History

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. Following a thematic study of History KS3 will look at the development of Britain and Europe as superpowers of world history, however there is also opportunity for students to explore World History in the 20th Century. Learning is varied and exciting in the History classroom. Students are encouraged to develop their research skills, using a range of sources to increase their understanding of past societies and events.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7 - Building Britain

Topics: 1066 and the Middle Ages, including Magna Carta, William Wallace, Black Death and War of the Roses. The Tudors and English Civil War, why did Guy Fawkes try to kill the King? Industrial Britain including Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper. Modern Ireland, why is Ireland divided into 2 nations? World War One, including the trenches, the Battle of the Somme and the Treaty of Versailles.

Year 8 - Changing Worlds

Topics: The Renaissance, including medicine, art and the Borgias. The Rise and Fall of Empires, why did Britain lose America? Africa and the Slave trade, including Shaka Zulu, Rorkes Drift, the Middle Passage and life on the plantations. French Revolution, why did the people kill their king? Napoleonic Wars 1799-1815, including the Rise of Napoleon and Waterloo. Rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany, why did people vote for Hitler?

Year 9 - Power and Conflict

Topics: European Fascism, including Mussolini and Franco. World War Two, how did Germany lose another World War? Holocaust, including Auschwitz, resistance and survival. America, how did America become a superpower? Cold War, including the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Vietnam, how did America lose the war? 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students are taught in mixed ability groups where history is currently one of the most popular option subjects at GCSE level. We follow the Edexcel Specification Schools History Project at the present time.

Year Ten we focus on the Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, 1250 - present and the British sector of the Western Front 1914-18: Injuries, treatment and the trenches. The Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.

Year Eleven students study: Elizabethan England and American West.

All four courses make up the History GCSE

Textbooks

Year 7:

SHP History Year 7 (Hodder) ISBN: 978-0-340-90733-7

Year 8:

SHP History Year 8 (Hodder) ISBN: 978-0-340-90736-8

Year 9:

SHP History Year 9 (Hodder) ISBN: 978-0-340-90739-9

GCSE:

Edexcel History Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588 (Pearson) ISBN: 978-1-292-12726-2

Edexcel History Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 (Pearson) ISBN: 978-1-292-12734-7

Edexcel History The American West, c1835-c1895 (Pearson) ISBN: 978-1-292-12730-9

ALevel:

Communist States in the Twentieth Century (Hodder) ISBN: 978-1-4718-3791-3

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