History at Sandringham is focused on not only equipping students with high-level evaluative and analytical skills, but also on providing them with a clear and coherent narrative of British, European, and World History.
As a department of dedicated historians, we have the following aims and ambitions for our students:
- To foster inquisitiveness, to inspire intellectual curiosity, and cultivate a love of the study of History.
- To equip students with a coherent narrative of British, European, and World History, based around a well-sequenced and inclusive curriculum.
- To develop an understanding of key historical concepts: change, continuity, causation, consequence, and significance.
- To develop mastery of key historical skills: enquiry, interpretation, use of evidence, application of knowledge, communication, and construction of supported arguments.
- To develop a rich body of knowledge of key historical events, significant developments, and important themes in history.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 History is taught in mixed ability sets for one hour a week. The curriculum provides an excellent grounding in the subject. An innovative, thematic approach has been adopted, allowing students to appreciate change over time and compare and contrast periods, whilst having a chronological understanding.
Year 7: ‘Medieval Life’
From Roman to Norman: what is History
The Norman Conquest
Life in the Middle Ages
Religion and conflict in the Medieval world
Magna Carta and the birth of Parliament
The Black Death
Year 8: ‘Early Modern Europe’
Religious change in Early Modern Europe
The English Civil War
From restoration to ‘Glorious Revolution’
Origins of Empire and the slave trade
Impact of the Industrial Revolution
Year 9: ‘Co-operation and Conflict in Twentieth Century Europe.’
The causes and events of the First World War
The impact of the First World War
The Inter-War Years 1918-139
Life in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
The Origins of the Second World War
How parents/carers can support learning
Parents / carers can play a huge role in supporting the study of History. Whether at KS3 or KS4, we would encourage you to ask what is currently being studied, prompt discussions of the key issues, and take an active interest. We are happy to recommend books, films, or trips that can support each element of the History curriculum and we would suggest that you start with the Super Curriculum first.
Extra curricular actvity / trips:
Year 9: Ypres Salient and the Somme battlefields
We typically run a two-day residential trip to which is split between the Ypres Salient and the Somme region as part of our study of the First World War. Students will spend a night in Ypres and will get a chance to witness the highly memorable ‘Last Post’ at the Menin Gate.
Year 10 / 11: Berlin – Nazi and Cold War Germany
We aim to run a four-day trip to Berlin to support the study of Nazi and cold War Germany which our KS4 students undertake in Year 10 and Year 11. This is a fantastic opportunity to walk the streets of Berlin that bore witness to some of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century.
BBC Bitesize (KS3) – History revision
BBC Bitesize (KS4) – History revision