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Worthing High School

End of Autumn 1 - start of October half term

History

The History department aims to develop a student who can think, can write and communicate well and to understand the world we have lived in and are living in now. The Curriculum is challenging and exciting with opportunities to investigate a varied selection of events and people in Britain, Europe and the world.  

 

Information about the History Department

Curriculum Vision 

  • All students will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. All students will be equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.  

Curriculum Intent 

    • Students learn about historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance. 

    • Students are given opportunities to understand how and why contrasting interpretations of the past have been constructed.   

    • Students engage with a wide range of historical narratives, broaden their horizons, and learn respect for others.  

    • Students are encouraged to be resilient by thinking independently, critically and objectively about the world around them. 

    • Students are provided opportunities to communicate through presentations, role play and essay writing.   

Curriculum Sequencing 

Curriculum sequencing 

Year 7  

Study the causes of William’s victory at the Battle of Hastings and the consequences of his conquest of England. Students then move on to learn about the significance of religion in the Mediaeval period and do a project on the causes and consequences of the Black Death. Students then finish the year with a study of change and continuity in the Tudor period. 

Year 8  

Continue chronologically and do a focus study on Queen Elizabeth. They examine different interpretations on the defeat of the Spanish Armada and form a substantiated judgement using sources.  Students then learn about the causes, consequences and significance of Slave Trade, British Empire and Industrial Revolution.  Students finish the year studying the causes and consequences of WW1.  

Year 9  

Students build on knowledge of WW1 and study a number of twentieth century case studies. Firstly, students study the causes of the Russian Revolution and the impact of communism on Russia. Secondly, students move on to study the origins and significance of the American Civil Rights movement developing skills of inference and forming evaluative judgements. Finally students study the origins of Nazi Germany and the impact of WW2.      

Aims of the History Department

The History department at Worthing High aims for students to acquire and develop:

•an overview of the past;

•an increasingly firm understanding of organising concepts;

•more purposeful and increasingly analytical enquiry;

•a grasp of the importance of historical interpretation.

Through their study of History, we hope students will gain:

•a deeper understanding of contemporary society;

•respect for social, cultural, ethnic and religious diversity;

•skills to actively participate in our complex and plural society.

In addition students will 

•develop their thinking

•develop debating skills

•become able writers

•gain confidence to speak

•to become independent learners

•to become resilient in their learning 

Departmental Staff

  • Mr J Oram - Subject Leader History
  • Mr M Rae - Teaacher
  • Ms K Boyce - Teacher

Facilities

  • Three designated Classrooms
  • Use of IT rooms
  • Use of the LRC

Our Philosophy

“No student should be left behind” is at the centre of our work in History. Not only do we want our students to understand the world we lived in but also to understand the world they live in now. Our philosophy is to develop not only Historical skills but also the moral, social, political and spiritual aspects of their development. 

Key Stage Three (Year 7-9)

History is taught three times a fortnight. Students are set in ability groups although they all cover the same topics and tasks are available to all to progress. We cover the Middle Ages right through to the present day focusing on selected aspects such as “Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?”, “Does Cromwell deserve a statue outside the Houses of Parliament?” and “Why was there revolution in Russia in 1917 ?” to an oral history study of the 1980’s collecting their own history.  

KS4 (Year 10 and 11)

At GCSE we study the Edexcel GCSE History course. This allows a breadth of history bringing in so many different time periods and develops their synoptic view of History. Students study Crime and Punishment form the Middle Ages to present day, Germany 1918-39 alongside The Cold War 1945-1991 and Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588.

Additional Sessions

Period 0 and period 6 are offered to students who need extra support with skills and revision according to need.

Extra Curricular

Activities include a Berlin trip for GCSE students and Mock Trial against other local schools.

Revision Sessions

For Easter Revision Sessions, please see Exam Support and Timetables page - under Teaching & Learning.

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