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The study of History will fire students’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps students develop their own identity through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past. They will develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. We aim to inspire students and develop skills that enable to think critically about the world around them.

At times our study will focus on a chronological overview, at times a thematic focus and at times an in depth analysis.  As a result, students will gain a greater understanding of the wider impact and value of History both as an academic discipline and as preparation for becoming more tolerant and responsible citizens.

Beyond the curriculum, students will have a variety of learning opportunities ranging from local fieldwork visits to Bodmin Gaol. Pendennis Castle and Restormel Castle to an international study visit to Berlin/Munich. In addition, we have good links with The Royal Cornwall Museum and Record Office, which offers enrichment workshops for students.

We also encourage students to take part in local and national History competitions and to develop in leadership roles within school based History activities such as being a History Subject Leader.

History Key Stage 3

There are a number of key concepts that underpin the successful study of History at Key Stage 3. As students gain greater understanding of these concepts, they will begin to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and wider understanding of the subject.  These key concepts are:

  • Chronological understanding
  • Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity
  • Change and continuity
  • Cause and consequence
  • Significance of events
  • Forming interpretations

Year 7  – Students will learn about Anglo Saxon Law and Order, The Norman Conquest and power in the Middle Ages, Everyday life in the Middle Ages,  The Tudor Monarchy and life in the Tudor period with a comparison with the Middle Ages.

Year 8 – Students will study The slave trade and its impact on Britain and America, Everyday life in the Industrial Revolution and major developments and Political revolutions – a focus on the French and American revolutions.

Year 9 – The work of the Suffragettes and Suffragists, Causes of WW1 and trench life, The Treaty of Versailles and Hitler’s rise to power, Life in Nazi Germany, The causes of WW2 and the Home Front, Key battles/events in WW2, An overview of the Cold War. At the end of Year 9 students will begin GCSE work on Jack the Ripper and Whitechapel.

If you have any questions regarding the History curriculum please contact:

Ms H Rickatson – Head of History

History Key Stage 4

The History GCSE is a very popular option at Key Stage 4 and students will follow the Edexcel History GCSE course.  The course structure comprises of four units and three exam papers. Across Year 10 and Year 11 students will cover the following material:

  • Paper 1: Crime and Punishment from 1000AD to the present day This is a breadth study which includes a section on the historic environment (Whitechapel and the Jack the Ripper murders). This is 30% of the overall GCSE
  • Paper 2: The American West c1835-c1895 and Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588. This is 40% of the overall GCSE
  • Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939. This is 30% of the overall GCSE.

If you have any questions regarding the History curriculum please contact:

Ms H Rickatson – Head of History

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