History

Faculty Leader:

Miss R. Warwick

Staff:

Miss C Day
Miss E McMillan
Miss R Warwick

Ethos:

History is the vast succession of events that have already created us. The history department studies this past and the legacies of the past in the present. It connects things through time and encourages its students to take a view of such connections. We aim to provide students with critical reasoning and analytical skills, the ability to construct an argument and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing. We promote a love of history both in the classroom and beyond it.We aim to prepare students for the world beyond their lives post 16. In teaching pupils about lives and events in different times and places, we teach valuable things both about others and ourselves.

Aims:

Our aims at KS3 are to learn about Britain and the wider world by exploring ways in which the past has shaped identities, society, cultures and values today. We aim to inspire an enjoyment of inquiry and for pupils to develop a historical perspective and a contextual framework to make sense of the past and understand its relevance today.

At KS4 History is one of the most popular and academically successful options subjects at Our Lady’s. Last year 1 in 3 pupils that studied History were awarded with an A or an A* and 71% of pupils were awarded with an A* to C grade, above the national average results for History. Our lessons are interactive and varied and pupils will practice the skills of reading, analysis, listening, writing and debate throughout the course. We will practice a range of examination style questions and skills to ensure pupils are well prepared for the GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. We aim to keep a sense of the past alive, relevant and dynamic.

Year 7 Curriculum:

Pupils will investigate:

1. Neolithic History
2. The Norman Conquest
3. The Slave trade

Museums relating to these topics are:

1. The international slave museum, Liverpool.
2. The museum of Science and industry
3. The maritime museum

Other relevant materials:

1. Horrible Histories

Year 8 Curriculum:

Pupils will investigate:

1. The Titanic
2. The First World War
3. The Holocaust and its significance

Museums relating to these topics are:

1. The Imperial War Museum North
2. The Jewish Museum
3. The People’s History Museum (First World War)

Year 9 Curriculum:

In year 9 we begin our GCSE course.
GCSE History structure:

Paper 1: The Elizabethan Age 1558-1603 (25% of GCSE, 1 hour paper)
Paper 2: The USA: A Nation of Contrasts 1910-1929 (25% of GCSE, 1 hour paper)
Paper 3: Germany in Transition (25% of GCSE, 1 hour paper)
Paper 4: Changes in Crime and Punishment in Britain, c500 to the present day. (25% of GCSE, 1 hour paper)

Pupils will investigate:

1. The Elizabethan Age 1558-1603
2. The USA: A Nation of Contrasts 1910-1929

Museums relating to these topics are:

1. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Year 10 and 11 Curriculum:

We offer GCSE History, we follow the WJEC exam board. In year 10 pupils will investigate:

1. The USA: A Nation of Contrasts 1910-1929
2. Germany in Transition

In year 11 pupils will investigate:

1. Germany in Transition
2. Changes in Crime and Punishment in Britain, c500 to the present day.

We use the following textbooks at GCSE:

1. Elizabethan England: A Study in depth. Hodder Education, Andy Harmsworth.
2. The USA 1910-1929 & Germany 1919-47. Hodder Education, John Wright, Steve Waugh.

Other relevant reading materials:

1. Alone in Berlin
2. The Book Thief
3. The Great Gatsby
4. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
5. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Films:

1. The Diary of Anne Frank
2. Hitler: The Rise of Evil (film)
Life is beautiful (Germany paper)

Extra-curricular

• History leaders
• Trips
• Revision sessions both after school in the holidays

Trip 1 Trip 2
Berlin Trip