Miss J Harris, Mr B Martyn, Mr S Melton, Miss M Phillips, Mr J Vanstone and Mrs C Tunaley
Humanities Head of Faculty: Mrs C Tunaley
At KS1 and 2 the aim was for students to:
|Key Stage 3
History is about much more than just the events of the past. It is about the human condition in all its successes, failures, prejudices, beliefs, alliances and divisions, hierarchies and revolutions. All people are living histories; from the communities in which we live, to the languages we speak and why we speak them.
We want our students to aspire to change the world and History is essential for them to make sense of the narrative of why we are where we are politically, culturally, socially, economically and spiritually.
Our curriculum asks big questions in which students can explore substantiative concepts and develop key historical skills. For example, students explore the concept of power, a unifying theme throughout our units of study, using a series of questions to underpin inquiries:
These big questions are as relevant to the study of History as they are to the present day, an example of the connecting tissue that holds the narrative together: to put it simply, the study of history is the study of us.
Assessment at Key Stage 3
Students will undergo formal assessment twice a year during whole school knowledge weeks. Within lessons students will frequently be assessed using high frequency/low stakes activities
|Key Stage 4
Our KS4 curriculum follows the Edexcel GCSE History Specification.
Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment
Medicine in Britain, c1250–present
The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Paper 2: Period study and British depth study
Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
Paper 3: Modern depth study
The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad.
We have a selection of books in our humanities library which underpin the KS3 and KS4 curriculum available for students to borrow. These can be found in the humanities office – please ask a member of staff for help!
Possible areas of future Studies
History links to a range of different choices post 16 due to the transferable skills you develop. Click on the website below to learn more!
Possible future careers