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The history department aims to investigate the past to help our students understand and analyse the present. We endeavour to develop passionate, life-long and successful learners of all our history students.

 

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

NELSON MANDELA

Why study this subject? 

In your History lessons you will learn to be a critical thinker, write well and understand the world better. 

Topics of Study and Assignments 

In Year 7 History is studied chronologically and thematically with an emphasis on developing skills that will help all students achieve now and in later life. The overall theme in Year 7 is ‘The Creation of Modern Britain’. Year 7 students examine events of 1066 and how this changed Britain forever. Aspects of medieval life are studied before students examine the causes and effects of the Black Death, the development of witchcraft and finish off looking at the establishment of the infamous Tudors. There is also a thematic study on ‘Women through Time’.

In Year 8 students study ‘The Making of the Modern World’. They examine the changes and continuity in Britain during the 17th century with a focus on the Civil War. Furthermore they go on to study how Britain became part of a global society and the challenges this created. Depth studies on World War One and World War Two immerse pupils in the key features of these conflicts. Students also investigate and debate controversial history topics such as the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, the dropping of the atomic bomb and the Holocaust.

Students in Year 9 who have chosen GCSE History will begin a brand new three year course. The topics are: Crime and Punishment through Time; Early Elizabethan England; Germany 1919-39 and The Cold War.

In Year 10 and 11 GCSE History students examine the ‘Making of the Modern World’ Edexcel GCSE. This includes four topics: Germany 1919-39; Britain 1931-51; Civil Rights in the USA and The Cold War. Students are assessed in a variety of ways: through analysis of sources, knowledge recall and extended writing in the Controlled Assessment. 

The Team
 

Anita Turner is the Head of History. She has a BA Hons in American History with Politics and a PGCE. She has over 20 years' experience of teaching history and has recently completed an MA unit on the Holocaust in Education. She is an enthusiastic historian, particularly modern history, but is even more keen on sharing best practice in teaching especially with new teachers and trainees.

Craig Hunter studied History BA Hons at the University of Sussex and is a specialist on the Holocaust and areas of WW1. He also has a PGCE in teaching and has a professional interest in mentoring students and developing their interest in history and its ability to be used cross-curricular in the school. He is also a Google Educator and champions the use of technology both in and out of the classroom.

Sandra Knights is qualified with a BA in History & English from the University of Brighton. She is interested in intervention and all things teaching and learning. She is currently working on promoting the sharing of excellence and collaboration between teachers using CPD and social media.

Nicola Wright - University of Sussex (History).

Events and Activities 

Outside the classroom the history department has run trips to Berlin, World War One sights in Belgium, The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum and visits to London.

Contact

Email: anitaturner@varndean.co.uk