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Department Overview

History helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express your own opinions. It trains your mind and teaches you how to think and process information. History helps you make sense of most other subjects.

Students will develop a wide range of skills in enquiry, cause and consequence, knowledge and understanding as well as significance, interpretation and empathy. In short, History provides you with the skills employers are looking for.

Within History students learn to develop their own skills such as:

  • Independent enquiry - Learning to ask questions and use research to develop knowledge of key people and events
  • Effective Participation and Co-operation - Getting involved in lessons through individual, pair and group activities and assignments          
  • Creative Thinking and Imagination - Considering the importance of key people and events from a range of perspectives with empathy        
  • Literacy - improving key writing and literacy skills          
  • Resilience - taking action to overcome obstacles and achieve success

Subject Leader: Mr S Wright

Year 7- How far did power move from monarchs to the people in Britain?

In Year 7 students study around 2000 years of history! They begin the year by looking at the Romans and their impact on Britain, before studying how England changed following the Norman Conquest. We then study Tudor and Stuart England. This topic involves work on political and religious turmoil, conflict and what life was like for ordinary people. The aim in Year 7 is to embed excellent subject knowledge, develop enquiry skills and get students to critically evaluate evidence from sources.

Year 8 - Does Britain deserve to be called Great?

Why was the 20th Century so violent?     

Students continue their Key Stage 3 History Curriculum and continue to develop their skills through a study of a wide range of historical topics. The year starts by focusing on the big enquiry question; does Britain deserve to be called Great? This includes in depth studies of topics including the Industrial Revolution as well as Slavery and its abolition. This is then followed by an enquiry into why the 20th Century was so violent, which includes the causes and events of World War One and America in the 1920's and World War Two. We aim to build on students' chronological understanding so they can see change and continuity over time. Moreover, students will develop their source analysis, explanation and judgement forming skills.

Year 9

Students who have opted for History GCSE start the year by studying enquiry topics from different times in the past. This includes Jack the Ripper, terrorism, women’s equality and even possible alien landings in the USA. Students will access and then use original evidence in their research and then make judgements on what actually happened.

The GCSE course content is then taught from January of Year 9 when we study the Medicine in Britain topic.

Students are assessed by a series of extended pieces of writing, knowledge tests and assignments throughout the year.

Years 10 and 11

We follow the Edexcel GCSE History specification (Qualification Accreditation Number: 601/8092/4 ), studying the following topics;

  • Medicine in Britain c.1250- present and the British sector of the Western Front; 1914-1918: injuries, treatments and trenches
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39
  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-91
  • Early Elizabethan England, c1558–88

The course is assessed by three written exams at the end of Year 11, with each exam worth the following percentages of the total grade:

  • Medicine in Britain (with British sector of  Western Front) = 30% 
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany = 30%
  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War and Early Elizabethan England = 40%

Students will receive a 9-1 grade for this qualification.

In addition, they are assessed informally by a series of extended pieces of writing, group work, examination questions and home learning assignments throughout the course.

Further information about either courses can be found here

How the History Department actively promotes British Values through the curriculum

The History Department follows a broad and balanced History curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 which encourages active student participation and promotes a range of British values.

The importance of democracy and rights of citizens underpins the whole curriculum through events such as the Norman conquest, the slave trade and workers rights in the Industrial Revolution. The importance of the rule of law is highlighted in a bespoke “Crime and Punishment’ course also taken in this year. A study of the women’s suffrage movement in Year 9, stresses the importance of gender equality. History GCSE allow students to tackle and discuss intolerance through a study of Germany 1890-45 (where students investigate the rise of fascism).