History IGCSE: Paper 4

Dear All,

During this 2nd part of the 2nd term, we shall be working on two main areas in preparation for your exam at the end of the year.

  1. Paper 4

This paper changed two years ago. We shall be discussing the changes and working on what is required of you now.

To that effect, we shall be working on this podcast.

Finally, you will work on this sample from paper 4.

Paper 4 SAMPLE

2. Paper 2


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The Big Three at Versailles.

We have read an overall description of who the leaders at Versailles were. Today you will first watch a video on the Paris Peace Conference and then you will have the chance of reading and listening to the conversations made by Senior 2 last year.

Choose ONE of the conversations after you listen to them and post them in your blog with a description of the conversation and the reasons why you chose that conversation.

After watching the video (as many times as you need) make a glossary of the following terms:


Senior 1 2016 conversations:










Enjoy! 🙂

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Senior 3 work on the Cold War in the East.

This year, the main events developing during the Cold War in Eastern Europe are the set topic for the Source Analysis paper (Paper 2).

Therefore, we are now working on these key events and different groups have been doing research on specific topics and on the testimony of witnesses living through those events.

Below, you will find the presentations made by Senior 3 students plus extra material on each of the topics.

HUNGARY, 1956. 

A Rip in the Iron Curtain: Photos From the Hungarian Revolution, 1956



Czechoslovakia, 1968






The Berlin Wall, 1961




This highly recommendable movie on the life of St John Paul II shows the situation in Poland before and during Nazi occupation and later under the communist regime in a very vivid manner.

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The Great War.

“I shall not easily forget those long winter nights in the front line. Darkness fell about four in the afternoon and dawn was not until eight next morning. These sixteen hours of blackness were broken by gun flashes, the gleam of star shells and punctuated by the scream of a shell or the sudden heart-stopping rattle of a machine-gun. The long hours crept by with leaden feet and sometimes it seemed as if time itself was dead.”

F. Noakes, in ‘The Distant Drum’

One can hardly imagine what living at war must be like. Most people who had to live through war agree on one point: life is never the same after war. 

We shall now explore some aspects of the development of WW1.

Let’s begin by looking at the chronology of the war. Below, are two timelines that will help you analyse the main events during WW1.



Next, we will work on some aspects of life during the war. 

  • Start by exploring trench life through the following animation.
  • Then, listen to one story from the ones provided here.

Your task is the following: as you look through the chronology, as you explore trench life as well as while listening to one soldier story of your choice, you should be taking down notes on a sheet of paper. That information will later be turned into a poster that you will post in your blog.

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The Cold War in Europe.

Hello Everyone!

We are now looking into the conflicts of the Cold War in detail. We shall be starting with the conflicts in the East first since this topic will be the set topic for Paper 2 in the International Exam.

I thought it would be a good idea to start by looking at a timeline of the Cold War development.




Cheers! 🙂


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Revision for our 1st Term Exam – Senior 3



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Essay Writing!

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1st Term Exam – SENIOR 1

Hello Everyone!

Here’s a detail of what you should study for the 1st term exam. 


A. Long Term Causes of WW1: Imperialism, alliances, Franco Prussian War, characteristics of the empires and unification of Germany and Italy.


B. Short Term Causes of WW1: 1st Moroccan Crisis, 2nd Moroccan Crisis, Naval Race, Arms Race, Germany’s Plan for war, France’s Plan for war, the Balkans Crisis, the murder in Sarajevo. 


Good Luck! 🙂


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The Berlin Blockade

Hi Everyone!

Today, we shall work on the 1st conflict of the Cold War: The Berlin Blockade. There are FOUR links providing different types of information. The idea is that you read through the articles, sources and watch the videos available to start with and that as you do this, yo take down notes on the main points of the conflict as well as any questions that might crop up in the process. 

Once that initial part is done, you will work on specific questions analysing the impact of this conclict in the context of the Cold War. 


Introduction to the Berlin Blockade Conflict. 


Good sources on the Berlin Airlift. 

Activities on the Berlin Blockade. 



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Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution.

In our coming classes we will start reading and discussing the term “Capitalism”, its development and impact on the Industrial Revolution. 


Tools to generate quizzes:




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