History is a very important subject which helps pupils develop an understanding of the world we live in by investigating those cultures and civilisations that came before us and how they evolved to what we experience today. It allows pupils to comprehend how some attitudes from the past differ drastically from those in the 21st Century, yet how others are still relevant in the modern world.
Within History lessons pupils are encouraged to ask questions, to express their own opinions and become well rounded citizens. As a subject it has many links to other curriculum areas including RE, PSHE, English and Geography.
History also develops employable characteristics such as logic, reasoning, identifying key information, analysis, evaluation, construction of an argument, reaching explained judgements and writing skills.
History is taught in mixed ability groups from Year 7 to Year 11. The subject is an incredibly popular option at GCSE with pupils of all abilities.
The pupils have 3 lessons every fortnight and are taught in form groups in Year 7 and teaching groups in Year 8. Each lesson focuses on the key skills needed for success in History and thoroughly prepares the pupils for the challenges of KS4. Homework is set in line with the school homework policy and will range from extended pieces of writing to research and the analysis of historical sources.
Year 7 - What is History, The Middle Ages, The Making of the United Kingdom and The Romans.
Year 8 – The Industrial Revolution, Transatlantic Slavery, The Changing Role of Women and a 21st Century study.
Pupils will study this course for 3 years and in Year 9 will have 5 lessons a fortnight in mixed ability groups. We are following the Edexcel History GCSE specification. This is split into 3 separate papers which will be examined at the end of Year 11.
Paper 1 (30%) – British Thematic Study with Historic Environment - Medicine in Britain c1250 to present with The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914 – 1918: surgery and treatment.
Paper 2 (40%) – British Depth Study and Period Study – Anglo – Saxon and Norman England c1060 – 88 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941 – 91.
Paper 3 (30%) – Modern Depth Study – Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939.
Year 10 and 11
We currently follow the Edexcel SHP specification B. It is split up into 3 separate units that are examined at the end of Year 11.
Unit 1: Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany,
Unit 2: Medicine Through Time
Unit 3: History of surgery.
Controlled Assessment is still a part of the course but the content changes from year to year. In Year 10 pupils will have 4 lessons and fortnight and in Year 11 they will have 5 lessons a fortnight. Homework consists of practice past paper questions, source analysis and comprehension tasks. Each option group is mixed ability.
The History department are incredibly proud of its extra-curricular activities. Trips include a study visit to Quarry Bank Mill, a visit to Leeds Medical Museum and the use of the History Squad who visit the school every year and develop pupils understanding of topics learnt in class. We also alternate residential trips to Auschwitz and the Battlefields of WWI.
Mrs S Smith - Subject Leader for History
Mrs E Lee - Teacher of History
Mr S Bentzen - Teacher of History
Mrs H Clark - Teacher of History
Mrs M Williams - Teacher of History