There are many different reasons to study History. For example, History helps students discover how our world evolved and it enables them to develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly and to express their own opinions. The pursuit of historical events and people is fun – a form of time travel and crucially, it provides students with the skills employers are looking for.
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 curriculum in History has been created to maximise pupils’ progress and give them the skills they need for GCSE study.
In Year 7, students study Medieval History, from the Norman Conquest to the Wars of the Roses. They will learn about topics such as the development of castles, the Feudal System and the medieval church. They will also investigate tumultuous events such as the Black Death, the Peasants’ Revolt and more. There will also be thematic studies on Kingship, the nature of medieval warfare and the development of towns.
In Year 8, students focus on the British Empire, the Slave Trade and Civil Rights. They will also investigate the Great War and its consequences, including the rise of the Nazis and the horrors of the Second World War.
Year 9 is something of a transitional year as students experience GCSE History for the first time. They begin the year with a study of the USA between 1919-1941. Students will learn about The Roaring Twenties and The Great Depression. This is followed by a detailed study of Germany from 1890 to 1918.
Students are also offered the opportunity to take part in an educational visit to the Battlefields of the First World War in Belgium and France.
Key Stage 4
Year 10 involves a study of International Relations in the first half of the 20th century, focussing on the causes of the Second World War. They will also complete their study of Germany, focussing on the years 1918-1945. Year 10 is completed with a study of the reign of Queen Elizabeth which focusses on historical locations.
Year 11 offers students the opportunity to gain an overview of migration in the UK, from the Vikings to the Windrush Generation. The rest of the year involves a comprehensive period of revision in which students have the chance to perfect their grasp of key knowledge and exam techniques.