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Higham Lane School

Higham Lane School

History

We are a highly-successful Department with four dedicated specialist teaching staff. All students receive three lessons per fortnight in History in Key Stage 3. We have an exciting fast-paced curriculum that builds students' knowledge, confidence, skills and chronological understanding in History.

Students will experience a range of teaching strategies, which aim to encourage them to be independent learners. Key Stage 3 History homework grids provide the students with an opportunity to take control of their own learning at home and allow for parents/guardians to become directly involved in students' learning.

Topics studied at Key Stage 3 include: the Medieval Times, the Industrial Revolution, World War One, World War Two and the Holocaust. At Key Stage 3 there is a clear focus on developing the `skills' of History and students will work with historical sources at every opportunity to build an understanding of the subject.

History is offered as an Option at GCSE and we currently follow Edexcel's `9-1' course. Topics the students will cover include a thematic study of crime and punishment c1000-present; a study of early Elizabethan England 1558-88; and an investigation into the American West 1835-1895.

The GCSE course provides a broad overview of key events from a range of time periods and it opens the fields of social, economic, political, military and cultural history to students. The course develops students' analysis, evaluation and research skills, all of which are invaluable to future colleges, universities and employers. Pupils at GCSE level will be supported with a fully comprehensive revision programme.

The History Department will offer a series of exciting extra-curricular opportunities, including a debating club and an opportunity for an overnight stay in London on the Jack the Ripper Tour. We are committed to offering trips which complement students' studies with opportunities in each year group, for example, Year 7 will be able visit Warwick Castle, Year 8 will be able to visit a Terrible Tudors show, and Year 9 will be able to visit the Imperial War Museum, London.

MRS H DOYNE-DITMAS, Subject Leader for History