Our curriculum charts the growth and emergence of Modern Britain and its position in the current world accounting for significant turning points and important individuals who helped shape the Democratic Britain we live in today. From William the Conqueror to Henry VIII, students will study key individuals who have altered the direction of British society. In addition, through a combination of breadth and depth studies, students will look at the development of the wider world and the human impact upon it through studies based on everything from prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies to the development of destructive technologies such as atomic weapons. Key conceptual skills underpin what we hope is a varied and engaging curriculum that ultimately focuses on the study of people, their relationships with each other and the world around them.
GCSE History ensures that the experiences of people are at the centre of what we do. We chart the development of parliamentary democracy in Britain from 1125 through to the present day. Along the way, major political decisions that defined not only a generation but forged a national identity are analysed. From the very beginnings of people questioning the God-given absolute power of the monarchy to the crucible of Civil War, our students question the notion of a social contract. Students also consider how various groups fought for liberty and equality in Britain. In the international arena, we first study the peace treaties after World War One. What constitutes a ‘fair’ punishment? Students assess the efforts of the League of Nations to keep peace around the world. They also question Britain’s policy of appeasement towards Hitler’s Germany and how Europe was once again dragged into a devastating war. Students study Russia in the time of revolution and dictatorship. They question how the downfall of a 300 year dynasty in a popular revolution formed the basis of a totalitarian regime under the command of Stalin. They study how Stalin controlled the people of Russia and how his deadly interpretation of Communism often had tragic consequences for citizens of the state. Finally, students consider the reign of Elizabeth I. She is often heralded as one of Britain’s greatest monarchs who presided over the famous victory over the Spanish Armada. But what did it mean to be a female Protestant monarch in a world of Catholic Kings? How did she command and demand respect from her subjects and other monarchs?
Component 1- Breadth Study: The Tudors-1485-1603
In 1485 England was rocked by internal conflict from the Wars of the Roses-decades of competition and betrayal. Henry VII had just won the crown through conquest and embarking on his attempt to secure a Tudor Dynasty. His reign was to be littered with rebellions and his continual attempt to secure his throne. His success enabled the beginning of one of, arguably, the most famous English dynasties-the Age of the Tudors. The Tudors oversaw dramatic social and economic changes; including the Break from Rome, the growth of Humanism and drastic population growth. Despite all of these changes the authority of the monarch survived – you will investigate how this was possible. The Tudors also saw the reign of two Queens, including Elizabeth and her ‘Golden Age’, you will investigate how this was possible within a patriarchal society. Other significant questions we will investigate are: To what extent do the Tudors deserve their glowing reputation? How did England operate on an international stage? Was Thomas More correct that the Tudor Age was the Age of ‘sheep eating men’?
Component 2 – Depth Study: Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945
Pupils will trace the journey of Germany from a vibrant and cultural Democracy post WWI and how this was dismantled by Hitler as he established his Nazi Dictatorship through to World War II and the creation of the infamous Death Camps. We will explore the political spectrum, notions of nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological Concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and Social Darwinism. What could drive German soldiers to murder 7 million Jews? Are all Germans responsible for the holocaust? This course also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems we encounter as individuals when faced with hatred and oppression which is so relevant to the political climate in the world today. How far can humanity go when faced with economic and social unrest? This course will show us.