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Sir Harry Smith

Sir Harry Smith Community College

  • History

    Aims

    Through studying History, students will gain a deeper understanding of the world they live in by looking at topics such as the Norman Conquest, the emergence of Parliament, and the causes of other key events such as the Crusades, the Black Death and the devastating wars of the twentieth century. By learning skills such as the ability to think critically about a source and produce a well-reasoned argument, students not only learn to think like a historian but also learn skills that are valuable for their academic progress.

    Years 7 - 9

    In Year 7, students follow three main themes:

     

    • Daily lives
    • Conflict and co-operation
    • An in-depth study on the Crusades

    In Year 8, students study:

    • Hearts and minds
    • Challenges to Power
    • The British Empire and slavery
    • In Year 9, students study:
    • An in-depth study on the Western Front in the First World War
    • Era of the Second World War
    • Case study of President Kennedy
    • Hearts and Minds
    • Impact of War
    • A New Terrorism

    A variety of approaches to teaching and learning can be experienced to make history engaging with use of traditional texts to up to date video and ICT materials.

    Years 10 - 11

    • Medicine in Britain, 1250-present
    • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918:surgery and treatment
    • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88
    • The American West, c1835-1876
    • The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad

    Students on the old course, i.e those who will be in Year 11 in the 2016-2017 academic year, will continue to study the previous syllabus. Please note: this syllabus will be obsolete after the completion of the above academic year.

    • Causes and events of the Great War 1914-18
    • International Relations 1919 - 1939

    Likewise, students develop their source evaluation skills by looking at events in Britain from 1939-1975, including immigration, the role of women and life as a teenager in the 1960s. An enquiry is also completed on the USA, 1919-1941

    Sixth Form

    Students follow the following modules for A level:

    • Britain transformed 1918 – 1997
    • USA 1955 – 1992
    • The British experience of warfare 1790 – 1918
    • Coursework on a topic that interests students

    Additional Information

    The History department tries to enrich historical understanding by running trips. Trips completed in the past include:

    • The Somme area, France
    • Ypres in Belgium