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History at Thomas Alleyne’s High School is both popular and successful. The History department challenges students to become independent learners who can apply their skills in later life. The History department balances the acquisition of historical knowledge and understanding with the development of historical skills. We study History through a mixture of chronological, thematic and depth study courses.

Curriculum offered:

Year 9 – Preparation for GCSE 

Pupils will learn about the key events of the 20th century, the changing role of the USA in the 20th century and the nature of social changes taking place across the century

Extended homework tasks will develop research and evaluation skills, analysis and judgement making, creativity and independent learning.

GCSE – History (Edexcel 9-1)

Students will study:

Paper 1 - Medicine in Britain, c1250 - present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914 - 1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Paper 2 - Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060 - 88 and The American West, c1835-c1895

Paper 3 - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 - 39.

The history department has a strong tradition of running after school support sessions, revision guides are available from all parts of the GCSE course. While no extended reading is required for the GCSE course, students will always benefit from reading around the topics they are studying in class or from visiting museums or watching historical films and documentaries. Reading a broadsheet newspaper on a regular basis will support the development of the language skills that are so crucial to success in GCSE history.

Advanced Level – AQA

Year 12 

a) The Russian Revolution, the consolidation of the Bolshevik state and the rise of Stalin to 1929

b) England, 1485 – 1547 (Henry VII and Henry VIII)

Year 13 

a) Stalin’s Rule, 1929–1953

b) England, 1547 – 1603 (Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I)

c) A personal investigation of 4500 words into an aspect of 20th century American history

Aims of the department:

The History Department aims to provide students with historical understanding which has both breadth and depth, strong powers of analysis, the ability to write coherently and precisely and a strong work ethic. We aim to encourage effort, application and collaboration in a good humoured environment which has strong and positive relationships between pupils and teachers.

Contact Details:

Mrs Catherine Johnson Head of History