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History

History is a fascinating subject, full of interesting people, places, events and colourful stories about the lives of others before us. It is the belief of the department that the subject should be brought to life with a stimulating classroom experience, coupled with appropriate visits to sites of historical importance. Recent visits have included castles, museums, and trips overseas to Poland and the French battlefields.

Knowing about the past is an amazing and very rewarding study that offers a window on different times and places. Sharing our heritage is essential to the education of every child if we are to develop our students into mature, considerate adults, capable of forming their own opinions and making decisions about their life with authority and understanding.

Many of our students at St. George‟s go on to study History at University where they complete Undergraduate and Post-Graduate qualifications to further enhance their skills, deepen their knowledge and satisfy their interests. Even for those that do not continue with the subject after they leave school, History can support understanding in other curriculum areas by providing a context and perspective for further study.


Key Stage 3

Students study the following:

Year 7 The Roman Empire
Britain during the Middle Ages
Year 8 Britain 1500-1750 (with a particular focus on the importance of religion and politics to the period).
Britain 1750 - 1900 (with the focus being the major economic and social changes of the period).
The French Revolution
Year 9 The making of the Twentieth Century - the major events and turning points that affected both Britain and the wider world.

Key Stage 4

Students follow the OCR Modern World Syllabus.

Among the topics covered are:

International Relations since 1945, with particular emphasis given to the development of the Cold War from 1945-1975. British History 1890-1918; German History 1918-1945 and the History of the United States of America 1918-1945.

Assessment is by one piece of Controlled Assessment at the beginning of Year 11 and two examination papers at the end of Year 11.


Key Stage 5

A LEVEL HISTORY

History is offered at all schools across the Joint Sixth Form. We follow the AQA specification which offers a range of interesting and engaging historical topics for study. Robert Carre Trust and St George’s Academy offer different courses focused on aspects of British, European and World History, yet retain the same combination of breadth and depth of study.

Topics covered are:

Four modules are studied: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855 - 1964; The War of the Roses 1450- 1499; Historical Investigation

In addition, the department also offers A LEVEL GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

This gives sixth form students the opportunity to learn about their own political system and debate contemporary political issues.