Our mission as a department is to provide students with the necessary cultural capital to understand the localities, country and world they live in through rigorous analysis of how the past has brought us here. Our studies encourage students to analyse who they are, where they come from and how it relates to the present world, with British history intertwined with African, Asian and European contexts. We strive to prevent misconception about the past, encourage critical analysis of evidence in a time where information is being used selectively and as an agent to alter narratives.
We will look at how the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans all came to Britain, each bringing new people and ideas with them, shaping both society and the way it was ruled. In terms 3 and 4 the focus will be on life within Medieval Britain, including how medieval people’s experienced varied, depending on who you were. We will look at how power and people started to change the way Britain was governed. We will also compare the experiences of those in European Christendom to the Islamic World. Finally we will delve into the early modern era in terms 5 and 6, analysing the big political and social changes brought by the Tudors and how it affected the people of Britain. We will also look at how this period began to extend British influence around the globe, investigating some of the hidden stories of the time.
We begin the year by finishing our analysis of early modern Britain, looking at the making of the United Kingdom by Civil War and Glorious Revolution. We again delve into the hidden stories of the period, looking at the diverse experiences people had. In term two we analyse the Industrial Revolution and how it changed people’s lives across Britain and the impact it had on the world. This feeds into the study of the British Empire by Term 3, highlighting the wrongs and positive impacts, enabling students to formulate balanced views. In Terms 4 and 5 the focus then turns to the relationship between Africa, America and Britain. We will investigate the causes of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its ongoing impact, whilst also looking at the roots of modern Black Culture and how it has empowered and continues to empower Black Communities worldwide. We then finish the year by investigating how others such as women and the LGBTQ+ community have fought for rights and challenged social and political inequality and injustice.
We look at the causes of both World Wars and consider their impact at both a global and local level. We investigate the experiences of minority soldiers, the end of Empire and the development of the ideologies that shaped the course of the 20th century. By term 3 we explore the impact of these ideologies through a study of the Cold War, notably in Europe but also in the Far East, before finishing by analysing the roots of modern conflicts in the Middle East. In the second half of the year, we round up our Key Stage Three understanding with a deeper look into ‘Who are the British?’ We delve deeply into the impact of foreign invasions, migration and the Empire to help us answer this question before moving onto study it further at GCSE or leave the subject with a solid understanding of the diverse British identity.