History

History

Step back in time with the History department! Please explore our History pages, to find out more about what we offer as a department.

Ethos & Values

We aim:

  • To enhance children's quality of learning through the effective delivery of the History curriculum, ensuring quality provision to all students.
  • To raise attainment in History by creating a target-orientated culture, based on the enhancement of self-esteem and an ethos of mutual improvement.
  • To have consistently high expectations, matched with the dedication of professional, dedicated and knowledgeable staff and match these with high quality resources and learning strategies.
  • To make links with the wider curriculum, particularly assisting in the provision of improvement of English language skills and usage.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students.
  • To manage our well-ranged selection of resources to ensure maximum benefit.
  • To adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of the delivery of the subject.
  • To maintain and improve upon our high levels of success as a department.
  • To develop and consolidate the role of History in the English Baccalaureate qualification.

The History department consistently aims to reinforce the ethos and values of Somercotes Academy through high expectations, mutual support, passion for the curriculum area and the constant drive to improve both as Historians and as individuals.


Knowledge & Skills

'There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life'. - Karl Popper

History is uniquely placed to offer knowledge and skills that can be applied to the wider world and can be linked to almost all areas of study and personal development. History allows us to:

  • Develop and improve upon a knowledge and understanding of key events, individuals and ideas of the past, evaluating and linking them to the present day.
  • Explore, investigate and evaluate historical sources, learning how to critically evaluate and analyse them.
  • Develop the skills of self-reflection, team work, and organisation and further develop skills that utilise the usage of the English language.
  • Develop the ability to understand the world in which we live, together with developing the skills which are essential in many subjects.
  • Understand what motivates people and understand what they think and feel.
  • Gather and read different kinds of information.
  • Investigate information and can check it for bias or propaganda and comment on what the purpose and validity of it is.
  • Read maps, graphs and other diagrams;
  • To communicate effectively.

As a faculty, we are proud to offer our students the chance to develop and prosper in a way that benefits them for the rest of their lives.


Resources & Facilities

The History Department is staffed by dedicated, professional and outstanding teachers who are passionate History.

We offer dedicated, well equipped and comfortable classrooms, with interactive facilities and a range of quality resources, ranging from excellent detailed textbooks and artefacts to subject specific software.


Courses & Qualifications

Students follow a carefully Key Stage 3 structured programme in years 7 and 8, with the option of taking History GCSE in year 9. Increasing numbers of students are choosing History as an option, we expect this to further increase as History is now part of the core of subjects required to achieve the English Baccalaureate qualification.

Key Stage 3: Students study History from the Romans through to the 20th Century. Areas covered include Medieval realms, Tudors and Stuarts, Slavery, Diversity, the British Empire and WWI and WWII. In year 7 and 8 all students have two lessons of History per week.

GCSE: In GCSE History students currently in Year 10 will study the Modern World Syllabus of the OCR Examination Group. Students receive three lessons a week of History, with our aim being that they retain the same teacher throughout the course. In this course, students will sit a Controlled Assessment of 2000 words and will be examined further in two external examinations that will be sat in the summer of Year 11.

Students in Year 9 will be studying the new GCSE obtaining grades from 1-9. These students will sit the GCSE from the AQA Examination Group focussing on International developments in the inter-war years with a depth study on Germany. In addition, students will undertake a British Depth Study on Elizabethan England. The course with be examined through two external examinations in the summer of Year 11. Students studying the AQA GCSE will also receive 3 lessons per week.


Learning Outside The Classroom

History Clubs are available for students throughout Key Stage 3 and 4. These have a local history theme and are currently closely linked to the centenary of WW1. Students have recently investigated the role of the 'Grimsby Chums' during the Battle of The Somme in 1916.

A History Club is currently running for KS4 students to develop key contextual knowledge and exam skills. As Somercotes Academy develops further, there may be the opportunity to hold a joint French and History trip to France.


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

The study of History lets you develop skills which could lead to many different career choices. History is widely regarded as a rigorous and challenging qualification by employers and education providers and is popular for all areas of development. As well as a broad range of historical and contemporary contextual knowledge, history develops skills of interpretation and analysis useful in all jobs, including high flying professional careers like politics, law and the media.

History links well with all subjects, but particularly Humanities subjects such as English, Religious Education, Law, Philosophy and Geography.

Some examples of careers History can lead to are:

Accountancy, Archaeology, Architecture, Barrister, Broadcasting, Civil Service, Diplomatic Service, Drama Theatre and the Performing Arts, Media, Teaching, Public Relations, Journalist, Legal Executive, Police, Politics, Publishing, Sales and Marketing, Solicitor, Tourism, Town Planning, TV Researchers, Lawyers.

However there are many more!

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Somercotes Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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