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St Peter's
Catholic School

History

Mr S Power

Head of History

The Team

Mr T Collard Teacher of History
Mrs C Durham  Teacher of History
Miss Z Noonan    Deputy Headteacher
Miss H Resa Teacher of History
Mr M Twist    Deputy Headteacher

Introduction to the Department

In History, we teach students to understand the world we live in today through events in the past. Students will use a variety of learning techniques in lessons that help to develop their communication as well as their written skills; they will learn about the causes and consequences of events as well as significance and develop historical skills to handle and to question sources.

We strive to ensure our lessons are interesting and thought provoking through discussion and the use of different medias.

Key Stage 3 Information

At St Peter’s, students gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The curriculum has been structured to equip students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

In Key Stage 3, students are taught about the development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509.  In Year 7 students are taught about warfare in the ancient world  and about the events leading up to and including the Norman Conquest of  1066. Students also study major features of Britain's medieval past including religion and architecture, the feudal System and the structure of medieval society.  Students also study the major changes to religion and society that happened during the Tudor era.

In Year 8, students focus on the relationship between the crown and parliament by studying  the background to and key events of the English Civil War. Students also study the major political, religious and social changes in this period and how these affected people throughout the British Isles. They also study how and why the UK experienced an industrial revolution and how this helped Britain develop into a world empire.

In Year 9, students start by studying a historical evidence unit based on the assassination of JFK.  Students then study the key events of the 20th century including the first world war and its aftermath, the rise of the dictators and the second world war. During this unit we study the home front, the holocaust and the use of the Atomic bombs in 1945.  Students also study key events in British history since 1945 by looking at how society changed in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Students end Key Stage 3 by studying challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world in our present context.

Key Stage 4 Information

At St Peter’s, we follow a course that enables students to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British and wider world history. The course is designed to develop students as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. They will develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context. Students will also develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance, and how and why different interpretations have been constructed.

The course is structured with written three exams:

Paper one is a thematic study and historic environmental study. This focuses on crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Paper two is a period study and British depth study the focus here is Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–4 Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91.

Paper three is a modern depth study focusing on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39.