Head of Department: Mrs C Newton-Smith
Teacher: Mr G Mobey
We aim to deliver a high-quality History curriculum which enables our pupils to develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
We aim to inspire our pupil’s curiosity to know about the past as well as to develop important historical skills which will enable them to think critically about the past, deal effectively with evidence, sift arguments and develop perspectives and judgements.
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
The History department classrooms provide a bright and stimulating environment and are equipped with the latest teaching technologies such as interactive smart boards, projectors and visualisers. The department is well resourced and learning takes place using a wide variety of teaching and learning styles such as group and paired work, role plays and ICT.
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Key Stage 3
In years 7-9 students are taught in ability groups. In years 7 and 8, they have an hour and a half of History each week. In year 9, they have 2 hours of History a week.
In year 7, the subject content includes the impact of the Romans on Britain and a range of key events and changes in the Medieval and Tudor periods.
In year 8, students continue to develop their skills through subject content which covers the period from the beginning of industrialisation until the First World War. In addition, students also study an aspect of local History.
In year 9, students will begin their GCSE studies and cover the period from the end of the First World War, up until the outbreak of the Second World War. They will also focus on Germany from 1890-1945.
Key Stage 4
GCSE History is a very popular option with 80-100 pupils opting to take the AQA 8145.
The options studied are:
Britain, Health and the People
Elizabethan England 1568-1603
Conflict and Tension 1918-1939
Pupils at both GCSE and Key Stage 3 are regularly assessed and targets are set and reviewed so that pupils can continue to make further progress.
Students in all year groups are regularly set homework to enrich and extend their learning beyond what is covered in the classroom and to encourage creativity and independent thinking.
Extra Curricular activities
History revision and homework clubs are provided by the staff after school regularly and on some Saturdays.
Year 11 also attend the “Doctors Show” theatre production every year