History is a bridge from the present to the past. Through studying human motivation and actions – why and what people did, our students quickly realise that past societies share many characteristics of our society today. In this way everyone can relate to History and understand that people in the past are not always that different from us – although as you will see some times they can be very different indeed.
Martin Luther King, the campaigner for Civil Rights for Black people in America once said that, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”. At Castle Hall we believe that all students of History can learn knowledge and develop skills that they can continue to use long after they have left school that will benefit them in life and work, these include the skills to:
- Analyse evidence and make inferences about the past
- Be critical and question interpretations of the past
- Question why people acted the way they have in the past
- Evaluate causes and consequences of events through history
- Study history in a local and national context
- Evaluate patterns of change and continuity over time
- Respect and listen to the views of others
- Work independently and with others
- Express ideas and develop confidence in communication skills
- Argue a case effectively using evidence both orally and in writing
- Develop research and study skills
- Use and develop ICT skills
Key Stage 3
What do historians do?
The Norman Conquest
The power of medieval monarchs
Medieval society and religion
Politics, religion and society in
Tudor and Stuart England
The British Empire
The Slave Trade
The Industrial Revolution
Jack the Ripper,
Causes and events of World War One
Europe between the wars
Causes and events of World War Two
Paper 1: America 1920-73: Opportunity and inequality with a wider world depth study.
Paper 2: Shaping the nation: Britain health and the people: C1000 to the present day with a British depth study
Students sit the full AQA course. There is no controlled assessment and students sit two exams at the end of Year 11. Each 1 hour 45 minutes long.
History is well recognised for the transferable skills it offers to a whole range of careers. These include law, civil service, TV and radio, journalism, politics, managerial jobs, teaching, the police, the armed forces, museums and archaeology.