The History department at St Bede’s bases its vision on our whole school ethos; that we are all part of God’s creative process, providing the opportunity for each individual to flourish in order to serve the Common Good.
The History department is made up of four members of staff. Most of the teaching takes place in two specialist rooms and we have a wide range of textbooks, artefacts and online resources to support teaching at both key stages.
Our overall aim is to empower our pupils by teaching enjoyable and challenging lessons. Through our curriculum we look to give pupils the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to understand their own and others’ context in history. Study of History at St Bede’s supports the development of higher order analytical and thinking skills which help our pupils to develop into informed, engaged and thoughtful members of society.
Our curriculum is also supported by a range of enrichment activities. These include museum and theatre visits, GCSE workshops and a KS4 visit to Ypres and the Somme.
In Year 7 pupils study the key events and changes in the history of Britain from 1066 to the Tudors. The topics covered include the Norman Conquest, Bad King John, Rats and Rebels and the Break with Rome. We complete the year with an enrichment unit looking at the secrets of Elizabeth’s success.
In Year 8 pupils look in detail at the key events and changes in British life from the Stuart period to the early 20th century. The units covered include the Civil War in Britain, the Industrial Revolution and the causes of World War One. Pupils also complete a depth study looking at the development of civil rights from the transatlantic slave trade to modern day slavery. We complete the year with an enrichment unit looking at the development of democracy and the campaign for the vote.
In Year 9 pupils study the key events of the modern world. Topics covered include the Holocaust and the significant events of World War Two and the Cold War. At the end of Year 9 pupils complete a thematic study looking at the development of society and ideas from 1250 to modern day.
During Year 10 and Year 11 pupils study the new 9-1 Edexcel GCSE. The course follows a linear approach and pupils sit all external exams at the end of Year 11.
Paper One – Thematic Study and historic environment [30% of the final exam]
Medicine in Britain, c 1250 to present and the British sector of the Western Front, 1914- 8; injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Written examination 1 hour and 15 minutes
Paper Two – Period study and British depth study [40% of the final exam]
Early Elizabethan England, 1558 – 1588
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941 – 1991
Written examination 1 hour and 45 minutes
Paper Three – Modern depth study [30% of the final exam]
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 1939
Written examination 1 hour and 20 minutes
9 – 7 33.3%
9 – 4 72.5%
Mrs J Roberts – Curriculum Leader of History/Lead Practitioner
Mr A Holt – Assistant Headteacher/History Teacher
Mr P Denton – Headteacher/History Teacher
Mrs P Holt – History/English & Teaching Assisstant