History

History Department

Teaching Staff and Responsibilities

Ms Munday: Subject Leader for History, Senior Leader for Teaching and Learning

Ms Holman: Teacher of History, Head of Sixth Form, Subject Leader for EPQ

Ms Presland: Teacher of History, Head of Year 7

Ms Clohosy: Teacher of History

KS3 (Years 7-9)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS3?

  • At KS3, classes are taught in form groups (classes of 30-32) which are all mixed ability.
  • What are our aims at KS3?
  • Pupils enjoy studying history and are curious and keen to develop their knowledge further.
  • Pupils have a secure chronological overview of British History from 1066 to the present day to provide a framework for new knowledge they encounter.
  • Pupils know and understand how Britain developed politically from a medieval monarchy to a parliamentary democracy and have sufficient knowledge and interest in our political system to be active citizens as adults
  • Pupils know and understand the role of religion has played in influencing events and culture in Britain and are aware and respectful of the importance religion in other countries too.
  • Pupils know and understand Britain’s relationship with the world and how this has changed over time d.
  • Pupils know about key international events and developments including the Crusades, the Black Death, the development of the British Empire, the development of the slave trade, the World Wars, the Cold War, post-War problems in the Middle East and the causes of 9/11.
  • Pupils study a non-European country to gain an understanding of different political systems, cultures and ideas.
  • Pupils have the opportunity to study local history and understand how history has shaped their own environment.
  • Pupils can produce extended written answers that uses historical vocabulary accurately, can explain and support ideas with well-selected evidence and reach judgements.
  • Pupils can use historical sources to find information, make inferences and evaluate the usefulness of a source by considering its provenance and its historical context.
  • Pupils understand that there are different interpretations of history and why this happens.
  • Pupils can evaluate interpretations using their knowledge of historical events.

 

How does this subject develop over KS3?

  • Over KS3, pupils will study periods of history in increasing detail and build on previously acquired knowledge and concepts.
  • Pupils will develop the ability to produce extended written answers of increasing length, depth of knowledge, direction and structure over KS3. In Year 7, pupils will learn to provide explanation and support their points.  By Year 9, there will be greater focus on quality of explanation, analysis and argument.
  • Pupils will use historical sources with increasing independence. The focus will be on identifying relevant content in sources and making inferences in Year 7.   Over Year 8 and Year 9, the focus will be on identifying relevant content in sources and using the provenance of the source and contextual knowledge to reach judgements about the usefulness of the content.
  • Pupils will identify and evaluate different interpretations in Year 7.  By Year 8 and Year 9, pupils will build on this using more demanding interpretations.

 

What will my daughter learn at KS3?

Year 7

Local History pre 1066-present day: London’s changing landscape

  • How has London changed since Prehistory?

 

Development of Church, state and society 1066-1509

  • Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
  • How did England change after the Conquest?
  • What problems did Medieval Monarchs face?
  • Was it terrible being a medieval peasant?
  • Why were people so religious in the Middle Ages?

 

Development of Church, state and society 1509-1745 (Part 1)

  • How did the Renaissance change Europe?
  • Why did Henry change the Church in England?

 

Year 8

Development of Church, state and society 1509-1745 (Part 2)

  • Did the English Reformation settle religion?
  • Was the Civil War caused by Charles I?
  • How much did the Civil War change Britain?
  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire 1745-1901
  • How much did the Industrial Revolution change Britain?
  • Did the British Empire help the colonies?

 

World History: Slavery to Segregation in the USA (1800-1900)

  • Did things improve for Black Americans in the C19th?

 

Year 9

Challenges to Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

  • How much did women’s lives change in the C20th*?
  • Why did War break out in 1914?
  • What was it like being a soldier during WWI?
  • How did dictators change Europe?
  • Why did the Allies win the Second World War?
  • What was the impact of the Cold War?
  • What happened to Britain’s Empire after the War?
  • Why did 9/11 happen?

 

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

 

KS4/GCSE (Years 10-11)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS4?

At KS4, classes are taught in option groups (classes of 15-25) which are all mixed ability.

 

Which GCSE specification do we prepare pupils for?

Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in History (1HI0).  Here is a link to the specification for more detailed information:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/History/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/GCSE_History_(9-1)_Specification_Issue_2.pdf

 

What will my daughter learn at KS4?

Year 10

We have selected the following options from the specification to teach in Year 10.

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2: British depth study

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

Year 11

We have selected the following options from the specification to teach in Year 11.

Paper 2: Period study

  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

Paper 3: Modern depth study

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

 

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

 

KS5/A Level (Y12-13)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS5?

At KS5, classes are taught in option groups (classes of 10-20) which are all mixed ability.

 

Which GCSE specification do we prepare pupils for?

OCR A Level History A (H505).  Here is a link to the specification for more detailed information:

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/170128-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-history-a-h505.pdf

 

What will my daughter learn at KS5?

Year 12

We have selected the following options from the specification to teach in Year 12.

British period study and enquiry

  • The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660 (Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646–1660)

Non-British period study

  • The USA in the 19th Century: Westward expansion and Civil War 1803–c.1890

Year 13

We have selected the following options from the specification to teach in Year 13.

Thematic study and historical interpretations

  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992

Topic based essay

This unit is internally assessed by centres and externally moderated by OCR.

 

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

 

Future pathsways/careers

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/history