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Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

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Curriculum

History

Subject Overview

The study of History prepares students for learning beyond school. We aim to develop your child’s ability to understand historical events, to discuss and analyse reasons for change and continuity by engaging in sources and historian’s interpretations. Furthermore, the teachers strive to improve the student’s awareness of historiography, enabling them to both have a grasp of historical events, but also how history is understood, researched and studied. Your child will be encouraged to be independent and hard-working, by developing a resilient and positive attitude towards History.


Staff

Name Role

Mr S McGlory – Head of History and RE

Vestibulum ante

Miss M Bhebe
Mr S Murphy
Mr J Hough
Mr C Spencer

Vestibulum ante


Facilities

Pupils can access an extensive range of wider reading materials in the History department from primary sources to historical interpretation which supplements their study of History.  The History department classrooms are equipped with a computer and an interactive whiteboard, with departmental laptops and Ipads used to develop learning in the classroom and extend the student ability to be independent and research-led historians.

KS3 

Year 7:

  • Historical Skills
  • The Romans
  • The Normans
  • Medieval Britain
  • Black Death
  • The Tudors

Year 8:

  • Slavery
  • Industrial Revolution
  • World War I
  • Empire
  • Civil Rights
  • World War II

KS4 

The key stage four History curriculum revolves around the new GCSE 9-1 Edexcel specification:

Year 9: Weimar and Nazi Germany

Year 10: Medicine through Time and the American West

Year 11: Elizabethan England

Students will be developing exam skills and revision techniques to improve their understanding.

KS5 

The key stage five curriculum revolves around the Edexcel specification and is taught over the two year period, focusing on:

Year 12: Britain, 1605-1701 and Russia in Revolution, 1894-1924

Year 13: Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009 and a coursework component

Enrichment

There are a range of support sessions that run after school for pupils in all of the three key stages. Additional revision enrichment classes are available for all students before they sit GCSE, with these available for all key stage four students and Advanced Level examinations, both year twelve and thirteen. For key stage three, the department runs a history club that promotes a love of history and engages those students into history in creative and fun ways.

Support

The History department is very open with its support for students. If a student is in need of support then there are a range of support available. Besides the additional revision classes which are available for all students in their GCSE and Advanced Level exam classes, there are also opportunities for break and lunch times for students to come and work in with teachers on a 1-2-1 or small group basis. The History teachers are always prepared to support.

Quote from Head of Department

The History team is all about bringing history to life in the classrooms for the students. So they know that history isn’t just about looking at the past, but understanding the past to help shape the future.