History

SUBJECT INTRODUCTION

The aim of the History Department at Christ’s is to stimulate a curiosity about the lives of people living in the past. By learning about those who have shaped our local, national and international communities we hope students will develop a sense of their own identity within the world in which they live. This helps to place value on their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain. An understanding of the past helps to bring greater understanding of the present; through which students can form their own opinions about the world in which they live, using the mistakes of the past to guide them. We also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving. In order to communicate their ideas, we aim to teach students clear, rational writing.

We have three classrooms, each equipped with an interactive whiteboard. The department also enjoys the use of laptops, that a regularly used for research purposes. Our teaching staff includes Ms Hoyle, who is Head of Department and two other subject specialists teachers, Ms Harris and Mr Heitzman.

THE CURRICULUM

KEY STAGE 5 / SIXTH FORM - A LEVEL

At AS level students study two units. The first focuses on the development of China through the twentieth century – specifically focusing on Chairman Mao. The second unit is study of Russia, from Lenin to Yeltsin. At A2 students will undertake a British political unit (TBC) and they will complete an extended piece of coursework using primary and secondary sources. The History department uses the EdExcel exam board curriculum.

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR

The History department organises a number of trips across the school. The History department is also involved in the Humanities Society. This is a weekly lunchtime club which explores different Humanities based topics every week through presentations, guest speakers and debates.

LIFE AFTER CHRIST'S

The study of History can open doors to a number of exciting career paths. Many politicians, journalists and lawyers studied History at university. History is as a ‘facilitating’ subject and is highly regarded by universities. This is because History develops a number of academic skills that can be applied to a variety of degrees and careers and is therefore an excellent A-level choice.

http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/careers-advice/what-can-you-do-history-degree

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2010/jan/16/history-degree-careers

http://www.allaboutcareers.com/campaigns/what-can-i-do-with-a-history-degree

LINKS & RESOURCES

We recommend:

www.historylearningsite.co.uk

http://www.johndclare.net

www.sparticus-educational.com