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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 PowerPoints 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
  • Islamic Empires
  • The Making of Britain

Year 8

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Growth of the British Empire
  • The Abolition of the slave trade

Year 9

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


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage, Year 10, we follow the new EDUCAS 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.

Current Year 10 students will study Elizabeth England, 1558-1603 and the history of entertainment, 500-2007 in year 11. 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.

At Key Stage 4, current Year 11 students, follow the old OCR Modern World History course. The course focuses on a depth study of Britain 1890 – 1918, which builds and extends on the source skills introduced at Key Stage 3. 

There is a greater focus on enquiry and written communication in this exam paper which is formally assessed in Year 11. The students also follow the unit, The USA: Land of Freedom, 1945-75 a study of American politics and society between those years with a specific focus on McCarthyism and the Red Scare, and the Civil Rights Movement, with emphasis in Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.  This is followed in Year 11 by a controlled assessment unit on 1920s USA and finally a unit on A New World?, 1948 - 2005. 

This is the last year this course will run due to changes to the curriculum implemented from the government.

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 variety 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) and Ms Powell (Advanced Literacy Skills Specialist). 

Key Stage 5
A Level History