The History Department consists of three full time members of staff.
The department is committed to delivering the History curriculum in an exciting, engaging manner that will make students confident, willing to learn and well prepared to understand and analyse historical events and controversies.
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This page outlines the topics taught in each term through Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9), along with an overview of how assessments will take place.
During the year, pupils will be assessed in 8 levelled assessment throughout the year, at least one every six lessons. All tasks are linked to a key skill or process from the National Curriculum.
At the end of the year a level will be awarded based on the assessment tasks that have been completed.
To view photos of some of the castles produced by year 7 watch the video below.
In year 8 pupils study events, monarchs and ordinary people in England between 1500 – 1750. A selection of the topics covered is highlighted below:
In year 9 pupils study a series of units of work which span the years 1750 - 1945. These units are listed below:
Within each year group pupils complete regular assessments that are focused on a key skill or process from the National Curriculum. In line with whole-school policy, pupils will be set one piece of homework every other week. Homework tasks may include a number of activities, including research, preparing presentations, revision and written work. When work is marked by the teacher, a clear target for improvement is given along with a positive comment.
(Kenilworth Castle visited by Year 7)
Key Stage 4
The GCSE specification we follow is Schools History Project, Edexcel, Option B.
In Year 10 you will study:
• Medicine and Treatment Throughout Time
• The Transformation of Surgery 1845 - 1918
In Year 11 you will study:
• Hitler and Nazi Germany
• Britain 1815 – 51
The topics on Medicine, Surgery and Britain 1815 – 51 are assessed in three exam papers; you will produce a controlled assessment piece of coursework on Hitler.
In your study of Medicine and Treatment Throughout Time you will begin by studying practices and beliefs within the Greek and Roman Empires before examining the medieval period all the way through to the modern world. This will involve assessing key events and individuals such as the Black Death, Edward Jenner and World War One.
You will also study The Transformation of Surgery 1845 – 1918 where you will learn about the three problems that existed in surgery during the 19th century; pain infection and bleeding. This will involve discovering what was used to deal with pain such as alcohol, opium and laughing gas and how this eventually led to the development of anaesthetics.
In your work on Britain you will examine the world of Oliver Twist – poverty, protest and the building of railways. You will learn how Britain played a vital role in the development of the modern world and the extent to which society changed during this period.
The controlled assessment on Hitler will examine the reasons for his rise to power and how he sought to transform Germany and prepare the country for war.
GCSE History is a well established, hugely valuable qualification, which is widely accepted and highly regarded by employers, colleges and universities. You will develop a range of essential skills including communication, research and analysis which can lead to a variety of different careers in education, journalism, law and business.
You will have the opportunity to visit two museums in London during year 10. The department are also currently planning an A Level trip to Normandy, France.
EXAMINATION BOARD: EDEXCEL, OPTION B, SCHOOLS HISTORY PROJECT
STUDY KEY EVENTS IN BRITISH HISTORY THAT HAVE INFLUENCED THE SOCIETY THAT WE HAVE TODAY AND GAIN AN A-LEVEL THAT BOTH UNIVERSITIES AND EMPLOYERS HIGHLY VALUE.
WHAT YOU STUDY
The feedback we get from our students is overwhelmingly positive. They tell us that they greatly enjoy their work on the Norman Conquest, the Second World War, Riot and Protest 1780-39 and the Experience of Warfare in Britain 1854-1929. The new specification for first teaching in September 2015 will include a requirement to study topics from a chronological range of 200 years.
HOW YOU STUDY
You will make or be provided with detailed notes that cover all aspects of the course. Teachers also make use of films, role play and a variety of other activities that will engage you throughout the course. The department visited the Normandy battlefields in April 2014 and are also currently planning an excursion to Barcelona in 2015.
DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES
You will be taught by very experienced teachers who have a long record of bringing out the best in their students. They all have specialisms and have built up a considerable body of knowledge and expertise in these areas. We have an extensive department library which sixth formers are welcome to use and a developing Haggle site containing useful links, resources and forums.
PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY
Over the years many Hagley students have gone on to read for a degree in this subject. You will get good advice on which courses will suit you – your teachers have first-hand knowledge of universities that they will readily pass on to you.
Every year History is an extremely popular degree course choice for many students. There are at this moment former Hagley sixth formers reading for degrees in this subject at universities such as Durham, York and Birmingham.
COMBINES WELL WITH
Many Hagley sixth formers combine our subject with Law. There is a strong case for also studying English Literature, but we have taught students with a diverse range of combinations, including Mathematics and Physics.
GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Ideally you will have studied the subject at GCSE; but this is negotiable with Mr Trickett. You will write essays and coursework assignments and therefore should feel confident about your writing skills, having achieved at least a Grade C in English.
Specification from September 2015 - History A OCR
Unit 1 - Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1035 - 1107
Unit 2 - Russia 1894 - 1941
Unit 3 - The Changing Nature of Warfare 1815 - 1945
"A-Level History has always been the highlight of my school timetable. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying the subject. This is due in part, to the terrific diversity of topics studied throughout AS and A2. From William the Conqueror to Oswald Moseley, Douglas Haig to Winston Churchill; Hagley takes in a vast breadth of British history. This, coupled with the school’s excellent, helpful teaching staff, leaves you with a fantastic A-Level that will never bore and keep you thoroughly engaged. History and Hagley is a truly great combination. I would highly recommend it as a subject to study at Hagley Sixth Form."
Thomas Clarke, A Level History 2010 – 2012.
Extra Curricular Activities
The department is committed to enabling pupils to engage in regular learning outside of the classroom. As a result trips are organised at each key stage. In year 7 the whole year group visits Kenilworth Castle where the development of the site and it’s changing use over time is explored.
In year 10 students visit two museums in London, The Old Operating Theatre and the Hunterian Museum both of which provide the chance for students to expand upon their knowledge of key topics within the Medicine and Treatment module at GCSE.
In sixth form, year 13 visit The People’s History Museum and The Imperial War Museum, Manchester during the autumn term. This provides students with useful resources and experiences that assist in both of their A2 modules.
In April 2014, A - level History students in both year 12 and 13 will be given the opportunity to embark upon a four day study tour of the Normandy beaches in France which will also include a visit to the see the Bayeux Tapestry.