The study of history stimulates an interest and understanding of where we have come from. It helps young people understand our complex and dynamic changing world. It allows pupils to build up their own opinions by looking at different interpretations of people and events and gives them an opportunity to investigate the past to make their own judgments.
In history, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our lessons. We believe in whole-class teaching methods and combine these with enquiry-based research activities. Children consider asking as well as answering historical questions. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of primary and secondary sources such as newspapers, photographs, videos, music, models and artefacts, and we enable them to use ICT in their lessons, where this serves to enhance their learning. Children take part in debates, role-play and discussions, and they present reports to the rest of their class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. Wherever possible, we involve the children in 'real' historical activities. For example, the research of local environments or the use of the Internet to investigate archives or museum databases.
We recognise that there are children of different abilities in all classes and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to their ability. We achieve this by:
- setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
- setting tasks of increasing difficulty (some children will complete all of the tasks);
- grouping children by ability within the learning activity and setting different tasks to each ability group;
- providing resources of different complexity according to the ability of the child;
- using classroom assistants to effectively support the work of individual children or groups of children.
Year 7, Term 1- Medieval Realms - Knowing what History is. Children learn about chronology, using timelines and putting events into chronological order, interpretation skills by starting to make judgements and question opinions, understanding the difference in primary and secondary sources, understanding why the period is significant to British history. In Term 2, the theme is 1066 and the Norman Conquest. In the final term, children study life in the Middle Ages along with significant turning points such as the Black Death and the Crusades. New skills include the understanding of different cultures, our opinions of this culture today.
In Year 8, the focus shifts to the Tudors and the English Civil War. Here, children use primary sources (paintings) to gain knowledge of how rulers, then and now, wish to portray themselves, and they develop an understanding of the massive impact the Tudors and Stuarts had on how Britain operates today. Topics investigated in Term 3 are: the impact of the Industrial Revolution, the rise of the British Empire and Liverpool and the Slave Trade.
In Year 9, children study the concepts and issues of warfare. The foci are WWI and WWII. Children develop skills and understanding in identifying cause and effect, types of warfare, empathy, the impact on today's society, and a deeper understanding of why this is a significant period to study. In Term 2, Children analyse a variety of sources on the Holocaust in order to understand religious and ethnic persecution, recognise and compare how differing groups of people in society are treated and put forward a case for 'who is responsible for the Holocaust'. By trying to answer 'big questions' such as, 'Why has there been a rise in terrorism during the Twentieth century', children develop an understanding of how the world is being shaped today by organisations like Al – Qaeda and ISIS.
In the final term of Year 9, children engage in conspiracy theory, life and legacy, the importance of eye witness accounts, and make a judgment as to who was to blame, all based around the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
History is a popular choice at Key Stage 4 and we follow the OCR B Modern World History course.
In Year 10, students complete a depth study on Russia 1905-41 and an overview of the Cold War 1945-75.
In Year 11, students will complete their controlled assessment piece based on an aspect of German history, 1918-45, such as the rise of Hitler or the persecution of Jews and minorities in Nazi Germany. This is followed by a study of Britain 1890-1918, including an investigation of the Liberal social reforms, Votes for women and Britain during World War I.
Students are supported in their exam preparation by after school and holiday revision classes.
History is a valuable subject and a popular option choice for GCSE. To encourage enjoyment as well as learning, the department offers a variety of enrichment activities. GCSE students are offered extra intervention lessons after school and in the holidays.
Our students work with The Anne Frank Trust to investigate the impact of intolerance on societies in the past and modern world.