All students study History at Key Stage Three. History is an option subject at Key Stage Four. Throughout Key Stage Three students study a broad range of pre and post 20th Century topics. The focus is on how Britain has changed since the start of the Middle Ages, however there is also opportunity for students to explore how Europe has developed since the start of the 20th Century. Learning is varied and exciting in the History classroom. Students are encouraged to develop their enquiry skills, using a range of sources to increase their understanding of past societies.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Students are taught in mixed ability groups in year seven and eight, in year nine they are taught in new mixed ability groups.
In year seven students study the Norman Conquest, Medieval Monarchs and Native People of North America.
In year eight students study World War One, Britain 1500-1750 and the Renaissance.
In year nine students study Britain 1750 -1900, Europe 1919-1939 and World War Two.
Students complete at least two key assessments per term and their levels of achievement help inform their teacher assessed levels on their reports.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Students are taught in mixed ability groups where history is currently the most popular option subject at GCSE level.
We follow the Edexcel Specification B Schools History Project at the present time.
During Year Ten we focus on the Development Study: Medicine Through Time and the Depth Study: Life in Germany, 1919-1945. We also look at the Vietnam War in preparation for Year Eleven.
During Year Eleven students complete their Controlled Assessment on Vietnam. Students also cover the Transformation of Surgery in anticipation of the source based examination paper. They then revisit the Germany and Medicine units as part of their revision.