The History curriculum strives to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning. Building on the Key Stage 2 History National curriculum students learn to identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time.
KS3 units introduce and develop students’ knowledge and application of historical terms, concepts and skills required at GCSE and beyond.
Students are taught:
- How different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims.
- To recognise how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
- Essential study skills such as the ability to locate and extract relevant information from a wide variety of sources; detect bias; analyse information, and develop their own original theories and ideas.
- Medieval England
- Peasant Revolt
- Local History (Richmond)
Tasks involve research, reading, extended writing activities or revising to consolidate learning.
During the year, several assessments are carried out. These vary in form and include written exam-style assessments, research-based projects, the construction of scale models, written reports and group debates.
Living in London provides students with a wealth of rich opportunities, particularly in Richmond upon Thames!
The History department organise trips to local palaces and historical buildings/parks, castles and a joint-department residential trip.