History

Castle Winners

KS3 History - Years 7-9

In year 7, students will develop a variety of historian’s skills including explaining the causes of an event and also its consequences.  In addition, they will be encouraged to think critically about sources of evidence and historical stories and to question the credibility of the knowledge they give, weighing them up in order to reach conclusions about reliability and convincingness.

The History Department follows a chronological path from 1065 to 1919. These topics are tied thematically under the ideas of ‘Power, Conflict and Control’, ‘the Changing Face of the UK’ and ‘International Relations’ in the 20th century.

The synoptic nature of this structure allows the students to draw upon wider overviews to understand thematic change over a long period of time while also developing a sound understanding of chronology.

Please note that the requirement to study the Holocaust is not met. It was felt that the nature of the topic would make it difficult for Year 8s to study. Therefore, it is delivered as part of the Year 9 Enhancement Year.

Castle Winners

KS4 History - Years 10-11, GCSE

Our History GCSE course has been designed with an emphasis on enabling students to understand their place in the modern world, whilst also offering an interesting and varied selection of topics that should appeal to a wide range of students.  The content of the course ranges from Elizabethan England in the 16th century, through to the rise of the Nazis in the 19th century.

The students will also learn how to approach a variety of history skills such as analysing the causes and consequences of an event, building and substantiating an argument, writing historical accounts and evaluating sources of evidence and historical interpretations.  Above all, success in history at GCSE requires sharp critical thinking and students will have many opportunities to engage in this in a variety of ways.

KS5 History - AS and A2 Level

This course is designed to offer candidates the opportunity to learn to present cases, arguments and ideas effectively. You will learn to understand how people think and what motivates them in many different situations. You will develop skills of interpretation, analysis and the ability to construct clear, concise logical arguments. You will be able to communicate complex ideas effectively and express your views in writing.  Above all, you will develop the skills of thinking for yourself and realise that your opinion really does matter!

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