History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.
History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life. It encourages mutual understanding and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals”.
- The National Curriculum for England. DFES /QCA
Key Stage 3: Year 7, 8 and 9
Pupils study a range of historical topics gaining knowledge and understanding of significant events, changes and developments in British, European and World History. These topics are explored via enquiries based on History’s second-order concepts: causation, change and continuity, diversity, significance and interpretations. Topics include: the Norman Conquest, the English Civil War, the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, the Slave Trade, World War 1 and World War 2. Pupils learn to communicate their ideas clearly in writing, and to question and evaluate evidence.
KS4: Year 10 and 11
Exam Board: AQA
At GCSE, students study four components:
- Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship
- Conflict and Tension: the inter-war years, 1918-1939
- Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
- Norman England, c1066–c1100
Students develop a wide range of skills: the ability to assess source material; to evaluate arguments and to communicate their own ideas clearly. These are skills which are not only valuable in themselves but relevant to many different careers and courses.
Pupils work on these areas is assessed by two examinations of two hours each. The two examinations take place at the end of Year 11.