This History Department’s intent is for all students to view History as an interesting subject while providing students with knowledge and understanding of both the past and present, as well as life skills for the future, in particular, articulating, analysing, evaluating, communicating and making judgements.
Enacting our Vision
We aim to do this through not only source work, but also by encouraging students’ creativity and activeness by allowing students to illustrate their knowledge through tasks such as role plays, campaigns, speeches, and storyboards. We regularly organise trips throughout the year to help enrich our students’ cultural capital which are linked to our courses, such as Year 8’s Slavery Study Day at the Museum of London Docklands in November.
The curriculum is designed to focus on British history, covering each of the historical themes – political, military, social, economic and religious. We focus in on the impact each group of setters made on Britain, and how that effects Britain throughout time, both past and present. In addition to this, students begin to develop key historical skills, such as chronology, inferring, causation, analysing the truthfulness of sources, and identifying differences between interpretations, evaluating, and making and supporting judgements using evidence.
The Year 8 curriculum is designed to build on the key skills students learned in Year 7 in preparation for KS4. The sequence of topics aims to focus on key events throughout the world, such as the British Empire, the Slave Trade, the Civil Rights Movement, the First World War, 20th Century Conflict, World War I, and the Holocaust, whilst allowing students plenty of opportunities to make connections between what they studied in Year 7, and building on each historical theme. The skills and knowledge accumulated from these topics, such as causation, consequences, importance, inferring, using evidence, and making judgements, act as a stepping-stone towards the KS4 curriculum, as well as providing excellent cross-curricular opportunities with English, Music, and RE.
Building on Year 8’s topics of enquiry, the Year 9 curriculum is designed to develop students’ knowledge of key events in Modern European History. Students begin with a key focus on post-WWI Germany, and how these leads to the Second World War. Students study a range of factors which lead to this, such as the impact of the Treaty of Versailles on Germany, how they recover from economic depression, and how Hitler finds opportunities from the weaknesses of the German government to eventually take power. In addition to this, students have the opportunity to learn about key events which took place throughout World War II involving Britain. These topics are then used to continue building on key historical skills students began to learn in Years 7 and 8, such as inferences, evaluating the usefulness of sources, causation, making and supporting judgements using evidence and interpretations.
Year 10 History has plenty of opportunity for interleaving, building on students’ Year 7, 8 and 9 knowledge and skills, with students learning about the Cold War. This includes its origins, key crises, and how it ends. Students then link their learning back to British History as we go on to study Anglo Saxon society, and Norman England. Students make connections about how this period of history effects English society today.
In the final year of our KS4 course, Year 11 focuses on the change and continuity of the causes, treatment and prevention of disease and illness from medieval times to present day. Building on students’ Year 8 knowledge of World War I, students will learn about the injuries British soldiers suffered whilst fighting in the First World War, and how they were treated. Students continue to consolidate the key historical skills they’ve been developing since Year 7, and applying them to different historical topics.
Our Sixth Form historians deepen their understanding and knowledge of world events and British history. Our three main topics include In search of the American Dream, apartheid in South Africa – how it was implemented, challenged, and its dissolution – and the British Empire: gaining and losing an empire. Students will also be asked to complete coursework on a particular area of research. Each of these topics builds on students KS3 and KS4 knowledge of international and British events, as well as allowing students to make a correlation between what they’re studying and what else they know has happened in the world. In addition, students will develop an understanding of how each of these topics effect domestic and international relations today. Throughout their course, students will go on to develop their interpretation and source skills, using evidence, analysing, and evaluation skills, as well as their critical thinking skills. These skills have a strong correlation with other subjects, in particular but not exclusive to, Law, Psychology and Sociology, as well as aid students in their preparation for university.
CAREERS IN HISTORY
For information on careers in History please see the below document:
For further information regarding History please contact the following:
- Ms Emma Weir (Head of Department) - firstname.lastname@example.org.