Welcome to the History Department

History challenges students to build their interpretive and analytical skills in order to create an understanding of the past that will aid their ability to explain the world around them today.  The History department believes that students learning experiences should take place away from the classroom. This has led to annual trip with Year 10 to investigate the historical features and functions of the Port of Preston, working closely with the Education Department at Harris museum as well as trips further afield such as Belgium, Poland and even New York.

Key Stage 3

History is delivered to all year groups at Key Stage Three, focussing mainly on developing the causation and source analysis skills along with knowledge of Britain’s past from 1066 to the Second World War. Students in Year 9 also learn about the Holocaust. This emotionally demanding unit is delivered with specialist input from the RE department who also help to deliver lessons.

Schemes of Work Key Stage 3

Key learning questions:

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Holocaust Unit

Key Stage 4

Students that have started the GCSE course before the start of the 2015-16 academic year will continue with the current AQA Specification A syllabus of Medicine Through Time (paper 1), The American West (paper 2) and a Controlled Assessment based on the Port of Preston.

Those students who begin to study GCSE History in September 2015 or after will study AQA’s new specification that involves:

Component 1: Understanding the modern world
Section A: Period studies

1A: America, 1840–1895:

Expansion and consolidation

This option closely resembles the current Enquiry in depth Unit 2A The American West, 1840–1895, with its focus on: the Great Plains and Plains Indians; the early settlers; farming on the Great Plains and the struggle for the Great Plains. Cattlemen and cowboys, and law and order have been replaced with a study of the background to, and aftermath of, the American Civil War.

Section B: Wider World Depth Studies

Wider world depth studies investigate international conflict by focusing on a complex historical situation and the interplay of different aspects within it.

Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

This is a new option which allows students to study the causes of the Second World War, showing how and why the conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to solve the issues which caused it. It enables students who might have studied the First World War peace settlement and the lead up to the Second World War as part of their ‘challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901 to the present day’ offering at Key Stage 3 to revisit or build on that work at GCSE level

Component 2: Shaping the nation
Section A: Thematic studies

The key questions within each period study provide a focus for the coverage of prescribed content. Thematic studies allow students to asses a specific change or development over a long period of time.

2A: Britain: Health and the people

This option closely resembles the current Study in development Unit 1A: Medicine through Time as it considers developments in the battle against disease, surgery and public health in Britain across time. The time frame is shorter than the current unit, starting in c1000 rather than in prehistoric times but the focus remains on explaining the causes, nature and consequences of medical change and the various factors which encouraged or inhibited those changes.

Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment

British depth studies focus on the complexity of society at a particular time and the interplay of different aspects within it.

Norman England, 1066–c1100

This is a new option which allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. It enables students who might have studied the Norman Conquest or aspects of early medieval life such as feudalism, the role of the Church, monasticism, or village life at Key Stage 3 to revisit or build on that work at GCSE. This option also requires the study of a specified historic site relevant to the period which will be examined as part of the depth study.


Teaching Staff

Head of History Mr J Clare
Teacher of History Mrs H Porter / Mrs C Hird