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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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  • Year 10 Year 11

    In the development study students will look at medicine and public health in Britain c50AD 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 c1845-c1918. Students will need to understand the three main factors of dealing with pain, infection and blood loss in influencing these changes.

    The depth study covers the American West c1845-c1890 and includes the inhabitants and settlers, the development of the Plains and conflict on the Plains.

    The representations of History unit on the impact of war on Britain c1914-45 is studied in order to provide students with an opportunity to explore consequence, causation or change in a historical context, carry out a historical enquiry and analyse and evaluate how the past has been interpreted and represented in different ways.

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  • Year 12

    During 2014 and 2015

    Students will study the History of Russia from 1881 to c1953 focusing on the challenges to Tsarist through to the death of Stalin. Thus unit will look at the growth of opposition groups, the failed 1905 Revolution the revolutions of 1917 and the consolidation of Bolshevik power between 1917 and 1924.

    Students will also look at how Stalin transformed the Soviet Union including the collectivisation of agriculture and the impact of the Five Year Plans to industrialisation. This part of the course also focuses on the origins of Stalin’s purges and his aim of creating a totalitarian regime.

    Year 12 students will also 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.

  • Year 13

    From September 2015 into 2016

    Year 13 students will have an opportunity to study the history of Germany 1900-45. The focus of this unit is the move from Kaiser to Fűhrer, looking at the political, economic and social tensions that existed in the Second Reich. Students will study the social and political impacts of The Great War and the foundation and failure of the Weimar Republic. There will also be an opportunity to study ideas of opposition and conformity within the Nazi state and assess the development of the Final Solution. This section of the course also investigates the controversies surrounding the extent of Germany’s responsibility for The Great War and assesses the popularity and efficiency of the Nazi regime.

    Students in Year 13 will have an opportunity to develop their independent study skills by undertaking a coursework activity study looking at the changing relationship between Britain and India 1914-1948 and assess how India reached independence. This aspect of the course will look at the role of the Indian people in the Great War 1914-18 and how people such as Mohandas Ghandi led civil disobedience campaigns to end the dominance of Britain in India. There will also be opportunities to research how the British government responded to protests and eventually declared Indian independence.

    From September 2016 into 2017

    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.

  • Azib, Rakhshandah
  • Brooks, Marie
  • Caulton, Tom
  • Cooke, Josh
  • Kangley, Anne
  • 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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