Year 7

In Year 7 History, students learn to use historical skills and independent study skills. The following events and developments are studied:

Local History: The people, events and history of Doncaster over time.

Settlement: The impact of settlement on Britain. This includes Welsh, Irish and Scottish history. The Norman conquest and immigration up to the present day.

People through time: A study of culture, housing, jobs, medicine, science and technology and poverty in medieval times to today.

Democracy: The development of democracy from Roman times to 1690. This theme will continue into year 8.

The impact of religion on the development of Britain: Medieval times to the Tudors. The impact religion had on government and the culture of Britain.

Year 8

In Year 8 history, students develop their skills in knowledge and understanding, ability to use evidence, and in communicating their ideas.  Through the year they study the following events and developments:

Power to the People: how ordinary people have gained more power, the Magna Carta, the first parliament and the Peasants’ Revolt. The Tudors and Stewarts – who was the greatest Tudor Monarch?

The English Civil War: why Charles went to war with the parliament, main events and the King’s execution.

The French Revolution: the causes of the revolution, the Terror and Napoleon.

Weapons and Warfare:  medieval weapons, castles, weapons of WWI and WW2 and weapons of today and the future.

Britain 1750-1900: The Industrial Revolution, its effects on the population, working and living conditions and the Victorians.

Black Peoples of the Americas:  The British Empire and involvement in the slave trade, life on plantations, who profited, resistance and rebellion, the emancipation of the slaves. Also the campaign for black civil rights, including Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and black power.

Students are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods that include individual work, group work, drama, the use of ICT, debates and role-plays.  Students develop their chronological understanding, communication skills, ability to evaluate sources, ability to argue from a point of view, and their critical thinking.

Year 9

In Year 9 students study major events and developments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Including:

  • The causes, events and consequences of the First World War.
  • Americain the 1920s and 1930s (including Prohibition, the rise of the gangsters and the Wall Street Crash).
  • How people have used Protest to get change.
  • An investigation into the assassination of theUSPresident John F Kennedy.
  • The rise of Hitler and the Second World War.
  • The Holocaust.
  • Popular culture since the 1950s.

Students develop their skills in knowledge and understanding, assess evidence, produce balanced arguments, communicate their ideas through written and oral work.

Students experience a range of teaching and learning methods including the use of ICT, video experience, role-plays, debates, costume, structured writing and group work.

Year 10/11

Students cover three main topics throughout Years 10 and 11.  Medicine and Public Health through Time and The American West 1840-95 are the exam topics. Conisbrough Castle is studied for coursework.

In History, students are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods including teacher led lessons, pair work, group work, role plays, debates, examining video material, using ICT and site visits.

Year 12:

At AS level students study two units both weighted equally. A document study on Germany to include the rise of Hitler, life in Nazi Germany, Germany during WW2 and the Holocaust and Germany after the war to include the Berlin Wall and the Cold War.  Year 12 students go on a London residential, visiting the House of Parliament, the BBC, and the Cabinet War rooms.

Year 13:

At A2, students complete a coursework unit on the American War in Vietnam. They complete one exam unit on Tudor rebellions. This is worth 50% of their final A level mark.

History is a popular subject at A level with a number of students going on to study History at degree level.