“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana-1905

We study History to inspire students to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. To help students gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the past and why the world is how it is today.

History should help our students in recognising how the present has been shaped by the past, how different people from different walks of life view the world and why this is.

It teaches them skills for life in lessons and to take out to the wider world. Our Historians go out into the world with a range of skills for example not to take everything on face value and to dig deeper to get the full story. They will also develop their evaluation skills- using a range of knowledge to make substantiated judgements in the historical periods studied and will be able to analyse sources and interpretations to gain the fuller picture of historical events that are studied.

The aims for all learners are:

  1. Actively engage in History to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  2. To understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
  3. Develop their knowledge of both local, national and international History to understand why the world is how it is today.
  4. To gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.


Key stage 3

Homework will be each half term using the Nandos homework sheets or the subject teachers may give homework independently.  Additionally, students, may also be asked to revise for assessments and to complete some work in their exercise books when required.

Key Stage 4

Homework will be set on a weekly basis and will cover a range of research tasks, exam questions and revision activities.

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Parental advice and support

Useful Websites to Support Learning in History at KS3

To support you child the best thing you can do is regularly ask them about what they have learnt in school each day and encourage them to regularly watch the news along with this the following websites can be used to support pupils when completing homework tasks, or for wider learning in History:

Horrible Histories- There are many clips and songs to go with the topics that we study in History Focuses on the Romans all the way up to recent History.

Useful Websites to Support Learning in History at KS4

The History department has provided all KS4 students with a ‘Revision Guide’ which covers all the topics for the GCSE examination. Students are advised to use this frequently so as a parent if you could encourage them to regularly review and recap for key concepts, vocabulary, facts and events in detail this will support with their progress in lesson

In addition to this you can regularly support your child by encouraging the use of the following websites or by simply quizzing her about what they have learnt in school each day. Focuses on Elizabeth and Germany AQA GCSE Specification – Provides a comprehensive overview of the topics covered in the GCSE examination. Focuses on Conflict and Tension- 1918-1939 Focuses on Health and the People

There are many other websites to help with the different topics so please encourage your child to ask their subject teacher.

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If you require any further information about History please don’t hesitate to contact Miss Spaven     Email: