Departments: History


History is the study of past events, people and places. Students study a variety of topics covering British, European and World history, these include:

Year 7 Students begin Year 7 with a unit of work about history, developing key skills such as using primary and secondary sources. They then have a unit of study on medieval history which includes the Battle of Hastings, the Black Death and King John. In the summer term students study the Tudors and slavery. Assessments take place at the end of each topic as well as an end of year test assessing their knowledge throughout the year.
Year 8 For 2014-15 Year 8 students will have a revised curriculum due to the change to a three year KS4. Students will build upon their skills introduced in Humanities in Year 7 and will develop their understanding of specific historical analysis. Topics studied with be the Reformation (Tudors); the Stuarts (Gunpowder Plot and the Civil War) the slave trade; children in the mills during the Industrial Revolution and the First World War. Assessments will take place approximately each half term.

The History Department currently follows the AQA GCSE syllabus which is 100% exam based. The GCSE consists of 2 written exams lasting 1 hour 45 minutes which are taken in the summer term of Year 11. One paper assesses knowledge of two British topics and the other paper assesses two wider world topics.

Year 9 For the first year of the GCSE course students complete a British depth study on Health and People, C. 1000 to the present day. This is a thematic study about how medicine has changed and progressed throughout time. We look at the fight against disease, public health and surgery in a range of different time periods including the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, 1750-1900 and the 20th century. Part of the course also focuses on themes and how these have helped developments in medicine for instance, warfare, religion, science and technology and their effects.
Year 10 & 11 In years 10 and 11 students cover the other three exam topics which are America, 1840-1895: Expansion and Consolidation, Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939 and Norman England, c.1066-c.1100. For their study of America, 1840-1895, students will follow the expansion of the country into the west and learn about the development its influence through the second half of the nineteenth century. The Conflict and Tension topic focusses on attempts at peacemaking following the First World War and seeks to find answers about the causes of the Second World War. As part of their study of the Norman Conquest, students draw conclusions about life under the Normans as they discover how William the Conqueror secured the English throne and consolidated the Norman�s position in England. As part of this unit, every year students are assigned a different historical site linked to the Norman Conquest which they must study in detail in order to answer a question on it in the exam.

AS and A Level students have two teachers in history, each teaching students a different section
of the course. We teach the AQA syllabus for AS and A Level.

The AS Level exam consists of two papers, both taken during the summer term. One is based on
their study of British history and the other European. Each paper is 50% of the AS grade.

The A Level course consists of 3 sections, one a study of India which is an extended coursework
essay and the other two are exam based and taken at the end of Year 13. The coursework is worth % of the overall A Level grade

Year 12 British History: The English Revolution 1625-1642

European History: The three Tsar's (Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II). Russian history covering the years 1855-1917.

Year 13

British History: The English Revolution 1642-1660

India Coursework: 1847-1947 Indian Independence and Partition. This is assessed as an historical enquiry of 3500 words.

European History: The three dictators (Lenin, Stalin and Khrushev). Russian history covering the years 1917-1964.

Throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students are assessed on their historical understanding of a topic. This is done through a number of genres at Key Stage 3 including essays, story writing and newspaper reports and through exam practice and essay writing in Key Stage 4 and 5.

Students are assessed on a number of historical skills including: Knowledge and understanding; use of source material, understanding different interpretations and causation. They are encouraged to develop their skills of analysis and judgement which are essential for success at GCSE and A'Level.

Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning through a variety of activities which are designed to meet the needs of all learning styles including group work, role play, individual tasks and source based work. They are also encouraged to use the internet to research and broaden their knowledge. Some excellent websites include: On this day and The National Archives.

In history we use a wide variety of stimuli to inspire and encourage our students to be active participants in our lessons. These include: pictures, cartoons, written sources, films, documentaries, newspapers and music.

We also like to bring history to life for the students by taking them out of the classroom. Our trips have included visits to the Imperial War Museum, residential trips to Belgium to see the war graves. Trips to relevant historical sites are also part of the GCSE course We feel strongly that taking learning out of the classroom is a fantastic experience for both pupils and teachers.

History Staff

Head of Faculty: Ms Madden
Subject Leader: Ms Hirst
Dr Pyne
Ms Hirst
Mr Walker
Mrs Weaver
Mrs Willard