The aim of the History department is to engender an appreciation in pupils of how history shapes every aspect of their current lives and environment. As a subject, it fires their curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them. We nurture an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. We employ a range of teaching methods including the use of IT, role-play and film.

Key Stage 3

The Year 7 History course acts as an introduction to the subject via a study of various aspects of the medieval world, including the Battle of Hastings, castle development, how medieval Britain was governed, medieval towns and the Crusades. We focus on well-structured pieces of writing that develop a point, are supported by evidence and fully explained. History is taught in three lessons per week, half-termly blocks alternating with Geography.

The Year 8 course is entitled Revolutions. After running through the events of the English Revolution of the mid-17th century we embark on an extended study of Oliver Cromwell, or contrast it with the French Revolution. This leads in to a study of the Slave Trade, and finally a term is spent looking at the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the Industrial Revolution’. History is taught in two lessons per week throughout the year.

In Year 9 we prepare for the GCSE course by focusing on living and working conditions in 19th-century Britain. Then, via a brief look at the British Empire, we lead into a study of the two world wars of the 20thcentury. As in Year 7, History is taught three lessons per week, in half-termly blocks, alternating with Geography.

Assessment is by a combination of classwork and homework, linked to one piece each half-term which is assessed using National Curriculum levels, excepting the first term in Year 7.

Key Stage 4

For details of History at Key Stage 4, please click on the link below (PDF document):