The History Department’s aim is first to enlarge a child’s knowledge, experience and imaginative understanding and thus their awareness of moral values and capacity for enjoyment. Second, to enable the students to enter the world after formal education is over as an active participant in society and a responsible contributor to it, capable of achieving as much independence as possible.
In addition, we aim:
- to provide students with the historical perspective they will need to look at and understand human society.
- to develop in students an understanding of historical terminology and concepts which will enhance their appreciation both of past and of contemporary events.
- to nurture in students the skills necessary to examine and evaluate evidence in all its forms and to make informed judgements.
The History Department believes itself, by the very nature of the subject of History, to be ideally placed to enable pupils achieve all of the following:
- develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks;
- acquire understanding, knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a fast changing world;
- use language and number effectively;
- develop personal moral values, respect for religious values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life;
- understand the world in which they live, and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations;
- appreciate human achievements and aspirations.
Departmental Scheme of Work
In its selection of historical content, the department is concerned to achieve breadth, balance, relevance and continuity. We presently provide courses that will develop pupils’ knowledge of historical developments that we feel are important and interesting.
The course covers:
Key Stage 3
In Year 7
- What is History?
- The Norman Invasion
- Medieval Life, including the Black Death
- Norman Monarchs
- The 100 Years War
- Wars of the Roses
- Tudor Monarchs
In Year 8
- Slavery to Civil Rights
- Britain 1750 – 1900
- World War One
In Year 9
- Nazi Germany
- World War Two
- Starting GCSE History: The Normans
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11
Unit One: Understanding the Modern World: USA 1920-1973 and Conflict and Tension 1918-1939
Unit Two: Shaping the Nation: The Normans and Britain: Power and the People
Both units are assessed through examinations which will be taken after two years of study. There is no coursework element for this subject.
Last updated: 02-05-18