History

historyWe aim to provide our students with an enjoyable, stimulating and challenging experience. Wherever possible we try to bring History to life using a wide a range of resources and teaching styles.  Students studying History are encouraged to work together in groups to solve problems and, whenever possible, to engage in role-play, discussion and debate.

At every stage, students will be encouraged to ask the key questions about the past. Who? Where? When? How? And of course, Why? At Carterton Community College, we believe that the study of History should equip our students with the tools required to ask the important questions about the world they live in today.

Teaching Staff
Mr J Fisher Teacher
Ms L Lansley Teacher
Mr M Lawton Teacher
Miss K Swift Teacher, Head of Culture, Music & Sport Faculty
KS3 Curriculum

At KS3, students will learn about aspects of Local, National, European and International History from 1066 to the 1970s. They will be provided with all the information, dates and facts they need to develop a good understanding of the events of the past. Students will also be encouraged to develop the key skills required in the study of History as required by the National Curriculum: interpreting the past, evaluating historical sources, looking at the causes and consequences of events and identifying the things that change and the things that don’t change in the past. Our aim is to develop our learners minds to enable them to come to their own conclusions about the world around them.

KS4 Qualifications

At GCSE, students will study two topics: `The History of Medicine from the Stone Age to the Present’, and ‘The American West’. They will also complete controlled assessment on a local History site, Oxford Castle, which will include a visit to the site itself in year 10. Students at GCSE will be encouraged to work independently and develop their exam and study skills. The syllabus we study is the AQA “A” syllabus.

KS5 Qualifications

At Sixth Form, we study the AQA History course as it contains a substantial British History requirement and promotes an understanding of change and development over time. Part of the course (the Historical Enquiry unit) is deliberately left until year 13, when students have the intellectual maturity to benefit fully from the exercise, which will also prepare students for progression to higher education. The course modules will include:

  • The emergence of a great power: Spain in the Age of Discovery 1469–1598
  • The Making of Modern Britain 1951 – 2007
  • Civil Rights in the USA (Historical Enquiry Unit)
SMSC / Enrichment

History provides an outstanding opportunity for student enrichment. In the department we are very keen at developing students’ thinking & learning skills as we feel it develops our students as life-long independent learners. Through using our window on the past, we shine a light on cultural, political and social upheavals and examine how they have shaped the world we live in today. Geologists often say that “The present is the key to the past”; here in the History department, we believe in the opposite.

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