History

September 14th, 2017

Welcome to History

“How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from? How can you tell what is going to happen unless you know what has happened before? History isn’t just about the past, it is about why we are who we are, and about what is next.”

(Tony Robinson)

History at Harrow Way continues to be an increasingly popular subject amongst Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students.

Our aim is to provide quality History lessons that are accessible to all, in a safe and welcoming environment. We strive to ensure that the value of every child is recognised and we assist them in achieving to the best of their ability.

History at Harrow Way endeavours to enable all students to understand the past that has shaped the world in which they live and in doing so, build up a greater appreciation of the contemporary world and are equipped to take their place in shaping the future.

The History Department is dedicated to the study of History and thoroughly believe that it is one of the most important and fascinating subjects in the National Curriculum. It is one of the only subjects allows the student to explore a diversity of periods, people, societies, places and events. The study of History puts the present into perspective as no other subject does, which places an important and significant responsibility on those who teach it.

History is all around us – on the TV, in newspapers, on book shelves and at the cinema. At Harrow Way, we believe that History forces students to ask questions about particular people, events or cultures – not just Where and When but more importantly, Why and How. As a department, we encourage our young Historians to think about these questions and discover the past for themselves, and in so doing, form their own opinions whilst developing their own analytical and reasoning skills.

Video Prospectus – History Department

Curriculum Content

Year 7

  • War Horse Unit – the Great War
  • What have the Romans done for us?
  • Medieval England
  • Local History Project

Year 8

  • The Making of the UK 1500 – 1750
  • The Development of Empire
  • Life during the Industrial period
  • Women and democracy in the 20th Century
  • Modern day conflict

At GCSE students can opt to take will follow the new Edexcel GCSE History specification, which covers the following topics:

Year 9

  • The significance of World War I
  • The Rise of the dictators in Europe
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939
  • The Holocaust

Year 10 and Year 11

  • Crime and Punishment 1000-2000 including a Whitechapel local study
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588
  • Super Power Relations 1941-1991 – USA and the Cold War

Historic Journey’s at Harrow Way

Our History Department strongly believe in the importance that outside of the classroom learning has on students of all ages. It is because of this that we are delighted to be able to offer a new selection of trips for all year groups. We hope that these educational experiences will benefit the personal growth and historical understanding of all students.

Year 7:
‘Warwick Castle’ – This visit, in the Spring Term, gives Year 7 students the opportunity to visit a Medieval castle and independently investigate its purpose and examine the defence structure of the building.

Year 8:
‘Hampton Court Palace – This visit in the Autumn term, gives Year 8 students the opportunity to visit the home of King Henry VIII and investigate life in Tudor England. Whilst there students’ will take part in workshops examining artefacts, looking to piece together the real story

Year 9 & 10:
Berlin – This two night trip in the Summer term aims to support the new specification on Nazi Germany 1918-1939 and Superpower Relations. The visit will take in the History of Berlin, looking at the impact of Hitler and Nazis and taking in the realities of life during the Cold War.

Year 10:
London – A one day visit to London to support the new specification on Elizabethan England, Crime and Punishment and Whitechapel. Students will visit the Clink Prison followed by the Tower of London and then complete a walking tour of Whitechapel.

Year 11:
‘Germany Live Revision Day’ – This revision trip aims at assisting Year 11 Historians in their revision on Nazi Germany. Students will see theatrical performances and seminars, which are all focused at their GCSE course, providing them with a very different and exciting way of revising.

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