The History Department at Bishop Challoner School is dedicated to ensuring pupils consistently exceed their potential across all key stages because at the core of the department’s outstanding pedagogical practice is the belief that the study of History must be justified to students as relevant, important and essential; and that by being encouraged to develop intellectual autonomy, they are prepared to participate as confident citizens within a modern information society.
The department continues to play a key role in delivering outstanding GCSE and A Level results because the teaching focuses on translating knowledge into something accessible to all, finding the hook that opens a subject up and makes it compelling to a wider audience.
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is organised chronologically, constructed around enquiry questions, with a focus on Empire as a key theme running throughout. The focus in year 7 is focused on the Roman Empire and life in Medieval England. In year 8 pupils study the Tudors, the Stuarts and an extensive unit titled From Slavery to Civil Rights. Year 9 is contracted around the World Wars with the year concluding with a detailed study of the Holocaust. Assessment methods vary throughout the key stages but this is a solid focus on essay writing skills.
At Key Stage 4 pupils currently study OCR Schools History Project: Option A. Pupils study The American West 1840-1895 and Medicine Through Time. Paper 2 is based on British Public Health 1800-1914. Pupils are also currently required to write a 2000 word essay on the significance of Terrorism in the 21st Century.
From September 2016 pupils will study OCR Schools History Project: Option B. The Thematic Study will be on Migrants to Britain, c1250 to present and the British Depth Study will be the Elizabethans, 1580-1603. The Period Study will be The Making of America and the World Depth Study will be Living under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945. The examined History Around Us case study will be based on a local site.
Pupils currently study Key Stage 5 study OCR History Option A with a focus on the Tudors and Nazi Germany. Pupils also are required to complete a 2000 essay on history investigation and a 2000 word essay on history interpretation.
From September 2015 KEY 5 pupils will study OCR History Option A. The British Period Study and Enquiry will be The Early Tudors and the Non-British period study will be Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963. The Thematic study and Historical Interpretations will be on Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992. The topic based essay will be on Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister.
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Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9
Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11
Key Stage 5: Year 12 and 13