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Humanities History is an enquiry based subject where students learn by finding out for themselves not just what happened in the past, but, more importantly, how and why events happened, who was involved and how events shaped people's lives. As well as the tragedies of History we also look at some of the major developments that have improved people's lives.

Studying History as a separate discipline helps students to understand and appreciate their place in the world and how many of the present day situations around the world are fashioned from their past. This can be summed up by a former Sixth Form student who said:

"I like to know why the world is the way it is and why I am who I am. Everything is History."

Facilities

History classes have access to a fully equipped ICT classroom and a suite of four classrooms, each with a data projector and a modern sound system allowing for the projection of film clips, DVDs and archive sound material.

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Key Stage 3

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  • Year 7

    Year 7 students will study Britain before 1066 by comparing the influence and significance of the Celts, Romans and Anglo-Saxons. They will then look at the causes and consequences of the Battle of Hastings and study Medieval society including the lives of the poor and the rich and the influence of the church on everyday life.

    There will also be an opportunity to study the Crusades, the effects of the Black Death on society before focusing on the Wars of The Roses and the establishment of the Tudor dynasty.

  • Year 8

    In Year 8 students will examine the influence of religious conflict on society by studying Mary I and Elizabeth I. The Renaissance will be studied with a focus on the impact of art, science and medicine. The traditional story of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot will be studied along with the causes and consequences of the English Civil Wars.

    Britain as a republic will be studied, with particular focus on the differing interpretations of Oliver Cromwell's rule. The restoration of the monarchy will conclude this period of 17th century history before moving on to the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution; including the international slave trade and Britain’s role in it.

  • Year 9

    In Year 9 students study the fight for female suffrage at the start of the 20th century by contrasting the work of the Suffragists and the Suffragettes with particular emphasis on the death of Emily Wilding Davison. Pupils will have the opportunity to assess the causes and consequences of the Great War 1914-18 as well as assess the differing interpretations of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig and his role in the war.

    The rise of Hitler and Stalin as dictators will be studied to give context to the road to World War II. The focus of study for World War II will be the home front, Dresden and the development and dropping of the atomic bomb. The Holocaust will also be studied as a discrete topic within the context of World War II.

    Students will be given the opportunity to undertake independent study with focus on the impact of a significant political event, piece of technology or cultural breakthrough of the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s.

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Key Stage 4

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  • Year 10 Year 11

    In the development study students will look at medicine and public health in Britain from 1250AD to the present day. This involves ideas about the cause and treatment of disease and illness, approaches to public health and prevention of disease and illness and the influence of changes in society on medicine and public health. The source enquiry looks at the transformation of surgery during the Great War 1914-1918.

    There are three depth studies. The first covers the American West c1835-c1895 and includes the inhabitants and settlers of the Plains, the development of the Plains and conflict on the Plains.

    The second depth study covers Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509-1540 and includes Henry VIII’s foreign policy with Spain and France, the annulment of his first marriage and the break from the Roman Catholic church.

    The final depth study covers Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.This topic of study covers the formation and demise of the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s rise to power and how life changed for people in Germany including the persecution of minorities.

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Key Stage 5

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  • Year 12

    Students follow the Edexcel exam board scheme of study. In Year 12, students will learn about the dramatic political, economic and social transformation of the USA in the twentieth century, an era that saw the USA challenged by the consequences of political, economic and social inequalities at home and of its involvement in international conflict. The focus of study is on developments and changes over a broad timescale and so the content is presented as themes spanning a significant duration: 1917-80. This option also contains a study in depth of historical interpretations on a broad question, which is contextualised by, and runs on from, the themes: what impact the Reagan presidency had on the USA in the years 1981–96. Specific topics studied include the black civil rights movement, the women’s movements, the causes of affluence in the 1920s and 1950s along with changing attitudes to immigration.

    Students will also study the transition of the Indian sub-continent from a colony to independence. The gaining of Indian independence influenced both the nature of civil rights campaigning and the search for national self-determination throughout the world. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the changing relationship between Britain and India from the outbreak of the First World War to the achievement of independence for the Indian sub-continent, and of the reasons for this, with particular reference to Indian nationalism.

  • Year 13

    In Year 13, students will study the changing nature and experience of warfare for Britain 1790-1918. This aspect of the course will give students an insight into how technological advancements have changed the way wars are fought and reported. This aspect of the course will allow students to consider how perceptions of war have changed over time through the use of government propaganda and increased communications from the frontline.

    Students will have an opportunity to develop their independent study skills by undertaking a coursework activity assessing who was to blame for the start of The Great War 1914-18. This aspect of the course will give students the chance to develop their historiography skills and judge the viewpoints of a variety of historians.

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Extra curricular activities

Students are offered opportunities in both KS3, 4 and 5 to undertake field trips to a wide variety of venues including Peveril Castle, Leeds Medical Museum, the Ypres Battlefields, Auschwitz, and the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre. Students in Sixth Form are offered opportunities to attend conferences and lectures given by leading historians.

In addition to learning outside the classroom, students can also benefit from interacting with visiting speakers and from using artefacts in lessons.

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Teaching staff

Teaching is delivered by a team of four dedicated History teachers supported by Teaching Assistants wherever possible.

  • Brooks, Marie
  • Caulton, Tom
  • Cooke, Josh
  • Wordsworth, Paul

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Websites to help students learn about History

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Subjects covered by Humanities

Humanities collectively includes many subject areas. Please follow the links below to find out more about each subject.

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