Curriculum leaders: M Bell and S Dunne.
Students develop key historical skills at the start of the year and apply these skills throughout the academic year, when undertaking six separate enquiries. These include: the Norman Conquest and making a judgement on the extent that Britain benefited from the Normans, the reign of King John and the Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament, the Black Death and its social and economic impact, the increasing power of the Tudors and the British Empire and Transatlantic Slavery.
Students study six further enquiry questions, beginning at the end of the 20th century, that aim to further develop the historical skills acquired during Year 7. These include: the effects of the Industrial Revolution in the North West of England, Victorian crime and punishment, the Battle of the Somme and interpretations on Haig, the Suffragettes, an in-depth study of Hitler and Churchill and finally pupils will evaluate the extent that Martin Luther King achieved his dream following the Civil Rights Movement.
Students are challenged throughout KS3 by undertaking homework projects that require independent research and application of historical skills. Lessons will ensure that pupils learn how to process information, think independently, structure logical arguments and understand contrasting opinions and interpretations.
All GCSE History students will follow the Edexcel course which includes a broad range of historical topics and application of historical knowledge and skills.
Paper 1: Students begin the GCSE course with a ‘Thematic study and historic environment’. This is a study of Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000-presentwith Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city (30%). Paper 2: Students then undertake a ‘British depth study (20%) on Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88.
Paper 2: Student begin Year 10 by studying the second part of Paper 2, a period study of the American West, c1835-c1895 (20%). Paper 3: Students then undertake a ‘Modern Depth Study’ of Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39. Paper 3 examines students on their ability to analyse sources and interpretations.
Students undertake thematic studies of the content previously studied in Years 9 and 10 and develop their knowledge and exam technique.