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Our History curriculum is lively, interesting and extremely useful for gaining an understanding of the world we live in.

The History department has dedicated and knowledgeable staff. They bring passion to the subject, and aim to develop students understanding of the different topics studied through engaging and interesting lessons.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students follow the Schools History Project during year 7 and study a range of topics and historical skills. The start of the course looks at the importance of sources and how they can be used as evidence. Students also examine how Britain changed between the height of the Roman Empire and the start of the medieval period. The Norman Conquest and the power of the English monarchy are examined along with the lives of ordinary people. Important events such as the Battle of Agincourt and Black Death are examined in detail. Students are encouraged to think about the significance of these events on British history and essay writing skills are developed to express opinions and ideas.

Year 8

The School’s History Project on British history continues in year 8. Students examine Britain’s industrial growth in the 18th and 19th centuries and the impact this had on ordinary people. The impact on Britain’s ruling classes is also examined and later in the year, students are able to see how democracy became a more significant force in politics. To support this, and work in Philosophy and Ethics, the Humanities Department run an excellent trip to the Houses of Parliament in the Spring Term. Students also conduct an in depth study on the British Empire, and compare it to other empires of the world. Significant events such as the Spanish Armada and Battle of Trafalgar are examined. Students use ‘Point, Evidence and Analysis’ in their written work to write developed explanations and are encouraged to contribute during class discussions.

Year 9

Students in year 9 study a range of topics related to twentieth century history. The causes of World War One are studied in detail, along with the impact of the war in Europe. Students learn about the errors of the ‘Great War’ as well as the successes and lessons learned from key battles, such as the Somme. Current historical debates are explored during lessons, and students are encouraged to share their views. There is an opportunity for students to learn about emotive topics such as the Holocaust. A joint assessment with Philosophy and Ethics is done in the spring term. Visits to Beth Shalom, the Holocaust Memorial Centre, are used to engage the students and help them with the assessment tasks. Other topics include the rise of Socialism and Fascism in Europe, civil rights for black people in America and a history of terrorism. The ‘Point, Evidence and Analysis’ approach is used extensively to prepare students for GCSE style written work.

Key Stage 4

Students will learn and use a wide variety of skills during the GCSE History course. These include understanding causes of change, analysing different historical sources, empathy, the ability to understand differing points of view and detect bias. Any student studying history has an understanding of the world around them.

Year 10

In Year 10, students look at the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. There is an emphasis on how Hitler became an all-powerful dictator of Germany, and what life was like living in the Nazi state. Students will also focus on Britain in the years 1931-51. This covers the impact of the Great Depression on British Society, Britain alone during WW2 and the creation of the NHS following the Beveridge Report. Students will answer questions on this topic through the analysis of sources.

Year 11

In Year 11, students examine ‘Superpower Rivalry’ between USA and USSR after World War two. Superpower Rivalry focuses on the Cold War which led to a nuclear arms race and other tensions, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, which threatened to ignite the first atomic war. Students are also given time to practice examination questions and learn valuable study skills. After school revision sessions are available in order to fully prepare students for their examinations.                       

Year 11 students will also complete a controlled assessment on Civil Rights in the USA 1945-70. Topics include the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little Rock High School and the Black Power Movement. The assessment also requires analysis of sources and interpretations of history.

Examination Board: AQA

Students are required to complete three written examination papers and one internal assessment:

Unit One: Peace and War: International Relations 1900-1991 (25% of total GCSE)

Unit Two: Germany 1918 – 1939 (25% of total GCSE)

Unit Three: War and the Transformation of British Society 1931-51 – Source work (25% of total GCSE)

Unit four: Controlled Assessment: CA6: The Era of the Civil Rights and the protest movement in the USA c1945-70 (25% of total GCSE)

Key Stage 5

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