The Green School for Girls

Let your
Light shine

Matthew 5:16

History

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

Head of Humanities Faculty and Head of History Mrs H McDonnell

CURRICULUM VISION

‘Understanding the past, connecting to the present, building blocks for my future’.
Our intent is to fire students’ curiosity to know more about the past and ask questions in order to think independently and reach their own opinions.

 In particular our students will:

  • gain a chronological understanding of British History 1066 until present and link to wider world events
  • become empowered with knowledge and  academic excellence
  • develop the ability to  ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement
  • appreciate the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups
  • link the past to their own identities and challenges of the time

What is History?

History is the study of past events and people and their ongoing impact and relevance on the world of today.  History is more than a list of facts;  it involves debate as to why and how events are connected and their relative significance and importance.

Why do we study History?

A high-quality history education will help students gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip students to ask and answer questions about the past in order to form their own substantiated view.

What do we study? 

  • Key Stage 3:  Students are taught broadly chronologically from 1066 until present day.  History concentrates upon British History and links to the wider world.

  • Key Stage 4: Students study Edexcel (Russia 1917-41, Cold War, Crime and Punishment, Elizabeth I)

  • Key Stage 5: Students study OCR (The Early Tudors, Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-63, Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992)

To view a full summary of our KS3 and KS4 History curriculum please click here

To view information about A-level History at the Green School Sixth Form please click here

CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

How do we study History? 

We use a variety of teaching styles and activities to help students develop skills in History which prepare them for employment and life in a modern world. All students are expected to work independently and as part of a group.  There is a focus upon asking and answering questions in order to ensure all students involve themselves in the historical debate.  

Presentation of Work 

Key Stage 3 and 4: students work in exercise books.  Key Stage 5: students organise their work in folders.  Students write their work under clear underlined headings in blue or black pen.  Each new unit includes a checklist and clear assessment requirements.  Students complete feedforward activities in green pen. 

Home Learning

Students will be set regular home learning in line with the school’s Home Learning Policy. Home learning is an integral part of the curriculum and tasks are aimed to either consolidate knowledge from the lessons or to prepare students for future learning. This may take a variety of forms, such as a written task, research or revision.

Co - curricular activities

We aim to engage students in a lifelong interest in History through enjoyment in lessons and co-curricular activities. Enrichment activities offered vary on a yearly basis. Recent trips include: 

  • World War One Battlefields in France (Year 9)
  • Revision workshop (Year 11) 
  • Hampton Court Palace (Year 12) 
  • Kew Public Record Office (Year 12)
  • Six the Musical (Year 13)  

All year groups are given additional resource lists which encourage students to broaden their knowledge through historical fiction, academic articles, websites, films, documentaries and places of interest.  The school subscribes to the journals Hindsight and Modern History Review which can be found in the CIRCLE.

How parents/carers can support their children

  • ask questions about what your daughter has learnt about in school and encourage a debate 
  • test your daughter on key dates, events and spellings
  • proof read extended writing for spelling and grammatical errors
  • encourage your daughter to engage in the extended resource list - watch a film, read a book or visit somewhere together and talk about it

Recommended Reading

 Students are given additional resource lists for each unit. These can also be found here.

CURRICULUM IMPACT

Assessment

Key Stage 3: Assessments vary, sometimes students write individually and sometimes they work creatively in a group.  Students are assessed during each main topic and have a formal linear assessment at the end of each year.

Key Stage 4 and5: Regular end of unit assessments reflect exams set by the exam board.  Topics are revisited to help prepare for the final public exams at the end of Year 11 and Year 13.

Careers Leading on from History

Universities and employers recognise the high academic standard of History.
History provides a range of skills valuable in a variety of jobs.

Learning about people – how they interact, the motives and emotions that can tear people apart into rival factions or help them to work together for a common cause (useful knowledge for team-building at work!).

Learning about countries, societies and cultures – so many of today’s conflicts and alliances have their roots in the past; how can you negotiate with, trade successfully with, or report on a country if you know nothing of its history?

Learning to locate and sift facts – to identify truth and recognise myth, propaganda and downright lies (useful in every aspect of life!).

Presenting what you have learned in a way that makes sense to others – and having the confidence to defend your findings.

History can open doors to a whole range of careers but in particular it suits university research, teaching, museum work, archaeology, journalism and all forms of media, architecture, politics, law, leisure and tourism, personnel, marketing, the police force, social work.

To view more information about our school Careers programme please click here