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History is a popular and exciting subject at EGA. The department aims to help stimulate students' curiosity about the way people lived in the past, both in Britain and the wider world. The course aims to help pupils to develop their own understanding of history at a personal, local, national and international level. The work aims to challenge and interest students about the past. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different time periods, cultures and societies. The department uses the philosophy and resources of the schools history project to deliver the subject. History encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning young women.
(Subject) at Key Stage 3
At Key stage 3 pupils are taught to develop the following skills: how to deal with sources and evidence, explain causation of events, interpret characters and major occurrences, argue relative significance of events and developments, identify continuity and change, and deal with diversity and culture in the UK and further.
In year 7 students study:
What is history? A study of an aspect of social history, the impact through time of the migration of people to, from and within the British Isles before 1066.
The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509, this includes the Norman Conquest and the impact this had on English society. The Black Death, Peasants Revolt and the Conquest of Wales.
The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745, this includes, the English Reformation and Counter Reformation. Students carry out an enquiry into a local history study of St Bartholomew’s church and hospital- this is a study over time, testing how far the site in its’ locality reflects aspects of national history.
In year 8 students study:
Society and culture across the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in terms of religion and superstition in daily life. Students look at ideas, political power, industry and empire:
Britain, 1745-1901, this includes Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition. The development of the British Empire with a depth study on India. Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society party politics, extension of the franchise and social reform.
Students also study challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day with units on women’s suffrage, the First World War, the peace settlement, the inter war years and the Second World War. In addition students study the United States in the 20th century by looking at civil rights in the USA.
Study at Home for KS3
The text books we use at school are:
SHP History year 7 Ian Dawson, Maggie Wilson. ISBN 978 0340 907344
SHP History year 8 Chris Culpin, Ian Dawson. ISBN 978 0340 907368
SHP History year 9 Dale Banham Ian Luff. ISBN 9780340907399
Students can supplement their learning by visiting these websites to do homework, play games and further their knowledge:
The Eagle of the Ninth- Rosemarie Sutcliff
Across the Roman Wall - T. Breslin (Ancient Rome)
A traveler in time -Alison Uttley
Coram Boy - J Gavin (African Slavery)
The Young Warriors -Victor Stafford Reid
Oliver Twist-Charles Dickens
A Tale of two cities-Charles Dickens
Friedrich- Hans Peter Richter
The Diary of Anne Frank (Holocaust)
All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
Postcards from No Man’s Land – Aidan Chambers
Ethel and Ernest A true story -Raymond Briggs
At key stage 4 we study Edexcel SHP History B
- Medicine in Britain c1250 to the present day and The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918; surgery and treatment. (30%)
- Period Study. The American West c1835-c1895 British Depth study. Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588
Modern depth study, Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.
Recommended Text books:
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Early Elizabethan England, 1558–1588 Student Book
Author: Georgina Blair
ISBN: 9781292127262 Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History The American West, c1835–c1895 Student Book
Publisher: Pearson Author: Rob Bircher
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 (EDEXCEL GCSE HISTORY (9-1)) Paperback – 21 Sep 2016 by John Child (Author)
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Medicine Through Time, C1250-Present: Student Book (EDEXCEL GCSE HISTORY (9-1) Ms Hilary Stark , Ms Sally Thorne
Weimar and Nazi Germany
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak This novel tells the story of death who happens to be following the story of a young girl living in Nazi Germany. Also available as a film. Imperial War Museum – Holocaust exhibition The London Imperial War Museum’s holocaust exhibit is stunning and free to enter.
Recent EventsHistory is a vibrant subject that gives many opportunities to study outside the classroom. The history department had a joint trip to see ‘Colossus’ at Bletchley Park. We have had some exciting links with the U.S. Embassy in London. Students have met and interviewed the Cultural Attaché of the United States in school. During the GCSE course students have been to the ‘Doctor Show’, this is a play where they are given excellent exam technique tips and learn about medicine through time in a humorous play. We have also attended the London Schools History Project Conference. Year 8 have the opportunity to visit St. Bartholomew’s church as part of their local history enquiry. Future plans include trips for visit to the battlefields of Belgium. Trips to the Welcome institute are encouraged as part of the year 9, 10 and 11 independent learning.