The core mission of our department is to make history accessible and attractive to all pupils so that they continue to engage with history once they leave and to create a lifelong love of the subject.
We use a variety of teaching methods to achieve this and we pride ourselves on the positive ethos, which we have worked hard to build up. We also put great emphasis on extra-curricular work such as trips and clubs in a further attempt to bring the subject to life.
We run an enquiry and knowledge based curriculum that allows our pupils to develop the key skills necessary for GCSE and A-Level.
Key Stage 3
Our overall approach to KS3 History is to study British and European History chronologically from the Medieval period up until the 20th century.
In Year 7, we study British history from 1066 to 1900. Including a depth study on invaders and what shaped England. We also study the Reformation period and the Tudor and Stuart Monarchs, including the English Civil Wars and Oliver Cromwell. In term 6, we study a short course on ‘Britain and the Modern World’ which gives context to life in 1900 Edwardian Britain; this prepares pupils for our depth study on the ‘First World War’ in Year 8.
To enhance the curriculum we run a trip to Chepstow Castle.
Year 8, in Terms 1 and 2, students again focus on British history with a depth study of the impact of the First World War, its causes and the trenches. In Terms 3 and 4 we look at the Inter War Years 1919-1929, how Hitler came to power and life in Nazi Germany. In term 5 we undertake a depth study on ‘how should we remember the Holocaust?’ Which we teach thoroughly and sensitively, using resources and expertise from UCL (University College London). Finally, in term 6 we study an overview of the Second World War, its causes and some of the major turning points.
To enhance our curriculum we run a trip to London Imperial War Museum to study exhibitions on the First World War, Life in Nazi Germany and The Holocaust and the Second World War.
This Year, 2019, for the first time, we will be running a trip to the First World War Battlefields sites; a joint venture with Hugh Sexey’s Middle School. The trip will be run with the help of The DFE/UCL Battlefields Centenary project tour group. We will visit sites around Ypres and the Passchendaele museum as well as the Battlefields of the Somme and the Thiepval Memorial.