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History

The History Department delivers programmes of study in line with national requirements as issued by the DfE and QCA. The Department also intends to provide teaching and learning that will produce KS4 and 5 results in line with targets set by our Examination boards the OCR and EdExcel. The department intends to guide teaching and learning that:

  • Provides opportunities for all pupils to engage with the subject of History
  • Has pupils excited and happy to be in our classrooms
  • Provides lessons that stretch attainment for all pupils aiming for the national target of two levels of progress
  • Provides skills that will help pupils when they leave school
  • Gives pupils opportunities to consider issues under the PSCHE banner
  • Provides opportunities for pupils to explore History out of the classroom by offering educational trips and visits and after-school clubs.

The History department primarily delivers lesson in a suite of closely situated rooms. We also have access to a satellite suite of 15 computers which are designated for Humanities use.

Please click on the following link(s) to navigate through the course areas:

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, History is compulsory for all students and is delivered through two 100 minute lessons per fortnight. The lessons deliver content so that student progress can be measured against the QCA Key concepts and processes including:

  • 1. Chronological understanding.
  • 2(a) Characteristic features of past situations.
  • 2(b) Diversity in societies.
  • 2(c) Cause and consequence.
  • 2(d) Change and continuity.
  • 2(e) Significance.
  • 3. Interpretations of history
  • 4. Historical enquiry and using evidence.
  • 5. Organisation and Communication.

The content of the Year 7 curriculum is focused on the development of a democratic Great Britain from 1066-2010. This includes studying the Battle of Hastings, the English Civil War, and the development of the modern political system. In the Summer Term, Year 7 students visit Trerice Manor House to support their work on the Tudors.

The curriculum in Year 8 continues with a focus on the impact of Great Britain on the World including Empire and the slave trade, World War I, and World War II. In the Autumn Term, Year 8 students currently visit Geevor Tin Mine as part of their investigation into the changing conditions during the Industrial Revolution.

Students complete one assessed homework and one assessed test per term. Supplementary homework is set to support and direct progress towards achieving in the assessments.

Key Stage 4

History at Key Stage 4 is an extremely popular option. Lessons are delivered through three 100 minute lessons per fortnight. Students are examined at the Year 11, whilst coursework is completed in the first term of Year 11.

The GCSE course is titled “the Modern World (B)” and covers topics as diverse as:

  • the changing role of women 1890-1918.
  • the effect of World War I on Britain.
  • the origins of the welfare state 1890-1914.
  • the World between the wars.
  • Germany 1918-1945; including the rise of Hitler, the causes of the Second World War, and the Holocaust.
  • the changing relationship of the USA and Russia 1941-1989.

The GCSE History course moved to a three year Key Stage 4 in 2011. In Year 9, students study topics that support the content of the examined modules. For example, students study the development of communism and capitalism in Russia and the USA respectively to support their later studies of the Cold War period.

The History Department offers a range of additional opportunities for GCSE students.

  • We have a good relationship with the University of Exeter, who provide us with some fantastic learning experiences for our students. Recent years have seen Year 9 students take part in History workshops led by under-graduate History students from the university. Gifted and Talented Year 10 students have also had the opportunity to attend a History Taster Day at the university’s Falmouth Campus, which gives them an insight into going onto higher education.
  • The History Department has run a ‘Modern World History Tour’ to support the GCSE History course over the last few years. Recent trips have included visits to the 1st World War Battlefields of Northern France and Belgium, and another to Berlin and Auschwitz.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 History is a very popular option for students in the V1 Form. The lessons are delivered through five 100 minute sessions per fortnight. The lessons deliver content and skills that are measured by the Edexcel exam board. Work is assessed through two exams at the end of Year 12; followed by one exam and a piece of coursework at the end of Year 13.

AS Level students study the following:

  • The experience of warfare in Britain 1854-1929; including the Crimea War, Boer War, and World War I.
  • Modern American Politics.
  • The development of race relations in the modern USA.

A2 Level students go on to study the following:

  • Britain’s reaction to fascism.
  • The changing role of women 1850-1950 (coursework).

Over the last 3 years, the History Department has been able to offer A-Level students an exciting opportunity to work with students from across the globe through attending Ritsumeikan Uji’s International Student Forum in Japan. Click here to find out more from the 2012 and 2013 student forums.