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    History

    Key Stage 3

    You will investigate a variety of history mysteries, analyse sources that are hundreds of years old and explore strange new worlds! Topics include: ‘Why did William win at Hastings?’, ‘Why was Akbar so 'great'?’, ‘Why did the Spanish Armada fail?’, ‘Should we be proud of the British Empire?’ and ‘Why is WW1 so significant?’

    Key Stage 4

    Building on your investigative skills from KS3, you will use sources to analyse the past and test out different interpretations. We offer two GCSE courses- AQA History B Modern World and Edexcel History B Schools History Project. You could find yourself in Nazi Germany or the American West or delving into the origins of the Cold War or examining changes in medicine through time.

    Key Stage 5

    History is a really popular subject at A Level as it is well respected by Universities and potential employers alike. You are required to synoptically analyse cause and consequence, significance and interpretations of the past. We follow the AQA History course and currently run courses in Russian, American, French and British History.

    When will my lessons be?

    Y7, 8 and 9 have two lessons per week. Y10 and Y11 have three lessons per week. Y12 and Y13 have six lessons per week- although these lessons are divided between two teachers.

    Where will my lessons be?

    Lessons take place on the second floor, on the Humanities corridor. There are six classrooms that have a range of exciting resources for you to use. These include a fully equipped ICT suite, iPads, digital recording equipment, subscriptions to subject magazines and lots of exciting books to read in our History library. The Humanities corridor is famous for amazing displays- keep your eyes peeled!

    Why is History an important subject?

    Studying History gives you the opportunity to understand the world around you and your place within it by studying how events in the past have shaped our present and might influence the future. As well as building up a bank of knowledge, you will also develop a very special set of skills that will allow you to progress successfully on your chosen future path. Being able to communicate articulately, analyse situations and their causes and understand differing interpretations are all highly desirable skills that studying History will help you to foster.

    How will you make History interesting?

    History is a living subject! What we think about the past changes all of the time. We make our subject interesting by engaging with the most up to date debates and presenting them in creative ways- how would you like to make a BBC documentary or museum display board? Create podcasts or magazine articles? Literacy is also really important to History so we offer lots of support to help you to present your own ideas about the past in a clear and articulate manner. We also run lots of trips to highlight the significance of the past. These include: the annual Somme Study Visit, New York & Washington Study Visit, Houses of Parliament, Thackeray Medical Museum, IWM Duxford, IWM North, National Coal Mining Museum and trips to the theatre.