History at Denefield School allows us to understand how our lives are affected by the past. Our aim is to develop the Denefield School CHARACTER values within lesson. We do this through evaluation, discussion, debate and detailed analysis of the historical context in which we find ourselves. We encourage our students to understand that the skills they develop in history can be utilised in other subjects and within different learning environments.
Key Stage 3
KS3 allows students to be curious and research the past. Each year is taught thematically with a different focus. In Year 7 students will study power and protest they will delve into the past in order to understand who had power, how this was maintained and how the balance of power shifted over time. In Year 8 students will focus on empire, trade and industry, looking mainly at British history, in order to determine how the Britain we live in today has been developed over time. In Year 9 the topic is conflict, where students get to look at how warfare has changed over time and whether this has been positive or negative change.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE course aims to consolidate and develop skills founded in KS3 and prepare our pupils for GCSE History. In Year 10 students will focus on crime and punishment over time and how this has developed in Britain from the Middle Ages to modern day Britain. Students will also complete a study on America looking at the development of the west of America, minority groups and warfare.
Key Stage 5
GCSE history really compliments our A Level units and gives students a good starting point to be able to fully access the courses. In Year 12 students will study the topics - In search of the American Dream: the USA, 1917–96 and also South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’. In Year 13 students will focus on British history with a unit on poverty, public health and the state and will also complete coursework researching changing roles of women from 1850 - 1950.