History

Staff

Ms Folorunsho - Head of Department
Ms Brunskill - Assistant Head Teacher
Ms McQuillan - Head of year 8 LR
Mr Lewis - Head of year 9 SR
Mrs Khatun - KS4 Progress and Achievement
Ms Hedley-Carter - KS3 Progress and Achievement
 

Department Overview

Belong

  • A representative curriculum in which enables students to see themselves and understand others in our globalised world.
  • Desire our students to gain cultural capital but also cultural confidence in their own identities and stories.
  • To develop an understanding of how history informs our sense of identity and place in the world through studying a range of periods, perspectives and peoples.
  •  To develop a passion for history, a respect and understanding for all people and deeper understanding of the human spirit.
  • To empower our students as they interact with both their intellect and identities.
     

Aspire

  • To Introduce students to stories & knowledge that will create aspirations within them to reach their potential & make a difference in their communities.
  • To aspire them unto great career paths through our history graduate network . This network is a team of successful graduates in various industries (medicine, finance consultancy, law, STEM). This is designed to show career progression from History GCSE and A level to degree and beyond.

Succeed

  • To make progress academically by focusing on literacy & transferable analytical skills and critical thinking.
  • To impart skills & knowledge that will enable students to succeed in wider world & chosen careers. 
     

Academic rigour & integral to the discipline of history

  • Our curriculum aims to supports the disciplinary knowledge of history. We aim for all our enquiries to be rooted in the use of sources & academic scholarship.


Self-development

  • To develop a greater sense of self and the critical importance of historical literacy to navigate the present and the future.
  • To be energised and empowered by our curriculum choices. History should nourish and develop intellect, cultural competence and the critical consciousness of students.
  • Offering enrichment opportunities to build cultural capital & foster pupils exploration of their wider community beyond London as well as exposing them to the richness of local histories.
     

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7: What was it like to live in the Medieval & Early Modern world?

  • What is History?
  • Did the Normans bring a truckload of trouble to England?
  • What was life like in Medieval England?
  • What made Medieval Mali the "stuff of legend"? 
  • Why did Henry VIII break away from Rome?
  • Why was the world opening up to Elizabeth I and her people?
  • Why were all three kingdoms at war by 1643?
  • Weaving the year together: What was it like to live in the Medieval & Early Modern world?

 YEAR 8: What was the most significant turning point between 1800-1945?

·         Was the Industrial Revolution ‘Liberty’s Dawn’?” 

·         What were the experiences of enslaved Africans? 

·         How important was Martin Luther King?

·         What do the stories of the ‘often forgotten armies’ reveal about the experiences on the Western Front?

·         How was morale built on the home front during WW2?

·         How and why did the Holocaust happen?

·         Weaving the year together: What was the most significant turning point between 1800-1945?

 Key Stage 4 - GCSE History

YEAR 9 - GCSE EDEXCEL 

Migrants in Britain, c800–present

  •  c800–c1500: Migration in medieval England
  • c1500–c1700: Migration in early modern England
  •  c1700–c1900: Migration in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain
  •  c1900–present: Migration in modern Britain
  • The historic environment- Notting Hill, c1948–c1970: reasons for Caribbean migration, influence of Caribbean cultures on the area, Racism and policing & Black activism.

 Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

  • Key topic 1: Queen, government and religion, 1558–69

 YEAR 10- GCSE EDEXCEL 

Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

  • Key topic 2: Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569–88
  • Key topic 3: Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88

 The American West, 1835-1895

  • The Plains Indians
  • Migration and early settlement
  • Conflict and Tension
  • The development of settlement in the west
  • Ranching and the cattle industry
  • Changes in the way of life for the Plains Indians
  • Conflict with the Plains Indians
  • The Plains Indians-the destruction of their way of life

 Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39

  • The Weimar Republic

 YEAR 11- GCSE EDEXCEL 

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39

  • Unit 2- Hitler’s rise to power
  • Unit 3- Nazi control and Dictatorship
  • Unit 4- Life in Nazi Germany

 REVISION

 Key Stage 5 – A LEVEL HISTORY OCR

YEAR 12

The Early Tudors

  • England 1485-1547 – Henry VII and Henry VIII
  • Mid-Tudor Crisis 1547-1558 – Instability of the monarchy, Religious changes and Rebellion and unrest 

The Cold War in Asia

  • Western policies in Post War Asia 1945-79
  • The Korean War and its impact
  • Indochina 1945-67
  • Wars in Vietnam and Cambodia 1968-93 

 YEAR 13

Unit 3 – CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE USA 1865-1992

Thematic Study: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

  • African Americans
  •  Trade Unions and Labour Rights
  • Native American Indians
  • Women       

Depth Studies

  • Civil Rights in the ‘Gilded Age’ c.1875-c.1895
  • The New Deal and civil rights
  • Malcolm X and Black Power

UNIT 4 – Coursework

This is a 3000–4000-word essay on the topic of your choice produced after an independent study/enquiry (from a selection of options provided by your teacher).

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."

Martin Luther King, Jr.