History

This is achieved by the  enthusiastic and committed approach of the specialist subject staff and by the active participation of pupils, which includes:

  • dialogue in the classroom
  • research using the internet and libraries
  • paired and group investigations
  • watching documentary films
  • scrutiny of sources
  • analytical writing and problem solving exercises
  • visits to historical sites and history conferences

The skills of history (mastering of detail, clarity of thought, analytical ability and fluency) can be used throughout life in many spheres. It is through the study of history that students reach a proper understanding of our own society and our institutions. History extends the horizons of students by providing a wealth of vicarious experiences and it is enriching both as an academic and leisure pursuit. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the recreational as well as the intellectual horizons of the subject.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 study Medieval Realms; The Islamic Empire and the Crusades
Year 8 study The Making of the United Kingdom, (Tudors and Stuarts, beginning of Empire)
Year 9 study The Making of Modern Britain:

  • Causes of the Industrial Revolution
  • Empire
  • Causes and impact of World War I
  • Women and the Vote
  • Turning points of World War II
  • The Holocaust and events after World War II
Key Stage 4 (currently in transition)

Year 10 and Year 11 have begun an International GCSE Modern World study following the Edexcel examination board:

  • Autocracy and Revolt in Russia 1881-1914
  • Russian in Revolution 1914-1924
  • Germany 1918-1945
  • Changes in Medicine c1845-1945

Note: From next academic year 2016-17, the Edexcel GCSE will be followed which will inolve aspects of medicine from 1050 to present day with a focus on World War I; Germany 1918-39; the Wild West and a topic from Medieval or early modern Britain.