History arouses student interest, awareness and enthusiasm about the past. History enables pupils to understand that all historical knowledge is rooted in an understanding of the nature and use of evidence and that the process of enquiry is as important as the context of the historical events being investigated. The development of historical skills enables pupils to evaluate sources of information and identify those that are useful for particular tasks and then to use them to reach and support conclusions about the past.
At King’s we believe that History should be taught in a balanced way. Facts can be taught as part of the process of History and need not be regarded, as they are by some, as a sterile and meaningless exercise. In our department we accept that there is a diversity and flexibility in the ways History is taught. This is how it should be in a successful department, pupils should be exposed to different learning experiences and varieties of approach, the common factor should be an enjoyment and understanding of History. We hope pupils will leave our care with a thirst for further study.
History at The King’s (The Cathedral) School follows the National Curriculum
Year 7: 1066-1450
History – What’s it all about? Skills unit; How did Medieval Monarchs keep control? How did the Medieval church affect people’s lives? What was England’s relationship with her neighbours? How hard was life for medieval people in town and country?
Year 8: 1450-1750
Why did England become a Protestant country in the 16th Century? Elizabethan England – A Golden Age? Why did England Experience a Civil War between 1642-9? Reputations: Oliver Cromwell. Hero or Villain? The Making of the United Kingdom. Union and the rise of Parliament . Empire and the threat of Napoleon. World Study – Slavery
Year 9: 1750-1945
How did Britain become an industrial nation? How Democratic was Britain by 1900? The Era of World Wars. How and why did the Holocaust happen?
OCR GCSE History B: Modern World J417
International Relations: Were the Peace Treaties of 1919-1923 fair?; To what extent was the League of Nations a success? Why had international relations collapsed by 1939?
British Depth Study How did British Society Change 1890-1918? Liberal and Social Reforms: 1906 -1914; Votes for Women; British Society during World War One
Controlled Assessment—The relationship between Britain and Germany 1880-1914
The USA 1919-1941: How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s? What were the causes and consequences of the Wall street Crash? How successful was the New Deal?
In Year 10 there is the opportunity to visit the World War I Battlefields in Flanders.10
AS modules (each worth 25% of the course):
1) F962 Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-1963 -Weimar Germany in the 1920s; Nazi Party into power 1933; Nazi consolidation of power from 1933; Nazi economic and social policies 1933-45; Division of Germany ; Adenauer
2) F963 England in a New Century 1900-1924 - Political parties 1900-14; Effects of war and post war problems on political parties; Demands for constitutional change; Social reform 1900 to 1924
1) F966 Coursework (2 pieces – passage analysis and individual investigation worth 20% of A2) including 1905 revolution and background; Strength of Tsarism up to 1914; Importance of WWI; 1917 Revolutions and the Bolsheviks; Civil War
2) F965 Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992: African American civil rights; Trade Union and Labour rights; Women’s rights; Native American civil rights.
Links to the wider Community
Mr Gordon Gunn (GEG): Curriculum Area Manager
Mr Simon Warsap (SJW): Teacher of History
Dr Maggie Summers (MWS): Teacher of History