History is a popular and exciting subject at Villiers High School. The department aims to help stimulate students' curiosity about the way people lived in the past, both in Britain and the wider world. The course aims to develop pupils’ own understanding of History at a personal, local, national and international level. The work aims to challenge and interest students about the past. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different time periods, cultures and societies.
The department uses the philosophy and resources of the Schools History Project to deliver the subject. History encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning young adults.
Key Stage 3
At Key stage 3 pupils are taught to develop the following skills: how to deal with sources and evidence, explain causation of events, interpret characters and major occurrences, argue relative significance of events and developments, identify continuity and change, and deal with diversity and culture in the UK and further.
In Year 7 pupils study: The theme of governance over time.
1) What is History?
2) Did the Normans change everything about Anglo Saxon England?
3) Has anyone ever liked King John?
4) Why is the English monarch the Head of the Church?
5) How did England end up without a king?
6) How did all adults gain the right to vote?
In Year 8 pupils study: The theme of changing society over time
1) Is the Roman Empire still important?
2) Was the Black Death all bad?
3) How did the price of bread kill the French king?
4) Did the Slave Trade create negative views of Africans and how was it ended?
5) How Victorian were the Victorians?
6) Who has come to Britain and what impact have they had on the country?
In Year 9 pupils study: The theme of conflict over time.
1) Why did people go on the Crusades?
2) Joan of Arc: Warrior, Witch or saint?
3) Why did the British Empire rise and then fall?
4) Why did World War I break out in 1914?
5) 20th century conflicts: Who fought? How and for what reasons?
6) Who were the victims of the Holocaust?
Key Stage 4: OCR B School’s History Project specification
In Year 10 pupils study:
Term 1 - Migrants to Britain from 1250 to today
Term 2 - The Elizabethans 1580-1603
Term 3 - Local Study with trip to the Tower of London
In Year 11 pupils study:
Term 1 - The Making of America 1789-1900
Term 2 - Living under Nazis rule 1933-1945