"How do you know who you are unless you know where you've come from? How can you tell what's going to happen, unless you know what's happened before? History isn't just about the past. It's about why we are who we are - and about what's next". Tony Robinson, actor and television presenter.
There is one dedicated main school history classroom that is fitted with a computer and multi-media projector. There is also a specialist sixth form history room within Norbury House. Along with this, the department can often be found making use of the many ICT facilities that the school has to offer.
The department contains a variety of artefacts that are used to bring lessons alive by letting pupils experience what it must have been like in certain times.
History is taught to all pupils at key stage three and it is a popular option choice at GCSE and A-level.
As part of the History curriculum students are encouraged to attend trips arranged by the department. In recent terms we have visited Lincoln Castle, the Leeds Armouries, Normandy battlefields, Conferences on the Russian revolution and the Rise of Stalin and the World War I battle fields in Ypres and on the Somme. Below are some pictures from these visits.
There is also an emphasis on the skills of history and the aim is to ensure students are versatile thinkers who can question the information with which we create our ideas of the past. To this end students will use a vast variety of historical sources to begin to interpret the past and to question interpretations of this past. They will use diaries, newspapers, letters, oral histories, secondary textbooks, pictures, political cartoons, photographs etc.
At GCSE students follow the OCR j417 Modern World History syllabus, which concentrates on international relations in the twentieth century. This is a fascinating period of study spanning the inter-war years with the contolled assesment focusing upon the Great War. At A Level, the department teaches the Edexcel 8HI01 specification covering 1850 - 1980; primarily focusing on British and Russian history.
History is taught through a variety of methods and although we place great value on developing students' written skills we also make use of videos', speaking and listening activities such as group-work, discussion and presentations. Students will also make use of ICT and role play to help them to understand the subject. By the time they choose their options at the end of year eight they should have developed a broad knowledge and understanding of British History, of an aspect of European History and of an aspect of non European History.
There are more and more 'History' web sites but with so much information the skills of sorting through it to find relevant, useful and appropriate information is becoming ever more important. Any historian should question the information with which they are presented; and when looking at web sites this should be remembered.
The History Department is led by Mr G Claxton and is supported by Miss V Wright, with both members teaching across all years and key stages.