“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it” – George Santayana
The history department aims to deliver a well-rounded curriculum with high quality lessons to engage, inspire and ignite a passion for the subject. Our students develop an understanding of Britain’s role in the context of the wider world, teaching them valuable lessons from the past. We encourage students to study History further at A Level or university. Alternatively, history provides a huge skillset, which can be adapted to whichever employment path they choose. The history curriculum enriches this skill-set, through a gradual build-up of both skills and knowledge, to ensure all students receive an overview of history across different time periods and areas of the world. The ultimate goal is for all pupils to be able to make good progress regardless of ability where individual needs and learning styles are catered to.
Key Stage 3
Students begin with an introduction to key historical skills they will require over the course of KS3.
In the Autumn term we cover the Norman Conquest, from the 3 contenders for the throne in 1066, the Battle of Hastings to the Norman conquest of England. Students gain an insight into Medieval England’s society from how society was structured by the Feudal system to the significance of castles at this time to the relevance of King John and the Magna Carta.
Students cover the study of medieval medicine, the superstitions and religious primitive ideas over disease and cures, with a focus on the Black Death epidemic. They start the study of the Tudors in the 1400s with Henry VIII, his character, difficulties in marriage, his transformation of England’s religion and his children
In the summer term, students then focus on Elizabeth I- Religion, poverty, society structure and then renaissance medicine where people start to question medieval beliefs.
Students start with the study of the short term and long term causes of WW1, they gain an understanding of combat on the Western Front in the Great war and the impact on the home front, from how men ended up in the trenches to famous battles such the Battle of the Somme and how the war ends. They move on to analyse the impact of the Treaty of Versailles on Germany.
We then focus on the formation of the League of Nations and how it manages international peace on the 1920s and 1930s culminating in its failure when WW2 commences. Students consider the factors that led to the rise of power of Hitler on Nazi Germany and his steps into taking Germany into a Second World War.
In the summer term we focus on the study of American history from the 1920s boom years economically and socially to the Wall Street Crash and aftermath of the depression in the 1930s. We then move onto study Black history in the civil rights campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s, looking at the methods used by Martin Luther King and the Black Power movement.
Key Stage 4
Autumn term: The GCSE course commences with the study of Paper 1 where do an in depth study of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations, incorporating plenty of exam practice and placing the topics into context. In the Spring Term: we focus on the Causes of WW2 and commence the depth study on America covering the Boom years 1920s and social USA covering topics such as prohibition and the Red Scare. In the summer term we will move onto USA in the 1930s the depression and FDR’s New Deal. We then focus on African Americans and women in WW2 and the change in society following the war and the impact on America, encompassing the birth of the teenager, McCarthyism and Rock and Roll.
Summer term: This takes us onto the Civil rights movement in the 1950s looking and segregation in Education and transport.
Autumn term: This year students this year will recap 1920s USA, the economic boom and social positives such as the Roaring Twenties and Age of Hollywood. They will then cover the negative aspects of 1920s America such as the KKK and Red Scare. Pupils study the 1930s Economic depression and recovery through the New Deal and WW2.
Spring term: students will complete America- 1950-1975 analysing how civil rights have progressed and the impact of campaigning for African Americans and Women.
Summer term: students commence their paper 2 study of medicine through time, covering medieval, renaissance and early modern medicine.
This year students will revise Medicine studied so far- Renaissance and Early Modern medicine, they then move onto modern medicine covering the discovery of Penicillin, the impact of WW1 and WW2 on medical developments and the introduction of the welfare state and NHS. They then move onto revision of the course.