In KS3 we have consulted local primary schools through our transition co-ordinator to ensure a minimal clash with topics taught in KS2. This had led the department to teach through thematic enquiries rather than chronologically through each year group. (Although each theme is taught chronologically)
Year 7 – We follow a historical enquiry titled - What were people’s lives like? (A social history unit studying what everyday peoples’ lives were like in different time periods.) Within this unit we conduct a local study on medieval Canterbury as well as Victorian Herne Bay and Herne Bay’s contribution to the First World War.
Year 8 – Power and Protest from Medieval times to the 20th Century. (This is a more political study of monarchy’s and the fight for democracy)
Years 9 – Historical enquiry- Twentieth Century Conflict. This encompasses World War One, The Holocaust and the changing of nature of warfare focussing on terrorism in the 21st century.
Years 10 and 11 - GCSE History studied follows the AQA Examination Board Specification. The two-year course will follow four topics:
Thematic Study-Shaping the Nation: Britain-Health and the people: c10000 to the present day
Depth Study-Shaping the Nation: Norman E gland, c1066-c1100 to include a study of a historical environment. (Durham Cathedral)
Depth Study-Wider world depth studies: Conflict and tension 1894-1918
Period Study-Wider world depth studies: Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship