History is part of the Humanities Faculty
- Miss N Wood – Head of Humanities
- Mr J Flynn - Acting Head of History
- Miss L Robinson
- Mr A Jeffries
- Mr A Patel
Key Stage 3
History has shaped the world in which we live and the people that we are. Students study the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world and develop historical skills such as using evidence, analysis and empathy.
The following are examples of the units that the students will study during this key stage:
How have the Saxons and Vikings changed our lives today?
This is a study of the impact on Britain by the invasions of Vikings and Anglo Saxons. We will investigate how they changed life in Britain at the time and the ways in which their influence continues to be felt.
Who had the power in the Middle Ages?
In this unit we investigate the changing relationships between the people, the Church and the Monarchy during the Middle Ages. We consider the role of individuals such as William the Conqueror, Simon de Montfort, Thomas Becket and Henry VIII.
Who was the greatest Tudor monarch?
In this unit we study one of the most well known and notorious ruling families before deciding who deserves the title of the greatest Tudor monarch.
Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain?
This unit introduces students to the fact that different people view the past in very different ways. Students will build up their knowledge of the English Civil War and the role of Oliver Cromwell before deciding if he should be classed as a hero or a villain.
Did the Empire put the ‘Great’ into Great Britain?
Here students carry out a detailed investigation into life in the countries which were to become British colonies. They learn about culture before the arrival of the British, and then reach balanced judgements as to the impact of the Empire. Students will then go on to study the impact of the slave trade and the movement to abolish it.
What was life like for a slave in America?
This unit involves studying the development of the Civil Rights Movement in America from the American Civil War onwards. Key individuals such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King will be studied. Students will develop their skills of empathy as they try to begin to understand what life was like for slaves in America.
Why was WW1 known as ‘The Great War’?
In class students will learn about the way the war affected a variety of people including men, women, children and troops from the British Empire. Students will then try to establish why this war was often known as the ‘Great War’.
Was WW2 really a global war?
Students will be taught about the key events of World War II such as the evacuation of Dunkirk, the invasion of Russia and the D-Day Landings. Students will also follow a unit based on the Holocaust.
Key Stage 4
We follow the Edexcel History specification.
Students study the following units:
• Crime and Punishment c1000 – Present day
• Saxon and Norman England 1060 - 1088
• Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 -1939
• The Cold War and Superpower Relations 1941 – 1991
Key Stage 5
We follow the AQA History specification
Students study three topic, 2 are assessed with final exams at the end of the two year course. The final is assessed via coursework.
The Tudor Dynasty 1485 - 1603
Students will investigate all five of the Tudor monarchs. In particular students will focus on how each of the monarchs attempted to consolidate their power and the different threats and challenges that they faced. This makes up 40% of their final grade.
Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–1929
Students will cover the end of Tsarist Russia and the Russian Revolution. They will then study the rules of Lenin and Stalin and asses their impact on Russia. This makes up 40% of their final grade.
Students also produce one piece of coursework which is makes up 20% of their final grade. It is on the Civil Rights Movement in America over a 100 year period.
Each year 2 students from Year 12 take part in a nationwide project called ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ which focuses on the impact of the Holocaust and how it can be suitably remembered in today’s world. This involves working with students from all over the country and visiting Auschwitz concentration camp.
History students have also been lucky enough to go on a number of trips which directly link to their programmes of study at KS5. In recent years students have visited Vietnam, Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary as well as trips to the Battlefields.