The History Department aims to promote historical awareness and a passion for learning about the past, as well as equipping students with a range of intellectual skills. Students learn about the past in a variety of ways, studying a mix of British and World history, and they are encouraged to use that knowledge to help them make sense of the present.
Through History, students also develop the ability to organise information, argue a case, think critically and analyse source material, all of which are transferable skills which will benefit students in their study of other subjects and later in the world of work. They will develop their knowledge of key historical concepts including causation, change and continuity, similarity and difference, interpretation and historical significance, using a range of sources including contemporary footage, film, photos, artefacts, cartoons and paintings.
KEY STAGE 3
Throughout Key Stage 3 students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the key historical concepts, practising their skills in preparation for Key Stage 4 while studying the following topics:
What is History? (Romans)
Students will learn about the key historical concepts and skills this subject has to offer. They will analyse sources and evidence from the Roman period to see how historians put together the past.
The Medieval Age
Students will study the medieval age from the Norman Conquest to the defeat of Richard III, the last English king to die on the battlefield. They will learn about how kings in the medieval world kept power and control, and will also look at the role that castles had to play in this. Students will understand how living conditions affected people and investigate the causes and impact of the Black Death.
Students will learn about the changes the Tudors brought to Britain, particularly regarding the church. The course will focus on King Henry VIII and what kind of ruler he was.
English Civil War & Cromwell's England
An important period in the shaping of British democracy is the English Civil War, and students will learn about the conflict between Parliament and the Monarchy and how England coped without a King for 10 years!
In Year 8 students will learn about the following:
They will develop their skills in source analysis and make judgements about the significance of certain events, such as the first use of the atomic bomb. They will analyse change over time and investigate the causes of both World Wars.
In Year 9 Students will be getting ready for their GCSE!
There are four units to the course, which all build on and develop the skills essential for GCSE History. Students will be assessed using a variety of different methods. They will produce essays, projects and presentations and work in a range of different learning environments. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of the key historical concepts, including causation, change and continuity, similarity and difference, interpretation and historical significance, practicing their exam skills ahead of their GCSE years.
WHOSE HISTORY? PRESENTING THE PAST
ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND 1568-1603
KEY STAGE 4 - AQA History
Students develop their knowledge of key historical concepts including causation, change and continuity, similarity and difference, interpretation and historical significance. They will do so through the study of the following topics which will culminate in two, two hours exams at the end of Year 11:
Unit 1 - Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
This unit provides students with an opportunity to study over 50 years of German history in great depth. Students will investigate Germany prior to World War I and assess the reasons for Germany’s defeat and the impact this had. They will analyse the fall of the Weimar Republic and explain why Hitler came to power. Nazi Germany and the life of ordinary Germans will be studied in detail, including the education of children, opposition to Hitler, and Nazi racial policy.
Unit 2 - Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950–1975
This unit covers only 25 years and allows students to gain a detailed understanding of the period. Students will learn about the Cold War background to conflict in Korea and Vietnam, as well as the motives and interests of the indigenous population of these two countries. The role of key individuals and Presidents will be explored and comparisons will be drawn between the two conflicts.
Unit 3 - Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
This unit covers the broad theme of medicine and health over time, allowing students to analyse key trends and turnings points. They will look at the long and short term consequences of key developments and understand the impact of the wider world on Britain. Students will analyse the importance of war, religion, government, science, communication and individuals in developing or preventing changes in medicine from Medieval Britain to today.
Unit 4 - Elizabethan England, c1568–1603
This unit offers a detailed insight into Elizabethan England. Students study Elizabeth’s personality and her control over government as well as life during the Elizabethan era. This is further developed with a study of Hardwick Hall, an Elizabethan country house, which allows students to link their knowledge specifically to the environment and individuals who lived at the time.
Students will be provided with a number of free resources for revision. However, the following books are also available for purchase.
CGP GCSE AQA HISTORY REVISION GUIDE – Overview of three of the four GCSE topics (available for a reduced price on request via the Kingsmead gateway).
An individual revision guide is also available for each unit.
GCSE Wider Reading
History A Level is taught at Kingsmead by experienced teachers. It is a demanding but exciting course which is very enjoyable.
Students consistently achieve well at A Level History. We have had a 100% pass rate at A2 level for the past eight years. Topics currently taught include the Tudors, the Russian Revolution and Civil Rights. Students are also given the opportunity to complete an extended essay on an historical event or period of their choice.
History A Level provides an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills which helps equip students for a variety of degree courses and careers. These range from Law, Accountancy and the Arts to Medicine (the latter combined with other relevant subjects). It is highly regarded by universities and is seen as proof that a student is interested in understanding the world around them and has the ability to analyse the processes which have created that world.
The Kingsmead Library also has a number of titles grouped by relevance to the A level course.