This year our year 7 pupils undertake a new and exciting curriculum in History. Students will have the opportunity to improve their general History subject knowledge, historical investigation skills and source analysis. Pupils will learn over a thousand years of history this year. In term 1 they will explore what England was like in the Anglo-Saxon and Norman period. They will then go onto look at Medieval Life in England, the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Victorians. Students will then finish with an investigation that will test their skills by examining how warfare has changed from 1066 to the present day. Students will learn new exam skills that will prepare them for their GCSEs and beyond amongst these exciting historical contexts.
This year our year 8 pupils undertake a new and exciting curriculum in History. Students will have the opportunity to improve their general History subject knowledge, historical investigation skills and source analysis. Pupils will learn over a thousand years of history this year. In term 1 they will explore how justice, crime and punishment has changed in Britain with a case study on Jack the Ripper, alongside the changing role of the police. They will then go onto look at World War One, Edwardian life and the impact of the Titanic disaster, Germany 1918-1945, the Holocaust, World War Two and the history of Black Peoples in America. Students will learn new exam skills that will prepare them for their GCSEs and beyond amongst these exciting historical contexts.
As the first official year of GCSE History, pupils will study the background knowledge needed to prepare them for their GCSE exams. The students will be learning new skills and content to support them in achieving excellent grades for their GCSEs. The students will begin by exploring the USA, 1920-1945, to understand the impact of the Wall Street Crash and the Depression. Students will then go onto analyse the impact of the Cold War on America by studying the Berlin Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Students will then look at the Soviet view of the Cold War by investigating what the USSR was like during the 20th Century in term 3. Next students will go onto studying brand new units about the Anglo-Saxons and Norman Conquest in term 4. Finally students will spend terms 5 and 6 studying Medicine Through Time which looks at how medicine has changed over 1000 years and has a case study on World War One and medicine in the trenches. By studying this content and continuing to build on the exam skills that students learnt at KS3, students will be given the best start to their GCSEs.
Key stage 3 has prepared your son/daughter well for our exciting key stage 4 curriculum. Students will spend the next two years learning and recapping key content and skills in order to prepare them for their final exams. With the removal of coursework, it is incredibly important that students are learning and revising key content throughout the two year period. Students will get to study four exciting topics across key stage 4. During year 10, students will investigate what life was like in Anglo-Saxon England and how that lifestyle was impacted by the Norman invasion of 1066. Students will then go onto study the Cold War from 1945-1991 which will give them excellent background knowledge to understanding some of today’s current issues. Students will finish the year studying Germany 1918-1945 in terms 5 and 6. Students will have one new topic to learn in year 11 which is Medicine Through Time.
During this final year, it is vital that students work independently at home as well as in the classroom. With the reformed GCSEs, there is more weight on the GCSE exams due to the removal of coursework. This means that students must be revising throughout the year to learn the key content. During this year, students will be finishing their Germany course by looking at how Germany had changed between 1918-1945. Students will then learn Medicine Through Time which investigates how medicine has changed over a 1000 years with a case study on medicine in the trenches in World War One. The remainder of the academic year will be spent revisiting specific parts of the course. Students must ensure that they are revising and gaining the support of the staff where needed to aid them with their revision.