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History

The study of History aims to develop the skills of independent thought, analysis and evaluation of arguments and opinions.  Evaluating historical evidence allows students to answer historical questions.  In history we have a dedicated team of history specialists who deliver the curriculum using a wide variety of teaching methods, from using the Interactive whiteboards, to drama and discussions, as well as written and pictorial sources.  Focussing on historical investigations, students write hypothesis on certain ‘big questions’, which they then explore through a series of lessons in order to write a reviewed hypothesis.  Students are given the ability to communicate their ideas in a variety of different forms, from letter writing, podcasts and PowerPoint’s to exam practice questions and mock exam papers.  Students are assessed on a regular basis and the levels or grades achieved help identify future Key Stage 3 targets or GCSE grades.

Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, Years 7 to 9, we aim to build on the foundations of the historical skills our students will need at GCSE level and higher.  We focus on skills such as evidence gathering, chronology, interpretation and the use of sources as well as giving student’s access to an overall understanding and knowledge of the topics.  We look at why events happened, what people have thought about History, how we discover the past and the problems of historical investigation, as well as why people or events are important to us.  Below are examples of some of the topics we study at Key Stage 3;

Year 7

  • Medieval Realms – Britain from 1066
  • The Tudors and Stuarts

Year 8

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Growth of the British Empire
  • African History
  • The Abolition of the slave trade
  • Crime and Punishment

Year 9

  • Liberal reforms and the Suffragettes
  • The Great War
  • Communism and Fascism
  • Aspects of German history
  • The Holocaust
  • The Second World War

 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage, Year 10, we follow the EDUQAS History curriculum. The course focuses on patterns of historical change. In year 10 students study Germany in Transition 1919-1939, this is an overview of the impact of WW1 on Germany, the Weimer recovery of the 1920’s, how Hitler got into power, the impact of the Nazis upon the German people and why WW2 started . Once student have finished this unit they then study the Development of the USA, 1929-2000. In this unit they complete an overview of the key economic, social and foreign policy changes in the USA. This course will help students to understand the impact of the USA on world history.

Year 11 historians study Elizabeth England, 1558-1603, and the history of entertainment, 500-2007. Students will sit two exams at the end year 11 with a once hour section on each of the four units. Questions in the exam will test students ability to analyse sources, compare historical interpretations and use of precise own knowledge to support arguments.

Students learn how to argue their points of view clearly with supporting evidence and balancing their arguments. They learn how people in the past have behaved and the reasons for this behaviour as well as understanding how historians have interpreted these events.  History remains a popular option, as it develops skills that are useful in careers as diverse as the media, government and administration, education and the law. 

Who are the history team?

The history team has a range of expertise and a keen interest in a range of specialist topics.  Members of the team include: Mr O’Gorman (Head of History), Mr Bennett (Head of Humanities and Assistant Head Teacher), Ms Bishop (Head of Sixth form), Ms Braggins (Head of Key Stage Three), Ms Powell (Advanced Literacy Skills Specialist).

Key Stage 5

A Level History

Course: A Level

Students can opt to study History at ‘A’ level through The Urswick School Sixth Form.  History ‘A’ Level is very popular at The Urswick School Sixth Form with many students going on to read History related subjects at university.

Studying ‘A’ Level History helps students develop the following skills:

  • How to assemble data and assess it
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put your point of view fluently
  • How to work as a team to achieve results


Sixth Form (2016/18)
Year 12 will be study the OCR ‘A’ Level.  The course is divided into four units studied over the two years. 

In Year 12, students are reading:

  • South African Politics (1948-1999)
  • British History (1930-1997).


In Year 13, students are reading:

  • Exploration, Encounters and Empire (The British Empire 1445 – 1570)
  • England: 1547-1603 (The later Tudors)

Who are the history team?

The history team has a range of expertise and a keen interest in a range of specialist topics.  Members of the team include: Mr O’Gorman (Head of History), Mr Bennett (Head of Humanities and Assistant Head Teacher) , Ms Bishop (Head of Sixth form), Ms Braggins (Head of Key Stage Three), Ms Powell (Advanced Literacy Skills Specialist).