History

As a department, we aim for our students to acquire a love of history - its personalities, events and importance and an understanding of how history shapes the world in which we live. We try to create an enjoyment of learning both inside and outside the classroom.  We want students to develop a sense of identity and of their place in the local, national and world wide community.  We also aim to nurture analytical enquirers who recognise that there are many different perspectives on historical events.

 

KEY STAGE 3

Students develop their skills by studying a range of topics including:

• Year 7: An introduction to history:  Rome, Medieval Britain and the Crusades and Kings.

• Year 8: Religious differences in Tudor and Stuart times; Civil War in England and Ireland and Ruling Britain - Who are the British?

• Year 9: Different Views of the British Empire; causes of the First World War; different views of Michael Collins; how did Hitler gain control? And London during the Second World War. All students have the opportunity to visit the WW1 battlefields in Ypres.

All Year 7 students visit The Tower of London. Year 9 students are given the opportunity to visit the WW1 Battlefields in Belgium, which will help prepare them for their GCSE course.

 

KEY STAGE 4

From September 2016, students choosing History as a GCSE option will follow the Edexcel History course and will study a broad range of topics and periods that will develop their historical skills of source analysis, explanation and critical thinking. There are four key elements to the Edexcel course:

 

·         A thematic study of Medicine in Britain c. 1250 to present with a case study of the British sector of the Western Front: Injuries, treatment and the trenches.

·         A depth study of Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39 with a specific focus on historical interpretations

·         A study of Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

·         A depth study of Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

All Year 10 students will visit the Science Museum and the Old Operating Theatre in London to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the Medicine in Britain unit.

 

KEY STAGE 5

Studying ‘A’ Level History will allow students to develop empathy and understanding of the actions and achievements of others. ‘A’ Level History teaches you to build up a picture from the evidence that has been left behind and become skilled at asking questions. Students have to be prepared to put their case and argue it well, use evidence to draw conclusions and make judgements and as a result develop a deeper understanding of the past and valuable skills.

AQA Unit 1H: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 (40% of A-Level)

The course takes us on a journey from the Emancipation of the Serfs, to the pivotal 1917 Revolution and the subsequent creation and operation of the Soviet state.

 

AQA Unit 2B: The War of the Roses 1450-1499. (40% of A-Level)

The course begins with the fall of the Lancastrians and then focuses on the Yorkists. We follow the Yorkists through their triumph and demise.        

 

AQA Unit 3: Coursework: Great Britain and the Irish Question 1801-1921. (20% of A-Level)

Students will produce one essay of 3000-3500 words, in which they will be required to assess how far the lives of Irish Catholics improved during the period.