History

We teach History because it provides the context for all other learning. The world is a product of history. Therefore, to understand the world we live in we must excel at history.

 
In KS3 students study a combination of breadth and depth studies of the past. These are designed to prepare students for their IGCSE whilst, simultaneously giving them an overview of the world we live in. In year 7 students will focus on global ancient civilizations and their lasting impact on our society. In year 8 we switch to more of a thematic focus concentrating on concepts such as colonialism. Finally in year 9, we prepare students for IGCSE by focusing on modern history.

 

 
At KS4 students study the Cambridge IGCSE History which offers the opportunity to study world history from the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. It encourages learners to raise questions and to develop and deploy historical skills, knowledge and understanding in order to provide historical explanations.

 

 

Learners will explore history from a diversity of perspectives, including social, economical, cultural and political, and are given the opportunity to:

    • Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about and understanding the past
    • Explore historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
    • Appreciate historical evidence and how to use it
    • Gain a greater understanding of international issues and inter-relationships
    • Learn how to present clear, logical arguments.

 

 

Specifically students will study:

 

    • The 20th century: International Relations since 1919
    • South Africa, c.1940–c.1994

 

 

Our Sixth Form offers students with the chance to extend what they have learnt at GCSE by taking Cambridge International AS & A Levels which are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. The syllabuses provide opportunities for contextualised learning and the content has been created to extend knowledge and understanding of History. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills including:

 

  • Assessing different interpretations of an argument
  • Formulating their own ideas about a subject
  • Presenting clear and logical arguments
  • evaluating historical evidence
  • Developing an understanding of historical concepts such as cause and effect, similarity and difference and continuity and change

 

 

Specifically students will study:

 

  • African History, 1945–1991
  • The Search for International Peace and Security, 1919–1945
  • The Causes and Impact of British Imperialism, c.1850–1939

Beyond the classroom the department offers a fantastic trip to South Africa for all students in secondary. This trip incorporates learning from all years to ensure it links in with their learning the classroom to ‘bring history alive’. We also offer a ‘Historical Film Club’ which allows students to critically evaluate Hollywood films and contrast fact with fiction.