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Year 11 History

Guidance for parents

What will students study in History this year?
In Year 11, students will have continue to have two periods of History a week and will cover the final two components of the GCSE course.  This will include the study of Migration to Britain from c.1000 – c.2010 and a complementary module on the Impact of Empire on Britain from 1688 – c.1730.

What are the major assessments this year?
As well as continuing to complete past exam papers for homework, students in Year 11 will sit a mock in November during Mock Week and an additional mock in class in the spring term. 

What will the current performance grade be based on?
Current performance will be continue to be based on past exam papers completed either in class or for homework in addition to the results of the Y10 end of year exam and the Y11 mocks. 

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

Your daughter should speak to her History teacher in the first instance and she may be offered additional support at lunchtime or additional reading to help her understand the topic.  She may be paired with a 6th form Student Subject Leader who will be able to support her on a more individual basis having had the benefit of doing the GCSE exam already. 

How can I support my daughter in Year 10?
The best way to support your daughter is to talk to her about what she is studying in History and about how she is getting on.  Students should be encouraged to complete homework in a quiet area of the home without the distractions of siblings, television or mobile phones/iPads.  If students are directed to attend additional support sessions at lunchtime, you will be emailed the details and should encourage your daughter to attend these sessions.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be doing?
In Y10 and Y11 we encourage students to work more independently to prepare them for post-16 study.  Students may be asked to research a topic for discussion in a lesson, or do some wider reading in preparation for answering a specific exam question.  The best performing students are those who regularly review their class notes and chapters from their textbook and are therefore more likely to consolidate their historical knowledge and gain a deeper and more developed understanding of the past.  It is important in Y11 for students to start their revision for mock and real exams early.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the Head of KS4 History at history@newsteadwood.co.uk if you have any queries about your daughter’s progress.


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