History involves studying the incredible stories, fascinating people and paradigm shifting events that have shaped the world in which we live today. Studying the past at Sir William Robertson Academy in Years 7 and 8 involves discovering medieval Britain and how the country was affected by medieval monarchs and catastrophic events such as the Black Death; learning about the momentous religious and social change brought about by the Reformation and the Industrial Revolution; uncovering the experiences of individuals involved in the struggles of the twentieth century. Knowledge of these fascinating and important periods of history will provide students with the understanding and ability to appreciate and engage with the forces which are at work in society today.
For those students who continue to study History at GCSE the courses will provide students with a fantastic chronological and geographical range to their understanding of the past. A sophisticated understanding of why Britain has followed a particular historical path will be provided by a British medieval depth study on the Norman invasion. This will be complemented by a course on the changing attitudes and practices related to health and medicine in Britain over the last millennia. Students will also have the opportunity to consider the wider world by studying the causes, events and outcome of the First World War and the political upheaval in Germany over the first half of the twentieth century.
History A Level takes the understanding of the discipline that students have developed over the course of their secondary school education and takes it to new places and periods. The dramatic transformations of Russian society and political systems from a monarchy which believed in the divine right of kings to a brief and failed democracy to the communist dictatorships of Stalin and Khrushchev comprise one of the examined modules. Students also have the opportunity to consider the changing culture, attitudes, economy and politics of Britain in the second half of the twentieth century in a relevant and important module which extends to the year 2007. Finally students complete a coursework task on Britain in the seventeenth century which ensures that, in conjunction with their other GCSE and A Level modules, they have an extensive understanding of how the country in which they live has changed over the last thousand years.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum 2018-19
|Term||Year 7||Year 8|
|1||Norman Conquest – how William the Conqueror was able to invade and control Britain||African-American Civil Rights– the roles played by different campaigners in the movement for equal rights in America|
|2||Medieval monarchs – the struggle between kings, the church, barons and peasants||First World War – the experiences of the First World War and subsequent interpretations|
|3||Tudors and Stuarts – the extent of transformation for the rulers and ruled in the Renaissance period||Women’s rights in Britain – how women in Britain were able to win the right to vote|
|4||The British Empire – the impact of the Empire upon the colonies||Second World War– the turning points in the Second World War|
|5||Industrial revolution – the technological and social changes of the nineteenth century||The Holocaust – the causes of, evidence for and various experiences of genocide|
|6||Trans-Atlantic slavery– the experience and abolition of slavery||Terrorism – the impact of terrorism in the 21st century|
Examining body: AQA
- Health and the People, c.1000-present day
- Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
- Conflict and Tension 1894-1918: First World War
- Norman Britain, 1066-1100
A Level Modules
Examining body: AQA
- Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964 (40% of A Level qualification)
- The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007 (40% of A Level qualification)
- Coursework on Seventeenth century Britain (20% of A Level qualification)