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History

Subject Leader: Mr D Harden

The History department has a dedicated and supportive ethos matched with a deep and current understanding of the key events and ideas of the last 2000 years. We are committed to teaching and learning and aim to promote innovative practice, both in terms of our teaching and the use of the latest research and resources to enrich our students experience.

All our students need to know that the events of our past are connected to us through events at the time and have a legacy that often lasts to today. We will learn about the impact of the past on our current lives and how Britain influenced, and was influenced by, the wider world.

At all Key stages and in every year group we study the medieval period from the end of the Roman Empire to the Cold War and the world that we now live in. This is to help all of our students, from Year 7 to Year 11, to understand a coherent, chronological narrative from the earliest recorded History to the present day. We help out students to be able to link this rich and varied past to the origins and future of current British society using resources, thinking and planning at the leading edge of Historical knowledge and research

History Staff

  • Subject Leader – Mr D Harden
  • Teacher of History – Ms S Hannam
  • Teacher of History/Assistant Vice Principal – Mr A Marshall

Resources and Facilities

The department has three fully equipped classrooms, with state of the art Interactive Whiteboards and facilities. An ICT learning suite is also available in the department along with an extensive range of brand new textbooks, revision resources and the latest presentations, revision resources and support materials.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, In Year 7, we study the medieval period from the end of the Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution and how this helped build the world that we now live in. This is to help all of our students to understand a coherent, chronological narrative from the earliest recorded History to the present day.

Throughout Year 8 students will be taught further topics in to consolidate their knowledge of the Modern world and its origins with a particular focus on the coherent, chronological narrative established in Year 7 and develop the key historical concepts such as continuity and change, similarity, significance and different interpretations of key local, national and international events.

Key Stage 4

In Years 9-11 we can concentrate on the big picture of History covering a thousand years of English History from 1000 C.E. to 2000 C.E., as well as looking at the detail of the Elizabethan era and the History of Whitechapel and living conditions at the end of the 19th century. We also look further afield at the key events in the American West, covering issues of US politics, attitudes and power at a critical point in its development. We further develop our European perspective by studying the inter-war years from 1918 to 1939 and learn about the ways in which the world and Germany created the circumstances and ideology for the cataclysm of the Nazis and the Second World War.

More information is available on EDEXCEL’s website, which also contains guides for parents, students and suggested research materials to enrich the curriculum for all GCSE History students.

Homework

Year 7 & 8

  • Set every week, focussed on tasks relevant to learning from the curriculum.

Year 9

  • 1 x Exam style question or other task relevant to the learning per week.

Year 10 & 11

  • 1 x Exam style question or other task relevant to the learning per week.
  • 1 x Exam paper assessment per half term
  • GCSE Trial Exams, Revision sessions and home learning. 1 x Trial Exam in Y10, 2 x Trial Exam in Y11

All topics at GCSE have GCSE recommended revision and work books that we will order for students. Should you wish, we have a list that parents and students can use and we will be able to acquire them at a cheaper price than most bookshops or websites. Please contact Mr Harden, or any member of the History department, should you wish to discuss this further