Our students develop their knowledge and understanding of the causes, consequences and significance of historical events, and consider how they relate to present circumstances. They learn to handle historical evidence, considering its nature and purpose, and assessing its value to our understanding of the past. They also learn about historical interpretations and why our understanding of “what happened” in the past can actually be disputed..
There are three history classrooms. The subject area has extensive audio-visual resources and a good stock of the latest National Curriculum textbooks, as well as many in-house resources.
How learning is organised
History is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. In Year 7 students are taught in broad ability bands. In Years 8 and 9 students are taught in balanced, mixed ability groups. The study of history is enlivened by a variety of teaching methods: exposition, group work, personal investigation, re-enactment and fieldwork.
Years 7, 8 and 9
During these years, students undertake a broadly chronological study of British history from 1066 to 2000. Throughout the course, opportunities are taken to look at European and world history, including the British Empire and the history of African Americans. By the end of the course, students should have a good grasp of the main themes and turning points in history that have shaped their world.
Years 10 and 11
Students are following the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) course. They study the history of medicine from c.1250-present day, the reign of Henry VIII and his relationship with his ministers, Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91.
Students who study history at GCSE come to develop sophisticated skills of inference, analysis and communication, enabling them better to understand the world around them and enabling them to make an important contribution to the communities in which they live.
We are keen for students to have the opportunity to visit historic sites throughout the key stages. Year 7 have the opportunity to explore Framlingham Castle, Year 9 can visit the Somme battlefields, Year 10 can visit Hampton Court Palace and Year 11 visit the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.
Current syllabus: GCSE History Syllabus B - Pearson (Edexcel) 1H10