The History Department offers a broad and interesting range of topics, from the Norman period up to modern day. There is a focus on cultural and social change throughout this period, investigating what life was like for individuals in the past and how major events affects people hundreds of years ago. This is consolidated with an enquiry into the cause and effects of terrorism, which supports students with a broad understanding of historical knowledge, skills and concepts in readiness for further study at GCSE, A-Level and IB.
The History Department also offers extra-curricular opportunity in the form of Horrible Histories Club and trips to local, national and European historical sites. Every student has the opportunity to visit the World War One battlefields at Ypres. Those who choose History at GCSE get the chance to explore one of the most diverse and significant cities of the 20th century; Berlin.
History at Bexley Grammar School aims to provide students with historical intellect, empathy to listen to other people and courage to put forward their own reasoned arguments.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 offers a breadth of study covering over 1000 years of History. Year 7 focusses on social and religious change in the Middle Ages and Tudor Period, with particular focus on King Henry VIII. Students are also introduced to American History through the Native Americans, which provides a background for study later in the school.
Year 8 develops students historical understanding with a political assessment focusses on the power of the Monarchy and Parliament, drawing comparison to the modern day. This is supported by a topical enquiry into the nature of Terrorism, focusing on recent events such as the 7/7 bombings and the rise of Islamic State.
Year 9 prepares students with a series of short investigations into 20th century history, including women’s rights, the development of welfare in Britain and World War One and Two. An in depth investigation on the Holocaust completes Key Stage 3 studies, drawing out the human cost of the actions of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
Example Year 7 work: http://www.tamhistory.com/year-7-history.html
Key Stage 4 includes analysis and evaluation of a variety of key events over the 20thcentury, from Hitler’s rise to power and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the Hungarian Uprising and Civil Rights movement of the 1950s. Students undertake two papers at the end of year 11, as well as Controlled Assessment, which draws a comparison between World War One and World War Two.
The GCSE options choices allow students freedom to examine different societies through the 20th century and help them to understand the world we live in today. Students are encouraged to be organised and independent with their studies in order to promote important skills for use in later life.
A Level History
A Level History has seen the introduction of a focus on the formation of the United States as a Superpower since the end of the American Civil War in 1865; analysing the changes that took place in the 100 years to the Vietnamese War. In addition, students will also study the development of Modern Britain since 1951, assessing the role of Britain as a world power, the change in culture and society, as well as political and economic changes and their effects on ordinary people.
Coursework at A Level will focus on topics in the 16th and 17th Century, including Elizabethan England and the Civil War. This will incorporate individual enquiry into a specific area of interest, whilst focussing on a broader picture of 100 years. Students will be taught a brief overview of the period, but left to do their own research towards the end of Year 12.
Standard level IB focusses on two modules of Rights and Protest and the Development of Authoritarian States. This gives a broad overview of relevant events across the world, from Castro in Cuba to Mao in China, as well as Apartheid in South Africa. Finally, students will build on previous knowledge by understanding the nature of the Cold War and the emergence of superpowers. All IB students will gain a breadth of understanding of world history and draw comparisons between events in the 20th century.
Higher Level IB has a more specific focus on the Americas; focussing on the United States and Canada. This continues with investigation into how the Americas changed after World War 2, highlighting the impact of the Cold War on North America. The final aspect of study allows enquiry into the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, investigating significant figures such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, as well as researching on the impact of youth culture and the feminist movement.