History

Lead Teacher - Miss H Millward (stmillwardh@selstonhigh.org.uk)

As part of The Humanities Department at Selston High School History develops pupils' understanding of the world around them.

The combination of History, Religious Studies and Geography allows students to consider the world around us, the impact we can have on the world and one another. We also consider the spiritual and moral decisions that people make whilst also consider the impact this has had on the history of the world.

In Key Stage 3, History is taught as discrete subjects in Years 7, 8 and 9 with one hour per week for each subject. Throughout the key stage a variety of teaching and learning techniques are used to encourage independent and critical thinking and enquiry. These include video news reports, presentations, model making, newsroom simulations, source exercises, fieldwork both in and out of school and leaflet making.

In History we cover topics on the Middle Ages in England, the Kings and Queens of the Tudor and Stuart Period, the life and conditions of workers in the Industrial Revolution to the Slaves living in the Americas, the causes of World War One, the conditions for soldiers during the war and the end of the war with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. We then look at the interwar years leading to rise of the Nazis and the start of the Second World War. We finish of KS3 with the events and reasons behind the Holocaust. We prepare for GCSE History by embedding skills and questions into our year 9 work to prepare for the for the GCSE course by using knowledge and sources in order to answer a variety of source and knowledge questions in the similar style of GCSE questions.

In Key Stage 4, History is a very popular option subjects offering six hours over a fortnightly period. We follow the EDEXCEL course at GCSE. GCSE History helps us to understand how and why we got to where we are today. We look at Medicine through Time from medicine in the Middle Ages when diseases were considered to be caused by God, the movements of the stars or imbalance of the 4 humours to modern medicine and the moral debate of using DNA to clone, including the impact of the First World War on medicine. We also study Germany and the Weimar Republic 1918-1939 in which we understand what impact World War One had in leading to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, life in Nazi Germany and how this eventually leads to the Second World War. We also look at The American West 1836-1895, where we focus on the expansion of the United States from the East to the West and the impact and interactions these caused with Native American tribes, and Early Elizabethan England, where we look at the early reign of Elizabeth and the issues and problems she faced. Throughout the course a range of teaching methods are used including radio news recordings, individual research, presentation making, use of sources and analysing the different meanings, note taking and presentation. Students will also be regularly be assessed through mock exams throughout the year. Students will be assessed formally through three exams at the end of year 11 where we have a paper1 - Medicine Through Time (30%), paper 2 – Elizabeth and American West (40%) and finally, paper 3 - Germany (30%)

Extra-curricular activities within Humanities:

We incorporate a number of trips within our curriculum in order to further develop students’ understanding and love of Humanities. These include students visiting Beth Shalom to try and begin to understand the horrors of the Holocaust and the Thackray Museum in Leeds which charts the appalling conditions of bad Public Health in the Industrial Revolution to the developments of modern medicine. We also participate in a number of Coursework trips to Cromford Mill, Nottingham City Centre and the Holderness Coast in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Students are beginning to look at different places of worship including the local church in Selston and Mosques in Nottingham/Leicester in order to fully comprehend the different ways in which people worship, as well as understanding different places of worship. Students also experience the local community in order for them to understand the Geographical area of Selston and the surrounding villages, to really understand how everything they learn has an impact on where they live.