History fires the imagination whilst developing knowledge and understanding of how the human race has developed and changed over time. The interlocking stories of people and places add context to the knowledge-base of our students and promotes a sense of curiosity about history across the curriculum. History is highly valued as an academic subject as the skills and concepts covered in the GCSE and A Level lend themselves to any qualification or career path.
Creating a thirst for knowledge and a connection to the world around us through greater understanding is a strong part of the ethos of History at GNSA. As such we seek to take our students to see ‘history in action’ wherever possible. The trips in recent year have included:
Year 10 - visited the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett at London Bridge as part of their study into the history of medicine.
Year 9 – a cross-curricular trip with the MFL department to see the World War I trenches. Students found that that experience consolidated their understanding of the events.
Year 8 – students visited Buckingham Palace in conjunction with the Art Department.
Year 7 – a trip to the London Dungeons as part of activities day.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 topics include:
- What is history?
- Did the Romans bring peace and prosperity or death and destruction?
- Why did William win at Hastings and how did he take control?
- Who had the most significant impact? Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings or Normans
- How did England relate to other countries in the middle ages?
Year 8 topics include:
- Did England become a protestant country in the 16th Century?
- What was the cause of the English Civil war?
- Was Cromwell a hero or a villain?
- How did Britain increase its influence 1500-1750?
- What was the impact of industrialisation 1750-1900?
- How strong was the British Empire at the end of the 19th Century?
Year 9 topics include:
- What was the most significant cause of WWI?
- How significant was the role of gas in changing attitudes to war?
- What was ‘golden’ and ‘roaring’ about the 1920s?
- Why did the Holocaust happen?
- Why were international relations frozen 1945-1990?
- How did Britain start to shed the colonies?
Assessments take place termly in class and involve the students preparing to answer an essay question under timed conditions.
Key Stage 4 – GCSE History
Students will study the following topics:
Medicine and public health c50AD to the present time (Examination)
This is a comprehensive look at how medicine and public health have developed over 2000 years of history. Students identify key individuals and look at the significance of key moments on improving the way we live today.
Transformation of Surgery c1845 -1918 (Examination)
A study of the three key challenges of pain, infection and blood loss by looking at how they were overcome and the reception they received by society and the medical establishment.
Representations of history Vietnam c1950-1975 (Controlled Assessment)
An enquiry into Americas involvement in Vietnam and how they were drawn into a conflict they could not win. Students look at how the war has been represented including looking at the ar and the music of the time.
Germany 1918-1945 (Examination)
A depth study of the challenges facing Germany 1918-1945 and the rise of the Nazi party.
The qualification follows the Schools history project with Edexcel and is broken into four parts each worth 25%.