The History department is a successful, positive and forward thinking team that constantly seeks to improve its practise and provide students with engaging, thought provoking and challenging lessons. Within the department there are two committed full time teachers; all of which bring something special to the department. Our core aim is to make history accessible and engaging to all young people. The department comprises of two classrooms, both equipped with interactive whiteboards and visualisers.
Mrs J Tupper - Head of Humanities
Ms Mayes - History TeacherÂ
The Academy’s Vision has helped shape our curriculum choices for KS3/4/5 for History. We encourage students to think critically about the past and encourage them to become involved in safe and balanced discussions on historical debates and ethical and moral issues. Current global issues are also explored as we help students to place these current issues within their historical context and understand where different viewpoints come from. Through the events that are studied in KS3, we encourage students to learn more about the aspects of History that inspire them, whether this is based on personal interest or their cultural heritage. It is important to us that students succeed in History but we also support them in developing skills that will help them to fulfil their life regardless of their future career paths.
What is History?
“Those who don’t know History are doomed to repeat it”
History is a narration of the events which have happened in the past, including an account of the rise and fall of nations, as well as of other great changes which have affected the political and social condition of the human race. It is something that is constantly debated and affects the ways we live our lives today.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 students start their study of History with the final conquest of England of 1066 and the Medieval period that followed; this includes the development of castles, the Black Death and the Peasants' Revolt. We then jump forward in time and study the Tudors to explore the differences between the different monarchs and the changing nature of the country’s religion. Year 7 ends with the study of Slavery.
In Year 8 students focus on the Industrial Revolution and then move on to Twentieth century History; including the sinking of the Titanic, Suffragettes and World War 2, including the Holocaust. Students finish Year 8 by studying post WW2 issues in Britain and America.
GCSE History at All Saints’ Academy follows the Edexcel syllabus. There are 3 exams that students sit in Year 11:
- Paper 1 – Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches. (worth 30% of GCSE)
- Paper 2 Elizabethan England, 1558–88 and The American West, c1835–c1895 (worth 40% of GCSE)
- Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 (worth 30% of GCSE)
At GCSE students cover the History of Medicine in Year 9, examining how beliefs, values and understanding impacted upon treatments and public health. There is then a focus on Medicine in the Western Front and the improvements in surgery and treatments. From mid-Year 9 to Year 10 Early Elizabethan England is studied, covering plots and rebellions towards Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada. Students then move on to The American West, studying the westward expansion of Americans and the impact that this has on Native American Indians. To finish the course students will study the rise and fall of both Weimar and Nazi Germany, including learning why Hitler was able to come to power. The GCSE course is fully examined at the end of Year 11 through 3 exams.
At A level, the skills used at KS3 and KS4 develop in to evaluation, interpretation and solid rigour with the A level specification. In Year 12 students study The Wars of the Roses, 1445-1509, with an enquiry focus on Henry VII. Additionally students study the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1992, this centres around America and Russia’s relationship with focus surrounding the debates of what started and what ended the Cold War. In Year 13 students will cover Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964, with depth studies on specific Tsarist and Communist leaders. Coursework involves an independent study surrounding a debate in History of 4000 words.
The History Department has run a variety of trips that enable students to experience History outside of the classroom. These have included trips to Chepstow Castle, the Imperial War Museum and an excellent trip to Krakow, Poland to visit Auschwitz Birkenau. These trips will be planned to be run in the future for History students to continue to enjoy.
After A Levels students can move into higher education. History is one of the most employable degrees; it can lead to careers in law, business, accounting, teaching and many more. It provides students with the essential skills of reasoning, debating and evaluating and complements other subjects such as English, Psychology and Sociology.