- History 3
Head of Subject: Mr G Dicks
History develops students’ skills in numerous ways. These may include critical analysis and the ability to comprehend and challenge accepted notions about society and the past. History is taught in a variety of ways, varying from the traditional to the progressive, which may include role plays and student-centred tasks. Students in Key Stage 3 are taught in mixed-ability classes.
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 are taught for three hours per fortnight the first part of the course focuses on Rome and the concept of democracy. The second part focuses on British History from the Battle of Hastings to the War of the Roses.
Students in Year 8 are taught for three hours per fortnight. This course centres on British History from the Tudors to the industrial revolution. Then second part of the course is on the French Revolution.
Students in Year 9 are taught for three hours per fortnight. The course focuses on the Twentieth Century and includes the study of topics such as World War One, The Russian Revolution, the dictatorship of Stalin, the rise of Hitler, the Holocaust, World War Two and the Cold War.
Homework’s in Key Stage 3 consist of 2 (Year 7) or 3 (Years 8 & 9) substantive projects per year.
GCSE Course Overview
There are approximately 100 students in each of Years 10 and 11 studying GCSE. The course extends some elements of work completed in Key Stage 3.
The chosen syllabus is AQA Modern World History. Topics under scrutiny are:
Germany: Democracy and Dictatorship
Conflict and Tension between East and West: The Cold War 1945-1972
Britain: Power and the People c1170 to the present day
Norman England c1066-1100
The Norman England unit includes a study of an historical site.
Advanced Level Course
Unit 1 focusses on Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964.
Unit 2 focusses on the Wars of the Roses c1450-1499
The common component focusses on American foreign policy and their motives.
Students are encouraged to use as many sources as possible including video, audio, written and the internet.
The Department encourages school visits which have included Durham Castle and Cathedral, Battle (Hastings), Belgium and France and a number of Year 12 and 13 conferences. We also have visits to the Imperial War Museum and study visits for selected members of the Sixth Form to UCL for research.