What will I Learn?
All pupils study history in Years 7 and 8. From Year 9, history is an optional subject. We aim to develop in pupils a love of and fascination for history, and to encourage the key historical skills of analysis and insight. The busy department offers a range of historical trips which help bring the subject to life, including Conisbrough Castle, the Royal Armouries and the Imperial War Museum. At GCSE, there is a residential visit to Berlin, a visit to the play Hitler on Trial and a visit the Thackray Medical Museum.
YearS 7 & 8
Pupils will see how developments from the Norman Conquest to the twenty-first century have helped to shape the society, culture, economy and political structure of modern Britain, and also study the non-European world, including American and African history. Pupils of all ages are introduced to a wide range of stimulus materials and sources of historical evidence – including archive materials, artefacts, exhibits, film and fieldwork.
Pupils in Years 9 can choose to continue History and prepare for GCSE.
The Edexcel History syllabus will engage pupils with a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain and the wider world and give them skills that will support progression to further study of history and a wide range of other subjects.
The topics that pupils will study are:
Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918–45
A world divided: superpower relations, 1943–72
The origins and course of the First World War, 1905-1918
Changes in medicine, c1848–c1948