The curriculum vision for History is about fostering an interest and love of the subject. It is about passion and wanting to understand the world we live in; looking at the past to shape the future. We help our students broaden their knowledge and interests. We ensure that students leave us equipped with independence and the ability to research effectively, presenting their findings confidently; routinely developing their language & communication skills. By building on students’ chronological understanding of the world we help them to discover and understand their place in the world. This allows our students to develop into productive adults ready for the world of work. British values flow throughout History embedding within our students the qualities and attributes of Britishness. Students develop vital, transferable skills through their OBA History journey from their first lesson in year 7 till they complete their GCSEs that they will need in the life, work & enterprise
Mr S McGlory – Head of History and RE
Miss M Bhebe
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.
- Historical Skills
- The Romans
- The Normans
- Medieval Britain
- Black Death
- The Tudors
- Industrial Revolution
- World War I
- Civil Rights
- World War II
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.
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
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.
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.