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History

Our study of History seeks to prepare students for a wide range of careers by teaching transferable skills through the study of different times, countries, and themes across a broad chronological and geographical spectrum.

Through studying history our students will develop a deep understanding of the events of the past and be able to analyse and interpret trends throughout history. This will enable them to:

  • be active citizens with an awareness of their rights and responsibilities
  • be aware of the diversity and experience of others
  • learn from the past to promote tolerance and respect
  • develop an intellectual curiosity and lifelong love of history.

Through our rich and varied curriculum at Key Stage 3, we hope that as many students as possible continue their study of history through into Key Stage 4. Students are given 1 to 2 hours History study per week at KS3 and 3 hours a week at KS4. History is taught chronologically through KS3 to ensure that students gain an understanding of events through time and how they relate to each other, however through these studies they will also gain and practice the skills needed for KS4. At KS4 we teach the thematic study of medicine, as well as Early Elizabethan England, before moving onto Weimar and Nazi Germany. We finish our GCSE studies with the American West, with essay practice and revision before students take their final examinations.

 

Key Stage 3

History is taught chronologically through KS3 to ensure that students gain an understanding of events through time and how they relate to each other, however through these studies they will also gain and practice the skills needed for KS4.

Curriculum Outline

Year 7 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Introduction to history
  • The Norman Conquest
  • The Crusades
Spring
  • The Black Death
  • Medieval Mysteries: Source focus
Summer
  • The Hundred Years War
  • The Wars of the Roses
Year 8 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • The Tudors
  • The English civil War
Spring
  • Transatlantic slave Trade (small British slavery focus)
  • The Industrial revolution
Summer
  • The British Empire
  • The Suffragettes
Year 9 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • World War 2
  • The Holocaust
Spring
  • The Civil Rights Movements (Race/Sex/Homesexuality focus)
  • Terrorism
Summer
  • Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Pandemics


Key Stage 4

At KS4 we teach the thematic study of medicine, then Early Elizabethan England, before moving onto Weimar and Nazi Germany. We finish our GCSE studies with the American West, with essay practice and revision before students take their final examinations.

Curriculum Outline

Year 10 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Early Elizabethan England
Spring
  • Early Elizabethan England
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany
Summer
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany
Year 11 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • American West
Spring
  • Revision Prep across all 4 GCSE topics
Summer
  • Exam revision


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