Aims of the Department
To develop the skills and knowledge required to be a successful student. To develop a curiosity about and interest in History to increase understanding of the world around us.
Key stage 3
Pupils should extend and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning. Pupils should identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. They should use historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways. They should pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves, and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response. They should understand how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
In planning to ensure the progression described above through teaching the British, local and world history outlined below, teachers should combine overview and depth studies to help pupils understand both the long arc of development and the complexity of specific aspects of the content.
Pupils should be taught about:
- the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509.
- the development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.
- ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901.
- the challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day including the Holocaust and Terrorism.
- at least one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments [for example, Mughal India 1526-1857; China’s Qing dynasty 1644-1911; Changing Russian empires c.1800-1989; USA in the 20th Century].
At BGN we will study:
At Key Stage 3
Year 7: What is history? The Norman Invasion, Medieval Monarchs, and the changing position of Roman Catholics in England, The Crusades.
Year 8: The Black Peoples of the Americas, Industry and Change, Empire.
Year 9: WW1, WW2, The Holocaust, USA in the Twentieth Century, Terrorism
At Key Stage 4
The course will cover:
- Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and the British sector on the Western Front 1914-18
- The Reigns of King Richard and King John 1189-1216
- The American West c1835-1895
- Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.
At Key Stage 5
OCR History A.
This course will cover:
- The Age of King Alfred,
- Russia, 1894-1941,
- The USA 1865-1992
- and an Independent Study.