Through studying History, students will gain a deeper understanding of the world they live in. 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
The Key Stage 3 History curriculum aims to give students a solid foundation in the history of Britain and of the wider world. We also aim to build key historical skills such as the critical use of evidence.
Below is a brief summary of what students can expect to learn in Years 7-9.
- How should we remember the workhouse?
- How has migration changed England 500BC-Present?
- Who was more powerful in the Middle Ages – the Church or the Crown?
- Why was the Black Death so significant?
- What caused the English Reformation, and why was it so significant?
- What caused the English Civil Wars?
- Who were the Plains Indians?
- How should we remember the British Empire?
- Why couldn’t the police catch ‘Jack the Ripper’?
- What caused the First World War?
- Could the Second World War have been avoided?
- Why did the Holocaust happen?
- What was the Cold War?
- How should we remember Sir Harry Smith?
Years 10 - 11
Students who opt for History will follow the Edexcel GCSE specification.
- 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 will be assessed through 3 exams which take place at the end of Year 11.
At A-level, students follow the OCR specification.
- Unit 1 – The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603-1660
- Unit 2 – Russia 1894-1941
- Unit 3 – Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th centuries
- Unit 4 – Free choice of coursework on a topic that interests students (subject to teacher approval)
The History department tries to enrich historical understanding by running trips. Trips completed in the past include:
- The Somme area, France
- Norwich castle