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History

The History Department aims to enable all students to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve their potential.  We encourage students to become confident individuals and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

history classWe inspire, challenge and move our students with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people throughout history. We encourage pupils to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.

Read Our Head of Department's Perspective here...

Students develop their understanding of their own identities through a study of history at a personal, local, national and international level. They find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They appreciate the significance of what they are learning as they

  • ask and answer important questions
  • evaluate evidence
  • identify and analyse different interpretations of the past
  • substantiate their own arguments and judgements. 

Learning outside the classroom

At Key Stage 3 all students take part in a visit which is closely linked to their curriculum studies.  At Kenilworth Castle, Quarry Bank Mill and the Imperial War Museum students enjoy interacting with the exhibits and artefacts.  They also take part on a ‘hands-on’ workshop run by specialists and historians.  These visits also form the basis of a piece of investigative, imaginative and creative project work on our return to school.

At Key Stage 4 and 5 students enjoy many different opportunities to develop their enthusiasm for, and understanding of, their studies.  These range from interesting lectures by eminent historians and university professors to one-off competitions and activity days at schools and colleges across the Midlands.

history class outside the classroomIn addition to visits linked to the curriculum, all students have the opportunity to take part in the Department’s extra-curricular trips such as our biannual Battlefields Tour.  This visit is spread across four days throughout which students visit memorials, cemeteries, preserved battlefields and many moving sights of interest across the Somme region of France and the Ypres Salient in Belgium.  

A highlight of the weekend is always taking part in the Menin Gate Ceremony.  The visit is always a truly emotional experience providing pupils with a moving insight into the reality of warfare and the related ethical dilemmas.

On-going assessment

Homework is issued regularly, in line with the KS3, 4 or 5 homework timetable.  Furthermore, students complete three formal assessments, one in each term.  For each of these they are assigned a National Curriculum Level.  The first two assessments are conducted during lesson time, whereas the third assessment is the school examination in May.

Outcomes

All students should:

  • Develop an accurate chronological framework that enables them to make connections within and across different eras and societies.
  • Be able to express fluent and cogent judgements based on a sound knowledge and understanding of events in the past.
  • Develop their understanding of key historical concepts, such as change and continuity, cause and effect, significance and interpretation.
  • Interrogate source material effectively in order to challenge and discriminate between varying interpretations.
  • Develop confidence in their ability to discuss, debate and speculate on challenging issues and dilemmas.

Accommodation
The History Department is housed in the Humanities Block, on the ground floor.  We have 2 well-equipped classrooms adjacent to each other which provide vibrant and stimulating learning environments for our students.  Teachers make use of ICT facilities to enthuse and to enhance students’ learning, such as interactive whiteboards, audio-visual clips, podcasts and mind-mapping software.

Useful points of reference
www.schoolhistory.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/history.htm
www.schoolshistory.org.uk

The History Department aims to ensure that every lesson is a positive and rewarding experience.