The study of History is essential for improving our understanding of the world and our place in it.
As the French writer Lamartine said “History teaches everything including the future.”
At Kingshill History students are taught investigative, analytical and evaluative skills which enable them to make informed
judgements and which will be invaluable to them throughout their lives.
Key Stage 3
When students arrive at Kingshill in year 7 they are taught a range of skills aimed at training them to be good historians. This includes examining artefacts, analysing different interpretations and understanding the significance of chronology. Year 7 students go on to learn about the Roman Empire and its legacy and life in Medieval Britain.
In year 8 students study Native American culture and life in Britain 1500-1750 including the Tudor and Stuart dynasties and the Civil War.
Year 9 starts with an in depth study of the Industrial Revolution including the slave trade. Students then go on to study both the First and Second World Wars with an emphasis on life in the trenches, the social impact on Britain of both wars and the Holocaust.
Key Stage 4
The History GCSE course provides lots of variety and the opportunity to develop further a range of skills learnt at key stage 3. In year10 students study the Medicine Through Time topic which offers a great diversity of topics ranging from the study of ancient cultures through to the 21st century including social and political history.
The controlled assessment is an in-depth investigation into the historical site of Chepstow Castle where students get to engage in fieldwork when they visit the site and develop their independent learning skills.
In year 11 the enquiry in depth is on the 20th century topic of Germany 1918-1945 which investigates the problems faced by Weimar Germany leading to the rise of the Nazis then culminating in the study of life in Nazis Germany. This involves examining emotive issues such as totalitarianism and the holocaust.