We hear it time and time again from learners of Cohort 7 through to Cohort 11. What is the point of studying History, it has already happened? Why do we need to learn about things from the past? We can’t do anything about the past it has already happened, get over it! Through learning about History and providing people with a sense of their past we allow people to better understand how culture and society has developed today. The Ancient Greeks devoted a huge amount of time and effort into teaching their children about history. History, helps us to understand who we are and where we have come from “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” (Marcus Garvey). Too often we are fixated on the idea of the future that we forget about our past. Shedding light on where we have come from, can then allow us to understand what we need to do to move forward. History also allows to learn from our mistakes, to be able to reflect on past actions to ensure that they never happen again. Herodotus, the father of history famously said “The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance”. To be a successful Historian is to not be ignorant but be knowledgeable of our past.
Honywood Historians are encouraged to ask important questions, use and evaluate evidence to support their answers and develop their skills of analysis and being critical of sources of evidence. Becoming a Historian can make you more aware of where information today comes from and more suspicious of unfounded claims. It can help you with developing positive dispositions, such as tolerance and open-mindedness through looking at events such as the Holocaust, and allow you a deeper insight into how the world works today. History can also help to better understand your own identity, by looking at local and family history.
History at KS3 develops highly skilled Historians through rigorous, engaging and choice driven learning. Although they have a wide range of choice in the historical topics that they explore, they are guided through how to investigate as a Historian, learning the skills to explore significance, cause and consequence, change and continuity, and using evidence to support their hypotheses.
Learners explore a range of enquiries, including: What is history? Which historical event or person was the most significant? When was life in Britain most beautiful? What happens when two worlds or cultures collide? Where do I come from?
GCSE Course Structure:
At Key stage 4, cohort 9, 10 & 11, learners follow the AQA GCSE Syllabus
Paper II, Section A: Thematic Studies, Britain: Health and the People: C1000 to the present day.
Learners will begin their thematic study by examining various different development of Historical skills by examining various different developments in medicine. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short term and long term developments and the impact these changes had on British society. Honywood GCSE Historians will be answering questions on which ancient doctors had the greater impact on medical advancements and the impact war and individuals had on the advancement of medicine.
Paper I, Section A: Period Studies: Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship
How did Hitler, a poorly educated and once homeless man, manage to take the Nazi Party from 54 members (Hitler was the 55th) in 1919, to gain 11,737,000 votes in 1932, thus becoming the dictator of Germany? Learners will investigate how Hitler destroyed Germany’s democratic system and turned Germany into a police state that would go on to kill over 7 million Jews, communists, homosexuals, gypsies and other ‘enemies of the state’.
Paper I, Section B: Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975
A war of words and ideologies. During the Cold War the world was under the threat of nuclear apocalypse. How did it come to this, and who was to blame? Learners will investigate the role of nationalist movements in causing and sustaining conflict. Focusing on events of the Cold War in Asia and how it proved difficult to resolve the tensions that arose in Korea and Vietnam.
Learners will also spend some time preparing for their GCSE mock examinations in the summer time through various revision workshops.
Paper II, Section B, British depth study. Norman England, c1066-1100
This section allows learners to study in depth the impact the arrival of the Normans had on England and how they went about establishing their rule. Learners will look at five major aspects of Norman rule, including the economy, politics, social, cultural and religious standpoints. They will investigate how the Normans succeeded in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and how they went about establishing their rule in Britain after the invasion. They will investigate life under the Normans and church reform under William the Conqueror. Learners will also be required to study a specific historical site in depth, looking at the location of the structure, how it was built and how the context of the time fits in with the historical site.
Honywood Historians will continue with the British depth study on Norman England into Cohort 11 before turning their attention back to revision in preparation for their final examinations in the summer. Learners will then be able to create revision resources, and practice examination style questions throughout the year.