History

The department has a long established and passionate commitment to the teaching of history. We all delight in seeing students make good progress in this academic subject. We have and maintain high expectations of both work and behaviour. We aim to install a strong work ethic in all those we teach. 
As a department we aim to produce students who:-
  • Enjoy and see the relevance of history in their lives 
  • Understand the progress they are making in the subject. 
  • Take an active part in their learning. 
  • Understand that they will find some work challenging and relish this. 
  • Achieve excellent exam results at GCSE, AS and A2 level 
We 
  • Will be consistent in practice and deploy our solid subject knowledge 
  • Convey a sense of enthusiasm for the subject taught 
  • Employ varying teaching and learning styles. 
  • Encourage students to question and think about what they are taught. 
 
Throughout all key stages students think, research and develop a sound knowledge of the topics taught.
Y7 History
Skills / Ancient history. Autumn Term.
Medieval Realms. Spring and Summer.
 
By the end of Y7 students should have…
Secure knowledge of the history taught.
Additionally they should…
 
Be able to deal with chronology with ease (L3 for the majority)
Be able to use sources to make a point about the history studied. Some will be able to compare and contrast sources. Some will be able to then evaluate using the sources and their own knowledge.
Be able to answer questions around reliability /usefulness of sources
Ideally most should be able to write in a formal style, creating good balanced answers to extended written questions.
 
Y8
Skills /Making of the U.K. Autumn Term.
Empire and Slavery. Spring Term
Industrial Revolution. Summer Term
 
By the end of Y8 students should have…
Secure knowledge of the history taught.
Additionally they should…
Understand key moments in the making of the United Kingdom (including the English Civil War). The role of empire and slavery and the impact of industrialisation on the U.K.
Be able to use sources to make a point about the history studied. Most will be able to compare and contrast sources. Some will be able to then evaluate using the sources and their own knowledge.
Be able to answer questions around reliability /usefulness of sources
Ideally most should be able to write in a formal style, creating good balanced evaluative answers to extended written questions.
 
Y9 Skills / Twentieth Century World
Significant events of the Twentieth century.
The causes of WW1 and Trench warfare. Autumn term
The rise of America as a super power. The rise of Communism and Fascism.
Life in Hitler’s Germany and the Holocaust. Case study on the assassination of JFK / the Cold War period. Spring and summer term
 
By the end of Y9 students should have…
Secure knowledge of the history taught.
Additionally they should…
 
Understand key moments in world history.
Be able to use sources to make a point about the history studied. Most will be able to compare and contrast sources. Some will be able to then evaluate using the sources and their own knowledge.
Be able to answer questions around reliability /usefulness of sources with ease.
Be able to write in a formal style, creating good balanced evaluative answers to extended written questions.
Be in a position to make an informed choice regarding options.
 
G.C.S.E
Y10 Medicine through Time development study.
Y11 Germany 1918 -45
OCR Schools History Project A.
Students study the history of medicine from the Ancient world to present and develop skills of analysis, evaluation alongside written communication.
Students study the impact of defeat in WW1 on Germany, the problems of the Weimar Republic as well as Hitler’s rise to power, his consolidation of power and the period of WW2 on Germany. Both medicine and Germany is examined in Y11 and supported by a piece of coursework based on local history.
 
 
A Level
History at A level consists of the study and public examination of two distinct units.
 
Britain 1951 -2007
This looks in depth at the major political, social and economic changes that occurred in Britain.  Everything form the impact of new technologies on society, the miners strike of 1984/5 to the Iraq war is considered.
 
America 1865 -1975
This study looks at the development of America as world superpower. Dealing with the major social, economic and political changes that occurred, from the era of reconstruction to the end of the Vietnam war.
 
We also do a separate 100 year study which leads to an independent piece of work that counts as the coursework element.
 
Government and politics AQA
AS
Y12 an introduction to politics with a focus on how Britain is governed. Voter behaviour. The extent to which Britain is a plural state as well as keeping abreast of contemporary political developments.
 
A2
Y13 the focus for this year is an in depth study of ideologies. Everything from Liberalism, socialism, fascism, Conservatism  through to Feminism and other strands such as ideologies surrounding ecology.