History is the study of the past, events, wars and people.
We build strong historical skills through exciting lessons in which we investigate past events through historical sources. We also look at different interpretations of history and build an understanding of the chronological sequence in History. The subject also has strong links to literacy skills and students are taught to develop their written work by organising their ideas, using evidence to support their arguments and also making strong judgements.
Students are taught three hours of History per fortnight. They cover a range of topics including:
Year 7: Development of control from the Medieval to the 20th century
Students investigate the growing power of the parliament through to our system of government today. Key individuals such as King John and Henry VIII are studied as well as an appreciation for other world political ideologies such as communism and fascism.
Year 8: The Age of Empire
Students study the birth, impact and collapse of the British empire, focusing on America, India and Australia as well as the conflict emerging during WW1
Year 9: Conflict and Revolution
Students study conflicts within society, ranging from the Wars of the Roses in Medieval England and the English Civil War to the French Revolution. Students will then begin to study content in preparation for GCSE study in the form of a unit on Whitechapel and the Jack the Ripper murders which forms a case study element to paper 1 of the GCSE syllabus
Students learn communication skills, working collaboratively as part of a group as well as engaging in paired tasks. Other skills taught include the ability to construct an argument and debate a point, as well as how to analyse a source, describing its content and making detailed inferences from the source. History also provides students with the opportunity to develop their literacy skills such as essay writing, writing in a persuasive manner and developing empathy skills.
Students will be set fortnightly homework whereby activities will include written tasks, research, creative thinking and presentations. Literacy based homework will be set to complement the written tasks to widen reading and comprehension skills