Introduction to History

History is perhaps more important than ever before as students discover not only the joys of a good historical story but also its importance in understanding the world and its people as it is today. Students studying History  not only learn about the subject but also gain invaluable, transferable skills such as research, assimilation, comprehension and analysis of material; the formulation of reasoned interpretation, and the development of an ability to communicate clear coherent judgments.

History at KS3

This is a two year Key Stage which has no national assessment at its end. Students in year 7 start by studying the invasion and immigration into Britain over the last two thousand years as a breadth study and move to studying in depth the impact of the Norman invasion. The students complete the year by examining the reigns of the Tudor and Stewart monarchs.

Year 8 examines three important revolutions; the French Revolution, the American Revolution and Britain’s Industrial Revolution. This unit has two depth studies focusing on Liverpool and the slave trade and Jack the Ripper. Students also study the impact of World War One and the rise of the dictators in post war Europe. This unit includes a depth study examining the Holocaust.

History at KS4

All students start the GCSE course in year 9, allowing for an extended teaching period for the qualification. Paper one focuses on the modern world and conflict and tension within a fifty year time period. Students will study two conflicts; America 1840-1895 and conflict and tension in Europe 1918-1939.

Paper two examines British history and the developments that have shaped the UK and is split into a thematic study of Britain: Health and the people and a depth study of Norman England incorporating the study of a specific local site. This paper examines the complexity of British society at critical times in its development and how the historic environment was shaped by that society.