"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future"
- Theodore Roosevelt
The History department is made up of 5 dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and 2 subject specialist teaching assistants. The Director of Learning leads the subject with invaluable support from the whole team.
All teachers in the department follow varied and detailed schemes of work which include lessons covering a variety of teaching and learning styles. History continues to be one of the most popular option choices at GCSE.
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive four 60 minute lessons per fortnight. All year groups receive homework once over the two week timetable, as is the policy at Whitcliffe. Students are taught in mixed ability groups in KS3. Progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students receive a number of assessments throughout a year to track their progress.
Key Stage 4
Students in Years 10 & 11 receive 5 60 minute lessons a fortnight. The two year GCSE course is taken with the OCR examination board. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in class, as well as mock and real examinations.
Paper 1 - British History (The People's Health, c. 1250 to present + The Elizabethans, 1580-1603)
Paper 2 - History Around Us (Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal)
Paper 3 - World History (The Making of America, 1789-1900 + Living under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945)
Revision and Support
After School & Achieve
KS4 Achieve Sessions — Tuesday and Thursday Room 104 from 2.45-3.45pm.
KS3/KS4 Homework Support & R and R — Tuesday and Thursday Room 104 from 2.45-3.45pm.
These sessions provide an excellent opportunity for students to revisit prior lessons and ask questions about any part of the curriculum that they are finding challenging.
KS4 Key Word Glossaries
Our KS4 students can use these glossaries to learn the key words and events prior to classroom lessons and for revision. This will give our students a head start in learning key terminology and events to improve their exam technique.
The revision guide for KS4 History can be purchased online for £9.99.
My revision notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) History B Schools History Project
Our KS3 students have the opportunity to attend Bolton Abbey. This invaluable enrichment opportunity gives our students the experience of conducting a site study whilst developing their skills should they chose to take History into KS4.
KS4In KS4, students undertake a site study to Fountains Abbey. The information gathered is used to complete the History Around Us portion of their GCSE exam. Our Year 11 History students also have the opportunity to undertake a residential to explore the history of Krakow, Poland or Munich, Germany.