Mr Bowerman – Teacher of History
Mr Shergold – Teacher of History
Introduction To The Department
Our History students will have the ability to understand the world from a range of different viewpoints and perspectives. They will be able to examine how events in British and wider world history have shaped the world which we live in. History at St Oscar Romero is up to date, challenging and engaging. Students are taught to be active historians by an enquiry based approach to the study of history which focuses on historical concepts such as change and continuity, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, significance and diversity of experience.
Key Stage 3 Information
Students use an enquiry based approach to studying history to enable them to become more independent and to critique historical evidence to reach their own conclusions and opinions on historical events. To support this at the start of each unit; students are given a knowledge organiser with key terms, appropriate websites for further research, and key questions. This knowledge organiser is used as a checkpoint and support framework, the key terms and questions feed into the relevant assessment criteria.
The key stage 3 curriculum follows a chronological narrative exploring ways in which the lives of people living in Britain and beyond have changed.
In Year 7, students will focus on Britain from the Anglo-Saxons to the English Civil War. Students will look at differences of cultures, power struggles, exploration and changes in warfare; seeing how these themes impact everyday people’s lives. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of different perspectives.
In Year 8, we look at the making of the modern world, including the rise and fall of the British Empire, industrialisation, the world wars and civil rights. Throughout this students will be making links between time periods, to see how events of hundreds of years ago still impact our life today, using second order concepts to decide on significance of events, to see how causes and consequences make huge impacts in our history and will be using ‘factors for change’ such as chance, role of individuals, role of governments which they are assessed on at GCSE.
Key Stage 4 Information
Students study the AQA History syllabus.
GCSE students complete a three year course and build on the concepts and skills developed during Key Stage 3. Some GCSE topics are covered in more depth from key stage 3; topics will build on the conceptual understanding from topics taught at Key Stage 3 but taught in a different context. This will allow for deeper learning to take place.
In Year 9, students study ‘Understanding the Modern World’. This consists of two topics:
- Germany 1894-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
- Conflict and Tension between East and West, 1945-1972
In Year 10, students study ‘Shaping the Nation’. This also consists of two topics:
- Norman England c1066-100
- Britain: Migration, empires and the people c790 to the present day.
In Year 11, we revisit any gaps which may have occurred in the course of the units and focus on extracting the best knowledge possible to fit the different exam questions.
From 2020 we will be offering a sports history club where we will explore how students’ favourite sports have developed. Aspects of this could include the impact of sport as a cultural force in the British empire, the development of the modern Olympic games and comparing how sport shapes our lives now and in the past.
This year we are planning to create History accounts across social media, this will be an opportunity for our students to post and share important information and ideas about historical events and to bring extra focus onto local history.
We are currently looking into what academic trips may be available throughout the year, however this is currently uncertain.