Each Askean Term our History students produce their own magazine. Read it here.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 we aim to develop our students' love of the subject through a thorough gounding in British and world history and expertise in the skills required to understand, analyse and independently investigate events in the past. These skills are essential not only for future success in History and related subjects but also so that students can play an active and critical role in democratic society.
In Year 7, students will learn about the history of Britain, and in particular, develop their understanding of chronology within Briitsh history and the ability to explain the impact of the events studied on the peoples of these islands.
During Year 8, students study three empires and two revolutuons- in doing so,, they will develop their ability to make links across and within time periods and to explaint he historical significance of events. Students visit the British Museum as part of their investigation of Empires.
Over the course of Year 9 students will use evidence and carry out investigations in order to understand some of humankinds recent struggles for human rights and the issues around twentieth century conflicts. We have been fortunate to have two Holocaust survvors visit us annually in order to share their experiences with the students. There is also a trip to the Imperial War Museum and the battlefields of France and Belgium.
For History there is a choice of two GCSE options; Modern World History of History of Medicine.
The GCSE Modern World History course is nased on 20th Century British, US and World History. There is a forthcoming trip planned to Berlin.
This topic examines the causes of the 'Cold War', decisive world events such as the Berlin Blockade, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, improving relations between the USA and the USSR in the 1070's , the threat of nuclear war in the 1980's and the collapse of Communism in 1991.
This unit examins what life was like in the USA in the 1920s with a 'boom' in indsutry and culture but also the rise of gangsters and continuing racism. The unit also looks closely at the causes and effects of the Great Depression of the 1930's. How far was American society altered by these events?
This unit looks at what it was like to live in Britain before World War Two, during a time of high unemployment and large scale protests. The unit also investigates life in Britain during the Second World War and how the war was won. Students will also investigate how Britain change after the conflict with the birth of the 'welfare state'.
This unit replaces coursework and consists of a three part assignment done in class time in supervised (but not exam) conditions. The focus is on the civil rights movement in the USA. Students will learn about the role of Martin Luther King, Malcom X and others in changing the lives of black Americans, as well as the women's movement and student protest.
The course approaches history in two ways; paper 1 is an outline of change and continuity over a long period of time while paper 2 is a study in depth. There are two question papers and one piece of Controlled Assessment. There is a trip to the Old Operating Theatre.
Students examine what people believes caused illness and how they treated it from Prehistoric times throught he classical civilisations of Greece and Rome into the Middle Ages, the renaissance and into the 19th and 20th Century. Students invesigate how technology led to an improved knowledge of anatomy and surgery and the development over time of public health from Roman sewers to the foundation of the NHS.
Students discover how people travelled and settled in the Great Plains of America in the 19th Century, the main features of Native American culture and its conflict iwth the USA. Students will study the role of myth and the realities of cowboy life in the Wild West.
Students study the main features of Israeli and Palestinian history, and in particular the conflict that has occured over the last 60 years and the reasons for present conflict.
History at A-Level consists of four units; two are studied per year. One of the units taken in Year 13 is a coursework unit. There is an optional trip to Russia as part of the A-Level and students have also participated in the Holocaust Educational Trust's 'Lessons From Auschwitz' Project, which involves a visit to Poland. The History Department has developed links with King's College London and as such students have benefited from classes prepared by King's lecturers and postgraduate students. There are also regular opportunites to attend masterclasses.
From Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894-1941- Between 1894 and 1941, Russia was ravaged by two World Wars, a Civil War, famines and purges that claimed the lives of tens of millions of people. In 1917, after a third revolution in 12 years, Russia became the world's first Communist country, the USSR, and it quickly became on the world's superpowers. Over the course of the year, students will investigate the reasons for these and other changes and assess the success and failures of the leaders of Russia.
The Age of Gladstone and Disraeli 1865-86. The focus of this unit is the critical use of evidence in investigating the political developments of this period and the impact of these two remarkable individuals. History students will look at the reforms introduced by both Prime Ministers as well as their approaches to Ireland, the British Empire and the wider world.
Britain under Margaret Thatcher 1979-1990- This coursework unit examines the premiership of Britain's most controversial Prime Minister. Students will write two 2,000 word essays, one of which is based on historians; interpretation of Mrs Thatcher and one of which is a personal investigation of students' own choosing.
Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964- This unit covers 109 years of Russioan history- from the abolition of serfdom to the space race. Studying Rucsia in more detail, students will draw comparisons between the Tsars and commissars and explain whether there was any meaning ful change in how the gorvernment treated the people, changed the economy and fought wars.
Students of Government and Politics will learn about, and engage in, political debates and study how decisions are made withing hte British, US and international frameworks. Students sit two exams in Year 12 and two in Year 13. There is a trip to the UK parliamnet and students are encouraged to attend masterclasses; there have also been trips to Brussels and Washington DC.
Unit 1: People and Politics- What is Politics? Why does it matter? Power, authority, Government, democracy, participation, ideologies, parties, elections, pressure groups.
Unit 2: Governing the UK- Constitutions, Parliament, Prime Minister, Cabinet, judges, law, rights.
Unit 1: Representative Processes in the USA- Elections, voting, parties, pressure groups, racial and ethnic politics.
Unit 4: Global Political Issues- Conflict and war, terrorism and WMDs, poverty and development, evnvironmentalism and sustainability, human rights and international law.
Location: Haberdashers' Aske's Federation,Pepys Road,London, SE14 5SF