History isn’t what happened, but a story of what happened and there are always different versions, different stories, about the same events.To learn about History is to learn about ourselves. To understand the why, where, when, what and how of History, helps us understand ourselves, and the world in which we live.
If we forget the past we are doomed to repeat it: first as tragedy and then as farce.
At Buile Hill Visual Arts College, we think that History is important, interesting and rewarding.
Key Stage 3
In years 7 & 8 pupils will study a range of topics including:
- Invaders and settlers in ancient briton
- Norman conquest
- Middle ages
- Industrial revolution
In year 9 pupils who opt to study History at GCSE will deepen their understanding of the world around us and how issues in the past inform decisions made about today. The topics studied are:
- Modern world history from WW1 onwards
- Modern day terrorism
Key Stage 4
Year 10 pupils study AQA B History. Pupils are assessed through two examination papers (75%) and a piece of controlled assessment (25%).
Pupils will be set regular homework to support what they are studying in lessons. Key Stage 3 pupils should expect at least one piece of homework a fortnight, and pupils in Key Stage 4 should expect at least one per week.
How will I be monitored and assessed?
Our pupils are given a History target level at the beginning of the year and they are given opportunities to meet their target, and even surpass it throughout the year. Our teachers assess work regularly and at the end of each topic, pupils are tested using examinations or questions which demand an extended response. Pupils also carry out a self-assessment.
Target levels are reviewed at the end of every topic and at various times of the year, books are carefully monitored by staff to ensure that all pupils are working to their full potential.
After school clubs
Pupils are offered the opportunity to attend a Humanities film club in which we watch documentaries or historical films and discuss the events, wildlife or human story behindthem. We also offer revision sessions for Key Stage 4 pupils on a Wednesday to support their revision for exams.