History has an important role in helping students to understand who they are and where they are in the broader context of their place in society, the world and in time.
We aim to help students develop successful working relationships with others through group activities and role-play; as well as developing their self-discipline, independent learning and problem-solving skills. We use a range of active teaching and learning techniques. These include textbooks and resources; visits and trips; and, the use of ICT.
Key Stage 3
Students learn about a wide range of fascinating topics. In Year 7 pupils will find out Medieval England, the Tudors and Stuarts and Industrial Britain and Empire. In Year 8 pupils will study both World Wars including the Holocaust. In Year 9 Pupils actually start studying for their GCSE by looking at Crime and Punishment across the ages and ‘The Elizabethans’.
Students will have the opportunity to learn about History outside of the classroom. In Year 9 we run a series of trips to France and Belgium to visit the World War One trenches and cemeteries. In Year 9 we also run a popular World War Two project competition. Students are asked to research into an aspect of World War Two that takes their interest. The winning projects from each class are given prizes, and the very best projects are awarded book tokens.
Students will be formally assessed at different points throughout the year on a variety of different historical skills. Students will be asked to display their knowledge and understanding of different topics, and skills in causation, interpretation, research, evaluation and chronology
Key Stage 4
History is a very popular option at Key Stage 4. The department delivers the OCR (B) SHP course at GCSE as this makes the subject accessible to all students.
The students begin studying GCSE at the start of Year 9 by learning about crime and punishment from the Middle Ages until the present. After this they study ‘The Elizabethans’. In Year 10 students move on to study ‘Living under Nazi Rule’, where they look at all aspects of society, including what life was like in occupied Europe. In the summer term, study turns towards a local study on Portchester castle, which involves a field trip to this site. In Year 11 pupils will complete their final piece of the course on ‘The Making of America’.
There is a trip to the London Dungeon and a Jack the Ripper tour open to all Year 11 pupils studying History in the autumn term.
History retains its popularity at Sixth Form where we study AQA History. This involves the teaching of The Tudors, Germany 1918-1945, and a piece of coursework involving a 100-year study about the relationship between the Monarch and Parliament during the reign of the Stuarts. Teachers encourage students to become independent learners and prepare them well for future studies at university.
Trips and visits
The department is committed to bringing the curriculum alive and runs a number of trips across the key stages. In Year 9 we organise trips to Belgium and France to visit the World War One battlefields and cemeteries of the Western Front. This usually involves trips on two different dates to accommodate the demand. At Key Stage 4 there is a trip to the London Dungeons and a tour of Whitechapel to investigate the crimes of Jack the Ripper. There is also a field trip to Portchester Castle. Students at AS/A2 Level attend lectures and conferences in London and elsewhere to prepare them for undergraduate life. There is also a Berlin trip that runs every two or three years.