History

What does this subject involve?

History is the analysis and interpretation of the human past that enables us to study how people’s lives have changed over time. Historians use all forms of evidence to examine, interpret, revisit, and reinterpret the past. Historians are trained in the methods of discovering and evaluating these sources, and the challenging task of making historical sense out of them. Nevertheless, historians do not always agree on interpretations of the past.

Why should I choose this subject?

Through the study of history we can investigate and interpret why society developed as it has and determine what influences have affected the past and present and shape the future. It helps one to understand the immense complexity of our world and provides insights to help cope with the problems and possibilities of the present and future. History also provides us with a sense of identity.

What skills will I need to succeed in this subject?

History involves a variety of skills. Students must think, write, criticise and analyse. These are skills that virtually any job requires. History also provides practical skills that can be used in all aspects of life, not just a profession. The developed skills of a historian include writing, critical analysis, research, curiosity and a world view.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

The skills used in History mean a variety of occupations are available to students who study history. Here are just some examples of the sorts of jobs history students go on to have: Small business owners, military officers, Insurance brokers, bankers, politicians, lawyers, librarians, researchers, environmentalists, writers, newspaper editors, social workers, activists, police officers, salespeople, teachers, and stock brokers.

Who can I talk to for more information?

Please speak to Mrs Grist (Head of History), Ms Nazir , Mrs Saddique or Mr Perry.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will students learn about in History this year?

Pupils will study historical skills, medieval realms & Islamic civilisations, medieval castles, The Black Death, slavery and civil rights.

What type of homework will be set?

Written tasks and research task that are topic specific will be set by the class teacher in accordance with the school homework policy of 20-30 minutes per week.

How will students be assessed in History?

History written tasks and exam questions one per half term/topic that are assessed against the standards. During lessons there will be a mixture of self and peer assessment, light touch and RAG marking. Verbal feedback in regards to skills and reflective work.

How can parents support their child’s learning at home?

Parents can support their child by talking to them about their lessons and ensuring that homework tasks are completed to the best of their ability. Parents can also help pupils by researching the topics we are studying or visiting places of interest that are relevant to the topics.

 

Year 8

What will students learn about in History this year?

Pupils will study The Tudors, The Industrial Revolution, trench warfare, rise of Hitler, the home front and The Holocaust.

What type of homework will be set?

Written tasks and research task that are topic specific will be set by the class teacher in accordance with the school homework policy of 20-30 minutes per week.

How will students be assessed in History?

History written tasks and exam questions one per half term/topic, that are assessed against the standards. During lessons there will be a mixture of self and peer assessment, light touch and RAG marking. Verbal feedback in regards to skills and reflective work.

How can parents support their child’s learning at home?

Parents can support their child by talking to them about their lessons and ensuring that homework tasks are completed to the best of their ability.  Parents can also help pupils by researching the topics we are studying or visiting places of interest that are relevant to the topics.

 

Key Stage 4

What will students learn?

Throughout the course there are opportunities to study history from a variety of perspectives, including political, social, economic and cultural, thereby helping students to appreciate the diversity of the societies studied, and the experiences of the people in these societies. The course also provides students the opportunity to study the 20th Century in both breadth and depth.

What type of homework will be set?

Homework is weekly and will range from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Types of homework will include research, revision and exam practice questions.

How will students be assessed in History?

Formal assessment will take place once a term in the form of mock exam papers.

How can parents support their child’s learning at home?

What can students move onto with History?

History provides a good background for all arts and social science careers. It is useful for careers in Archaeology, Heritage, Archive and Museum work. The skills learnt from studying history include investigating, researching documents, examining evidence and presenting arguments. These are valuable in a great number of careers, including Law, journalism, Politics and Management.