A Brief Introduction to the History Department
Our history curriculum is ambitious and engaging. Students learn about periods from 1066 onwards, pursuing enquiry questions such as "To what extent was medieval England a place of fear and decay?" and "Why did Charles II execute dead men?". Our curriculum studies scholarship from some of the best historians in the field, and develops in students not only their knowledge and analysis of historical events and claims, but also their ability to write wonderful responses as historians in their own right.
Key Stage 4 covers Years 9-11 and so pupils in Year 8 will make their option choices. In Year 9 the students will refine their historical skills through the new and popular bridging unit of work which explores the history and evolution of terrorism. Our first core unit introduces students to the causes and key events within the Cold War. The particular emphasis is that on Conflict in Asia, focusing on the Korean and Vietnam wars. Alongside this work, students will be continually developing their exam skills through the regular cycle exam style assessed questions and extended answers.
The topics studied in Years 10 and year 11 are Germany 1890 – 1945 (with specific focus on Hitler’s Germany), Norman England and our Thematic study, The Development of Medicine.
This is a rich and rewarding course that will both engage and challenge students throughout.