Curriculum Leader: Miss T Bowen
The History Department consists of 8 staff, including 5 staff with responsibilities outside of the department. The department is housed in a suite of 5 classrooms. In addition we have a small conference room which is used as a department office. All classrooms benefit from a networked computer and an interactive whiteboard.
Miss T Bowen TBo
Mrs K Jenner KJ
Mrs A Martin AM
Ms L Booth LBo
Ms V Pearson VP
Mrs L Savage LS
Mr T Crockatt TC
Mrs S Ridsdel SR
The curriculum at KS3 follows a broadly chronological framework, beginning in Year 7 with Medieval Realms (1066-1500) and the Making of the UK (1500 – 1750). In Year 7 students are taught in predominantly mixed ability groups and are then placed into sets in Year 8. Year 8 start the year with The Industrial Revolution (1750-1900), Empire and Slavery, and Twentieth Century World up to 1939. Lessons at KS3 are based on developing skills and promoting active and accessible learning.
The school operates a two week timetable with the time allocation per fortnight for History as follows:
Year 7 – 3 x 1 hour lesson
Year 8 – 3 x 1 hour lesson
Students are given opportunities to extend their learning outside of the classroom with a range of visits to places of interest including a trip on the York Bus Tour and also a trip to Fountains Abbey. We also regularly organise theatre trips for the students when historical plays are available.
Year 9 – 4 x1 hour lessons
Year 10 – 5 x1 hour lessons
Year 11 – 5 x 1 hour lessons
Year 9 students who have opted to take History GCSE start in Year 9 by studying the events of World War Two. After Christmas Year 9 students begin to learn the content for the AQA GCSE, starting with the Power and the People Unit. This breadth study unit launches with the Magna Carta and then looks at the development of democracy up to the present day.
At KS4 History is a popular choice with the students and there are currently 4 groups in Year 11 and Year 9 and 5 groups in Year 10. Students are taught in mixed ability sets where this is possible and Years 9 and 10 will follow the AQA GCSE History. Year 10 will study Paper 1 – Understanding the Modern World Unit incorporating America 1920-1973 and Conflict and Tension 1945-1972. (8145/1D). Year 11 will study Paper 2 – Shaping the Nation incorporating Power and the People (Revision), Norman England 1066-1100 and a site study of the Historical Environment. For students taking the exams in the summer of 2018 the site chosen by AQA is Durham Cathedral.
Further information and guidance on this course can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk
The current Year 11 are following the legacy OCR Modern World GCSE. Paper 1 has a unit on International Relations: The Cold War 1945-75 and a Depth Study on America 1919-45(Unit AO13). Paper 2 is a depth study on Britain 1939-75 (Unit AO22). There is also Controlled assessment worth 25% (Unit AO10) for which we study Russia 1905-1941. The emphasis on active and accessible learning is continued at KS4.
Further information and guidance on this course can be found at: www.ocr.org.uk
At KS5 the Department offers courses in both History and Government and Politics. Both courses have proved to be popular and successful. History follows the AQA course – Britain 1485-1603 and Russia 1917-53. History is a popular choice with 2 classes currently in Y12 and Y13. Coursework is started in June of Year 12 and completed by February of Year 13. Students are given a range of optional subjects to write about ranging from the Crusades and the Black Death; to Early Modern Civil War Britain and Early Modern China; to Modern American Irish, African or German History; to topics surrounding Democracy and Women’s Rights in Britain. Students are able to find a topic that interests them and conduct serious historical research which sets them up brilliantly with the analytical skills that they will need for University study and further into employment.
The department is well resourced and is well placed to make use of the resources of the University of York.
If you need further information on this course there is lots of useful information on the AQA website www.aqa.org.uk.
Politics currently follows the Edexcel specification covering UK politics in the AS course and US politics in A2. The course is a popular choice with students. At present there is one teaching group in Year 12 and one group in Year 13. Many students continue to study politics or related subjects at degree level. If you need further information and guidance on this course it can be found at www.edexcel.org.uk.
The History Department is lively and enthusiastic and is committed to achieving high standards. Staff in the department are experienced but are also open to change and are willing to embrace new strategies to fully engage students in the study of History.
We run a History Film Club at lunchtimes which is very popular with students.
We are taking Yr 11 to Berlin on a weekend trip in February as part of their study of the Cold War.
We run several theatre trips. We have been to see Chicago, Goodnight Mr Tom, Dreamboats and Petticoats and War horse.
We have been involved in Workshops as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.
Yr 12 attend History and Politics lectures in Manchester and London as part of their A level studies.
Yr 12 Politics students also visit Parliament and the Supreme Court. Yr 13 Politics has also offered an option to go to Washington.
Several of our Yr 12/13 students have had the opportunity to take part in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project, including a trip to Auschwitz.