Who are we?
Ms Slingsby (Head of Department)
Mr Clapp (Acting Head of Department)
What do we do in KS3?
Our Key Stage 3 follows a chronological approach to the past 1000 years of history. We begin our journey through history right back in dark ages by studying the Battle of Hastings and the role that castles have played in our security. Following on from this, we step in to the darker part of the middle ages and discover the Black Death and The Plague and how this impacted the people of Britain. As we analyse the changes made by these terrible diseases, we consider how power struggles have developed between king and people in our project: 'I’ve Got The Power'. We then go on to consider the 'terrible Tudors'. Our attention then takes an international journey across the seas to explore how the Renaissance caused a rebirth of culture, art, technology and entertainment. Our final project of year 7 involves delving in the heart of Victorian Britain, investigating what life was really like for the ordinary working people of the Industrial Revolution.
We bridge Year 7 and Year 8 focus by investigating the British Empire and how this changes Britain from being a small island nation to the biggest Empire this world has ever seen. Our focus then moves on to World War I, which is complimented by a visit to Belgium and the trenches and battlefield, and our ‘Impact on Maidstone’ Home Learning Project. Following this we look at World War II and how this is linked to the first war. Keeping in the 20th century we study The Holocaust and acknowledge Holocaust Memorial Day through our project based Home Learning. Staying international we focus on the USA and the Black Civil Rights Movement and we finish the year with an overview study on how technology and the role of super powers has changed over time, this unit prepares students with the skills required for GCSE. Assessment takes place through Home Learning Projects. There are also end of term assessment tests.
What do we do in KS4?
We follow the Edexcel 9-1 History GCSE, and study the following units:
· Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
· Super Power Relations and the Cold War, 1945-1991
· Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588
· Crime and Punishment, 1000-present day, with focus on Policing in Whitechapel (19th century)
Opportunities in KS4:
· 5 day residential to Berlin as part of the Nazi Germany and Cold War studies
· Visit to Clink Museum and other historical locations
What do we do in KS5?
We follow the AQA Level 3 linear course, and study the following units:
· 1C: The Tudors, England 1485-1603
· 2Q: The American Dream, illusion and reality, 1945-1980
· 3: Historical Investigation – independent research enquiry
KS3 – this takes place in the form of termly projects and individual pieces to stretch our students. Students can complete this electronically or paper based.
KS4 – regular home learning is set to enrich students’ studies and prepare them for assessment and examination.
KS5 – regular independent learning is requires, such as reading, journal evaluation, research and essay writing.
Skills are gained for the future:
A variety skills including: persuasive writing, analytical skills, evaluating, critical thinking, developing a reasoned conclusion, research skills.
How to find our more:
Contact Mr Clapp by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.