Humanities - History
Key stage 3
In Year 7 students study the development of Church, State and Power through from early Christianity. Core Questions: How did Christianity become established, shape peoples lives and reform. The second theme throughout the year is to establish significance as a concept, focusing on some of the major events across the Anglos-Saxons to Tudors. Political literacy is developed through Magna Carta, Peasants revolt and reformation. At the end of year we complete a local history project building on the themes throughout the year and look forward to Worthing's history from this point, setting the foundation for Year 7 and 8.
Starting with the civil war students build on Year 7 focusing on the impact of reformation and Cromwell's legacy, we then begin 3 interconnected units of the British Empire and Slavery, Industrial revolution and finally London over time. This gives a broad knowledge of the social and economic changes at local, national and global scales. Following this, students will study the history of the USA from native American's until present day, developing cultural capital around topics such as constitution, founding fathers, gold rush, pioneers and civil war and rights.
In Year 9 history studies how warfare has changed over the past century and a half from traditional warfare and trenches, to the impact of the atomic bomb. We explore the horrors of war and the holocaust. The second theme is political change and ideology in the 20th century and how politics has shaped the UK and society.
Key stage 4
In key stage 4, we study the AQA History GCSE. This allows us to continue our broad approach to historical content and provide clear progression from KS3 to A Level and further study. The units we have chosen give students this broad development of the UK and global change, for paper 1, students study Germany 1890-1945 and the Cold War 1945-1972. This allows for these topics to build on the Y9 history curriculum and continue to develop a wider understanding on democracy, political ideology and understand global narratives that shape our world today. In paper 2 we study the Normans in depth, giving further understanding to change in the church and state that has been developed in the Y7 curriculum. The final topic for paper 2 is the Migration, Peoples and Empires unit, we are proud to have delivered this since the start of the new GCSE to ensure that we analyse Britain's role in global history and perceptions of Britain and British Identify are shaped today.