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Welcome to our History Department. History has a very important place in the curriculum. We aim to help students understand the world in which we live today through studying events in the past.

We use a variety of learning techniques in lessons to help students develop communication and written skills. They will find out about the causes and consequences of events locally, nationally and internationally. We aim to develop important historical skills through the use of sources to comprehend and apply essential concepts such as utility, provenance and significance.

We aspire to bring vibrant and thought provoking experiences for our students and we expect high standards. We appreciate it when our students try hard to progress and push themselves to achieve. We are dedicated to our subject and are very experienced both as historians and in the teaching of History.

Although History is a very important subject to support citizenship and to build a life-long interest, it is also very skills based. It requires and promotes important life skills that are essential in the world of work and an understanding of life today. Students learn to process information and quantify its utility, as well as develop frameworks to communicate ideas and to demonstrate debate and argument. These skills are essential for businesses and careers in media, public service and human resources. At university level  it is a ‘facilitating’ subject which means it is required more than others for courses such as journalism, business, the civil service, the police, the law and teaching where an analytical mind is needed to debate and problem solve challenging projects.

KS3

The study of History at Key Stage 3 provides our students with the opportunity to experience over a thousand years of life in all its variety. They will learn about both ordinary people and extra-ordinary events; through lessons that are varied and interesting. Students will develop skills in handling historical sources and in expressing their views in written answers, considering argument and explanation. They will be encouraged to discuss and debate. The purpose of History at Key Stage 3 is not simply to know facts but to search for meaning in those facts and to develop skills that will be valuable in the future.

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 7 The Conquest of England 1066 and battle of Hastings, The Conquest and the Normans The Development of Church and state in Medieval England Life in the Middle Ages Medieval towns and villages
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 7 Early Modern monarchs and the Crown v the Church The Early Tudors

Edward Vi and the Church

Lady Jane Grey

Bloody Mary

Elizabeth I

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 8

The development of church, state and society 1603-1649

The Stuarts

The development of church, state and society 1649-45 Slavery and Empire
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 8

The Empire

The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution 1745-1901

Conditions in towns Factories Workhouses

Victorian England

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 9 The First World War Inter-war Europe World War 2 Challenges for Britian
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 9 Impact of World War 2 Conflict in the East Conflict in the East

 

KS4

The GCSE focuses on the importance of learning from history as well as specific skills that students develop through their use of historical sources, in written answers and by discussion and debate.

Studying History to GCSE supports students in their A level or college courses as well as careers in areas such as journalism, the law and business.

Examination: AQA 8145

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

  1. Conflict in the East: Korea and Vietnam

This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different states and individuals and the ideologies they represented. It considers the role of nationalist movements in causing and sustaining conflict. It focuses on the causes and events of the Cold War in Asia and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the tensions which arose. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change, as well as how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

  1. America, 1840–1895: Expansion and consolidation

This period study focuses on the development of America during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of expansion and consolidation – the expansion to the west and consolidation of the United States as a nation. Students will study the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of these two developments and the role ideas played in bringing about change. They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and the impact the developments had on them.

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

  1. Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the periods during which they took place. Although the focus of this study is the development of medicine and public health in Britain, it will draw on wider world developments that impacted on the core themes. Students will have the opportunity to see how some ideas and events in the wider world affected Britain and will promote the idea that key themes did not develop in isolation, but these ideas and events should be referenced in terms of their effects on the core theme for Britain and British people.

  1. British depth studies.  Norman England, c1066–c1100

This option allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

Both examinations will take place at the end of year 11. Both are one hour and forty-five minutes and contain source questions and knowledge questions. Both papers are 50% of the final grade.

Year group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 10

Conflict in the East

The development of the Korean War: the UN campaign in South and North Korea

The end of the Korean War: Sino-American relations.

Conflict in the East Part two: The Viet Cong and causes of the Vietnam War Escalation of conflict in Vietnam                         

The US involvement. Consequences for the war.                                       

Part three: The ending of conflict in Vietnam

Medicine and Health through Time 1000-2000 AD       

Part one: Medicine stands still. Medieval medicine:       approaches.         

Part two: The beginnings of change. The impact of the Renaissance on Britain.

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 10

Medicine and Health Through Time

Part three: A revolution in medicine

The development of Germ Theory and its impact on the treatment of disease in Britain Improvements in public health.

Medicine and Health through

Part four: Modern medicine

Modern treatment of disease: the development of the pharmaceutical industry

America

Part one: Expansion: opportunities and challenges

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 11

America

Part two: Conflict across America

Increasing conflict on the Plains.

America

The background to the American Civil War.

Part three: Consolidation: forging the nation

The aftermath of the American Civil War.

Norman England

Part one: The Normans: conquest and control.

The historic environment of Norman England

The study will focus on a particular site in its historical context

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 11

Norman England

Part two: Life under the Normans

Feudalism and government

Norman England

Part three: The Norman Church and monasticism

Revision

 

KS5

  1. Paper 1G Challenge and Transformation Victorian Britain, c1851–1964

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • How did democracy and political organisations develop in Britain?
  • How important were ideas and ideologies?
  • How and with what effects did the economy develop?
  • How and with what effects did society and social policy develop?
  • How and why did Britain's relationship with Ireland change?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
  1. Paper 2O   Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945

This option provides for the study in depth of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as 'right' and 'left', nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and Social Darwinism. It also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.

  1. The coursework which is a piece of independent research is 20% of the final grade. Our topic is 100 years of the Stuarts. Britain 1602-1703

Both examinations will take place at the end of year 13. Both are two hours and thirty minutes and contain a compulsory source question and three questions of which candidates choose two. Both papers are 40% of the final grade.

The skills that students develop in History are transferable and essential to work in, for example, journalism, the law and in business. History is a rigorous academic subject; highly regarded at university level as it offers both written and communication skills that are demanded in the Twenty-first Century.

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 12

Challenge and Transformation Victorian Britain, c1851–1886

Germany.

Democracy 1918–1925

Challenge and Transformation Victorian Britain, c1851–1886

Germany.

Democracy 1918–1925

Challenge and Transformation Victorian & Edwardian Britain, c1851–1914

Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1933

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 12

Challenge and Transformation Victorian & Edwardian Britain, c1851–1914

Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1933

An Independent Study. Seventeenth Century Britain An Independent Study. Seventeenth Century Britain

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 13

Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851–1939

Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1939

Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851–1939

Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1939

Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851–1964

Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 13

Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851–1964

Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945

Revision  

 

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