History enables young people to make sense of the present through a study of the past. By studying the history of the United Kingdom and its relationship with Europe and the wider world, students gain an understanding of the events, factors and people who have shaped the modern nation we all live in. We agree with the great Roman politician and orator Cicero who said: ‘To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child, for what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the lives of our ancestors by the study of history?’
Key Stage 3
KS3 begins by exploring the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This is followed by a study of the medieval era including the key events of the period: the Battle of Hastings, the Peasants Revolt, the Magna Carta and the Black Death. The year culminates in an examination of the Crusades and the contemporaneous Islamic world.
Year 8 focuses on the experiences of the Black Peoples of the Americas, including histories of slavery and Civil Rights. This is followed by a study of the Tudor and Stuart periods asking questions about the nature of English society in a time of enormous social, political and religious change.
Year 9 covers the modern period analysing the nature and impact of the industrial revolution and the causes and consequences of the First and Second World Wars. KS3 history closes with an examination of post-war developments in Asia and the Middle East. Assessment at KS3 takes place twice a term.
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KS4 GCSE study begins in year 10. Students explore the tumultuous events in Germany between 1919-1945 and the tragic post-war American involvement in Vietnam. (Controlled Assessment).This is followed in Year 11 by subsequent investigations of, Crime and Punishment throughout the ages, and the Impact of War on Britain in the twentieth century. The three examined components of the course are assessed through three external examinations at the end of year 11, all of 1 hour 15 minutes duration. (Edexcel History B)