The History department aims to create an interest in History through the delivery of challenging and enjoyable lessons. We want History to fire our students' curiosity and imagination, inspiring them through the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. We will help students develop skills of enquiry, evaluation, interpretation and of reaching substantiated judgements. We want to foster an understanding of the history of the local area and encourage students to appreciate the histories of other people and countries.
Key Stage 3
All students in KS3 follow a programme of study based around the National Curriculum. Year 7 study historical skills, medieval life and the Romans. Year 8 examine the Tudors, the industrial revolution and slavery. Year 9 study empire, World War I and World War II. Students develop skills of causation, judgement and source evaluation. They also complete projects on aspects of local history.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE students follow the OCR History B Modern World syllabus. They sit two exams in Y11 which make up 75% of their grade and complete one 2000 word controlled assessment essay worth 25%. Students study the causes and events of World War I, the inter-war years of 1919-39, Britain 1890-1918 and America 1919-41.
Key Stage 5
At AS students study two modules: Dictatorship and Democracy in Germany 1933-63 and Henry VIII to Mary 1509-53. Both are worth 50% of the AS grade. At A2 students study Tudor Rebellions 1485-1603 which is worth 60% of A2 and 30% of A-level. There is a coursework module on Russian Revolutions 1894-1924 which consists of two 2000 word essays. This makes up 40% of A2 or 20% of A-level.
The History department aims to have a trip or visit for each year group which enhances and consolidates their learning. Year 7 students visit Chepstow Castle. In Year 8 students go to TIntern Abbey. In Year 9 a visiting speaker gives a talk on trench warfare. GCSE students get the opportunity to go on a WWI battlefields tour. Sixth Form students have visited Auschwitz and we hope to do so again.