The department offers a fascinating range of topics from Medieval through to Modern History. At Key Stage 3, students learn about Britain, Europe and the World between 1066 and the Twentieth Century. After this, the GCSE and A Level courses cover a range of topics including Health through the Ages, the Norman Conquest, inter-war Germany and an overview of the History of Russia.
Is History Useful?
Pupils who do well at the subject will not only have learned about fascinating events and people form the past but will also have a better understanding of the world they live in and humankind. They will have been taught to think about and evaluate a range of historical material and develop good communication skills and rational argument - skills valued highly by employers!
Is History Interesting?
History at the Crypt is studied in a variety of ways. As a department we employ a wide range of teaching resources, use of textbooks, ICT and make full use of visual material (documentary and newsreel film) as an integral part of the course. Students work individually, in pairs, in groups, taking notes, creating diagrams, writing essays, making presentations and even model making. In return, they are expected to show an interest in the history and be prepared to develop their own ideas and responses to the material being studied. We want students to learn to think independently and communicate their ideas effectively. Above all, we want them to enjoy their history studies at the Crypt.
Is History Difficult?
Pupils who want a good grade in history will have to work hard at the subject. Students need to practice reading widely (given the interesting topics studied, this should be fun), try to analyse and argue a point in writing, rather than simply telling a story. However, there is no special language or technical knowledge required for History and so hard work and enthusiasm should make it possible for anyone to achieve a good national curriculum level or grade at GCSE and A level.
What Will I Be Studying?
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9/National Curriculum)
- Medieval England, including the Battle of Hastings, the Black Death, the Peasants Revolt and the Crusades
- The Making of the UK and Modern World, including The British Civil Wars, the Great Fire of London and the Industrial Revolution.
- The Modern World, including World War I, 1930s American Gangsters, the Wall Street Crash, the rise of dictators, World War II and the Blitz
At Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
- America 1920 – 1973: Opportunity and Inequality
- Conflict and Tension, 1919-1939
- Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
- Norman England, c1066 – c1100
At Key Stage 5 (A level)
- Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035 – 1107
- Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919 - 1963
- Russia and its Rulers 1855 - 1964
- Independent research project- Research, analyse and write about any issue from history
Out of Lesson Learning
In addition to our classroom teaching, we organise a range of trips with a historical focus. In recent years, we have visited Goodrich Castle, Gloucester Cathedral and the First World War Battlefields in France and Belgium. Future visits are likely to include Chepstow Castle and Llancaicah Manor in South Wales too.