History

Head of Subject: Mr B. Kingswood

 

Subject overview:

The aim of history lessons is to develop a curiosity towards events that have happened in order to understand them better. Students will be encouraged to question information and to form opinions about why events occurred, what major consequences have been and ultimately to spot patterns between events to better understand the wider world.

 

Year 7:

Chronological approach based on the new curriculum covering events in Britain, and beyond, from 1066 to the reign of Charles II covering topics such as the Norman invasion and subsequent takeover, the crusades, Henry II, King John and Magna Carta up to the British Civil War and the Great Fire of London.

Students will develop their chronological understanding, ability to understand sources and spot limitations in them, extended writing and creative presentation in these lessons.

All students carry out a local history study of Hanley Castle and there is a Humanities trip to Tewkesbury giving pupils the opportunity to learn about the geography, history and religious impact of the town after which pupils complete a project.

 

Year 8:

Chronological approach based on the new curriculum covering events in Britain, and beyond, from 1750 to the modern day including topics such as the industrial revolution, workers’ protests, the French Revolution, the enlightenment, the two world wars, the Holocaust and post-war changes including the creation of the NHS.

Students will develop their chronological understanding, ability to understand sources and spot limitations in them, extended writing and creative presentation in these lessons.

Students will also take part in a Humanities trip to the Black Country Museum to learn about the history geography and religious impacts in the region, what caused it and what impact it’s had on the area.

 

Key Stage 4:

AQA GCSE History

Topics studied are: the USA 1920-1973, conflict and tension in Asia 1950-1975, Britain: health and the people (a 1000 year study) and Norman England 1066-c1100.
click here for Key Stage 4 course details and guidance

 

Post-16:

Edexcel A-level History

Topics studied are: Britain c1780-1870, Italian unification, Germany 1871-1991 and coursework on the extent of Germany’s blame for causing World War One.
click here for post-16 (sixth form) courses and information

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