History sits within our Humanties department, which boasts some of the most successful GCSE results within the school. Students are assigned topics each term and staff within the faculty work together to achieve a common ethos and approach to curriculum organisation, teaching, learning and assessment.
Learning outside the classroom is strong in all of our Humanities subjects. In Year 7, students go on a Humanities field trip to Chester taking in the historic walls, Roman ruins and the Cathedral. In Year 8, students benefit from a field trip to Liverpool, which includes visiting the slavery museum and the Albert Dock. Other opportunities for students opting to study GCSE History include trips to the Imperial War Museum at Salford Quays and the city of York to learn about its Viking and medieval history along with an opportunity to visit Auschwitz whilst staying in the Polish city of Krakow.
History at Prenton High School seeks to use the study of the past to create young people who will:
- Gain an appreciation of the importance of studying the past, and understanding of the of the links between the past and their own lives through an appreciation of our global ‘human story’.
- Become greater scholars through gaining the skills to investigate, analyse and debate past and contemporary events.
- Cultivate a love of the process of learning and a desire to continue it.
- Gain curiosity and wonder about the past.
- Grow to think critically by approaching evidence and interpretations analytically to seek out the truth.
- Act as responsible, active citizens in the world today, informed by the examples of the past.
- Develop a robust understanding of the key developments of Britain and the world.
Table of topics
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
Our GCSE at Prenton offers students a wide range of skills that enhances their learning across the curriculum. Students will evolve their knowledge and skills from KS3 in order to develop into analytical thinkers with an academic writing style. We focus on British and American History over the past thousand years, charting the change and continuity that have impacted our diverse communities. Students' passion for History is cultivated by the study of under-represented groups in historical narratives, for example Elizabeth I’s battle for legitimacy, witchcraft, North American genocide, struggle for Black American rights and treatment of civilians in the Vietnam War. History is a well-respected subject amongst many employers, sixth form colleges and universities and can lead to careers in law, politics, education, media and local government.
Table of topics
|Year 10||Year 11|
Crime and punishment in Britain through time, 1000-present
Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588
The American West 1830-90
A divided nation: USA 1954-75
|Exam board: Edexcel GCSE History|
Nature of examination:
3 x written exam papers
Paper 1 – Crime and Punishment through time
Length of paper: 1 hour 15 minutes
% of final grade: 30%
Paper 2 – Period and Depth Studies
Paper 3 – USA 1954-75
Length of paper: 1 hour 20 mins
% of final grade 30%
Mr D Major | Subject Leader Humanities | NQT, RQT
Mr N Robinson | Teacher History
Mr B Taylor | Teacher History