"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history
is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach"
Key Stage 3
History is the study of our past. We learn throughout KS3 where we come from, why people in the past behaved as they did, and how the past shapes our future. We have tailored our syllabus to develop a sense of understanding and enquiry, providing skills that are transferable to all future occupations.
Year 7 concentrates on learning not only the skills of History to GCSE level but an overview of British Society from the Iron Age through to the Gulf War. This broad brush approach allows every student at UCA the ability to understand how our society has been formed and enables students to develop enquiring minds.
For Year 8 students, the opportunity to engage in depth studies of slavery, and to study British History during the Tudor period forms the basis of our learning, promoting self-study and research to draw our own conclusions about the past.
Key Stage 4
Paper 1 – Crime and Punishment 1000-present (Option 10)
From the arrival of the Normans in 1066, to the treatment of conscientious objectors during the First World War, this Unit is designed to ignite debate as to the nature of punishments and the establishments of what actually is a crime over a 1000 year period. Featuring the gunpowder plotters, William I, Elizabeth Fry and a case study on Whitechapel in the 19th Century, this unit is sure to fire up the inquisitive minds of our learners.
Paper 2a – Super Power Relations 1941-91
As war comes to its bitter end, a new more destructive and timeless division emerges across Europe. The ideological divide between east and west becomes permanent with the erection of the Berlin Wall a tangible construction that explains two halves of a globe. James Bond is based around this intrigue with spies, new weapons and murderous collusions and forms the syllabus our students learn at KS4. The journey takes us from inevitable divide to wondrous unification of Europe by 1991 and the fall of Communism in the East.
Paper 2b – Early Elizabethan England 1558-88
Elizabeth I becomes Queen following years of tumultuous religious and political difficulties. Can a mere woman and a Virgin Queen unite her nation and restore it to the powerful Empire of former years? From the decision to murder her own cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, to the Spanish Armada, we see how Elizabeth strikes bargains, fights wars, and leads her country through the most difficult times – particularly for a female amongst males.
Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39
From a minor annoyance of a few hundred members the National Socialists (Nazis) become the dominant force in Germany, changing forever the shape of Europe once more. Our students learn how Hitler was voted into power and the road to war that comes to dominate the depressive years of the 1930s. Life in Germany is shown to be both terrifying and amazing depending upon the group that you fell into under Nazi policy. Students engage in this in depth study to formulate an understanding of how a forward thinking country can commit unforgivable atrocities.
Mrs L Kirkland (Curriculum Leader of Humanities)
Mrs A Brown (Second in Department)
Mr J Burns