Our ethos: 'Learning from the past to understand the present and prepare for the future'
The history department aims to explore many key events in British and world history in order to widen students perspectives of society. Through the study of history we aim to develop within each individual student personal learning and thinking skills to equip students for a variety of academic and vocational challenges. Lessons are taught inactively using a variety of methods to appeal to the wide variety of students learning styles at HGS. Through group work, discussion and debate we aim to encourage positive participation.
History fires pupils' curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.
A wide range of styles are employed, including: group work, presentations, drama and role-play and E-learning
Key Stage 3 - 30 mins per week
GCSE 1 hr 30 per week
A Level - Independent learning – aprox 3-4 hours a week
The department offers a number of visits and in school workshops e.g. a 4 day visit to Berlin offered to all students taking GCSE history, a Year 9 trenches workshop.
All history lessons are in form groups.
Key Stage 3
The aims and rationale of the curriculum in Y7- 9 in History are:
The History Department aims to spark and nurture students' interest in, and enthusiasm for, history as well as to and equip students with the academic skills and knowledge they need to write, think and debate like a historian. We want students to challenge perceptions about the world around them and understand that history is shaped by a dynamic of narrative and journey into argument. We want to give students the opportunity to develop a love of history through experiencing history through innovative teaching methods, which will enable students to formulate and substantiate their own views and interpretations in a critical and analytical way.
Year 7 - What is history, Norman conquest, Life in the middle ages, Mediaeval Realms, The Tudors, Life in Tudor England, and the study of Native Americans.
Year 8 - Stuarts, Britain abroad - The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, The Atlantic Slave Trade, Why did people move to the British Isle - a study of Immigration throughout time and Industrial Revolution and its Impact on Life in Britain.
Year 9 - What Caused WW1, The Course and Impact of WW1, International relation the Rise of the Dictators, Life in Hitler's Germany - a depth study, Why is the Holocaust such a Significant Event and an introduction to GCSE History - International Relations 1945 - 72.
Key Stage 4
AQA History 8145 units followed:
- Medicine in Britain 1250 to present
- Elizabethan England
- The Cold War
- The USA 1920-1973 - breadth study
Key Stage 5
AS History - Edexcel:
Unit 1: Russia 1917 - 1991
Unit 2: Life in East Germany, 1945-1990.
Coursework: To what extent was the Russian Revolution a popular uprising?
Unit 3: Representation and the people 1780 - 1928.