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CHRISTOPHER WHITEHEAD

LANGUAGE COLLEGE AND SIXTH FORM

Welcome to the History Department

Staff

Mrs G Hagon

Subject Leader for History and Politics
Teacher of History
  • g.hagon@cwlc.email

Miss J Atkinson

Teacher of History


  • j.atkinson@cwlc.email

Mr S Warsap

Teacher of History
Teacher of Politics

  • s.warsap@cwlc.email

Miss Marriott

Acting Subject Leader for KS5 Politics and History
Teacher of History
Teacher of Politics
  • v.marriott@cwlc.email

Mr R Hall

History PGCE mentor
Teacher of History and Politics
  • r.hall@cwlc.email

Mr D Farmer

Deputy Headteacher
Teacher of History
  • d.farmer@cwlc.email

Miss R Clark

Learning Support Assistant for History
  • r.clark@cwlc.email

Miss E White

Assistant Director of Studies
Curie House/Additional Needs Representative
Teacher of History
  • e.white@cwlc.email

Mr S Eeles

Teacher of History and English


  • e.white@cwlc.email

Ms A Kelly

Subject Leader for KS5 History
Subject Leader for Politics
Teacher of History
Teacher of Politics
  • a.kelly@cwlc.email
About Our Subject

History is the study of humans and how they have moulded and shaped the world that we live in. It utilises artefacts and remains that previous people have left behind so we can interpret what came before us, enabling us to understand who we are, where we come from and better understand our heritage and culture.

As Circero said, “History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalises memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity.”

Year 7

Year 7 looks initially at how invaders have created our culture, language and landscape with a focus on the Romans. Students study the infamous battles of 1066 before considering Medieval life and key Medieval events. This includes investigating the power of the monarchy and the church over the lives of ordinary people. We look at Medieval society and how the narratives of history vary depending on who they were. We finish Year 7 with an in depth look at the development of Castles and a visit to a local castle. Throughout Year 7 we develop students historical writing skills with a focus on how to construct a good PEEL paragraph, source inferencing and investigation.

Year 8

Year 8 considers whether humans should really be proud of their past, starting with the social, economic and political history of the Industrial Revolution. Students will then look at slavery and its history in Britain and America before studying the impacts and consequences of Britain’s empire. We look at how democracy has evolved and question the power of the people over time with an in depth analysis on the Suffragette movement asking if they were terrorists or not. We investigate the Civil Rights movement in the US and Britain and end the year with a fascinating look at the American West. Throughout Year 8, students will continue to develop their writing skills and become more analytical by broadening judgements and evaluating significance of events.

Year 9

Year 9 students being their journey by studying conflict in the 20th century. We begin with a detailed look at the First World War: causes, events and consequences. Student’s skills in historical writing, source and interpretations skills are evaluated throughout. We then have a small pause where students complete a project on historical women in our Feminism unit until Christmas. Year 9 then look at the causes and events of World War Two ending with a judgement on the justification of the bombing of Hiroshima. After this students then begin the hugely important unit on the Holocaust. We end the topic with an overview of the Cold War world. During the summer term students will begin their GCSE journey and relook at the First World War but from a medical perspective which is based upon the GCSE unit Medicine on the Western Front.

In addition, students will be offered the opportunity to visit Belgium and France in a Battlefields Tour residential trip.

GCSE History is a highly academic and well-regarded topic for students to study. It supports many other subjects and skills. It is viewed by colleges, universities and employers as a key, and a greatly valued GCSE next to the core subjects.

Year 10 and Year 11 study four units for their history GCSE following the Edexcel exam board.

The four topics we study are:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany c1918-1939 – here students look at the trouble Germany had at the end of WW1 and how Hitler rose to power and consolidated the Nazi party and the impact this had on Germany.
  • Medicine Through Time c1250-present – this is development study where students look at how hospitals, surgery, causes, understanding and treatment of disease evolves over time and what factors influence that change or continuity.
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-1087 – students will investigate how the face of England changed with the rule of William the Conqueror and what impact this had on England.
  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War c1943-91 – this topic will look at the politics and people behind the Cold War. How tensions escalated and de-escalated and who or what was responsible for this. This helps students to understand the world we live in today and the politics that shape it.

There are three examinations for History:

  • Paper One is 1 hour 15 minutes: Medicine Through Time with the case study of Medicine on the Western Front.
  • Paper Two is 1 hour 55 minutes: This covers two topics the first is Anglo-Saxon and Norman England and the second is Superpower Relations (students have to time themselves carefully here)

Paper Three is 1 hour 20 minutes: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1939.

The History Department provide the following trips for each year groups:

Year 7: Castles trip – Kenilworth Castle

Year 8: Industrial Revolution trip – The Black Country Museum

Year 9: Residential Battlefields Trip – Belgium

Year 10: Residential Battlefields Trip – Belgium

Year 11: A majority of GCSE-themed workshops

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