If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. - Michael Critchton
We believe that history is not just the study of the past but an essential subject in helping us to understand what is happening in the world today, and how our future will develop. Even though we live in an ever changing world our future is clearly connected to events in the past and in particular the events of the twentieth century which are still shaping our world today. Our aim is to ensure that you are well prepared for the future and our exciting new course now covers a wide range of historical periods by ensuring that you understand the journey that the world has taken in the past 1000 years. A focus on British history will ensure that you fully understand the way our country has developed and the impact history has had on our national identity, culture and beliefs. Our enthusiastic team provide the support and challenge to pupils and the resources to excel in leading their learning of the past and its impact on today.
Key Stage 3
We aim to develop our students love of the subject through a thorough grounding in British and world history and experise in the skills required to understand, analyse and independantly investigate events in the past. These skills are essential not only for future success in history and related subjects but also so that students can play an active and critical role in democratic society.
Students will learn about the history of Britain, and in particular, develop their understanding of chronology within British history and the ability to explain the impact of the events studied on the peoples of these islands:
- What is history? An introducation to the study of history at Crayford
- Rulers and ruled in Britain over the past 2000 years
- Living conditions in Britain over the past 2000 years
Students study three empires and two revolutions. In doing so they will develop their ability to make links across and within time periods and to explain the historical significance of events:
- Empires - examining and comparing the Roman Empire, Islamic Empire and British Empire
- Risings and revolutions - the causes and consequences of the English Cival War and French Revolution
- London as a multicultural city
Students will use evidence and carry out investigations in order to understand some of humankinds recent struggles for human rights and the issues around twentieth century conflicts. In particular, they will study:
- The struggle for human rights: the slave trade, the Holocaust and the women's suffrage
- The stuggle for peace: World War One, the inter-war years, World War Two and the Vietnam War
We have been fortunate to have Holocaust survivors visit us annually in order to share their experiences with the students. There is also a trip to the Imperial War Museum and the battlefields of France and Belgium.
Key Stage 4
From September 2016 we have followed the new Edexcel 9-1 GCSE course. In line with new requirements we will be studying British and world history from 1066 to modern day. Students will receive three lessons a week, and over the two year period pupils will study the events from the Crime and Punishment in c1000 to the end of the Cold War in 2010, and will look at the links between them. The course involves three examinations and includes a study of the following topics:
- Crime and Punishment in Britain 1000 –1890 including the study of Life in Whitechapel in the 1890’s
- Elizabethan England 1558-1588, including the study of the Spanish Armada and the plots to remove Elizabeth from the throne
- Nazi Germany 1919-39 including life after WW1, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party, life in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
- The Cold War 1941 – 1990 including the end of WW2, the Berlin airlift and wall and the Cuban Missile crisis
Skills for Success
Students will develop their literacy and numeracy skills throughout the course as written explanations and source work are essential to their examinations. They will need to:
- Be interested in the past and be motivated and driven by a desire to understand it
- Be able to work individually and as part of a team and to be able to effectively carry out research
- Have a critical eye and be able to make links
- Make reasoned arguments
- Develop opinions on both new and historical issues
History is a subject that develops a variety of different skills which can be used to study the subject at A Level or a range of other humanities and English subjects successfully. It can lead into a broad selection of future careers including work within the government, legal system, education, research, journalism and media. The skills students develop will ensure they can take a pathway into social sciences or law, management or architecture - there are limitless options!