Welcome to IGCSE History Year 10!

This is who we are...

Ms. Nuala Reid, M.Ed.

Mr. Gunnar Stride, M.A., M.S.

Announcements and Dates:

1. Curriculum Night for parents and students will be 19 September in the gym.

2. Mr. Gunnar will be offering free tutoring for history students who need or desire extra help and the sessions will be Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 in our classroom (C-06) starting on Wednesday, September 12.

3. 1 October: Letters from the Front and Trench Warfare Project commences.

Current Unit:

Depth Study 1; World War I

Assignments, tests, and projects:

Assignment 1: name plate assignment

Assignment 2: reading, key word search, symbols, and 'in a nutshell' exercises for the Oxford Historian's toolkit hand out. This assignment will be on students' portfolio checklists.

Assignment 3: World War I text, lecture, and video notes (due at the end of the Unit).

Project 1: Letters from the Front and Trench Warfare Project. Project commences on 1 October.

Looking Ahead:

Core Studies One and Two: The Versailles Settlement and the League of Nations (in that order)

Documentary of the week:

Link to 2020 Cambridge IGCSE History Syllabus

Our class syllabus

Year 10 and 11 IGCSE History Syllabus.docx
History Year 10 Curriculum Subject Guide.docx

IGCSE History is a very interesting, yet demanding course. Students who wish to take this subject require a proven track record in critical thinking, information retention, and clear expository and persuasive English writing skills as all testing takes the form of essay or short answer writing and analysing the written word.

Topics that are covered in IGCSE History include:

(1) World War I including root causes, military strategies and technologies, and the human toll on the nations involved and affected by this catastrophic war.

(2) The post World War I Peace Treaties - an analysis of the Treaties and their fairness. The consequences of these treaties.

(3) The formation and the workings of the League of Nations (1920 - 1939) including the Manchurian Crisis, the Abyssinian Affair and the Spanish Civil War.

(4) Germany (1919 - 1939) including the Rise to Power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi's, including the Final Solution.

(5) Post World War 2 events - the Cold War - who was responsible for the start of the Cold War, expansionism vs containment, and the Cold War conflicts of Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam. Examination of the collapse of Communism under Gorbachev.

(6) Saddam Hussein and events leading up to the first Iraq War.

The majority of learning will take place in Year 10 as we work systematically through the events in Europe as they happened - trying to show 'Cause and Effect' wherever possible.

There are three major textbooks used in IGCSE Geography.

(1) Twentieth Century History - the major source for lessons - a hefty book filled with detail.

(2) Germany - a specialist book, very useful when dealing with Topic 3 above.

(3) World History - a book filled with excellent summaries!

There are four lessons per week in Year 10. There will be homework on two occasions a week. Homework will always be relevant to work completed in class on the day the homework is awarded. Students will normally have a couple of days grace to complete homework.

Final Examination - Yr 10 History

The Final Exam will consist of one examination paper of 2 hour duration based upon topics from all the work carried out this year. (see Revision Guide given to your child)

Section A : 5 questions, choose and answer 3 in full. (3 X 20 marks = 60)

Section B: 3 questions, choose one. Write essay. (1 X 40 = 40)

Total for exam: 100 Final Exam = 60% of term grade.

Assignments, for which marks may be given, will occur on a termly basis.

Students will be given a minimum of one calendar week to prepare for tests.


Grading and assessment weightings

90-100 A*

80-89 A

70-79 B

60-69 C

50-59 D

Below 50 E

Term 1

2 Examinations-40% of term grade

Classwork and short assessments-40% of term grade

Assignments and Projects-20% of term grade

Term 2

2 Examinations-50% of term grade

Classwork and short assessments-30% of term grade

Projects-20% of term grade

Term 3

2 Examinations-60% of term grade

Classwork and short assessments-20% of term grade

Projects-20% of term grade