A note from Mrs Parmar, Humanities Faculty Lead
In the Humanities faculty, our over-arching aim is to nurture world class learners, who have an intrinsic understanding of the world around them: how humanity has developed over time, our position in the world now and where we are heading in the future. The faculty aims to encourage learners with this vision through the study of the Humanities subjects- geography, history and RE.
Humanities fires learners’ curiosity to ask questions about the wider world in which we live. This not only helps them to make sense of the new knowledge they acquire, but also helps learners to understand the process of change, to see how we arrived ‘here’ and where we may be heading into the future. The unique concepts in Humanities allow learners to construct arguments, analyse evidence and to question human motivation with skill and confidence.
Enjoy discovering the world!
Why do we study History?
Studying History enables us to develop a better understanding of the world in which we live. Building knowledge of historical events and trends allows us to gain a much greater appreciation for current events today. History also gives an opportunity to examine how the past has shaped (and continues to shape) relationships between societies and people. Throughout your historical studies, you will improve on many skills (see below) which can help you to get a job in lots of different careers!
-Making a judgement
What do we study in History?
In KS3, we study History in a chronological order (order of time). We start Year 7 with the Romans and learn all about the Roman Army, Gods and Races. By the end of the year, we would have finished our final topic: The Crusades.
We start Year 8 with the Tudors and learn all about key figures, such as Henry VIII, Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I. Other key events are studied, such as the British Empire and Slavery.
Our History studies in Year 9 begin with the Interwar years (the period of time between World War I and World War II). This directly follows on from World War I, which is the last topic in Year 8. This year focuses on more modern History, such as World War II and The Holocaust.
GCSE History: Year 10 and Year 11
Year 10 and Year 11 History involves us looking a four different topics: Crime and Punishment, Early Elizabethan England, American West and Weimar and Nazi Germany. There are 3 papers in total.
Year 10- Crime and Punishment/Early Elizabethan England
Crime and Punishment
GCSE History begins with the topic of Crime and Punishment. We study 1000 years of History and analyse how Crime and Punishment has changed over time. There is also a section on Whitechapel during the 1880s, where we learn about the bad conditions and immigration.
Early Elizabethan England
After we have finished Crime and Punishment, we begin to look at the reign of Elizabeth I. There is a focus on her challenges, rivalry with Spain and what life was like while Elizabeth I was the Queen of England. This topic is on Paper 2 along with the American West.
Year 11- American West/Weimar and Nazi Germany
In the American West topic, there is focus on: What was the American West?, The Gold Rush, American Civil War and Conflict. You will learn the important of cause (why did an event happen) and consequence (what happens after the event).
Weimar and Nazi Germany
The final topic we study for the History GCSE is Weimar and Nazi Germany. We begin with looking in detail at how Germany was after WWI, how Hitler became the Fuhrer of Germany and what life was like in Nazi Germany. Once we have learned about all of the topics, there will be time for revision.