History makes you think, question and change.
At KS3 students develop knowledge and understanding of a broad sweep through time from the medieval period to the twentieth century, tracing themes such as power, war, identity, gender, change and continuity. Students will investigate these themes through a series of enquiries, which will focus on the what, the how, and the why of events.
At KS4 students will grapple initially with a series of enquiries based on twentieth century topics such as the causes and consequences of the Second World War, the Cold War, Kennedy’s assassination and Mandela and Apartheid. These topics will form the contextual basis of the WJEC GCSE course that students will embark on where they will concentrate on the development of twentieth century USA focusing on key periods such as the excesses of the roaring 20s, the consumerism of the 1950s affluent society, rock and roll, the impact of the two wars and the changing nature of the power of the American presidents. Students also have the opportunity to explore the rise, rule and fall of Hitler and the Nazis and investigate the impact it had on the women, children and men of Germany. Significantly students will consider what implications the genocide of the Jews has had on History.
Importantly throughout KS3 and 4 students develop a wide range of essential transferable historical skills. Students learn to consider the causes and consequences of events and the elements of change and continuity. They develop the ability to research and gather evidence and to then to analyse and evaluate that evidence for their own needs. In doing so students learn how to question, to separate the important from the trivial, to reason significance and to then use that evidence to prove or disprove an opinion. They develop written and oral communication skills that allow them to express reasoned and rationalised opinions.