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Mr A Martin - Head of History  
Mrs K Judge
Miss V Smith
Mr P Baines

Department Overview

The history department is made up of a very experienced team of teachers who have taught history at every level for several years. The department is a highly qualified one which contains graduates of Oxford, Lancaster, Warwick and Durham Universities. The ethos of the department is centred around a determination to pass on our enthusiasm for the subject to the students. To this end we employ a large variety of teaching methods including everything from re-enactments of the Battle of Hastings for all Year 7s to the building of model First World War trenches in Year 9.

We offer a variety of trips for students and have visited many destinations in this country and abroad including Prague, Paris, London and York. We also visit subject specific locations like the Imperial War Museum North and Eden Camp.

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KS3

In Year 7 we look at:

  • Introducing history skills
  • Imperial China
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Medieval England

In Year 8 we look at:

  • Richard III
  • The Tudor monarchs
  • The Reformation in Britain and Europe
  • The English Civil War
  • Oliver Cromwell and Charles II
  • The Glorious Revolution
  • The Jacobites
  • Origins of empire

In Year 9 we look at:

  • Slavery and the British Empire
  • The British Industrial Revolution
  • The origins and fighting of the First World War
  • The peace treaties of 1918-9
  • The League of Nations
  • The Origins of the Second World War
  • The Holocaust

Every KS3 year completes at least 3 graded assessments and a summer exam which are marked according to the 1-9 grading system.

In Year 7 we run a medieval day where students can experience some of the aspects of medieval life like warfare, food and castle building. We also do a reconstruction of the Battle of Hastings for the whole year

In Year 8 we visit the historic city of York to prepare our students for their assessment about the impact of the Tudors on the city.

In Year 9 we visit the Imperial War Museum North to help better understand the First and Second World War and to prepare students for aspects of the History GCSE.

GCSE

GCSE History

Why study History?

History is vitally important to develop an understanding of our modern-day world, and equally ourselves. It also allows the student to develop skills of thinking, questioning, weighing up evidence and making judgements. The historian Alan Bullock argued that those who fail to study history will suffer from “cultural amnesia”. We would add that, as well as being so worthwhile and useful; history is an exciting and stimulating subject. It is also a course which is worthwhile in its own right, even if students are not planning on studying history at a higher level, and appeals to those with a broad range of interests.

It provides opportunities for a wide range of skills to be developed and for a variety of historical periods to be studied.

Features of the course:

This interesting history course will build on work done in Years 7 and 8. Students actually begin looking at the GCSE content and syllabus in the second half of Year 9.We have aimed to cover political, economic and social topics, while also including some military history. We have also looked to include several different countries. Ultimately, we believe that all of the topics are wholly relevant to today’s student of history. The final topic will include the study of a particular historical site that changes every year. There is no coursework element.

Enrichment:

Students will have a variety of opportunities to visit historical sites of significance including Thakray Medical Museum in Leeds and the named historical investigation site for that year. We also take students to the Imperial War Museum North during their initial study of the GCSE course in Year 9. Extra materials and reading are made readily available to students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills beyond the GCSE syllabus. We also help arrange work experience to historical sites and museums for those students who are contemplating studying history at university. We currently have links with both Carlisle Archives and Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life.

What opportunities for progression does it offer?

It provides an excellent base for studying history at A-Level and beyond. It also provides both knowledge and skills that are invaluable when looking at A-Level government and politics and A-Level economics. In a wider sense, GCSE history gives one the capacity to absorb and analyse a variety of sources and then create structured and academic responses that deal with that information. This is a highly sort after skill at university and in the world of work.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

International Relations Between the World Wars and the Rise of Hitler

American History 1920-73

The History of Medicine in Britain from 1000-present day

Elizabethan England c.1568-1603

Assessment summary

Two 1hr 45 minute exams covering 2 sections each. Both are worth 50% of the GCSE

Exam Board

AQA

A-Level

A-Level History - Medieval

Why study Medieval History?

History helps you to discover how your world evolved. It helps you to develop skills to look beyond the headlines and to ask critical questions. It teaches you to express your own opinions with clarity and precision. History helps you learn how to think and process information and understand the origins of modern political and social problems.

Historians have always made a virtue of the importance of making objective judgements based upon wide reading and an understanding of multiplicity of conflicting sources. We value the ability to write clear, literate, synoptic, analytical prose that represents a balanced assessment of the evidence but which is not frightened of drawing bold conclusions. History training therefore imparts vital transferable skills that are extremely useful in many jobs.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You must have an interest in this period of history and be interested in studying it in more detail. You should be prepared to read more widely around the subjects being discussed and present written work that is beginning to show an ability to justify and explain your thinking.

Features of the course:

In the breadth study students move beyond Western European history to the great civilisations of Byzantium and the Middle East in the age of the crusades. They contain every element of social, political and economic history. For example, the motivation to join a crusade combined the social power of God and the church, the economic impact of poverty in Europe and the political machinations of ambitious noblemen. This course will look at the first four crusades finishing with the infamous sacking of Constantinople in 1204.

The depth study of royal authority and Angevin kings covers the reigns of three monarchs as they struggle to separate their dynasty from their Norman predecessors. The first, Henry II, began the period as arguably the most powerful monarch in Europe, with lands stretching from the Scottish borders to the Pyrenees. His son, Richard I would spend a mere 10 months of his 10 year rule in England, whilst away on crusade his wife takes his place and becomes one of the most powerful women in Medieval England. The last of the Angevin kings was John, whom history has judged harshly. By 1205, six years into his reign, only a fragment of the Angevin empire acquired by Henry II remained. He was also forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

A breadth study - The Age of the Crusades 1071- 1204

A depth study - Royal Authority and the Angevin kings 1154-1216

A Historical Investigation

Assessment summary

2 x 2 hour 30 minutes examinations (40% each)

1 x historical investigation of 3000-3500 words (20%)

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE History

Exam Board

AQA

 

A-Level History - Modern

Why study Modern History?

History helps you to discover how your world evolved. It helps you to develop skills to look beyond the headlines and to ask critical questions. It teaches you to express your own opinions with clarity and precision. History can help you learn how to think and process information and understand the origins of modern political and social problems.

Historians have always made a virtue of the importance of making objective judgements based upon wide reading and an understanding of multiplicity of conflicting sources. We value the ability to write clear, literate, synoptic, analytical prose that represents a balanced assessment of the evidence but which is not frightened of drawing bold conclusions. A history training therefore imparts vital transferable skills that are extremely useful in many jobs.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You must have an interest in this period of history and be interested in studying it in more detail. You should be prepared to read more widely around the subjects being discussed and present written work that is beginning to show an ability to justify and explain your thinking.

Features of the course:

The breadth study focuses on Russia, a country that experienced wars, revolution and some of the most interesting and controversial individuals in the whole of history. The course examines the causes, extent and impact of political, economic, social and cultural change across this transformative period. It begins by investigating attempts to preserve the Tsarist autocracy of the late nineteenth century. It goes on to examine the political developments of 1917 before investigating the Bolshevik takeover and establishment of a communist dictatorship under Lenin and later Stalin. Finally, the course considers Khrushchev and the significance of his attempts to reform communism.

The depth study on the making of modern Britain will allow students to study the key social, economic, political and international changes that have helped to create the Britain we live in today. It explores concepts such as class, social division, cultural change and effective government and challenges students to reflect on Britain’s changing place in an increasingly inter-connected world. Students will be encouraged to assess historical questions such as how far the British lived in an affluent society in the 1950s, to what extent did the sixties swing, were the unions to blame for the political crises in the 1970s, did Mrs Thatcher really ‘change everything’ in Britain as she declared and had Britain become ‘cool Britannia’ and a multi-cultural society by 2007?

Key information:

Topics for Study:

A breadth study - Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855 - 1964

A depth study - The Making of Modern Britain 1951 - 2007

A historical investigation

Assessment summary

2 x 2 hour 30 minutes examinations (40% each)

1 x historical investigation of 3000-3500 words (20%)

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE History

Exam Board

AQA

File name Date Size
History Department Year 7 Schedule 12-07-2016 236.49 KB
History Department Year 8 Schedule 12-07-2016 219.86 KB
History Department Year 9 Schedule 12-07-2016 235.15 KB
History Mark Scheme 18-10-2013 105.47 KB
1-9 Descriptors 14-11-2016 643.6 KB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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