For many years History has proved to be the most popular of all the options offered at Polesworth and the department has consistently produced outstanding GCSE results. It is taught by a team of qualified historians all of whom have a record of producing successful exam results. You will study a varied range of topics and develop a range of useful and valuable skills.
REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE ENJOYED HISTORY IN YEARS 7-9 WHY GIVE IT UP NOW. THINGS ONLY GET BETTER AT GCSE.
There will be five area of study that are assessed in 3 exams.
Public Health in Britain 1250-present day
The Elizabethans 1580-1603
The Vikings 750-1050
Nazi Germany 1933-45
We will be following the OCR SHP History syllabus: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-history-b-schools-history-project-j411-from-2016/
Public Health in Britain 1250- Present Day.
The story of the everyday health and living conditions that shaped the lives of ordinary people in England.
We begin by looking at the Black Death in the Middle Ages and the conditions that led to spread of the disease which killed between 40-60 % of the population. This was an event that shaped the future of Britain for several hundred years to come.
Conditions in towns in the medieval times were dreadful, but this does not mean that people did not try to keep themselves clean. See how the government and individuals struggled against the mountain of waste generated in towns and cities.
In the 19th Century conditions in towns worsened as the population grew. Cholera became a major threat in British cities. When John Snow proved the link between conditions in the towns and the water supply and Louis Pasteur discovered germs the government began to react by passing a series of laws that were to clean up Britain.
Once clean people began to realise that the greatest cause of ill-health was poverty and pollution. We shall see how these were fought up to the present day.
How does government respond to public health threats today?
The introduction of the NHS in 1948 was important in improving the health of Britain.
John Snow discovered the link between dirty water and disease He did this by investigating where people got their water from. Those who had caught cholera had all drunk from the Broad Street Pump. He removed the handle of the pump and the outbreak ended.