History is alive and all around us - a living, breathing subject. Who we are today is because of what has gone before. History allows us to celebrate human successes but also allows us to learn from failures in the past. It is important that our pupils learn about local, national and global history to enable them to become informed and active citizens. A genuine interest and passion for history is nurtured through the spirit of enquiry; making connections between the past and the present and challenging existing narratives. History encourages the development of independent thought, analysis and critical thinking.
Through the studying of history, students:
- Develop substantive knowledge within a chronological and narrative framework.
- Develop an understanding of second-order concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, significance and similarity and difference.
- Analyse and evaluate sources to make inferences about the past.
- Understand that there are multiple narratives / interpretations in History.
- Read critically, to understand the past and to question how we access information.
- Construct arguments supported with evidence.
- Develop extended writing and oracy communication skills.
Key Stage 3 content
In Year 7 students study: Our Island History (Medieval to Modern)
- What is History? This is a foundation unit to introduce students to the study of history at secondary school.
Our Island History Units:
- Norman Conquest
- Our Island History: Medieval England
- Our Island History: Early Modern England
- Our Island History: The Industrial Revolution
In Year 8 students study: (20th and 21st Century)
- The British Empire. This unit builds on learning in Year 7 and aims to develop awareness of British history within the wider world.
- World War One. The focus on society helps students to understand different perspectives, develop empathy, relate to history and make it more relevant to their lives rather than focusing on those in power.
- Russian Revolution 1917. This unit provides students with a basic understanding of communism and how it developed and how events interlink (WW1).
- World War Two. Students understand the complexities of international relations and the impact these can have, and the short and long-term impacts of an event.
- Holocaust. Students understand why genocide occurs, how it is ‘allowed’ to occur, the different groups involved in the Holocaust, the morality behind it and the long-term implications.
- Islamic Revolution. Students understand the importance of the Islamic Revolution on geopolitics and international relations.
In Year 9 students study: variety of depth and breadth studies.
- Medicine through time. Students develop a ‘sense of period’ from c.1000-present and are able to identify key changes in each time period. They will understand reasons for change in Britain and develop historical skills.
- People and Protest. The unit develops an awareness of the challenges in different societies at different times and how perceptions change over time, as well as the need for tolerance and to challenge discrimination/prejudice towards different groups.
- Israel-Palestine. Students learn why conflict and tension continues over time (not just wars with distinct start and end points) and the impact of conflict on people.
- Mao’s China. Students assess the significance the CCP’s policies in in terms of how they impacted the Chinese people and the nature and extent of change and continuity in China.
- The Historic Environment: Whitechapel. The final unit investigates the Whitechapel murders and their historical context.
Key Stage 4 content
Three eras: Mediaeval (500-1500), Early Modern (1450-1750) and Modern (1700-present day)
Three time scales: short (depth study), medium (period study) and long (thematic study)
Three geographical contexts: a locality (the historic environment); British; and European and / or wider world settings
Key areas of content are:
- Crime and Punishment Through Time (1000-Present Day).
- Superpower relations and the Cold War (1941-91)
- Weimar and Nazi Germany (1918-39)
- Henry VIII (Year 11) / Elizabeth I (Year 10)
Key Stage 5 content
The British Empire, c1857–1967
The Birth of the USA, 1760–180
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
Why did the British Empire grow and contract?
What influenced imperial policy?
What part did economic factors play in the development of the British Empire?
How did the Empire influence British attitudes and culture?
How did the indigenous peoples respond to British rule?
How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
This option provides for the study in depth of the years in which thirteen American colonies chose to sever their links with Great Britain and thus found the USA.
Part one: the origins of the American Revolution, 1760–1776
Britain and the American Colonies, 1760–1763
Enforcing the Colonial Relationship, 1763–1774
Ending the Colonial Relationship, 1774–1776
Part two: establishing the Nation, 1776–1801 (A-level only)
The War of Independence, 1776–1783
The American Revolution, 1776–1789
The American Constitution, 1781 – 1789
Washington and Adams, 1789 - 1801
Edexcel | H10 BQ | GCSE History
AQA| 7042 | A Level History