IGCSE History Year 10
Mr. Calvin G. Burr
IGCSE History is a very interesting, yet demanding course. Students who wish to take this subject require a proven track record in fact retention and an excellent grasp of the English language as all testing takes the form of essay writing, and analysing the written word.
Topics that are covered in IGCSE History include:
(1) The post World War 1 Peace Treaties - an analysis of the Treaties and their fairness. The consequences of these treaties.
(2) The formation and the workings of the League of Nations (1920 - 1939) including the Manchurian Crisis, the Abyssinian Affair and the Spanish Civil War.
(3) Germany (1919 - 1939) including the Rise to Power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi's, including the Final Solution.
(4) 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.
(5) 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.
Absence during testing and/or not handing in work by the specified date
All absence during testing will attract a 0 (zero) grade unless the student supplies the teacher with an official doctors note. If a student expresses a wish to write the test it must be taken on the day of their return.
Not handing in work by the specified date will result in a 25% deduction of marks from the grade the student would have obtained, per day! After not handing in work for three school days after the specified date the student will receive a 0 (zero) grade.