In History we aim to provide a secure environment where students can delve into the past and enjoy learning and assessing key events from History. We want to develop independent learners who have the confidence to assess and evaluate what has gone before. The History department allows students to see how key events have shaped and impacted upon the world in which they live. We focus highly on literacy skills and all the teachers are passionate about the subject. The history department has a close link with the learning support department and through these links we ensure that history is accessible to all.
Extra – Curricular activities and visits
We try to make history come alive for our students and provide a varied range of activities and visits for our students. These include the trips in year seven to Vindolanda, year eight to the Slavery Museum in Liverpool and year nine and ten to the battlefields of France and Belgium. Our aim is to allow students to walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before them, to feel the history rather than just read about it. As part of their homework cycle students are provided with an opportunity to develop a project/practical piece about the topic they are studying. Examples of these are Roman artefacts, Castles or board games about Elizabeth I.
History is taught in two designated classrooms. Each classroom has an overhead projector and a visualizer.
Students are assessed in KS3 half termly, this coincides with the end of each topic. Each assessment is designed to link towards GCSE style questions. In KS4 pupils complete progress questions to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. They also complete sub – topic assessments as they progress through the course. This allows the history team to have knowledge of students who may need more challenge or more support within lesson.
In year seven students study a wide range of topics. We start the year with assessing and considering the key skills a historian needs. We then learn a pre-1066 study of the Romans. This followed by 1066, medieval life, the Black Death, the Tudors and the key events of the Civil War. Pupils are given the opportunity to assess, evaluate and debate the key topics. Pupils have the opportunity to present their ideas and group work is a key method of learning.
In year eight students will consider some thought provoking topics. These include Slavery, Medicine 1500 – 1750, Life in Industrial Britain, Key events of the 20th Century, World War One, and Word War Two. These topics allow students to delve into the past and assess some of the bigger issues of the recent past. Again there is a focus on paired work and group work. As well as presentations and research.
In year nine we complete a depth study of Germany from 1890 – 1945. This topic includes investigating life in the Kaiser’s Germany and the problems he faced. We consider the impact of the First World War and the changes in Germany at this time. The second topic is the Weimar Republic and the problems that the new government faced from both the left and the right. We finish the Germany topic by looking at the rise of the Nazis and life in Hitler’s Germany. We study the Holocaust in year nine and assess the causes and impact on the Jews of Europe. Assessment is heavily focused on the GCSE style, in order to prepare students should they choose the topic.
Year 10 and Year 11: GCSE History (AQA)
Paper One – Understanding the Modern World (50% of Marks) – Exam 1hr 45 minutes
Section A – Depth Study - Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
Section B - Wider World Depth Study - Conflict and tension: the inter-war years, 1918–1939
Paper Two – Shaping the nation (50% of Marks) – Exam 1hr 45 minutes
Section A – Thematic Study – Health and the people c1000 – Present day
Section B – British depth study including the historic environment – Elizabethan England 1568 – 1603