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Subject leader

Mrs L Hustwayte


About the subject

History is an integral part of a well-rounded education.  It allows students to explore the past and make connections through time.  We live in societies which have an array of complex cultures, religions and traditions.  These have all not just been created, but rather have changed and evolved over the previous decades and centuries.  Understanding our link with the past helps us to understand our present world.  Not only that, but it encourages us to question, reason and formulate our own conclusions about why events happened and what their consequences were.  This critical thinking is a highly valued skill, not just academically, but also professionally.  Because of the nature of the subject, history encourages students to be able to express their ideas, not just in writing, but also verbally.  This helps develop articulate individuals who are adept at communicating complex ideas.


Often students will ask, what can I do with History?  This is quite a difficult question to answer because History gives an individual such a range of options.  Universities and employers value the skills of a historian.  This is because they are thoughtful, critically minded and articulate individuals, who are able to consume large amounts of information and communicate it in a clear and concise manner.  This is a key skill for careers such as law, consultancy, politics, public relations, advertising, academia, to name but a few.  History will open doors and allow you to access a huge range of careers.  It is the skills of a Historian which are highly valued.  This is why it is such a highly respected and popular subject.


“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” Michael Crichton


“To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child.” Cicero


“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana


Year 7 Overview

Students will study the Medieval Time periods:


1.     What can the Bayeux tapestry tell us about 1066?

2.     King John and the Magna Carta.

3.     Peasants’ Revolt

4.     Contribution of Christianity and Islam and study of Barking Abbey

5.     Who killed the Princes in the Tower?

6.     Tudor Religion


Year 8 Overview

Students study the early modern and modern periods of British history focussing on:


1.     How far did Parliament steal the Crown? 1603-1715.

2.     Why were the French so angry about the price bread? (French

        Revolution 1789)

3.     Why was Titanic able to set sail in 1912? (The Industrial Revolution)

4.     What can Equiano tell us about Slavery?

5.     Should we be proud of the British Empire?


Year 9 Overview

Students will study modern History:


1.     How representative was the Great Exhibition of Victorian Life?

2.     Why did women achieve the vote in 1918?

3.     Did 1 bullet cause World War Two? (causes of the First World War)

4.     Who was to blame for the Failure of the Battle of the Somme?

5.     The development of Fascism and Dictatorships

6.     The Holocaust


Year 10 Overview

1.     Health and the people: c1000 to the present day


Pupils will study the development of Medicine and health from the year 1000 to the present day. They will be looking at medical knowledge, treatment and public health. As students explore the course chronologically, they will also be required to explain which factors have enabled change or hindered change.


2.     America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality


Pupils will begin by learning about the process of mass production in the 1920s in America and the cycle of prosperity. Pupils will track the progress of different social groups within America, for example, women, immigrants, workers and African Americans, and explain the impact of governmental policies on their lives.



Year 11 Overview

1.     Elizabethan England, c1568–1603


Pupils will explore the different challenges facing Elizabeth when she came to the throne in 1558 and further challenges she faced throughout her reign as a female ruler. Themes such as Gender, Marriage and Succession and Foreign Policy will be analysed. One element of the paper is a sit study and for the Summer 2018 examinations this will be of Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Students will need to explain why the Hall was made and what this demonstrates about the Elizabethan time period.


2.     Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972


Pupils will begin by examining the political problems caused in the aftermath of the Second World War and origins of the Cold War. From here pupils will explore the expansion of the Soviet Union in Europe, the development of NATO and the Warsaw Pact.




Exam board used for GCSE



Paper 1 – 1 Hour and 45 Minutes


Section A: Understanding the Modern World - America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality (option D).


Section B: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972


Paper 2  - 1 Hour and 45 Minutes


Section A: Britain: Shaping the Nation - health and the people: c1000 to the present day.


Section B: Power and the People: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603



Link to the specification from the exam board

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