History is a discipline that will teach students a number of skills that are transferrable to other subjects and areas in life. We are an enthusiastic team who hope to develop the passion for History amongst the young individuals that come through our doors. As we truly believe that connecting to the past can help us to shape the future.
Our vision for History is:
We want to expose our students to a wide range of British, European and World Histories that will help them to develop a curiosity about the past. It is hoped that this will allow students to emotionally engage with stories of the past. By creating a personal connection with History, we are hoping that students will develop a passion for learning and see History as an integral part of their education.
In KS3, we aim to develop pupil understanding of Britain by looking at the key events such as the Battle of Hastings and the World Wars. We feel it is important to make History relevant to the students in our community so have linked our topics to our local history (Industrial Britain in the Black Country). Whilst also ensuring students can use our lessons to understand their own identity in England by looking at topics such as Migration to England with a case study of Indian Migration to Wolverhampton and looking at the significance of remembering individuals such as Stephen Lawrence.
We follow the National Curriculum but have supplemented this with some original topics such as looking at Empires of the World- focusing on Emperors like Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the Joseon Dynasty. In Year 9, students are given the opportunity to examine some hidden figures in History with the likes of Katherine Johnson, Ada Lovelace and Eleanor Roosevelt. We hope this will excite students and encourage them to pick History as a discipline at GCSE and A Level.
At GCSE we cover the following topics: Germany 1890- 1945, Cold War, Medicine through time and Elizabethan England. Whilst at A Level we develop an in-depth understanding of these topics by looking at Germany 1918-1945, Tudors 1485-1603 and our NEA on Russian Rulers. This will allow students to make connections throughout our learning journey and have a good understanding of the world we live in today!