The aim of the department is to ensure that History is taught in such a way as to be both enjoyable and stimulating, enabling students to be intellectually stretched, while acquiring useful transferable skills and also maintaining their interest in the subject both in lessons and beyond. Lessons are often supported with video extracts, while students are given a number of opportunities to use Information Technology both to research historical issues and to present their findings.
Key Stage 3
After a new appointment to the History department, we have taken the opportunity to reconsider the whole of the KS3 curriculum. The topics that will now be covered each year will include:-
Year 7: 2 hours a week
Voyages of Discovery and Pirates
The Wars of the Roses
Year 8: 2 hours a week
The Slave Trade
The Civil War
Restoration, Plague and Fire
Votes for Women
Year 9: 2 hours a week
World War I and its impact
World War II and its impact
Introduction to the 20th Century – inventions and key events
The Growth of the USA 1900-1930s
Man on the Moon
Key Stage 4
A Humanities subject; either History or Geography, is a compulsory element of the GCSE English Baccalaureate. As part of their option choices mid-way through Year 9, many students will have to make a choice between the two. Those who opt for History will follow the Modern World History Syllabus ‘B’ offered by OCR examination board.
The Modern World syllabus is about the world that we live in. Many of the major political issues in the world today have their roots in the topics that are studied in this course. GCSE History thus also helps to provide an insight into understanding current affairs, as well as a solid grounding in many of the major events of the 20th Century.
Y10 will study:
The Cold War 1945-1975
In Depth Study – Germany 1918-1945
Controlled Assessment – The USA 1945-1975
British In-Depth Study – How was British society changed 1890-1918.
Y11 will study:
The Inter-War Years 1919-1939
Controlled Assessment – The USA 1945-1975.
Key Stage 5
The A level course is taught as part of Brigg Sixth Form. Students follow the OCR ‘A’ Level History ‘Syllabus A’ course.
Unit F961 British History Period Study 1783 – 1994
‘From Pitt to Peel’ – examined
Unit F964 European and World History Enquiries 1774 – 1975
‘The Unification of Italy’ – examined
Unit 965 Interpretations
‘Bismarck and German Unification 1815 – 1871’
2000 word essay on a question on historiography set by the examination
Students select an historical enquiry of their own choice and produce a
2000 word essay (coursework)
Unit 966 Historical themes
‘Ireland 1798 – 1921’ - examined