HISTORY

Our aim is to inspire an interest in the past, so that pupils will continue to read and enjoy history throughout their lives. The underlying principle is to introduce pupils to the idea that history is an analytical subject which depends upon sensible interpretation of evidence: it requires more than merely the accumulation of facts about the past.

YEAR 9

The Year 9 History programme provide pupils with an understanding of the political, social, cultural and religious issues of the past, both through investigative learning and from the perspectives of contemporaries and historians. In Year 9 pupils study;

The First World War – To mark the centenary of ‘the war to end all wars’, pupils learn about the origins of the War, the events of 1914 and why the war was not over by Christmas. Pupils go on to study key events of the war, by looking at topics such as trench warfare, the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 and the Battle of the Somme of 1916. This is not just a study of military history, the course looks at the Home Front, advances in medical care and the impact of war on art and poetry.

International Relations – The Year 9 programme studies efforts at peace-making after the First World War and the highs and lows of international relations in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Modern Age – Pupils try and make sense of the world in which they live by studying these big questions; Why was there superpower rivalry after 1945? How close has the world come to nuclear war? Why is there continued conflict in the Middle East?

GCSE

This is a two year course through the AQA exam board, with two exams taken in the summer term of Year 11.

The syllabus for the course is:

For Paper 1; pupils study Germany from 1890 to 1945 and Conflict and Tension in Asia in particular Korea and Vietnam from 1950 to 1975.

For Paper 2; pupils study Migration, Empires and the People c. 1170 to the present day and Elizabethan England c.1568 – 1603.

A LEVEL

This is a two year course through the AQA exam board, with two exams taken in the summer term of Year 13. In addition all pupils submit a piece of Non Examined Assessment (Coursework) which is a 3,000 word research essay on an historical topic of their choosing.

The examined content is; The Tudors 1485 to 1603 and International Relations and Global Conflict, c.1890–1941