History Geography is a large department with six classrooms within a dedicated building for Geography and History. The department currently consists of seven teachers that teach across the Key Stages. We have our own laptops for students to use and are well resourced.
All students study History in Key Stage 3. In Year 7 and 8, students have four lessons a fortnight whilst students in Year 9 will complete five lessons of History a fortnight. Students in Key Stage 4 have five lessons a fortnight with the subject continuing to be a popular choice. Currently, we have five classes in Year 10 and five in Year 11.
Students in Key Stage 3 follow a chronological study of History. Throughout each topic, students are challenged to use the narrative of the subject to evaluate the causes and consequences of the topics studied. We also challenge the students to develop their historical skills in order to consider the provenance of the sources that they use.
In Year 7, students are given an introduction into chronological understanding and how; as historians we learn about the past. Students spend the rest of the first term studying the Battle of Hastings before consider why William was victorious. For the rest of the academic year students investigate the impact of the Norman Conquest on England, the wider life of people in the Middle Ages and Tudor Period. By the end of the Spring term students will have investigated what motivated people to go on a crusade and whether it was successful before completing an investigation into where power lay in Medieval England. In the Summer term students spend time studying the turmoil of both the Tudor and Stuart Dynasties.
In Year 8, students move on to studying the role of the British Empire and its legacy as well as the Industrial Revolution. Students then continue their studies in Year 8 by investigating the slave trade and its abolition. Finally, Year 8 students then look at the Civil Rights movements in the USA and the Suffrage movement in the UK. Throughout their studies, students are encouraged to evaluate the impact and legacy of the decisions and dynasties in the 21st Century.
The Year 9 curriculum is a transition unit for the GCSEs. Students complete investigations into warfare through time, beginning in 1250 with Scottish rebellions, moving onto the Civil War and then the causes of the First World War along with evaluating the different interpretations of Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig. In addition, students complete investigations into the terms and legacy of Versailles as well as the inter war years and Second World War. Finally, students will complete a period of study on the Holocaust before completing their Key Stage Three studies by investigating Germany from 1918 to 1939, considering the social and political changes under the Weimar and Nazi government.
The expectation is that by the Summer Term, students in Year 9 will have begun the GCSE curriculum in advance of Year 10; regardless of option choice.
GCSE students follow the Edexcel curriculum for the new 9-1 GCSE.
History GCSE is split into three different exam papers.
Paper 1 – Warfare and British Society, c.1250 to Present with a historic environment study on London and the Second World War, 1939-1945. This exam paper is worth 30% of the total GCSE.
The exam on Warfare and British Society is worth 20% of the marks in this paper whilst the study on London is worth 10%.
Paper 2 – This paper is split into two topics. Students will study Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1991 followed by a study on Early Elizabethan England.
This exam paper is worth 40% of the total GCSE. Each topic is worth 20% each.
Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939
This exam paper is worth 30% of the total GCSE.