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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

History

"Shaping the future by exploring the past." 

intent

Our intent is for students to appreciate how an understanding of the past enriches and improves their understanding of the world we live in today, and how past events have played a part in shaping their lives. Excellence in History requires students to think analytically and creatively, appreciate and evaluate different interpretations, understand significance and reach balanced judgements; all of which are transferable skills across a wide range of disciplines and future career paths. Our aim in the foundation years is to give students the opportunity to study topics from a broad period of History (from the middle Ages to the 20th century) set within a clear chronological framework. This is intended to provide them with a depth of knowledge through the study of particular key areas/events such as the Battle of Hastings and Henry VIII’s break with Rome. It is also intended to offer a breadth of knowledge and context with the chronological framework, so that they can make links within and across periods of History to enhance their cultural capital. The focus is on British History, but within that they study major European and world events such as the international slave trade and the subsequent struggle for US civil rights, World War One and Nazi Germany and World War Two. Through this approach they are able to see how British politics, foreign policy, society and economy has affected, and been affected by, world events which again enriches their cultural capital and knowledge for the future. The History curriculum is also interleaved with the English curriculum where possible so that students study texts relevant to the History topic they are studying to further enrich and provide context to their experience in both subjects.

INTRODUCTION

We are a forward-thinking, innovative department that seeks to challenge pupils by providing a creative, dynamic and relevant programme of study at KS3 and KS4.

DEPARTMENT AIMS

  • To help develop pupils’ identity through the understanding of history.
  • To encourage pupils to ask and answer questions about the present by studying the past.
  • To develop pupils’ chronological understanding.
  • To encourage pupils to become confident, independent and questioning learners.
  • To help pupils appreciate the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past.

KEY STAGE 3

At Key Stage 3, pupils are encouraged to develop their chronological understanding and skills of enquiry by studying key aspects of British history over time. This includes looking at the changing balance of power between the ruler and the ruled. Pupils also explore the relationships between countries in the United Kingdom. They investigate the beliefs and attitudes of different people who have lived in Britain and how these people lived and developed to create the Society we have today. Pupils also investigate Britain’s relationships with other countries, and conflicts we have been involved in including the two World Wars.

KEY STAGE 4

At Key Stage 4, pupils follow the AQA History syllabus 8145. This course aims to deepen students historical understanding and provide them with key skills for the future such as analytical thinking, critical evaluation of evidence and high level literacy skills. The topics studied cover a range of historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present day, and offer both a British (Britain; health and the people1000-present, and Elizabethan England), and international (USA 19920-73, and Conflict in Asia 1954-75) perspective. The content studied builds on the contextual understanding students gain from their studies in the foundation years, and the skills they developed. Our GCSE History course helps to prepare students for the future, equipping them with skills and knowledge that will increase their employability and foster a lifelong love of learning. As a result, History is a very popular GCSE option in the school.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

The History Department provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities for students during their time at Middlewich High School. In Year 7 students design their own ‘ideal’ castles as a homework project. In Year 8, they participate in a First World War artefacts handling session led by an expert collector. Students who choose History as a GCSE option will participate in a visit to an Elizabethan historical site (such as the Globe Theatre) as part of their AQA case study. The specified site changes each year.