Department Overview

History is important, History Matters. History helps us to understand who we are. It helps to create our identity, it defines who we are at personal, local, national and international levels. We can only understand who we are now if we know where we have come from.

History is about people, it is about human experiences, triumphs, disasters, mistakes and endeavours. It provides us with role models and examples of what to do and what not to do, it helps us to make sense of the present.

The History Department staff are very hardworking and determined to ensure that their students achieve the best grade they can. The Director of Learning Mrs C Bennet is supported by three History specialists within the Department: Mrs H Marteua, Mrs S Frost (Part Time) Miss K Fairbrother and Mr L Narey.

Our Aims

  • Interest and motivate students through relevant content which they can relate to and through the use of varied and enjoyable teaching methods.
  • To promote knowledge and understanding of what happened in the past
  • To teach a range of historical skills and concepts
  • To enable students to become Historians - to gain experience of Historical enquiry, analysis, questioning, problem-solving and to present their findings.
  • To help pupils succeed in their studies at all Key Stages.

Accomodation and Resources

The History Department has a suite of four classrooms, each of which is equipped with an interactive whiteboard through which a range of activities are developed. Individual Laptops are also available for students to conduct research on topics being studied. DVD's and podcasts are used to enhance student understanding.

The Department has a range of textbooks for all Key stages. History teachers also provide Students with bespoke resources and detailed printed notes to help achieve the very top grades.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 all students follow a scheme of work based on the National Curriculum. They will study aspects of British History from the Invasion of William the Conqueror; Life in the Middle Ages; Slavery, the British Empire; Industrial Revolution, including a study of the serial killer Jack the Ripper; World War I; the Holocaust and Civil Rights in the USA. The study of History aims to give students knowledge and understanding of change over time. They will develop an awareness that our knowledge of the past comes from the surviving evidence and that this gives us differing interpretations. They will further their knowledge and understanding of:

  • Chronology
  • Key events and people
  • Change and continuity
  • Cause and consequence
  • Enquiry and interpretation
  • Selection, organisation and communication

The programme of study supports students' work in ICT, Literacy and Numeracy.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE course is focused on an in depth examination of the development of Crime & Punishment from 1000AD to the present day. Students will also study some of the most intriguing and prominent events in World History such as the rise of the Nazi Party and its impact on Europe, the Battle of Hastings and the American West.

Examination for the History GCSE consists of three papers (the controlled assessment which the class plans together, but which is written in timed conditions will no longer be required after 2017).

Papers 1 - last 75 minutes and covers the development of Crime & Punishment over time
Paper 2 - lasts 1 hour & 45 minutes and is on the study of Anglo-Saxon & Norman England and the American West.
Paper 3 - lasts 80 minutes and covers Germany, 1918-1945

The Current Year 11 students also complete a Controlled assessment - The class researches different interpretations of the USA, 1919-1941 and students are expected to write up their answers in timed conditions.

Key Stage 5

A level History is studied as a two year linear programme. The Department have been successfully studying the Edexcel examination board. The following 4 units have been selected as students have found them traditionally very interesting.

  • Unit 1 - Britain Transformed, 1918-1997
  • Unit 2 - America, 1955-92: conformity and challenge
  • Unit 3 - Poverty, public health and the state in Britain, c1780-1939
  • Unit 4 - Historical Enquiry - A personal study of 3500 words based on a 100 year depth study

Which subjects go well with History?
History is an enabling subject. It is impossible to tie History with any specific subject. For example, History has recruited many students who are also studying science. History goes with anything.

What can I do with a History A' Level?
As an academic discipline, History is held in the highest regard. A-level History is a highly-prized qualification for universities and employers. Historians are considered to be effective problem solvers who are organised and have a strong work ethic. To gain the qualification you will have shown the capacity to learn large amounts of information and to use it effectively in argument. You will think differently, you will have developed your own opinions and will have been able to support them with evidence. You will have shown great capacity to work independently and to show higher order thinking skills, all the things that employers and further education institutions are looking for.

More information about our department

Year 10 and 11 undertake a field-trip to visit the London of Jack the Ripper and get a greater understanding of the developments in Crime and Punishment in the 19th and 20th centuries. GCSE & A Level students will be offered the opportunity to enjoy a number of study visits

For more information please contact Mrs Bennett on 0151 541 9440.

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