History

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – Santayana, Spanish Philosopher

History is an investigation into people and events in the past. Like detectives, historians use clues to find out about the past. As more clues are uncovered, interpretations of past events continue to change and new perspectives of past eras are formed.

It is through studying the past that we are able to understand the present and try to create a better future.

KS3 Curriculum:

In KS3 students develop their historical knowledge and understanding through the use of sources; as well as being able to demonstrate good factual recall, they are expected to question sources to deepen their analytical skills. Classroom learning is supplemented with visits to Vindolanda in Year 7 and the Imperial War Museum in Year 9. Year 9 students also visit Durham to participate in workshops about the First World War.

Topics

  • Year 7: The Romans; Medieval England
  • Year 8: Tudors and Stuarts
  • Year 9: Britain 1750-1900; 20th Century World History

KS4 Curriculum:

The GCSE course is divided into the following four units.

  • World Study: The Cold War 1945 – 1972: Conflict and Tension Between East and West
  • Period Study: The USA 1920 – 1973: Opportunity and Inequality
  • British Depth Study: Elizabethan England, 1558 – 1603
  • Thematic Study: Health and the People

The first two units are examined in Paper 1 and studied in Year 10, whilst the latter two units are examined in Paper 2 and studied mostly in Year 11.

Year 10 students visit the First World War battlefields in Belgium and France. As part of this visit students participate in the Last Post ceremony at Ypres.

KS5 Curriculum:

Breath Study: Tudors 1485-1603

This unit allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
  • In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
  • How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
  • How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
  • How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Depth Study: Germany 1919-1945

This option provides for the study in depth of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as ‘right’ and ‘left’, nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and Social Darwinism. It also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.

Non Examined Unit: American Civil Rights 1860-1980

Students will be required to identify an issue or topic they wish to study and develop a question from this issue or topic as the focus of the Historical investigation. The issue or topic to be studied and the question which stems from it must place the issue or topic in the context of approximately 100 years of history. The question could be based on British history or non-British history or could be a multi-country issue.

A Level history is a linear course examined at the end of two years’ study. Paper 1 examines the breadth study on the Tudors and Paper 2 examines the depth study on Germany. These two units run concurrently through Year 12 and Year 13. The Non-Examined Unit is completed in the autumn term of Year 13.

Sixth form students have participated in conferences where they have experienced lectures given by renowned historians like John Guy.

Staffing:

Mr G Stanton – Curriculum Leader

Mrs C Conway – part-time

Ms L Hagan – Head of Year / Catholic Partnership Co-ordinator

Mrs E Ireland – ITT/NQT Co-ordinator

Mrs A McCabe

Mrs E Mole

Mrs F Robertson – Assistant Head of Year KS3