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Understanding our history helps us to understand our lives today. History is important, it is about people, about us, and helps us understand our world and how to make it better for our children. It is about all people and the relationship between communities across the world. This is why history is a vitally important subject.
The aim of the history course is to produce lively minded students who will understand more clearly the complexity of their own world by studying the past. Students should develop an awareness that both present day and historical judgements depend on evidence. Students will extend their use of language and personal and social skills will be developed. Students will be encouraged to think for themselves and to formulate their own opinions based upon the evidence presented to them.
What will your child do in History lessons?

  • for individual and group work
  • to work with a wide variety of historical sources
  • to carry out enquiries
  • to take part in role play and class debates
  • to use information technology
  • to make decisions and reach conclusions
  • to participate in school visits
  • to succeed at GCSE
KS3 History
In Year 7 students will study the period 1066-1500 which includes enquiries such as:
  • How did the Normans gain control of England?
  • How powerful were medieval kings? (topics include the murder of Becket; and an in depth study of King John)
  • What was the impact of the Black Death?
In Year 8 students study the period 1500-1900 which includes the following enquiries:
  • What changes did the Renaissance bring?
  • Why was Charles I executed?
  • How did the Civil Rights Movement develop?
  • Why were people prepared to die for the vote 1750-1918?
  • Why was Jack the Ripper able to get away with murder?
In Year 9 students study the period of 20th Century:
  • How far was propaganda a key weapon in WW2?
  • Why is remembering the holocaust important?
  • Can city bombing be justified?
  • How did 20th Century society change?
GCSE History
The following is our current specification:
Paper One – 50% - Understanding the Modern World
Taught/learned throughout Year 10, examined at the end of Year 11
Part 1 – America 1920-1973
  • American people and the ‘Boom’
  • Bust – American’s experiences of the Depression and the New Deal
  • Post-war America (including Civil Rights)
Part 2 – Conflict and tension in Asia 1950-1975
  • Conflict in Korea
  • Escalation of conflict in Vietnam
  • The ending of conflict in Vietnam
Paper Two – 50% - Shaping the Nation
Taught/learned in the Autumn and Spring terms of Year 11, examined at the end of Year 11
Section A - Thematic Study
  • Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day
Section B - British depth studies including the Historic Environment
  • Norman England: c1066-c1100      
For more detailed curriculum information, please see the document below.