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History at Oak Academy History helps us to understand the world we live in

History Teaching Staff 

  • Mr G Whitworth: Curriculum Leader for Humanities 
  • Mrs M Helliwell 
  • Miss E Weir 
  • Mrs S Buxton 

Why History is Important 

We believe that the single most important reason why you should study history is that it teaches us to think!  Through the exploration of history you learn how to think creatively and critically to ask questions and make judgements about both past and present events. As Humans we have a need to find out all the facts for ourselves, to ensure we can make valid observations about the world around.  Learning about History preserves the great accomplishments, whether good or bad, and helps us to understand the world we live in; giving us the tools to imagine the future.  You are that future so let’s begin! 

History is a very sought after subject in the wider world of employment and Higher Education.  History offers skills such as analysis, objectivity and research skills, each intrinsically linked to ensure our students become confident and independent learners.  These transferable skills ensure that with a solid base in History, our students are equipped to reach the highest of aspirations 

Teaching and Learning in History 

History teachers encourage the use of questioning, debate and having an open mind.  Our methods of teaching allow the students to follow a journey of exploration rather than giving them all the answers after all, the journey is always just as important as the outcome. Students often work in pairs and in groups to stimulate discussion and engagement, whilst also allowing them to learn from each other and communicate their ideas to a wider audience. 

The use of multimedia is a common strand throughout our lessons, bringing to life the events of the past, whilst also offering a chance to critique and question not only the content of what they hear and see, but also the origins. 

Homework extends the learning that takes place in the classroom, offering students the chance to further their understanding and appreciation of the topic. 

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7,8 and 9, students will partake in three lessons of History over the two week timetableStudents complete a thematic approach with a different enquiry question used as the basis for each terms work.  

Key Stage 3 – Topics Include 

  • What makes a great Historian? 
  • Why was England a battlefield in 1066? 
  • How did Medieval Monarchs keep control? 
  • How did Medieval Society deal with a crisis? 
  • Why did the French people execute their King? 
  • Should Britain apologise for the Empire? 
  • How have migrants changed Britain? 
  • Why should we still remember the Holocaust?
  • How did new ideas cause conflict in the 20th Century? 
  • What impact has the Civil Rights movement had on Black African Americans? 
  • What role have women played in shaping our History? 

Key Stage 4 

Students are encouraged to achieve the Ebacc qualification, which encompasses either studying History or Geography at GCSE.  Students can also opt to pick Sociology, which is very popular and allows students a diverse insight into the world around them. 

In History, students will sit 3 exams at the end of year 11.  These exams are now assessed using the 9-1 measure and there are no coursework requirements. 

In year 10, students will learn about the Early Elizabethan Period; 1538-1588 and The American West 1835 – 1895.  These topics will form Paper 2 of the GCSE exam and is weighted at 40% of the overall grade.  In this module, students will be required to make judgements as to the successes and failures within each time period and also analyse the impact that key individuals and events had on shaping the future. 

In year 10 and into year 11, students will focus on Medicine Through Time 1250-present and a core element on the injuries and developments of medicine during World War One.  This topic will form Paper 1 and carries a weighting of 30%.  In this module, student’s main focus will be on the nature of change and/or continuity through the time period, whilst also assessing the environmental factors which helped/hindered developments. 

Finally in year 11, students will learn about Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939.  This will form Paper 3 and is also weighted at 30%  In this module, students will be required to analyse source interpretations, to decide on their reliability and usefulness as a piece of evidence. They will also be required to explain the domino effect of events resulting in a conclusion being formed on which was the most significant. 

GCSE Specifications 

The link to the GCSE specifications for History can be found below: 

History EDEXCEL: 

  • Paper 1 – Medicine Through time and The Western Front 
  • Paper 2 – Early Elizabethan England and The American West 
  • Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany