The aim of the History department at The Warren is to develop in students a real interest in the past to help them understand the present. In this sense we support the Humanities faculty in its aim of teaching students about people’s interaction with the historical, geographical, cultural, spiritual and moral dimensions of the world we live in.
Central to the department’s ethos is having high expectations of both students and of ourselves. We must believe that all students are capable of making significant progress in history. If a student is struggling then it is our duty to help them to achieve. Behind every scheme of work, there is also a historical concept or skill. Concepts such as causation, interpretation and significance are introduced and practiced with pupils in Key Stage 3. By rehearsing and improving these skills in Key stage 3, pupils are given the foundations for the study of history at Key Stages 4 and 5.
However, History should not also be seen simply as a rehearsal of exam skills. History is engaging because of the intrigue that comes with a compulsive narrative, through innovative teaching and through epithetical understanding. We want the children to care about history, to believe that history matters and to make them want to succeed.
KS3 – Topics Covered
- The Norman Conquest
- The Crusades
- The Peasants Revolt
- King John and Magna Carta
- The English Civil War
- The Industrial Revolution
- The British Empire
- The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
- The Causes of World War One
- World War One
- Female Suffrage
- The Russian Revolution
- The Rise of Hitler
- World War 2
- The Holocaust
- Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.
- The Cold War
- The USA Conflict Home and Abroad 1954-1974
- Medicine through time
- The British Sector on the Western Front.
The History department will bring the past to life by making it accessible through a creative, interesting and challenging series of lessons. Our students will develop a variety of skills including analysing and evaluating sources, as well as using description, explanation and evaluation when communicating about the past. These skills are transferable to other curriculum subjects and will further your child’s understanding of the world around them.
At GCSE we expect that pupils to develop beyond Key Stage 3. They should be able to:
- Construct essays with independence
- Write fluently and concisely in timed conditions
- Write and organise notes for themselves
- Develop revision strategies to remember information.
- Explain the importance and impact of events, their inter-relationships with other events
- Explain a range of interpretations and evaluate using own knowledge
- Articulate the tools historians use to evaluate source evidence. (purpose, author’s access to information, context, audience)
At A-level we expect pupils to:
- Write, organise to a high academic standard with independence.
- Organise reading and their own notes for themselves
- Interpret and evaluate source material
- Evaluate a range of interpretations
- Justify their own historical intereptations.
- Know what works best for them, in terms of revision strategies.
Support for your learning
Pupils will be given a variety of homework activities which are not only intended to consolidate their learning in lessons, but draw on their inquisitive minds and develop creativity. All of these are designed to maximise their examination performance.
Books to read
The Horrible Histories series provides an excellent introduction to many of the topic studied at KS3.
Places to visit
- The Tower of London
- Westminster Abbey
- The British Museum
- The Imperial war Museum
- Battle of Hastings
- Canterbury cathedral