Welcome to the History Department
The study of History enables pupils to understand the origins of many of the issues in society today. Pupils gain an insight into the nature of social, political and economic change and human motivation. Through historical investigation pupils learn a range of transferrable skills. For example: critical thinking, evaluation, the ability to construct a reasoned argument and clarity of expression.
At Key Stage Three History is taught as a separate subject to Years 7, 8 and 9. Pupils in Year 7 and 9 have one 50 minute lesson per week and in Year 8 they have two lessons per week. Pupils follow schemes of work that allow them to develop skills such as enquiry and interpretation.
Year 7 begin their study of History looking at medieval society. They investigate the Battle of Hastings and see how England changed under the Normans. They judge the character of William the Conqueror in a source investigation and investigate life in medieval society. A study of life in Roman Britain completes the year.
Year 8 begin by looking at the power of the church and the events and consequences of the Reformation. They study Tudor society, the Civil Wars, Empire and Slavery as well as Industrialisation. Units on Civil Rights and the Greeks complete their year of study.
In Year 9 we focus on the Twentieth Century World with studies of World War One leading into an investigation of life in Nazi Germany. A study of the Holocaust and the impact of the Atom bomb bring Year 9 to a close.
At KS4 History is offered in the option system. Modern History and Ancient History are both popular and offered at GCSE level. They have three, 50 minute lessons each week.
Pupils follow the AQA History 9-1 syllabus (8145). This course covers USA 1919 – 73AD, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Britain: Health and the People 1000AD – Modern day and the Norman Conquest 1066 – 1100AD. More information can be found here - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145
In Ancient History pupils have the opportunity to follow the OCR syllabus (J151). This course covers the Greek and Persian Wars, the Rise of Rome and the Kings, Agrippina and the Ancient Egyptians. More information can be found here - http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-ancient-history-j151-j051-from-2012/
From September 2017 the Ancient History course will be Ancient History 9-1 (J198). More information can be found here - http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-ancient-history-j198-from-2017/
The department has three classrooms in the new building. All of the classrooms have interactive facilities.
The department offers a variety of extra-curricular experiences including a trip to Auschwitz in Poland and to the Belgium Battlefields. A Holocaust survivor comes in annually to speak to Year 9. There are workshops for Ancient History such as the Greek hoplites and a visit to Bolton Museum. Every other year pupils in Year 10 and 11 are offered the opportunity to visit Ancient Rome.
Staff in the History department are Mrs. S Holland (HOD), Mrs. C Campbell and Miss J Mapson.