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History at KS3
Between Years 7 and 9, History at Huntcliff focuses on pupils developing a better understanding of key periods; events and people in British, European and World history.
Pupils will learn about the role and lives of ordinary people, from how life changed for Saxons after 1066, to the living and working conditions of Victorians during the Industrial Revolution. Pupils will investigate the causes and effects of conflict, from the English Civil War to the Second World War, as well as studying change over time, whether improvements in health and technology or the fight to end slavery.
Students also learn to develop key thinking and literacy skills. Pupils use investigation techniques to research, select and analyse a variety of source material, learning how to communicate their findings in several formats from PowerPoint presentation to project work. Throughout the department learning is centred upon engagement. This includes the use of ICT; role play; video clips; project work and of course, the use of trips, both at home and abroad.
History at KS4
Pupils who choose to take History at GCSE will cover two main topics. ‘Crime and Punishment through time’ looks at the changing nature of crime and punishment from Roman times through to the Twentieth century. Students also investigate, analyse and evaluate how the Nazis were able to take and maintain power in Germany in the second topic, ‘Germany 1918 – 1945’.
Whilst 75% of the GCSE course is assessed through examination, 25% is assessed through coursework, and at GCSE History, this entails pupils investigating the Civil Rights Movement in the USA, looking at the role of Martin Luther King to the election of Barack Obama.
The History department has a successful record at GCSE, with a high number of leavers going on to take History at A Level. However, whether going into higher education or a variety of professions ranging from journalism to law, pupils who study GCSE History at Huntcliff leave with a highly valued and flexible academic qualification.