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12/04/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Well done to ⁦⁩ students at the DofE training day today, lots achieved learning campcraft in preparation for the expeditions! 👨🏼‍🍳⛺️ https://t.co/jaCyTYLTob

09/04/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Following the success of the practice day walk at Newlands Corner we are looking forward to seeing ⁦⁩ students develop their campcraft skills at the training day this Friday 12th April (9:00-12:00)! Please check SMHW for details ⛺️ 👨🏼‍🍳 https://t.co/QyHGsWEwDz

07/04/19

The Naples trip has just landed, however we will need to collect our baggage as it was put in hold! ✈️🧳

07/04/19

Boarding and all on time at this point! A fantastic few days in Naples, Sorrento and Capri and the students have been absolutely amazing throughout! ✈️ https://t.co/PHwyhFhcoq

07/04/19

Taking in the views on our last morning in Sorrento! ☀️🌋 📸 https://t.co/1vhaB5BX90

06/04/19

A lovely afternoon learning what you can do with a lemon! Thank you I Giardini di Cataldo for allowing us to taste some amazing drinks, cakes and jams 😋 https://t.co/fnPBiSRyzH

06/04/19

Team photo before exploring Capri! https://t.co/BNnttW2M8c

06/04/19

Setting off on a boat trip around Capri to see the coastal geography! 🛥☀️ https://t.co/AHpQm0IYqZ

05/04/19

Mr Starke doing his thing at the top of Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/1GfgEF6qi9

05/04/19

A reminder to parents/carers that the school will close at 1:40pm today and students return on Tuesday 23 April (week 2 timetable). Read all about this half term in our latest newsletter here: https://t.co/dfq5fAfUdO. We would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter! https://t.co/SD03Ftnppy

05/04/19

The sun is out as we start the climb up Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/q6tBbOcAaV

04/04/19

A fantastic first day on the Naples trip, an underground tour and an insight into Roman life in Herculaneum where the eruption preserved the town 🌋 https://t.co/8pQK3kVhsd

04/04/19

The sun is starting to come out as the students take a tour of Herculaneum where just 1/5 of the city has been excavated https://t.co/APVGlk8E2a

04/04/19

Congratulations to Odin Jeffrey-Dyer, Lucy Vella and Katie Conway, our award winners in the Prix de la Paix essay writing competition. They can be seen here receiving their prizes from Rotary Club members Geraint Jenkins and Dr. David Beckitt. https://t.co/llPLCkOrzV

04/04/19

We are on our way! ✈️ A slight delay but all in good spirits and ready to go! https://t.co/BkKcZG2Gm2

03/04/19

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Another fab assembly school. Thanks to yr 9/10 for listening & helping us to create a more inclusive community. Remember "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences" https://t.co/oBFIEaeTke

03/04/19

Year 11: Don't forget to book your ticket to the Prom! Payment can be made online or via the Finance Office https://t.co/V8EXzXEuxX https://t.co/724SUllsGa

02/04/19

Well done to the Year 7 students who attended the Science Fair yesterday. You were excellent ambassadors for and presented some brilliant projects. https://t.co/YmfL3vFRa2

Head of Department: Katy Graham
email: katy.graham@destafford.org.uk

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.

Year 7

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.

Year 8

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.

Year 9

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

Year 9

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. 

Year 10

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.

 Year 11

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.

Exams

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.

Progression Opportunities

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.