Head of Department: Miss L Fairbard

Department Introduction

The History department at Herne Bay High school has five specialist rooms. We are a very well equipped department with a dedicated ICT suite, a variety of textbooks, historical artefacts and video footage available for teacher and student use.

A variety of methods are used to learn the subject including:

Please click here to download the Year 6 Transition Booklet


In KS3 we have consulted the government revised National Curriculum 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 – History Skills, what were people’s lives like? and what was the most significant disaster over time?

Year 8 – Power and Protest from Medieval times to the 20th Century

Year 9 - Invasion and warfare - How did William gain control of England? What was the impact of WW1? Why was there another World War?

The History studied in Years 10 and 11 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

Click here for exam board information on GCSE History



Year 7 – TBA

Year 8 – Students are taken on a tour of Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury Museum to support their unit on the study of Power and Protest.

Year 9 – A visit to Hellfire corner at Dover Castle and the WW2 tunnels in Ramsgate.

Years 10 and 11 – Visit to Battle Abbey and the site of the Battle of Hastings in Year 10. Year 11 Trenches visit to France and Belgium where the students have the opportunity to visit the graveyards, trenches and monuments to commemorate those who lost their lives in WW1. A revision visit to a History Scene production of Medicine through Time which includes an exam busting workshop.

Please click here to download the Year 6 Transition Booklet