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History and Government & Politics

History

The History Curriculum seeks to develop an understanding of the vital skills of a historian when handling historical evidence, together with familiarity of historical language. It wishes to foster within all students an engagement with, and sensitivity to the past through exploring the political, social and economic and wider dimensions of History through creative work, and independent thought and research. It seeks to facilitate understanding through both chronological and thematic frameworks to provide a broad and balanced appreciation of key turning points in both British and World History. It seeks to examine the diversity of human experience and appreciation of the experiences of key individuals, and key groups. It seeks to allow all to participate in order to promote a love of learning about the past, to identify links and to recognise how the past has shaped the present and still impacts upon the contemporary world. It seeks to be flexible, so as to use opportunities for extra- curricular themes that link with local, national and world history and events.

Remembrance Day

Government and Politics

The Government and Politics Curriculum seeks to provide all students with an understanding and appreciation of the democratic process, as well as familiarity with key political terminology and concepts for both UK and American Politics. It seeks to provide a broad and balanced examination of key political ideologies that enable students to understand and reach their own judgements and progress in their understanding of how different political systems operate. It seeks to provide students with an understanding of political institutions and political processes through practical and extra-curricular opportunities. It seeks to encourage a questioning approach and the importance of debate to foster independent thinking and research to facilitate understanding through application of ideas to contemporary British and American Politics that will lead to a continued engagement with the political environment.

The Department

The History departmental team regard the study of History as a firm foundation for being able to understand the world of today. We really like to highlight a saying attributed to Sir John Seeley that “ History is past politics; and politics present history”. We want students to be questioning of evidence, and not just accept things on face value. We want people to enjoy the past creatively. Historians can be quite difficult questioning people, but on the whole that is great preparation for a wide range of interesting careers that require close attention to detail. We work hard to promote toleration from learning lessons from the past. We take time to mark key commemorations of events that have shaped our cultural heritage, in particular Remembrance. We enjoy holding our local politicians to account through question time and staging mock General Elections and there have been quite a few of these recently!

Course organisation

Year 7

Half Terms

1 & 2

What is history? England before 1066

Half Terms

3 & 4

1066 Medieval  England

Half Terms

5 & 6

Religion in Medieval time

Tudor Project

Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

Images of an Age

Propaganda

Civil War

Half Terms

3 & 4

Trial and execution of Charles 1

Cromwell

Interpretation

Half Terms

5 & 6

Charles II

The Glorious Revolution

French Revolution

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

The British Empire

Slavery

Half Terms

3 & 4

Continuation of Slavery

Franchise Presentation

Half Terms

5 & 6

 Continuation of Franchise Presentation

The Holocaust

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Conflict and Tension 1918-1939

Continuation of Conflict and Tension 1918-1939

Half Terms

3 & 4

Continuation of Conflict and Tension 1918-1939

America 1920-1973

Half Terms

5 & 6

 Continuation of America 1920-1973

 Continuation of America 1920-1973

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

America

Medicine -independent work

Continuation of:

America

Medicine -independent work

Half Terms

3 & 4

Elizabethan England 1568-1603

 Continuation of Elizabethan England 1568-1603

Half Terms

5 & 6

 Review of Medicine

 Continuation of  Review of Medicine

Year 12 - Tudors

Half Terms

1 & 2

Henry VII

Continuation of Henry VII

Half Terms

3 & 4

Henry VIII Early Years

The King’s Great Matter

Half Terms

5 & 6

Foreign Policy

Later Years

Year 12 - Weimar Germany

Half Terms

1 & 2

The Weimar Republic: Impact of war and Impact of the Versailles Settlement.

The Weimar Republic: Economic and social problems (1919-24) and political instability and extremism.

Half Terms

3 & 4

The ‘Golden Age’ of the Weimar Republic – economic, social and cultural developments 1924-28.

The ‘Golden Age’ of the Weimar Republic – Political developments and the workings of democracy 1924-28

Germany’s international position, 1924-28.

Half Terms

5 & 6

The collapse of democracy – the impact of Depression of 1929 and the appeal of Nazism and communism

The collapse of democracy – the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor and the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship, January- March 1933

Year 13 - Tudors

Half Terms

1 & 2

Reigns of Edward VI and Mary  

The little Tudors

Extent of Tudor Criss

Half Terms

3 & 4

Elizabeth I

Religious Settlement

Marriage Question

Social and Economic conditions

Poverty

Half Terms

5 & 6

Elizabethan Government

Religious ideas Church by 1603

Conflict and exploration in Elizabeth’s reign

Year 13 - Nazi Germany 1933-1945

Half Terms

1 & 2

The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933-39

Hitler’s consolidation of power, March 1933-August 1934 and the ‘Terror State’

The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933-39

Economic and social policies

Half Terms

3 & 4

The Racial State, 1933-41 

The development of anti-Semitic policies, 1938-40 and policies towards to the Jews, 1940-41

The Racial State, 1933-41

The radicalisation of the state and Nazi policies towards the Jews, 1933-37

Half Terms

5 & 6

The Impact of War, 1939-45 

The impact of war on German society 

The wartime economy and the work of Speer

The Impact of War, 1939-45

The ‘Final Solution’ 

Opposition and resistance in wartime

Year 12 - Politics

Half Terms

1 & 2

UK Democracy and Participation

UK Constitution

Elections and Referenda

Parliament

Half Terms

3 & 4

Continuation of: 

Elections and Referenda

Parliament

Political Parties

Cabinet

Half Terms

5 & 6

Devolution

Judiciary

EU

Year 13 - Politics

Half Terms

1 & 2

US

Elections 

Referendums

Pressure Groups

Ideology

Independent research

Continuation of: 

US

Elections 

Referendums

Pressure Groups

Ideology

Independent research

Half Terms

3 & 4

US Political Parties

Congress

US Constitution

Federalism

Half Terms

5 & 6

US Judiciary

Supreme Court

Presidency

US

Civil Rights


Enrichment

Lower School History Club

Mock Election

Trips

Year 7 - Conwy Castle

Year 9 - International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

GCSE - Holocaust Memorial FACT

Year 12 - Pathways to Law

Staffing

Ms V.M. Pryce   Curriculum Leader Humanities, Subject Leader History and Politics

Miss L. Fielding   Teacher of History and Government and Politics

 

 

 

 

 

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