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Bishop Douglass Catholic School

Bishop Douglass Catholic School

In Pursuit Of Excellence

History

History is a key part of the Humanities Faculty and is taught with other Foundation subjects in Years 7 and 8. We are a passionate and innovative department.

We ensure our choice of curriculum reflects the intrigue and excitement of the pupils and topics we teach. It has continued to attract a high uptake at both GCSE and A- Level and we have ensured that students are extremely successful with their results.

Our curriculum is designed to teach different historical skills such as cause, consequence, significance and chronology. We design our curriculum to give students a rounded knowledge of British and wider international history and its many peoples and histories. We teach students about the lives of men and women, different nationalities and ethnicities and consider those who were able to dominate and those who were controlled or subjugated.

By constantly developing our schemes of work, our aim is for students to understand their place in the world. They will also come to an understanding that history is contested, and that the best history is rigorous in its evidence, coherence and communication.

Key Stage 3 

The Key Stage 3 course focuses on the development of essential skills such as chronology, concepts like empire, enquiry, interpretation and the use of evidence.

We provide a rich and varied History Curriculum at KS3 with students in Year 7 studying the Roman conquest and occupation of Britain, the Norman Conquest and life in medieval Britain and the role of Tudor monarchs in changing the lives of everyday people.

For year 8 pupils they will begin looking at how slavery changed life in West Africa and North America and its connection with the growth of empire before linking this to the Industrial Revolution that swept through Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. Students will then examine the role of the Indian Raj in Britain’s imperialist phase before studying the two World Wars and the Holocaust (or Shoah). This scheme of work examines the lives of Jewish communities across Europe in the early 20th century before examining how the terrible events of the 1930s and 1940s virtually destroyed these ways of life.  

History trips are an important part of engaging students and in recent years we have led trips to the Imperial War Museum, National Gallery, Banqueting House, Old Operating Theatre, Tower of London, Hampton Court, and Kenwood House.

Key Stage 4 

The KS4 course aims to develop and extend knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history. It also enables pupils to engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. We study the Edexcel GCSE syllabus and constantly strive to choose exciting new themes and topics for the pupils we teach. Throughout this year pupils will be studying The American West 1835–1895 which includes a fascinating study of the Plains Indian tribes of the American West, Elizabethan England 1558–88, medicine and public health in Britain from 1250 to the present day and a study in depth of Germany 1918-1945.

Key Stage 5 

History is long regarded as a subject of weight and merit and is therefore a very popular choice at A Level.  It is academic in nature yet teaches students many worthwhile skills such as analysis of text, the nature of argument and debate and of course, increases their subject knowledge on individual topics. In short, it creates independent learners. It is a good qualification for the professions: law, media, accountancy, journalism and public relations to name a few. The A level is composed of 3 units of study: Unit 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702, Unit 2: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 and Unit 3: Historical Investigation.

In recent years we have taken A Level students to the National Portrait Gallery, Banqueting House, Cromwell Museum, Royal Academy, Royal Collection and Audley End as part of their A Level in History in recent years. We are seeking to extend this to include ambassador trips to Auschwitz as well this year.

 

Enrichment Opportunities 

There have been recent Key Stage 3 and 4 visits to the Royal Banqueting House, National Portrait Gallery, Imperial War Museum, National Gallery, Banqueting House, Old Operating Theatre, Tower of London, Hampton Court, and Kenwood House.

A Level students have visited the National Portrait Gallery, Banqueting House, Cromwell Museum, Royal Academy, Royal Collection and Audley End as part of their A Level in History in recent years.

For further information please contact us via email - schooladmin@bishopdouglass.barnet.sch.uk