered on Wednesday.

The topic is the Home Front during the Second World War, specifically the evacuation of children. Remember to read the advice given at the bottom of the GCSE Britain page on how to answer questions. Feel free to email me with questions.

February 2011

Posted: February 14, 2011 in AS Level, GCSE, Miscellaneous, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9

For students with the following history teachers;

Ms. Birch – all work is to be found at
Mr. Daley – all work is to be found at Resources will also be available at his blog;
Mr Gagan – all work and resources is to be found on this homepage.

Any questions from either parents or students can be emailed to me via this blog.

GCSE classes

Posted: February 14, 2011 in GCSE

Year 11
The tasks listed below are to be completed over the next few weeks. I can appreciate that some students will not have all materials with them but resources are included. The green and white edexcel textbook is the main resource to use. If you have considerable difficulties, remember to use this blog or email me with a question. I can add resources to this website if required.

What were the causes of the Cold War?

You began this a few weeks ago and have been set work on Potsdam already. The tasks are explained below.
The following events or policies are all causes of the Cold War;
FOR WEEK ENDING 17/2/2011…

– Events before 1945; Russian Civil War, Nazi-Soviet Pact and Second Front during WW2.

– Potsdam and Yalta conferences, dropping of the atomic bomb.

– Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe and buffer zones.
FOR WEEK ENDING 24/2/2011…

– Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan.

– Berlin Blockade and Airlift.

– Formation of NATO.

– Iron Curtain speech.

– Formation of Cominform and Comintern.

Students should read about each cause, summarise it and then explain how it led to the Cold War. You will all be asked, or rather ordered, to eventually submit an essay analysing what were the main causes of the political conflict. In doing so, you must be able to prioritise. Therefore, construct a table listing the causes in order. Give evidence of each and explain in a sentence or two why it led to the Cold War. Once completed, you should number them in terms of importance. This is a lot of reading but time is pressing to finish the curriculum.

The following essay, ‘What were the causes of the Cold War?’, is due Tuesday 1st March 2011.

AMENDED VERSION! ‘Was there one single event which started the Cold War, and could you argue that the USSR or USA was more responsible?’

Points to consider when writing the essay;

1. Have you developed a judgement? Is it supported with evidence?

2. Are all the causes analysed? Remember to use the websites listed on the ‘GCSE Cold War’ page to help you.

3. Have you prioritised the causes and how much blame is attached to one of the superpowers?

4. Have you explained that there are different interpretations?t

5. Have you linked causes together? Linking will lead to a developed argument.

The essay is rather large and students have done up to 2500 words in the past. It should be at least 3 sides in length if you type it. I appreciate it is a large piece of work but it is necessary. Feel free to email me with concerns or questions.

Year 10
You will be focusing on the period 1918 to 1924. A typical essay question is, ‘How did the Weimar Republic survive the early problems?’ To answer this, you should analyse the following events, (the page numbers are from the Edexcel textbook);

Section One
– Strengths and weaknesses of the new Weimar constitution, (pages 9-11). Also, the impacts of the Treaty of Versailles, (pages 12-13) and losing the war are included here, (pages 8-9).

Section Two
– The revolts. How did Ebert and the Social Democrats put down the revolts of the Spartacists, (pages 14-15 and …, the Freikorps, (Kapp Putsch – page 16) and the Nazis, (Munich Putsch – pages 27-40)? What strengths and weaknesses of the W.R. were evident?

Section Three
– The Ruhr Crisis of 1923, (pages 17-19). What caused the hyperinflation and how did the Weimar Republic try to solve the problems?

The events above need to be summarised in your book. Below these summaries, you should write in a different colour whether the event strengthened the Weimar Republic or weakened it? The first two sections should be completed by 21st February 2011. The third should be done by 27th February. Students should then begin work on the essay explained below.
The essay title, which is in the first paragraph above, will be completed by all students. You need to focus on what problems remained despite the Weimar Republic surviving. Furthermore, what did the Social Democrats rely on to continue being in power? Loyalty of the people, violence, allies etc? Were the main problems behind them and what prospects did they have to survive?

Remember to be balanced in the piece however. The Weimar Republic did survive the early years so what strengths did it possess? Was there a time where it was at its’ strongest between 1919 to 1923? Could you argue the government turned a corner?

This will involve a substantial amount of work but there is much to study before you are taking examinations in the summer. Most resources are available on this blog or on the links provided to educational websites. Feel free to email me if you do not understand something or cannot find sufficient resources.

Why should you choose history?

Posted: December 21, 2009 in AS Level, GCSE, Year 9

History teachers are frequently asked why students should study history. My answer is usually that it is not the subject content that is important but the skills that are developed. Many careers require analytical and argumentative skills. Subjects such as science and history perhaps enable students to develop these skills more than others. The powerpoint below is from an education website and hopefully answers the question above.

Why choose history?

There are other educational institutions which explain, or indeed argue, why students should choose history…

Why choose history? University of Liverpool

Why choose history? Monash University

You can research more institutions in your own time if you feel these do not fully answer your questions. You can also watch the two clips below to gain more understanding. The second one is obviously not about NCBIS but you get the picture!

An interest in history demonstrates to a future employer that you are open-minded, can make decisions based on evidence, and are interested in the world around you. You will also develop transferable skills such as analysis, evaluation, organisation and presentation of information orally and in written form. Careers available when studying history include;

– Law

– Politics

– Journalism

– Publishing

– Business Management

The world already has many superb history teachers but I suppose you could include this exceptional career as well!

Year 11 Revision

Posted: December 18, 2009 in GCSE

You should use the websites I have listed on this blog to revise from. Some of the games are useful but bear in mind that some of the subject content is not relevant to the Edexcel course. The topics you need to revise are as follows;

Paper 1 – 11/01/2010

Stalin’s 5 Year Plans, Stakhanovites, NEP

Purges and Show Trials

NATO, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan and the causes of the Cold War

Events of the Cold War 1945 to 1956

Reagan and Gorbachev

Paper 2 – 17/01/2010

Causes of the Russian Revolution – short and long-term

You will obviously need to brush up on your sourcework so and  are a must. There are two exam papers so a great deal of knowledge is required. I will be running revision classes again on Mondays so those with effort grades of 2 or more are more than welcome.

Battle of Hastings

Posted: November 6, 2009 in GCSE, Miscellaneous, Year 9

A video about the battle using the Bayeux Tapestry. Very useful to see how the Normans viewed the battle. Think about interpretations and bias here. To find more information about the battle click on the Year 7 link.