Subject History
Members of staff Kay Gray – Curriculum Leader, Ross Marley – Teacher, Alex Blythe – teacher, Alex Clifford – Teacher, Paul Johnson – Assistant Headteacher/Teacher
Subject overview

History is both challenging and enjoyable and students have a range of learning experiences from KS3-4. History offers young people the opportunity to explore the features of society, how they came to be, why we live the way we do and what impact individuals and groups can have on society as a whole. As a subject, history builds essential study skills such as literacy, analysis, evaluation and judgment as well as softer skills such as empathy. Students are supported to achieve the very best they can and are expected to be resilient and to deal with challenges with effort.
“History requires students to study some difficult issues, where at times, challenging images, ideas and questions may be posed. This is a part of our subject and staff will always be sensitive to student age and deal with difficult issues in an age-appropriate way, with age-appropriate resources.”

Key Stage 3
Content Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term 1 Introduction to History

Roman Britain

Abolition of Slavery
Autumn term 2 The Norman Conquest Industrial Revolution
Spring term 1 Medieval Religion and the Power of the Church versus the Monarchy World War One; The Western Front, Causes of War and Conditions in the Trenches
Spring term 2 Black Death Depth Study Twentieth Century Conflict; World War Two and the Cold War
Summer term 1 Henry VIII and the Reformation Holocaust
Summer term 2 Local History Project Option Topics;

The Middle East

Enquiry; What’s the best way to bring about change?

Key Stage 4  Students follow Edexcel GCSE Programme of Study and there may be some changes of order of teaching depending on the year group. As a guide, students will study the following.
Content Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn term 1 American West USA; Conflict at Home & Abroad; Vietnam Medicine Through Time; The Western Front of World War One
Autumn term 2 American West USA; Conflict at Home & Abroad; Vietnam Tudors; Henry & his Ministers 1509-1547
Spring term 1 American West Medicine Through Time Tudors; Henry & his Ministers 1509-1547
Spring term 2 USA; Conflict at Home & Abroad; Civil Rights Medicine Through Time Tudors; Henry & his Ministers 1509-1547
Summer term 1 USA; Conflict at Home & Abroad; Civil Rights Medicine Through Time Revision and preparation for final exams
Summer term 2 USA; Conflict at Home & Abroad; Civil Rights Medicine Through Time
Revision links for GCSE course

GCSE Pod

https://www.memrise.com/course/266711/medicine-through-time-dates-gcse-history/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/shp/americanwest/

We also provide revision guides for each unit as revision websites and online resources do not always match the new style GCSEs.

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

Independent study and ongoing revision is an essential part of study across KS3 and KS4. If those good study habits are built early, then students find it much easier to cope with the demands of GCSE. Parents can support their child by ensuring that Independent Study work is completed, that all additional reading or revision required for lessons is done. Revision games, flashcards, quizzes, tests and apps are available and parents can use those to help support ongoing work at home.

Extra-Curricular Activities