History

 

Subject Overview

 

‘History is who we are and why we are the way we are’ - David McCullough

 

In order to gain an understanding of the world today, it is crucial to comprehend how and why we have arrived at this point. To try and answer huge questions like why some countries are richer than others, why so many people in the world speak English or to explain the existence of global conflict requires a deep appreciation of Historical study, that is arguably the study of human progress itself. Equally, to come to terms with what kind of country Britain is today, it is necessary to learn about the story of its past, the challenges Britain has faced, the decisions made that shaped our modern society, the lessons we have learned that shape various visions and opinions regarding our possible future. However, History does so much more than tell the exciting tale of humans; it equips us with the critical thinking skills to help make sense of a complex array of data, argument, portrayal and opinion. The modern historian is wary of accepting what they are told, striving to question evidence and unsupported claims, and arriving at substantiated judgements. In this modern era of big data, cloud computing and the internet, this is a crucial skill which underpins all others, and ensures a self-confidence and critical ability which equips our students for their lives in the 21st Century.

 

Year 7

History skills – Looking at the kind of skills that are needed in order to study History

Norman Conquest – How William of Normandy successfully invaded and transformed England

Medieval Life – Looking at religion, disease and rebellion in the Middle Ages

Was King John really bad? – Using the skills of historians to investigate a Medieval King that everyone loves to hate!

Tudor England – How Henry VIII changed Britain forever and exploring Elizabeth I’s reign and place in British History

English Civil War – How and why England exploded into war with itself and then executed the King.

Glorious Revolution - The beginnings of modern democracy and how the powers of the monarch were reined in.       

 

Year 8

Why did Britain want an Empire? – investigating the British Empire in India, America and Africa

Changing Britain: The Industrial Revolution – Why it happened and the impact on people

Slavery – Why Britain was involved in the slave trade and what it involved for slaves and slave traders

The African American story – How life changed for black Americans and what caused such changes

Women’s Rights – How women’s rights improved and how the vote was achieved

20th Century Conflict – How the world descended into war in the early part of the century, and how the unresolved problems of it caused the next world war

 

GCSE (OCR B)

The People’s Health 1250-Present – The changing ideas on causes of ill-health and the means by which public health was improved.

The Norman Conquest 1065-1087 – The invasion of England by the Normans in 1066 and the society they created

History Around Us – The opportunity for students to focus on a local piece of History and how it fits into the wider picture of British History. The site we study is Buckland Abbey.

The Making of America 1789-1900 – From the birth of the nation through to the advent of the USA being the most powerful country on Earth and the clash of cultures that this process entailed.

Living Under Nazi Rule 1933-1945 – The impact that Hitler and the Nazis had on Germany, the invasion of East and West Europe during WW2 and the horrors of the Holocaust.

 

AS/A-Level History (AQA)

Unit 1: The Tudors: England c.1485-1547

The war of the Roses ends with a new monarch on the Throne: Henry VII. Students explore kingship in this era and how Henry VII and Henry VIII use political skill and brutal force to maintain control over England.

Unit 2 The Cold War c.1945-1963

Students study the competing worldviews of the emerging superpowers after World War Two and how the escalating nuclear arms-race nearly ends in catastrophe in 1962.

 

A level History (AQA)

Unit 1: The Tudors: England 1485-1603

Continuing on from Year 12. With Henry VIII's death a new era dawns where his children take the mantle. Students will study the reigns of Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth which see great cultural, religious and economic changes in England in this era.

Unit 2: The Cold War c.1945-1991

Continuing on from Year 12. From near nuclear Armageddon to a period of stability between the USA and the USSR.  By the 1980s this stability had broken down and the resulting tensions would lead to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Historical Investigation: The Making of Modern China 1900-2000

A fascinating investigation into China during the twentieth century.  The impact of western imperialism, the rise of Mao Zedong and the emergence of an economic superpower are but some of the themes covered in this unit.

 

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