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What will I Learn?

All pupils study History in Years 7 and 8. From Year 9, History is an optional subject. We aim to develop in pupils a love of and fascination for History, and to encourage the key historical skills of analysis and insight. The busy department offers a range of historical trips which help bring the subject to life, including Conisbrough Castle, the Royal Armouries and the Imperial War Museum. At GCSE, there is a residential visit to Berlin, we go to watch the play Hitler on Trial and visit the Thackray Medical Museum.

Year 7

Pupils in Year 7 see how developments from the Norman Conquest to the twenty-first century have helped to shape the society, culture, economy and political structure of modern Britain, and also study the non-European world, including American and African history. Pupils of all ages are introduced to a wide range of stimulus materials and sources of historical evidence – including archive materials, artefacts, exhibits, film and fieldwork.

Year 8

Pupils in Years 8 see how developments from the Norman Conquest to the twenty-first century have helped to shape the society, culture, economy and political structure of modern Britain, and also study the non-European world, including American and African history. Pupils of all ages are introduced to a wide range of stimulus materials and sources of historical evidence – including archive materials, artefacts, exhibits, film and fieldwork.

Year 9

Pupils in Years 9 can choose to continue History and prepare for GCSE. They continue to see how developments from the Norman Conquest to the twenty-first century have helped to shape the society, culture, economy and political structure of modern Britain, and also study the non-European world, including American and African history. Pupils of all ages are introduced to a wide range of stimulus materials and sources of historical evidence – including archive materials, artefacts, exhibits, film and fieldwork.

GCSE

The Edexcel History syllabus will engage students with a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain and the wider world and give them skills that will support progression to further study of  history and a wide range of other subjects. The topics that pupils will study are:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment - Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and 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 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91.

Paper 3: Modern depth study - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39.