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The history department seeks to challenge pupils to achieve at the highest level. Lessons are both interesting and dynamic. We aim to prepare our pupils for the full range of experiences that the world has to offer. This includes not only the world of work, but cultural enrichment and an enhanced understanding of humanity.
We have become teachers because we love children and we love our subject. We strive to create a culturally diverse and engaging curriculum to enhance the experience of all of our learners in order to make them rounded individuals that understand the world around them. Though a range of activities that cater for all learners and experiences outside of the class room, we hope that all of the children we teach come to share the same love for this fascinating subject as we do while maintaining the highest levels of achievement. Our department is highly experienced and comprises of two OCR examiners, a former Head of Department and a Lead Practitioner. This gives us invaluable insight into the development of both learners and the demands of the examination board.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Autumn Term||What is history?
|The French Revolution
Revolt and Change in Britain
The First World War
|Spring Term||The Crusades
Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
|Why is Britain a multicultural society?||Hitler and Stalin
World War II and the Holocaust
|Summer Term||The English Civil War||Jack the Ripper, society in Victorian England.||The Cold War and Vietnam
Cultural Change in the 20th Century
At KS4 we aim to combine engaging teaching techniques with effective examination preparation to ensure that we achieve excellent results for all students.
We believe that history is important at all levels, as it teaches us who we are and where we have come from. History develops independent thinking skills in pupils like no other subject; students are taught to challenge information, analyse and make judgements. It enables students to think for themselves, to understand a wide range of opinions and interpretations, to formulate ideas and opinions and to use a wide range of literacy and personal skills. These key skills for life are relevant to a wide range of career paths. These include law, politics, the media, accountancy, corporate management, teaching, work in museums and research, the civil service, lecturing, personnel and many more that require skills in dealing with information, working with people and expressing your ideas in a logical and ordered way.
OCR – SHP History A
The course looks at how medicine has developed over time- the key developments and the individual geniuses involved, as well as the factors that have caused change. The aim is to form an understanding of different periods of history using medicine as the vehicle of change. Assessment is by written examination, studying the massive changes that have occurred within medicine from prehistoric times to the present day.
This is a study of a fascinating period of history. The aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the problems facing Germany after the Great War and how and why the Nazi Party achieved power. Pupils then investigate the nature and impact of the Nazi dictatorship on Germany and the rest of Europe.
This is our controlled assessment topic, which accounts for 25% of the GCSE. Students follow a tailor made course following concepts such as; The History of Middle East and Western Relations, going back to the Crusades, an overview of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the early life of Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda attacks in the 1990s, the 9/11 plot and events, Bush’s war on terror; the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2004 Madrid bombings and 2005 7/7 bombings and the death of Bin Laden and state of terrorism today. Students learn the content in class and then plan and write their own answer to an assessment question over a period of 8 hours.
|Paper 1||35%||A 2 hour examination on Medicine Through Time and the In-Depth Study of Germany 1919-1945.|
|Paper 2||20%||A 1 ½ hour examination, utilisation source based skills and analysis of primary material.|
|Controlled Assessment||25%||A written assignment in examination conditions on the impact of terrorism.|
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