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“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”  Marcus Garvey

A study of History allows students to understand how the world we live in was shaped and the various elements that have influence today’s society.  It equips them with a sound, research based understanding of the past, as well as the crucial skills of analysis, argument and extended writing.  At STAGS, students do more than just learn facts; they are encouraged to investigate the past independently and understand the ways in which it has been interpreted differently.  They develop source analysis and evaluation skills along with the ability to carry out an historical enquiry and formulate judgements on the causes and consequences of events.

Lessons are characterised by a series of different approaches to appeal to all learners, including use of contemporary evidence, visual material, mind-mapping, drama and ICT. Students at all key stages are offered help with home learning when required and can always make appointments to talk to their teacher outside of the class time.

The Department

Curriculum Leader: Miss R Cardani

KS3

What will be studied?

Year 7

  • Medieval realms
  • The Tudors

Year 8

  • The Stuarts
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Slavery in the British Empire

Year 9

  • Political change in 19th century
  • Warfare through time

What support is needed?

  • Encouraging reading (both fiction and nonfiction, historical or otherwise)
  • Watching relevant TV documentaries and historical film
  • History themed days out e.g. museums and heritage sites
  • Discussion of History in the news e.g. discovery of Richard III!

How will they be assessed?

  • Ongoing informal teacher assessment
  • Formal end of unit assessments
  • End of year examination

GCSE

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification No: 1Hl0

What will be studied?

The course is comprised of four exciting units and covers a range of both World History and British topics; both in overview and depth. Students are asked to consider the big questions of the 20th century: through units on Weimar and Nazi Germany and the Cold War period. For our British depth study we will be looking at the Anglo-Saxons and Norman Conquest of England in 1066 and our breadth study will focus on the development of modern medicine from Greek times to the creation of the modern NHS.

How is the course assessed?

There is no controlled assessment: all student knowledge and understanding will be assessed through examination.  The 4 examined modules will be tested in the May/June of Year 11 in three examinations, lasting between 1hour 15 and 1 hour 45 minutes.  Internal tests and mock exams will be carried out in order to monitor students’ progress and provide feedback on their attainment and exam technique.

What texts are recommended?

We use Hodder for Edexel textbooks in lessons and all students are given access to an e-book version to refer to outside of the classroom.  Further reading is provided in lessons, where appropriate, and subject teachers can recommend texts to individual students who would like to investigate a particular topic in more depth.

What websites are recommended?

GSCE pod
BBC Bitesize
Johndclare.net
Edexel website for specimen/past papers

What equipment is needed?

Their folder and personal stationery every lesson.


A Level

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Number: 7042

What will be studied?

The whole course covers World History from medieval to modern and follows the AQA      specification.  Over the two year course, students will undertake a breadth study, focusing on Tsarist and Communist Russia between the years 1855 to 1964 (40%) and an investigation into the Angevin kings of England, from 1154 to 1216 (40%).  In Year 13, they will carry out the non-examined unit (coursework), which focuses on Civil Rights in America from 1865-2005 (20%).

*Please note that as of September 2018, Year 12 students will study The Wars of the Roses, and not the Angevin kings of England.

How is the course assessed?

This is a linear course, with all exams and coursework in Year 13.  Both papers (Russia and the Angevins) require students to compose extended essays focusing on significant historical developments, whilst the former focuses on analysing different historical interpretations and the latter on evaluating contemporary evidence.

What texts are recommended?

Students will be given a copy of the AQA course textbooks and a selection of books from the further reading list (provided to all students) is below:

Angevins:

Dan Jones – ‘The Plantagenets’
Derek Wilson – ‘The Plantagenets’
D.Carpenter – ‘The Struggle for Mastery: Britain 1066-1284’

Russia:

Orlando Figes – ‘A People’s Tragedy’
Orlando Figes – ‘Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991’
Simon Sebag Montefiore – ‘The Court of the Red Tsar’

Civil Rights:

Adam Fairclough – ‘Better Day Coming’, Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000’

What equipment is needed?

Their folder, relevant textbook and personal stationery every lesson.

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Business Manager

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 6DB

01727 853134