Head of Department: Katy Graham
Key Stage 3
Students study 3 hours of History per fortnight in Year 7 and Year 8. The KS3 history curriculum follows the National Curriculum guidelines and is delivered in Thematic Units. History homework is set for all students fortnightly in KS3 in the format of homework booklets.
Students study the Norman Conquest followed by Life in Medieval Britain. In term 2 students research the peasant’s revolt and the rule of Richard the Third. In term 3 Year 7 embark upon the Tudor period and look at the consequences of the Reformation for the people of the 16th century and the legacy it has today. Year 7 complete their year with an investigation into the Stuart period with a focus on the English Civil War.
Students begin thematic studies of the Romans and the Aztecs. In term 2 students delve into the British Empire specifically Colonial America and the Slave Trade. Term 3 see Year 8 return to Britain to understand the changes and impact on society of the Industrial Revolution.
Students begin thematic studies of the American War of Independence in term 1. In term 2 students delve into the British Empire specifically the Slave Trade. Term 3 sees Year 8 return to Europe with lessons about World War 1 and its impact on Europe.
Key Stage 4
GCSE History is taught over 5 hours per fortnight for Year 9 and Year 10 and 6 hours per fortnight for Year 11. Students follow the EdExcel Specification which includes the following units:
- Crime and Punishment in Britain, c. 1000-present
- The American West, c. 1835-1895
- Early Elizabethan England, c. 1558-88
- The USA, c. 1954-1975: Conflict at home and abroad
Homework is set for all GCSE History students fortnightly by their individual class teacher
Students start their GCSE course in year 9. The first and second term focus on skill building and exam questions through the topic of Nazi Germany and World War II. This is to ready them for the upcoming two years.
The USA, c. 1954-1975: Conflict at home and abroad: Students study the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, looking at the social, political and economic reasons behind the reactions of the government and its people.
Early Elizabethan England: Students study the ‘golden age’ of Queen Elizabeth I and the struggles she faced becoming queen in a male dominated society. Students will specifically look at problems of religion, problems with foreign relations, and the expansion of the British Empire in America.
Crime and Punishment in England: Students study the causes and types of crimes committed from the medieval period to the modern day period and how they have changed during that time. Students will also investigate the variety of punishments that were inflicted on criminals and how and why our methods of punishment have changed over the last 1000 years.
The American West: Students study what life was like on the open plains in America and how American settlers developed the land and a new culture. Students then go on to discuss the open conflict that American migration had on the Native Americans and how the Native American way of life was destroyed.
There are three exams. The exams range between 1 hour and 15 to 1 hour and 45 minutes. Paper 1 and 3 (The Crime and Punishment and the USA in conflict exam) are worth 30% of the total exam grade. Paper 2 (Early Elizabethan England and The American West) is worth 40% of the total exam grade.
History is a highly respected subject which develops skills that are highly sort after by colleges, universities and employers. History can open the door to many careers such as Archaeologist, Genealogist, Museum Curator, Law, Civil Service, Intelligence Services and of course a History Teacher.