History

“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Winston Churchill

If you’ve ever wondered why the world is the way it is today, History is the subject for you. The study of history is relevant to all of us. It is important to study the past, as everything which is happening around us has been influenced by, and is a direct result of, that which preceeded it. History can help us to answer many questions about the world we live in.

At The Hayfield School we encourage our students to become open-minded independent thinkers and disciplined problem solvers. Students will learn how to communicate effectively using the written word; how to weigh up evidence before making decisions; how to be analytical and critical when considering information presented to them and how to understand why humans behaved as they did and might again. They also learn the art of oral debate, public speaking and presentation. History equips students with transferable skills that are highly prized by a range of employers. Graduates go on to careers in teaching, government, financial services, arts and media, marketing and consultancy, tourism, retail, manufacturing and engineering, law, libraries, archives and museums, voluntary and social services, IT and communications, the police and armed forces.

Curriculum

KS3 History

Our objectives at KS3 are to ensure that students are able to:

  • Develop a good chronological understanding of history
  • Analyse and evaluate historical interpretations
  • Create historical enquiries using a range of historical sources
  • Develop good organisation
  • Develop their oral and written communication skills

Topics include:

Year 7: Key skills: What do good historians do; Norman Conquest 1066; life in Medieval England; The Reformation; The English Civil War

Year 8: Slavery and Empire; The impact of the Industrial Revolution; extension of the franchise; World War I; the Suffragettes

Year 9: Rise of Hitler; WW2 and the Holocaust; ‘The Cold War’; a study of the USA

KS4 History

Why should I study this subject?

Have you ever wondered why the world is the way it is today? If you have then History is the subject for you. Everything around us today has been shaped by events and people of the past so the study of History can help us to answer questions about the world we live in. It gives us the tools to analyse and explain the problems of the past which in turn can help us to understand and hopefully solve the problems of the present and the future.

What will I learn?

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

Section A: America 1920-1973: Opportunity and Inequality

Section B: Conflict and Tension, 1918-39

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

Section A: Britain: Migration, Empires and the People c.790-Present Day

Section B: Norman England 1066-c.1100

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 (2 hour examination) 50% GCSE

Paper 2 (2 hour examination) 50% GCSE

What skills will I learn?

We want to encourage our students to become open-minded independent thinkers and disciplined problem solvers. Students will learn how to communicate effectively through the written word; how to weigh up evidence before making decisions; how to be analytical and critical when considering information presented to them and how to understand why humans behaved as they did and might again.

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

Studying GCSE History can help you to understand the diversity of our society and the globalised world that we live in by studying the issues of gender, class, immigration and empire and religion. It also helps us to understand the origins of common values that we hold dear today like those of democracy and civil rights.

Where can this subject take me?

History equips students with transferable skills that are highly prized by employers. It is a challenging but very rewarding GCSE and would provide a good foundation for anyone who wished to study A Levels in a variety of subjects. Graduates of History go on to careers in teaching, government, financial services, marketing, law, IT and communications, the police and armed forces.

Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.

Where can I find out more?

What other subjects would compliment my learning in this qualification?

We would recommend taking either sociology or history in combination with geography but not both.

Useful Links & Revision Pointers

Further information about courses, assessment requirements and specifications, plus materials for students such as past papers and mark schemes can be found on the AQA website.

The Curriculum Team

Mrs E Conroy
Associate Assistant Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr S Dutton
Subject Leader of Sociology
Mr M Linley
Assistant Headteacher
Miss L Oldfield
Subject Leader of History
Mr G Routledge
SENDCO
Mr J Wainman
Teacher of History
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