Key Stage 3 – History

Chatsmore’s vibrant and enthusiastic History department works with students from Year 7 to Year 11, with a range of subjects from the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum, such as Norman England through to late 2oth century Britain and then later GCSE History.

At Key Stage 3, students study an introduction to History, Medieval England, the Tudors, the English Civil War and restoration, Revolutions, Early, World War One, Early 20th Century America, the rise of hitler and World War Two, the Holocaust and the later 20th Century. We try to ensure the topics are topical and use a variety of teaching skills, from lively debates to card sorts, from essay writing to in-depth personal research topics.

History is a popular choice at GCSE with many pupils in each year group studying this subject.
History is part of the Humanities department which has three well-equipped rooms and is staffed by four full time teachers who use their individual strengths to great effect. Our aim is to equip students with the skills of analysis, a sense of reasoned judgement and independent research through active and fun learning, helping them to use these skills to make sense of the modern-day world.

Through the National Curriculum, the department hopes that all students who move on from our subject will take with them these skills, a lifelong interest in History and a better understanding of the current issues in our world, based on the study of previous societies and the actions of individuals

Those who carry History on to GCSE and beyond will take on a diverse and interesting subject, which embeds in the students the specific skills mentioned above, as well as more general life skills such as team work, co-operation, self-knowledge and self-confidence. Again, the department focuses on active and independent learning, allowing the students to develop their passion for the subject.

The department runs successful, inspiring trips and encourages outside visitors. This summer we will be taking year 7 students to visit WWI battlefields at Ypres.

Key Stage 4 – History

Subject Exam Board Syllabus Number
GCSE History AQA 8145

Is this the right subject for me?

Do you have a genuine interest in how people behave and why? How can we understand the state of the world today without looking at what people have done in the past? Do you enjoy problem solving and making connectives? If so then History is the subject for you!

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

You will build on your knowledge and skills that you have developed during Key stage 3 History.

What will I learn?

The aims of this course are threefold.

Firstly, to introduce students to some important ideas, personalities and events of the Twentieth century. For example, the rise of Nazism after the First World War under Adolf Hitler. Pupils continue this by looking at the origins of the Cold War and conflict between the USSR and USA. Every pupil will gain a better understanding of how events in the last 100 years have shaped and are still shaping World History.
Secondly, to help students better understand the history of Britain and key events, people and developments which have shaped the nation.
Thirdly, the content of the course will be used to help students develop historical skills: the interpretation of historical evidence, understanding concepts such as how and why change occurs, learning to appreciate the beliefs, attitudes and feelings of people in the past.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 – Understanding the Modern World

Current year 10 and 11 students have studied the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, Adolf Hitler and the Causes of World War Two, along with Russia from Tsardom to communism. This is changing to Germany from 1890 to 1945 and the origins of the Cold War, 1945-1972 for this year’s year 9 students.

Paper 2 – Shaping the Nation

Health and the people: 1170 to the present day.
Elizabethan England: 1568 to 1603

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Study A level in: History with Law, Classical civilisation, Government & politics, English, Humanities, Politics
Careers include: Public Service; teaching; law; museum curator; archaeology; genealogy; historical palaces curator; archivist; journalism

For more information, please consult:

If you want to find out more about this GCSE History course then you can visit the AQA Website www.aqa.org.uk. You could also talk to Mr Bowerman on wbowerman@chathigh.co.uk or Mr Shergold on cshergold@chathigh.co.uk and they will be able to describe the course in detail and advise you of what you need to do next when it comes to your options.
If you want to find out more about what this subject can enable you to do, don’t forget Mr Dean is available for career advice.