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The History department at Carre’s is situated in two specialist teaching rooms in the main teaching block (Rooms 20 and 21)
The department is well resourced with class sets of textbooks in the Rediscovering History series for Key Stage 3. In Key Stage 4 there are class sets of the official Schools History Project textbooks on Germany 1919 – 1945 and Crime and Punishment Through Time. Each module at AS and A2 Level is accompanied by several sets of textbooks along with a small specialist History Library in Room 20 available to all Year 12 and Year 13 students. The department subscribes to many historical magazines, Hindsight (GCSE), New Perspectives, Modern History Review, Twentieth Century Review and The Historian which are also available to Sixth Form students. Further historical literature is available in the Learning Resource Centre.
In Year 7 pupils have the opportunity to study medieval artefacts that are borrowed from a local museum to help develop their understanding of archaeology and the Middle Ages. The department has access to ICT facilities in the Humanities department (Room 19) and the Learning Resource Centre.
The course follows a chronological framework of British History from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. The course aims to provide students with a general historical knowledge and understanding of the most important events in our history.
Units of work cover the Middle Ages, including the Norman Conquest of 1066, the impact of the Norman conquest on England, the power of Monarchs and the Medieval Church, everyday life in the Middle Ages and the development and evolution of Castles.
The first half of the year is spent studying the lives and legacies of England’s Tudor monarchs, from Henry VII to Elizabeth I. Having studied the power and influence of the Tudors, students spend the second half of the year studying the causes, course and consequences of the English Civil War.
In their final year of compulsory History education students consider the development of Modern British Society. Students begin by studying the social, political and economic impact of the Industrial Revolution on Britain. Students then study the origins of the British Empire and the causes and consequences of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Two extensive units examine the Two World Wars with a focus on understanding the causes of these conflicts.
The History department offers GCSE OCR Specification A (Schools History Project) 1935
This course consists of 3 separate modules. In Year 10 the History Around Us Unit (Sleaford Navigation) is completed as controlled assessment coursework. In addition the Study in Depth on Germany 1919 – 1945 is covered. The final unit Crime and Punishment Through Time (the Development Through Time module) is completed in Year 11. The GCSE exam consists of 2 papers. The first (2 hours) is content based and assesses knowledge and understanding of the Germany and Crime and Punishments units. The second paper (1.5 hours) is a source based paper testing historical skills and is based on a specified topic taken from the Crime and Punishment unit.
The History department is offering the OCR GCE History specification A. In Year 12 students cover a British History unit (F963 option B) titled Churchill 1920 – 1945. This is source based and looks at the way Winston Churchill’s life and political career developed between 1920 and 1945. The European History unit (F962 Option B) is titled From Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894 – 1941 and covers Russia under the Tsars, the 1917 Revolutions and the development of the Communist state under Lenin and Stalin. Each unit is assessed by examination at the end of the year.
In Year 13 students examine Civil Rights in the USA 1865 – 1992 (Historical Themes F966 Option B) which studies the rights of African Americans, Native Americans, workers and women from the Civil War up to 1992. This is assessed by examination at the end of the year. In addition there is a unit from Historical Interpretations and Investigations (F965) on The War in Vietnam 1955 - 1975 which is a coursework unit looking at the causes, course and consequences of the Vietnam War.
The department integrates fieldwork where appropriate. Currently Year 7 visit Lincoln Castle, Year 8 visit the Royal Armouries in Leeds and Year 9 students have the opportunity to visit the First World War battlefields in Flanders. Year 10 visit the Sleaford Navigation Museum and Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre. Year 12 visit the Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum in central London to enhance their understanding of the Churchill unit of study.
The analytical and research skills developed in History open the door to a wide variety of future careers. These include the legal profession and the police, many aspects of the media and journalism, management, local government and the civil service. A more direct link with history is found in teaching, museum work, archaeology and leisure and tourism through the heritage industry.