The importance of history is that 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.
Pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world and they develop a chronological overview of events that enables them to make connections with different periods and societies.
History prepares pupils for the future. It equips them with knowledge and skills that are important in adult life. Moreover, it encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity and helps pupils become confident and questioning members of society.
Key Stage 3
All Key Stage 3 pupils have three lessons per fortnight in History.
Pupils study an introduction to History as well as lessons on Native Americans, ancient Greece and the Romans. Pupils study Medieval times in detail including the Norman takeover of England, the Domesday Book and the Black Death.
Pupils study Britain from the year 1500 to 1750 including Henry VIII and his wives, Elizabeth I, the Gunpowder Plot, slavery and the English Civil War.
Students in Year 9 focus on events between 1750 up to current times. This includes the Industrial Revolution, the causes and events of both world wars as well as civil rights in the USA.
Key Stage 4
The new GCSE will feature life in Elizabethan times, crime and punishment through the ages, life in America in the 1700s and 1800s and also Germany under Nazi rule. Pupils do three exams at the end of Year 11.
Extra Curricular Activities
- Coursework assistance.
- Lesson assistance.
- Residential trips to London and Edinburgh.