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History is a popular and exciting subject at EGA. The department aims to help stimulate students' curiosity about the way people lived in the past, both in Britain and the wider world. The course aims to help pupils to develop their own understanding of history at a personal, local, national and international level. The work aims to challenge and interest students about the past. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different time periods, cultures and societies. The department uses the philosophy and resources of the schools history project to deliver the subject. History encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning young women.
Key Stage 3
At Key stage 3 pupils are taught to develop the following skills:
- How to deal with sources and evidence
- Explain causation of events
- Interpret characters and major occurrences
- Argue relative significance of events and developments
- Identify continuity and change
- Deal with diversity and culture in the UK and further
In year 7 students study:
What is history? A study of an aspect of social history, the impact through time of the migration of people to, from and within the British Isles before 1066.
The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509, this includes the Norman Conquest and the impact this had on English society. The Black Death, Peasants Revolt and the Conquest of Wales.
The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745, this includes, the English Reformation and Counter Reformation. Students carry out an enquiry into a local history study of St Bartholomew’s church and hospital- this is a study over time, testing how far the site in its’ locality reflects aspects of national history.
In year 8 students study:
Society and culture across the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in terms of religion and superstition in daily life. Students look at ideas, political power, industry and empire:
Britain, 1745-1901, this includes Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition. The development of the British Empire with a depth study on India. Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society party politics, extension of the franchise and social reform.
Students also study challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day with units on women’s suffrage, the First World War, the peace settlement, the inter war years and the Second World War. In addition students study the United States in the 20th century by looking at civil rights in the USA.
Study at Home for KS3
The text books we use at school are:
- SHP History year 7 Ian Dawson, Maggie Wilson. ISBN 978 0340 907344
- SHP History year 8 Chris Culpin, Ian Dawson. ISBN 978 0340 907368
- SHP History year 9 Dale Banham Ian Luff. ISBN 9780340907399
Students can supplement their learning by visiting these websites to do homework, play games and further their knowledge:
- The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemarie Sutcliff
- Across the Roman Wall - T. Breslin (Ancient Rome)
- A traveler in time - Alison Uttley
- Coram Boy - J Gavin (African Slavery)
- The Young Warriors - Victor Stafford Reid
- Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
- A Tale of two cities - Charles Dickens
- Friedrich - Hans Peter Richter
- The Diary of Anne Frank (Holocaust)
- All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
- Postcards from No Man’s Land – Aidan Chambers
- Ethel and Ernest A true story - Raymond Briggs
Key Stage 4
At key stage 4 we study Edexcel SHP History B:
- Medicine in Britain c1250 to the present day and The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918; surgery and treatment. (30%)
- Period Study. The American West c1835-c1895 British Depth study. Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588
- Modern depth study, Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.
Recommended Text Books
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Early Elizabethan England, 1558–1588 Student Book
Author: Georgina Blair
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History The American West, c1835–c1895 Student Book
Author: Rob Bircher
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 (EDEXCEL GCSE HISTORY (9-1)) Paperback – 21 Sep 2016 by John Child (Author)
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Medicine Through Time, C1250-Present: Student Book (EDEXCEL GCSE HISTORY (9-1) Ms Hilary Stark , Ms Sally Thorne
Weimar and Nazi Germany
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak This novel tells the story of death who happens to be following the story of a young girl living in Nazi Germany. Also available as a film. Imperial War Museum – Holocaust exhibition The London Imperial War Museum’s holocaust exhibit is stunning and free to enter.
- Alone in Berlin by Han Fallada Novel set in Nazi Germany. Based on a true story which tells the story of a couple who decide to oppose the Nazis after their son is killed at war.
- Anne Frank’s Diary telling her story of how her family hid for the Nazis during World War Two
- Hitler – The Rise of Evil - Drama series on the early years of Hitler.
- The Nazis a warning from History - BBC documentary series.
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne - Novel or film about a young German boy who makes friends with a young Jewish boy.
- Weimar and Nazi Germany by Hinton and Hite - A Level textbook. Very helpful if you want to extend knowledge
- The Third Reich by Michael Burleigh - Academic book about the Third Reich Auslander by Paul Dowsell Novel about a young boy living in Nazi Germany who doesn’t want to be involved in the Nazi party.
- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr - Novel about a Jewish girl’s story under Nazi rule.
Medicine through time
- Science Museum – medicine exhibition The Science Museum in London has history of medicine exhibition which is rather good and free to enter.
- St Thomas’s old operating theatre London - This museum is an old operating theatre which is fascinating.
- Pain, Pus and Poison (Michael Moseley) - Open University series.
- Blood and guts a history of surgery (Michael Moseley) - BBC series.
- Filthy Cities Medieval London (Dan Snow) - BBC series.
- 7 Industrial Wonders of the World – sewer king (Bazalgette episode) Available on DVD but easily found on youtube.
- The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A medical history of humanity by Roy Porter - Academic book about the history of medicine.
- The NHS a Difficult Beginning - BBC documentary.
- Saw bones by Catherine Johnson - Novel about an apprentice to a Victorian surgeon.
Historic environment (WW1 trenches and surgery)
- Imperial War Museum London – WW1 exhibition
- World War I: An Illustrated History by L Clark Covers the First War World in good detail with illustrations.
- The First World War by GJ Groot - Gives lots of details about World War One
- All Quiet on the Western Front - Film and Novel which tells the war from the German side. Novel about World war One looking at the experience of a famous war poet. Comprehensive BBC series about World War One.
- The Somme: from Defeat to Victory - Documentary about the Somme from the BBC available on DVD or found on youtube.
- Blood and guts a history of surgery (Michael Moseley) - BBC series.
- Dawn Dusk Both by Eve Edwards - Novels focusing on nurses in World war One
- Poppy and Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper - Novels focusing on nurses in World War One.
- Things a Bright Girl can do by Sally Nichols Mostly focuses on Suffragettes but also stuff on impact of World War One.
- Little house on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder (American West)
- Bury my heart at wounded knee, Dee Brown (American West)
History is a vibrant subject that gives many opportunities to study outside the classroom. The history department had a joint trip to see ‘Colossus’ at Bletchley Park. We have had some exciting links with the U.S. Embassy in London. Students have met and interviewed the Cultural Attaché of the United States in school. During the GCSE course students have been to the ‘Doctor Show’, this is a play where they are given excellent exam technique tips and learn about medicine through time in a humorous play. We have also attended the London Schools History Project Conference. Year 8 have the opportunity to visit St. Bartholomew’s church as part of their local history enquiry. Future plans include trips for visit to the battlefields of Belgium. Trips to the Welcome institute are encouraged as part of the year 9, 10 and 11 independent learning.