THE IMPORTANCE OF HISTORY
“History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.
History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life. It encourages mutual understanding and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals”.
The National Curriculum for England. DFES /QCA
Key Stage 3: Year 7, 8 and 9
Pupils study a range of interesting historical topics gaining knowledge and understanding of significant events, changes and developments in British, European and World History. These include: the Norman Conquest, the English Civil War, the Impact of Empire, the Slave Trade, World War 1 and World War 2. Pupils learn to communicate their ideas clearly in writing, and to question and evaluate evidence.
GCSE Year 10 and 11
Exam Board: AQA, Modern World History B9045
At GCSE, we look at some of the most dramatic and momentous events of the 20th century which include: the rise of Stalin and his rule in the USSR, the campaign for Civil Rights in the USA 1945-68, Germany after WW1, and significant conflicts of the Cold War. Students develop a wide range of skills: the ability to assess source material; to evaluate arguments and to communicate their own ideas clearly. These are skills which are not only valuable in themselves but relevant to many different careers and courses.
We study 4 main areas:
- The First and Second World Wars - and how they affected life in Britain.
- Depth Study 1: Russia 1924-41.
- Depth Study 2: Civil Rights in the USA 1945-68.
- International History 1919–60
Pupils work on these areas is assessed by two examinations and two pieces of controlled assessment. The controlled assessment (which replaced coursework) is done in school, it begins in Year 10 and counts for 25% of the GCSE. The two examinations take place at the end of Year 11 and assess pupils' knowledge and understanding on International History and the Depth Studies.
Medieval Re-enactment Workshops. In Year 7 all pupils get to work with a specialist medieval re-enactment team who come in to school.
GCSE : Trip to Auschwitz, staying in the beautiful medieval town of Krakow. This usually runs in the Easter holiday of year 11 and and is available to all History GCSE students.