We aim to ensure that students have a great appreciation and understanding of how past events have shaped the world around us today. As well as building up students' knowledge and understanding of key historical events and people, they will be given the opportunity to hone valuable skills they can use in and outside History; analysing and interpreting sources as evidence, forming balanced and substantive arguments based on their own opinions and understanding on a range of topics and being able to clearly explain how and why things happen.
In order to effectively prepare students as historians, we follow a broad and balanced curriculum that allows students the opportunity to develop a stronger chronological understanding of British and world history whilst improving their historical skills in Key Stage 3, in order to best help prepare them for Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 3
In year 7, students are introduced to the key historical skills they will need over the next five years whilst examining the local history of Roman Leicester. They move on to investigate two periods of history from a political and social standpoint. For the medieval period, students look at how and why the Norman conquest was successful and what life was like for ordinary people. In the Tudor period, students look at the political impact of the Tudor monarchs before again studying what life was like for ordinary people.
In year 8, students broaden their understanding of British and world history by studying the impact of the British Empire and migration. Students will go on to study Britain’s subsequent role in the slave trade and the impact that this had on the USA, all the way from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. Students will end the year by studying the impact of the Industrial Revolution on society and looking into the horrors of the world wars of the 20th century.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, students follow the Eduqas GCSE History. They study a broad range of topics from British, European and world history covering over 1000 years as varied as the reign of one of England’s greatest Queens, Elizabeth I 1558 - 1603, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party between 1918 – 39, the development of the USA between 1919 – 2000 and the changes in Crime and Punishment in England between 500 – 2000. Students complete the course by taking four exams at the end of year 11.
The History department support the skills enrichment program by organising the following trips for students:
- Bosworth Battle Field
- Richard III exhibition
- Slavery conference
- National Holocaust Museum
- Galleries of Justice