History

The History department aims to provide students with an opportunity to study the events of the past so that they may better understand their own future. This is encapsulated best in the words of our former Prime Minister Winston Churchill:

“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

Students are consistently challenged to develop the understanding that the events of history and their knowledge of them can have a dramatic impact on their own lives as they create their own history.

Students enjoy a variety of different learning activities in lessons and are given the opportunity to attend educational visits both inside the UK and overseas that aim to enhance their understanding of the subject.

Years 7 - 9

In Key Stage 3, Year 7 students take part in a three week ‘Skills in History’ Programme designed to prepare them for the subject content that they will receive but also reinforce some of the key aspects taught during Primary History. This course includes:

  • Understanding Chronology
  • Using Historical Sources
  • Understanding Bias
  • Investigation within History

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is split up into four sections. These sections cover a chronological journey through British History from 1066 up to present day. Many of the skills students acquire and practice through Key Stage 3 are actively involved in their GCSE exams and assessments. Students are assessed at the end of each topic and these assessments can take a range of different forms.

The four sections are as follows:

  • the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
  • the development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
  • ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
  • challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

Years 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4 students study WJEC GCSE History Route A. GCSE History is split up into four units, with each unit focusing on one of the major nations on the global stage in the 20th Century; Great Britain, Germany, Russia, and the USA.

The units covered in GCSE History are:

1.Great Britain

This unit is assessed by two essays completed under controlled conditions.

Either

  • Great Britain during the Great War
    • Long term causes of the Great War
    • Short term causes of the Great War
    • Life at home during the War
    • Recruitment
    • The role of women during the War
    • Battles of the Great War
    • Life in the trenches
    • Conscientious objectors

Or

  • Great Britain during the Second World War
    • Long term causes of the Second World War
    • Short term causes of the Second World War
    • Life on the Home Front
    • The Blitz
    • Battles of the Second World War
    • Evacuation during the Second World War
    • The Battle of Dunkirk

2.Russia 1905-1924

This unit is assessed by a 75 minute exam.

Topics

  • The causes and impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917
  • The causes and impact of the Civil War 1918-1921
  • The development of the Communist State 1921-1924

3.Germany 1919-1947

This unit is assessed by a 75 minute exam.

Topics

  • The rise of the Nazi Party and its consolidation of power 1919-1934
  • Changing life for German people 1933-1939
  • War and its impact on life in Germany 1939-1947

4.USA 1930-2000

This unit is assessed by a 75 minute exam.

Topics

  • Changing life in the USA 1930-2000
  • Changing attitudes towards race in the USA 1930-2000
  • The USA and the wider world 1930-2000