History is a fascinating subject and we offer you the opportunity to explore the past in an exciting and thought-provoking way.
We emphasise the evaluation of evidence and the role of debate in encouraging you to form your own interpretation of the historical events that continue to shape the world we live in today.
You will study the medieval world from 1000 to 1400, where you will learn that power resided in the hands of monarchs, who gained their place by success in battles and strict rule. You will discover that by the end of the medieval world this was threatened by changes to the social structure from the Black Death and from the barons forcing cooperation with the King, such as with the Magna Carta, and from the powerful Church who controlled both the people and the King! You will discover that History is a fabulous murder-mystery as you try and determine why an Archbishop was murdered in cold blood, whether King John really was an evil king and whether or not the Magna Carta was a failure. You complete the year by understanding why the peasants were so unhappy in 1381 and what the 14 year old King Richard II decided to do about it!
In Year 8, you'll complete a survey of Tudor history before examining the reigns of the Stuarts continuing the theme of power and control. You’ll have the chance to study the reasons that monarchs lose power, comparing the seventeenth-century English Revolution with the bloody revolution of eighteenth-century France. In the summer term you’ll investigate Britain’s role in the history of slavery and empire, with the focus moving away from Europe towards Africa and the Americas.
Year 9's programme continues to develop the skills necessary for the IGCSE. It will encourage you to learn more about the world around you. In the Autumn Term we focus on the creation of the Modern World, analysing the Industrial Revolution at home and its impact abroad. The Industrial Revolution brought problems of its own. And we’ll discover the impact of protest to create changes for the better - changes we benefit from today! The course ends with an examination of the causes and impact of World War One, and leads into the formal CIE content on the European Peace Settlements which set the scene for the IGCSE. The cross-curricular nature of the impact of the War is studied through our three-day Flanders trip.