Pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. They investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day.
In Year 7 students are taught about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and Britain 1066 to 1500. The topics covered include the major features of Britain's Medieval past, the Norman conquest, religion and architecture in Medieval Britain, the feudal system and the structure of medieval society.
In Year 8 students study Britain 1500 to 1750. This unit of work focuses on the relationship between the crown, parliaments and people. The major political, religious and social changes and how these affected people throughout the British Isles. Topics covered include the establishment of the Tudor monarchy, the reformation, everyday life in Tudor and Stuart England. The Civil War and its consequences.
Students also study Britain 1750 to 1900. This unit of work focuses on the social and political consequences of the Industrial Revolution. Topics covered include the development of factories and transport. The Social and political issues connected with the development of towns.
In Year 9 students study a historical evidence unit based on the Assassination of JFK. The students then study a World Study before 1914 - Black Peoples of the Americas. Students focus on the reason for and the nature of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This unit also offers students to examine the reasons why Slavery was abolished and the development of the Civil Rights Movement in 2oth Century USA.
The First World War focuses on the reasons why war broke out in 1914 and the nature of the war on the western front. Students will also examine the role of individuals such as General Haig and significant battle such as the Somme. The reasons for the defeat of Germany and the consequences of the Treaty of Versailles.
The Second World War - focuses on the main events leading up to the outbreak of war in 1939. Focusing on the consequences of WW1, the Communist Revolution in Russia and the rise of the Dictators in the 1930's. This unit of work offers students the chance to study the nature of the Second World War in its various battle fronts. The nature of Nazi occupation and the Holocaust are also taught. The Post War World and the rise of global terrorism.
International Relations: Conflict and Peace in the 20th Century.
The Cold War 1945 - 91. This unit provides an outline study of history in the 20th Century. The content focuses on international relations 1945 - 1991 and covers the main events of the Cold War. Students study Why did the USA and USSR become rivals in the years 1945–1949? How the Cold War developed in the years 1949–1955? The Crises of the Cold War 1955–1970. How close to war was the world in the 1960s? The Failure of Détente and the collapse of communism 1970–1991.
Historical Enquiry - British History. This unit requires candidates to produce an Historical Enquiry of approximately 2000 words on Britain during the First and Second World Wars.
Twentieth Century Depth Studies.
The Roaring 20s: USA, 1918–is unit of work students study how and why the USA achieved prosperity in the 1920s? How far was the USA a divided society in the 1920s? Why did the US Stock Exchange collapse in 1929? The Wall Street Crash and its immediate consequences.
Depression and the New Deal: The USA, 1929–1941. How serious were the effects of the Depression on the American people? How did Roosevelt deal with the Depression? How far was the New Deal successful in ending the Depression in the USA?
Hitler’s Germany, 1929–1939. How and why was Hitler able to become Chancellor in January 1933? How did Hitler change Germany from a democracy to a Nazi dictatorship, 1933–1934. Economic policy, Social policy and Racial persecution.