“Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past” Machiavelli
We work hard to enabling pupils not only to develop historical knowledge and understanding but also to develop a wide range of analytical skills that are applicable to History at exam level but also to other subjects and skills for life.
We aim to stimulate an interest and ownership of the past, help pupils to understand the challenges and issues of today, by reviewing the past. Looking at History also helps us to understand other cultures, values and ideas, including that of our ancestors. The pupils participate in active enquiry and gain skills in independent thinking and the ability to challenge convention and make their own conclusions.
The pupils are involved in interactive trips to museums and sites which are connected to the past and participate in multimedia learning
History begins in Year 7 by looking at Big History (studying 4.5 billion years of history in half a term). We then move on to local History and explore where we all came from. Pupils will learn key historical skills and apply them to studying Life through the ages.
You’ll study castles, towns, villages, the Black Death, crusades and the Norman Conquest.
Pupils practice skills such as chronology, cause and consequence, significance and diversity. They will also be able to consider the value of sources and begin to interpret evidence from historical events.
In year 8, pupil’s power and protest, they begin by looking at royal power and what challenged it; why was Beckett murdered, was King John really that bad and why were the peasants revolting? Pupils look at the Tudors and Stuarts, British civil wars, French revolutions and power to the people. They begin to look at forgotten History and discover how Britain became the ‘workshop of the world’.
The pupils continue to develop chronology, cause and consequence skills and consider and cross reference new sources and evidence to check for accuracy. They will begin to understand the causes of change and understand interpretations of the past and write a balanced argument.
In year 9, pupils look at the making of the modern world they begin with a look at the industrial revolution and then look at philanthropy and protest and begin to move towards a study of World War 1 and World War 2 and an in-depth study of the holocaust.
The pupils will continue developing previous skills and begin to look at causes and whether they are intended or unintended. They will be able to link interpretations to context and people and explain that not all change flows in the same direction. Pupils will be able to assess the utility of a source depending on the question being asked and information about its type, audience and purpose. They will begin to respond to statements and provide compelling arguments and answers to questions posed.