Year 9 is a very important time for our historians as it is the year in which they can opt whether or not to continue studying history through to GCSE. Accordingly, the history department feels it is particularly important that our lessons open the students’ eyes to the importance of history in our everyday lives.
It is for this reason that much of the Year 9 course focuses around 20th century world history. Students will learn about both the short and long term causes that led to World War I, and they will study the brutal, unprecedented nature of the Great War. Upon studying the outcome of this ‘war to end all wars’, students will then start to piece together evidence of how the wrong decisions ultimately led to an even more devastating world conflict a mere two decades later. To complement this study of twentieth century conflict and power, students will study four of the epoch’s most infamous dictators; Stalin, Hitler, Franco and Mussolini.
The second half of the course coincides with a study of the second half of the last century. Students will gain an understanding of the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement in America, and the decline of the British Empire.
Student learning is assessed regularly, with a formal end-of-unit test typically being sat at the end of each half-term. In addition to consolidating knowledge, the nature of the assessments also ensure that the aforementioned key historical skills are constantly being developed.
The annual Year 9 history trip is the ever-popular ‘Battlefields’ tour to Ypres, Belgium. Typically occurring in late January/early February, this day trip enables students to remember and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War of 1914-1918.