Students in years 7, 8 and 9 are given the opportunity to study a range of different time periods, cultures and experiences through combining aspects of political history with social history. All students are encouraged to develop historical knowledge as well as the essential skills to utilise this. At all levels learning is personalised to the needs of the class and individual where necessary. The schemes of work have been adapted to effectively respond to the challenges of the new GCSE 9-1 qualification, with a focus on students receiving a chronological history from the Anglo-Saxons to present. There is also a local history element with topics regularly linking back to the experiences of the local area at specific times.
Experiences of the study of History vary from Primary school to Primary school; therefore the aim of year 7 is to cultivate basic historical understanding and skills, as well as an enjoyment of the subject. Students are timetabled for 2 lessons a week in year 7. A range of topics are covered throughout the year, including Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman invasion. Lessons have a firm focus on key historical skills such as chronological understanding, source evaluation and historical enquiry.
In year 8 we aim to build on the progress made in year 7 and develop the skills to a higher level. Students are regularly assessed throughout the term with an emphasis on informal assessment to allow all students to flourish. A range of topics are covered including a focus on social history through studying the Stuarts and the Gunpowder plot.
In year 9 we focus on preparing students for further study in GCSE history but also provide them with cross curricular and life skills. Students develop argumentative skills and are encouraged to assess the value of the information they have presented to them. They study an exciting range of topics, including the impact of science and technology on warfare, the A bomb and Cold war as well as a study on the changing status of women in the 20th century.