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History and Sociology

History

History is what tells us who we are, where we came from and who we are connected to. Without studying history we cannot understand where we are now or where we are going in the future.

Studying history often ignites a passion, a curiosity and a determination in students.

A passion to ensure that wrongs in the past are not repeated in the future. A curiosity about how people in the past thought differently or similarly to them even though their lives may be separated by hundreds of years. A determination to study hard and write with maturity and authority; accepting that a piece of writing or research may take time to develop and refine before it is completed.

I love teaching history as it often ignites passion, curiosity and determination in students. My specialist area is race relations and US national identity. It is really great to see students learn about this and recognise the injustice that exists. They often develop a strong desire to fight against it.
Dr S Henderson, subject leader for history

What's been happening in History classes recently?

Our History Research Group consists of a number of students from Keys stages 4 and 5. They write a journal each term entitled Past to Present based on an aspect of history or current affairs that they are most interested in. Recently they completed an issue of the journal looking at the UK’s Brexit decision in the context of European nationalism in the last one hundred years. The spring edition of the journal will focus on the US presidential election and what Trump's victory means.

Brexit
History has always been one of my favourite subjects. I enjoy learning about the history of our country and others but this subject has also allowed me to develop my understanding of modern day politics.
Olivia Smith, Year 10

Curriculum information:

Year 7

 

Learning outcomes

  • Develop skills of extended writing with clear focus on constructing and sustaining a line of argument
  • Develop the ability to apply knowledge to specific questions
  • Develop skills of source analysis with particular focus on inferring meaning from sources and comparing the usefulness of sources

Topics taught

  • The fall of the Roman Empire
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Medieval England
  • Elizabeth I
  • Local history project

Year 8

 

Learning outcomes

  • Develop skills of extended writing with focus on using more detailed evidence to support a line of argument and reach a clear analytical judgement
  • Develop the ability to apply detailed knowledge to specific questions
  • Develop skills of source analysis with particular focus on evaluating historical interpretations

Topics taught

  • The early Stuart Kings
  • The English Civil War
  • The abolition of slavery
  • Workers’ rights and reform
  • Women and the past

Year 9

 

 

Learning outcomes

  • Develop extended writing skills – producing clear line of argument, focused explanation and analysis and analytical judgements in relation to 8, 12 and 16 mark GCSE questions
  • Develop skills of source analysis – inferring meaning form sources, analysing utility of sources, comparing the content and provenance of sources and evaluating historical interpretations in relation to 4, 8 and 16 mark GCSE questions

Topics taught

  • World War I – causes of and conditions on the Western Front
  • The rise of Hitler
  • World War II and the Holocaust
  • Paper 3 GCSE Edexcel – Germany 1918-1939

Year 10

 

 

Learning outcomes

  • Develop extended writing skills – producing a clear line of argument, focused explanation and analysis and analytical judgements in relation to 8, 12 and 16 mark GCSE questions
  • Develop skills of source analysis – inferring meaning form sources, analysing utility of sources, comparing the content and provenance of sources and evaluating historical interpretations in relation to 4, 8 and 16 mark GCSE questions

Topics taught

  • Paper 3 GCSE Edexcel – Germany 1918-39
  • Paper 1 GCSE Edexcel – Medicine through time from 1250 to the present and surgery and treatment on the Western Front 1914-18
  • Paper 2 GCSE Edexcel – Elizabeth I 1558-1588

Year 11

 

Learning outcomes

  • Develop extended writing skills – producing clear line of argument, focused explanation and analysis and analytical judgements in relation to 8, 12 and 16 mark GCSE questions
  • Develop skills of source analysis – inferring meaning form sources, analysing utility of sources, comparing the content and provenance of sources and evaluating historical interpretations in relation to 4, 8 and 16 mark GCSE questions

Topics taught

  • Paper 2 GCSE Edexcel – Elizabeth I 1558-1588
  • Paper 2 GCSE Edexcel – The American West 1835-90
  • Revision

 

GCSE revision films

Dr Henderson has created five useful revision films for GCSE students. You will need a password from your history teacher to access the videos below. 

The Rise of the Nazi Party

Establishing Nazi Dictatorship

The Weimar Republic 

Volksgemeinschaft

How to answer exam questions