History

History

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.

Year 7

Students follow a course designed to prepare them for the types of history they will study at GCSE using a Edexcel based course. During year 7 they will study a range of topics and historical skills. The topics studied are:

  • The Norman Conquest.
  •  Why was the Church so important in people's lives.
  • The problem of English monarchs
  • Migration
  • Challenges to the Catholic church
  • Changing ideas 1660-1789
Year 8

The Edexcel based course on British history continues in year 8. Students study the following topics:

  • The Slave Trade
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Getting the vote
  • The First World War
  • Conflict in the Twentieth Century
  • The Holocaust
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.  Other topics include the rise of Socialism and Fascism in Europe and a history of terrorism. The ‘Point, Evidence and Analysis’ approach is used extensively to prepare students for GCSE style written work.

KS4
For our GCSE course, we follow the Edexcel History B specification. 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.
GSCE History

For our GCSE course, we are following the new Edexcel History specification.

Students are required to complete three written examination papers:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (30%)

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40%)

  • British depth study: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
  • Period study: The American West 1840-1890

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30%)

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39. Stage 5

 


History is taught in mixed ability groups.  We aim to use a variety of resources such as film clips, photographs and documents. History is a literacy-based subject, and you will have to write coherent answers that range from a paragraph in length to short essays.

At the end of year 11 you will sit 3 GCSE exam papers that examine all the topics outlined above. There will be no coursework.

Employers, sixth form colleges and universities value the skills students develop through studying History.  Employers appreciate your ability to analyse information and draw conclusions, whether you’re analysing the customer profile of a leading clothing chain or briefing a client on marketing strategy.  History supercharges such skills.  It encourages you to think for yourself and support your ideas with carefully chosen evidence and it teaches you to research a subject and present your findings in a coherent way. Most important of all, History is intrinsically interesting, and an understanding of how this country and the wider world have developed will help you to become a thoughtful, well-informed member of today's global society.