History

Year 7 History 

The Trouble with Being a King: Starting with 1066 and the debacle over who should be King (contrasting it with the modern succession), Medieval rule (the feudal system and the lot of a Villain), the troubled relationship between the Church and State (Becket), trying to rule Wales (castles and Owain Glyn Dwr), keeping the peasants down (the black death and the resultant peasants revolt) and the significance of the Great Fire of London. Finishing off with a Christmas topic asking where do our traditions come from and what does it tell us about the history of these isles?

I am a King – Get me Out of Here!: The War of the Roses; just how did Richard III end up in a car park? (Touching on the Princes in the tower.) Henry VII; a boring administrator or forgotten hero? Henry VIII Playboy King? Bloody Mary? Gloriana or just a foolish woman? (Including a study of Elizabeth’s use of art as a propaganda tool) Charles I; the worst of them all?

Great Britain: The growth of empire fuelled by the industrial revolution. Local links to mining in Cornwall and Richard Trevithick. Life for the less fortunate; (working and living conditions for the poor in Britain), and slavery (how the industrial revolution created empire.)

Year 8 History 

War as a Vehicle of Change: Causes of the FWW, industrial warfare and its impact, the Home Front, the Treaty of Versailles, and the re-ignition of conflict (WW2.)

Crime and Punishment: Bringing together the plethora of topics studied in KS3 a study of how one element of our society has changed over time. Starting with witchcraft, considering the Bloody Code, smuggling in Cornwall, transportation, the work of Elizabeth Fry, the arrival of the MET police, how law was adapted for wartime (home front and the treatment of conscientious objectors), the threat from Terror (Irish history) and finally the reasons for the dramatic decrease in crime in the developing world from 2000.

A Social Revolution: Social implications of warfare; women getting the vote, and the arrival of the Welfare State. Civil Rights in the US; links to the Second World War and the Vietnam conflict. Changing British attitudes; the rise of teenagers, Roy Jenkins Liberal Reforms (including a case study on Alan Turing) and the impact of multiculturalism on Britain. Genocide; a case study of concern, why has there been genocide in Europe since 1945?

Year 9 History 

Conflict and the making of Modern World: This course allows students to explore how Warfare has moulded our modern environment. Following Edexcel’s GCSE we start off their GCSE studying for paper one, the thematic study of  Warfare through time, c1250–present.

Year 10 GCSE History

Students are studying Edexcel GCSE History GCSE. This year they will focus on paper 2 (period study and British depth study) which is worth 40% of their GCSE, and introduce paper 3 (Modern depth study) which is worth 30% of their GCSE.

Year 11 Modern World History

Students are studying AQA history B Modern World History. Unit one is international relations, and student study topics 1-4. Unit 2 is Twentieth Century Depth Studies and students do topic 3 from section A, topic 6 from section B and topic 8 from section C. Controlled assessment is worth 25%, and units 1 and 2 are worth 37.5% of the GCSE each.

Year 11 Schools History Project

Students are studying AQA history A Schools History Project. Unit one is Medicine Through Time, and unit 2 is the American West. Controlled assessment is worth 25%, unit 1 is worth 35% and unit 2 is worth 40% of the GCSE.