Subject Overview: The History Department aims to provide our students with a very varied and interesting curriculum which will develop within them a love of learning. History also gives the students many transferable skills which they will be able to use in their future careers. We encourage students to make connections between different periods and to recognise change and continuity. By working with primary evidence from the very beginning of Year 7 we encourage confident and enquiring historians, who develop a passion for investigation.
What we cover in each year group:
Year 7 – The Battle of Hastings and William’s consolidation of Power, Medieval Society, Henry VIII and the Reformation, Elizabeth I – power and propaganda The Civil War and a Depth Study of Native Americans.
Year 8 – Empire, the development and abolition of Slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, the Holocaust, South Africa – Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom.
Year 9 – What do Jack the Ripper’s crimes tell us about Victorian London?, Conflict in the 20th Century, a source investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy.
Years 10 & 11: GCSE – at GCSE we follow the AQA exam board which requires students to sit two exams. One exam focuses on Germany 1890-1945 and Conflict and Tension in Asia 1950-75 which covers the Korean and Vietnam War. The second exam is a study of Britain 1170 to the present day with a depth study on Elizabethan England.
Years 12 & 13: At A Level students follow the AQA syllabus. This involves the study of Russia 1855-1964 and Religious Conflict and the Church in England 1529-70. Finally students undertake a non-examined unit in which they have to write a 3000 word essay on either the US Civil Rights Movement 1863-1968 or Britain and Ireland 1874-1974. Many of our A Level students go on to study history at university.
Extra-curriculum / enrichment opportunities: We offer a range of opportunities for each year group which deepen student understanding of the topics they are studying. These include at Key Stage 3 visits to Hampton Court Palace to investigate the English Reformaton as well as the Black Country Living Museum to look at the impact of the Industrial Revolution on Britain. We also run World War One battlefield visits. Students who take History GCSE are offered a trip to Germany as well as local sites for the new GCSE requirement of a site study. At A Level our students take part in lecture study days. We also run History Club for Key Stage 3 every week.
Head of Department: Mrs S Urquhart