We aim to provide our students with sound conceptual understanding and the vital skills of historical analysis, handling evidence and communicating with others. Pupils experience a wide range of teaching and learning styles so that they can gain a sense of enjoyment in this fascinating subject, through a range of activities including group work, the use of evidence, discussion, role-play, making notes and writing essays. Our students are issued with textbooks and good use is made of a range of audio-visual equipment.
History is highly regarded as a traditional academic subject and is now included in the English Baccalaureate in Key Stage 4. The skills developed through the study of History develop abilities required in a range of careers such as law, politics, civil service, the media, business management and administration, finance, computing, personnel and medicine.
Topics studied are:
- Year 7 The Middle Ages.
- Year 8 The Making of the United Kingdom 1500-1700 which includes Henry VIII, the Reformation, The Civil War and in the summer term we move to our world study to look at the black people of the Americas.
- Year 9 The Industrial Revolution followed by the two World Wars.
- GCSE Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship; Conflict and tension: 1918-1939; Thematic Study: Britain – Health and the People, c1000 to the present day; British Depth Study: Elizabeth England, c1568-1603
- AS/A2 – AS Britain 1906 – 51, USSR 1924 – 41 and A2 USSR 1941 – 91 and Germany Nationalism 1789 – 1914 as coursework
We also offer Politics and Government at AS/A2 Level. AS – “People, Politics and Participation” and “Governing modern Britain” A2 – “Ideologies” and “Ideologies in Action”