History

The History department believes that through our knowledge and understanding of the past, we can better understand the present. This is especially important as students gain a greater understanding of the world around them - locally, nationally and internationally.

The History Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of: studies on social, economic and political history, focusing from ancient civilisations up to the 1990s.

At GCSE, students at Key Stage 4, complete a two year course following the ‘Making of the Modern World’ programme of study with Edexcel. Topics taught include: The Cold War 1945-1991, Germany 1918-1945, Crime and Punishment 1000-present day, and Early Elizabethan England.

At A Level, students will develop skills in extended writing, reading, source analysis, and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to think, argue and question so that they can reach their own reasoned judgements about the past. Current topics studied are: Italy 1911-1946, Nationalism, Dictatorship and Democracy in twentieth-century Europe and Germany Experience of Warfare 1790-1918.

Lessons are created to challenge and interest students, in order to help make them more independent learners. Lessons are engaging and have a real focus on progress and individual achievement. Homework is set regularly to enable rapid progress to support examinations, improved literacy and revision. Students’ progress is tracked by teachers to help focus on individual targets; this is often linked to homework tasks.

Key Stage 3

Students at Key Stage 3, complete studies on social, economic and political history, focusing on the following enquiry topics:

Year 7

  • What is history?
  • Ancient civilisations - The Romans
  • The Norman Conquest of Britain
  • Medieval people and lives
  • The reputations of King Henry and King John

Year 8

  • The Tudors
  • Religious change in 16th century England
  • The English Civil War
  • Imagining London
  • The native people of the Americas
  • The French Revolution

Year 9

  • Expansion and Empire
  • The Black people of the Americas
  • Does war change lives and how is it remembered? (World War One and World War Two)
  • The history of migration into Britain

Students in Key Stage 3 are currently able to participate in a Year 7 castles trip, a Year 8 visit to Hampton Court or the Tower of London and a Year 9 visit to the First World War Battlefields.

Key Stage 4

Students at Key Stage 4 complete a two year course following the ‘Making of the Modern World’ programme of study with Edexcel.

The Cold War
This course offers students the opportunity to examine the big ideas of how the Cold War developed, the three Cold War crises and why did the Cold War end? The course will allow for exploration of knowledge, debate over evidence, role play to understand leading individuals, events, and reflection on significance.

Twentieth Century in-depth study - Germany 1918 – 1945
This course offers an in-depth study of Germany 1918 to 1945: looking at Weimar Germany, the 1920s, social and political changes, and Hitler's rise to power in 1933 and his subsequent dictatorship.

Early Elizabethan England
This course offers an in-depth look at British History. Students study the situation on Elizabeth’s accession, how she came to be Queen. Students think about Queen Elizabeth, her background and character – what sort of person was she? How did Elizabeth come to be Queen of England?

Crime and Punishment 1000-Present Day
Introduction and overview to Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present. How and why have the nature and definitions of criminal activity and the nature of law enforcement and punishment changed over time? Students study the key features in the development of crime and punishment and how these were linked with the key features of society in Britain in the periods studied.

Key Stage 5

Students who choose to study A Level History will develop skills in extended writing, reading, source analysis, and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to think, argue and question so that they can reach their own reasoned judgements about the past.

AS Level units
• Unit 1: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89
• Unit 2: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911–46

A2 Level units
• Unit 3: The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918
• Unit 4: Historical enquiry: Alternates every year and is specific to the students historical interests.