Meet the History team
Welcome to the History Department
Vision, Curriculum, Homework & Examinations
The study of history stimulates an interest and understanding of where we have come from. It helps young people understand the complex and dynamic changing world to understand how this contributes to the key historical events of today. It allows pupils to build up their own opinions of the past by looking at different viewpoints from a selection of periods and gives them an opportunity to investigate the past and make their own judgments.
- The Norman Conquest
- Medieval Life
- Warfare Through Time
- Social developments in the 19th century
- Votes for Women
- The causes, developments and events of the First World War
- Life in Germany between the World Wars
- Conflict in the Middle East
- The Cold War
British Medicine through Time 1250-2000
As part of a thematic depth study, students will study how medicine and public health developed in Britain over four different time periods (The Middle Ages, Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and Modern Age). It will consider how far medicine has progressed within and across these periods, whilst looking at the impact of medical development and the factors that aided or hindered medical progress.
Topics will include;
- The Middle Ages: The Black Death, Surgery, The Four Humors and role the Church
- The Renaissance: Vesalius, The Royal Society, William Harvey and the Reformation
- The Industrial Revolution: Changes in Surgery, The Germ Theory and Vaccinations
- The Modern Age: The NHS, DNA, Penicillin and Modern Treatment & Surgery
This study includes the Historical Environment unit: The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
The American West: 1830-1895
Students will study the American West during a period of change when the western frontier of the United States was settled upon by migrators from the West. This was a time of cowboys, bandits and gold miners who all sought to make the West their homeland, whilst the existing Native Americans of the Great Plains tried to resist the changes to their traditional way of life.
Topics will include;
- The development of settlement in the West: The Oregon Trail, Transcontinental Railroad, The Oklahoma Land Rush and 1849 Gold Rush
- The changes to farming and cattle ranching: The development of the cattle industry, including cowboys and cow towns.
- Conflict between whites and Indians: The Indian Wars, Little Big Horn, Wounded Knee
- Lawlessness in the West: Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral, Vigilantes
Anglo Saxon and Norman England, 1060–c1078
Students will finally study a Medieval British depth study that allows pupils to investigate life in Anglo-Saxon England in the build up to the Norman Conquest in 1066. It will then develop into a study of the Battle of Hastings and the establishment of Norman rule over England under William the Conqueror. The depth study will address the political, military, religious, economic, social, and cultural aspects of this period and arising controversies.
Key issues studied will include;
- Anglo Saxon Society: Kingship, society, economy and law and order
- The Battles of 1066: The causes, events and impact from the Norman invasion
- How did William establish control of England: The Feudal System, Domesday Book, Castles and Harrying of the North
- Rebellions against Williams rule
- The death of William and the succession crisis.
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939
As part of a modern depth student, students look at Germany in the aftermath of the First World War where it became a democracy for the first time in its history under the Weimar Republic, and the ensuring struggled this new government had in its first decade. We also ask students to investigate the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party from its origins in Munich 1919 to Hitler become the Fuhrer of Germany in 1934. Lastly, students will look at life under Nazi rule until the declaration of war in 1939, which a specific focus on Nazi methods of control and life for women, children, workers and minorities.
Topic will include;
- The Weimar Republic: The Treaty of Versailles, Ruhr Crisis, Hyperinflation and the Stresemann Era
- The rise of the Nazis: The NSDAP, Munich Putsch, Hitler’s rise to power and Germany’s movement into dictatorship
- The Nazi dictatorship: Propaganda, Censorship, Fear and Terror
Life in Nazi Germany: Education, the role of women, persecution of Jews and how did Germans benefit under Nazi rule
How do we assess students in History?
Students are assessed formally at four points in the academic year. The assessment questions reflect some of the questions a student will answer in their GCSEs. There are three questions in each assessment:
- Briefly describe… (4 marks)
- Explain why… (12 marks)
- Evaluation – ‘To what extent…’ (16 marks)
Revision materials are provided for each round of assessments, and are also placed onto Show My Homework. Assessment grades are based on Edexcel GCSE boundaries.
Students are assessed formally at four points in Year 9 & 10, and three in Year 11 before their Summer GCSE. Assessments for KS4 are based on GCSE Papers. A Year 9 student will expect to be assessed on Paper 1, Year 10 on Paper 1 and 2, Year 11 on all three papers. Assessment grades are based on Edexcel GCSE boundaries.
The GCSE is structured into three papers.
Paper 1: 1 hour 15 minutes
Medicine Through Time and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes
The American West, c1836-1895
Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-1087
Paper 3: 1 hour 20 minutes
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939.
Homework is set on Show My Homework (showmyhomework.co.uk). All classes with two or more hours of History per week will expect to receive homework set every week. Classes of one hour per week will expect to receive homework set fortnightly.