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Year 12 History

Guidance for parents

What will students be studying in History this year?

In Year 12, students will study AQA Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702 and Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia 1917-1953

What are the major assessments this year?

As well as completing past exam questions for homework, students in Year 12 will sit a mid year examination in January 2016. 

What will the current performance grade be based on?

The current progress of students will be monitored by staff using teacher assessed work and EWL data.

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

Your son/daughter should speak to her History teacher in the first instance and he/ she may be offered additional support at lunchtime or additional reading to help his/ her understanding of the topic. He/she may be paired with a 6th form student subject leader who will be able to support him/her on a more long term basis. 

How can I support my son/daughter in Year 12?

The best way to support your child  is by talking to them about what they’re studying in History and  about how they’re 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 son/ daughter to attend these sessions.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

During Year 12, we strongly encourage students to work as independently as possible to prepare them for undergraduate study.  However, we are mindful that they may need additional support to help them adjust from GCSE to A’level study.  We will be able to provide students with detailed advice about study skills and what specific strategies will help them in History.    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.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the History Department at office@newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk if you have any queries about your daughter’s progress in History.