We aim to provide students with the skills of explanation, assessment and evaluation. We believe that the skills our students gain in the study of History are valued in many different university courses and career paths. History is a traditional academic subject that provides students with challenge, adventure, intellectual curiosity and a better understanding of how the world as we know it today has developed.
Key Stage 3
We aim to provide the students with a broad brush understanding of British History; starting with the Norman Conquest and finishing with the Second World War. Students have the opportunity to visit the First War Battlefields in the Autumn term of year 9 – this trip is very popular. We also add value to our students understanding through investigating and exploring issues such the French Revolution, the British Empire and its involvement in slavery, African American rights in America as well as the rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust. It is at key stage 3 that students are first introduced to evaluation and assessment of sources as well as structuring an argument to discuss significance.
Key Stage 4
Our GCSE course covers a broad range of diverse topics and aims to build upon and improve those skills gained in Key Stage 3. GCSE topics include the Causes and development of the Cold War up to 1971 as well as America between 1920 and 1973; we also study Health and the People from 1100 to the modern day and the Norman Conquest. We use the AQA specification and students sit both paper 1 and 2 at the end of year 11; there is no coursework element. Our study of the Cold War is supported by offering students the opportunity to visit Berlin in the summer term of year 10.
The History department makes full use of iPads in its teaching meaning the students enjoy a variety of different learning experiences.
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