Departmental ethos

The aim of History is to provide learners with a context for life to help their understanding of the world in the past to help them form a greater understanding of the present and future. History enables learners to experience the moral, social, cultural and spiritual values of people in different times and places. In so doing, History aims to promote the values of tolerance, understanding and respect for others and equips learners with lifelong study skills.

The study of History aims to allow learners to develop essential enquiry skills such as the ability to locate record, organise and analyse information. Through discussion and debate, learners are able to develop their ability to construct logical arguments as well as gaining self-confidence.

Topics/skills to be studied in Year 7

What is history? A basic course to familiarise the students with chronology and how we know what we do about the past. They will then study Roman Britain and see how the advanced Roman culture shaped so much of our country. We then jump forward a few hundred years and consider how the throne of England was decided in battle at Hastings. The students will be going out onto the field to re-fight this battle and see if they could have changed the whole course of British history. They will then look at castle design and the best way to attack a castle, anyone for the gardarobe?

Topics/skills to be studied in Year 8

Life in Tudor England, particularly under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. What made this a great age for our country. Pupils also complete an investigation of portraits to explore what they do and don’t tell us about people, and the past.
They will also spend time looking at the time of great turmoil in the country, The English Civil War. This will give them an opportunity to look at how countries are governed and understand how strong beliefs can lead to brother fighting brother. We will dabble in witchcraft as well looking at topics such as the famous Pendle witch trials.

Topics/skills to be studied in Year 9

Students move onto the study of that wonderful time in British history, The Industrial revolution, here they will be encouraged to become entrepreneurs be placed into companies in 1750, given £250,000 and asked to make a number of business decisions in the following weeks. Which group can make the biggest profit? For those less than successful Sir Alan Sugar will inform them that they are fired!
Pupils then examine the Slave Trade, and Britain’s role in this, leading onto the life of the slave in the Americas.
Then they move on to explore the horror and devastation of World War One, and how this war resulted in the Second World War. Why did such a war happen? What made people rejoice at the declaration of war? Where did Britain find its million men?

Extra-curricular activities during KS3

Extra-curricular activities play a very important part of history lessons during KS3. In Year 7, the year group will be taken to Warkworth castle and Year 8, will be taken to Beamish and Year 9 will be taken to Eden Camp.