History

History is a popular choice at University. Students from More House have gone on to read History at Oxford, and at many other universities.  Careers which students have followed through History include Diplomacy, International relations, Law.

STAFF

Head of Humanities

Mrs G Collins - gcollins@morehousemail.org.uk

 

Miss B Owen - bowen@morehousemail.org.uk

AIMS

It is quite fitting that More House students develop into inspirational young people. History at More House School aims at encouraging a curiosity and interest into the past and teaching the girls to be confident when framing their own interpretations. Through History, our students develop skills of debate and analysis and a passion for current affairs with an awareness of wider world events which affect our lives today.

Our main aim is to encourage a thirst for knowledge and passion to find out more about our past and the past of other countries.  We see committed young ladies entering debate with confidence and eloquence.  Taking History further than the classroom, students use the skills in wider debate, analysis, questioning and an understanding of the developments in the world around us. Lessons frequently lead to discussion of the news today.  History fosters wider economic and political understanding which links well to all other subjects on the curriculum.

A high proportion of GSCE and A’ level students achieve higher grade passes. The majority of GCSE History candidates gained A or A* grades in June 2016. In the last three years, our A level students have gained 100% A to C grades at A Level.

YEARS 7, 8 AND 9

History is compulsory in Years 7-9.  During these years, the girls follow the National Curriculum. A range of topics are studied looking at world and British History ranging from the dynamic Roman Empire and Medieval times, through the major developments of the Tudor and Stuart years up to the Twentieth Century. The emphasis in teaching is an enjoyment of the subject, while keeping a balance with the key skills required for GCSE.

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YEARS 11 - GCSE SYLLABUS (AQA)

GCSE History AQA Unit B:  History and the Modern World 1914 - 2000

At present, our Year 11 students are following this Modern World GCSE syllabus.

Students have the opportunity to explore the development of different countries throughout the twentieth century. Students also learn how relationships between countries have affected the modern world.

Students will take two written examinations and complete one piece of Controlled Assessment.

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GCSE changes from 2016

From September 2016, the GCSE syllabus has changed in line with the National changes to the History Curriculum. We continue to use AQA. The content will be as follows:

- Russian Revolution 1894-1924

- Stalin and the Soviet Union 1928-45

- The Cold War 1945-72

- Elizabethan England 1485-1603

- Power and the People 1066-2000

SIXTH FORM - A LEVEL SYLLABUS AQA 

The A Level History course consists of three components taught over two years. These include a range of British and European topics which span several hundred years.  This encourages students to draw parallels between themes and cultures. The modules are graduated in difficulty with a “synoptic” coursework module at the end covering the full range of skills from previous modules. The method of examination is wide-ranging from document and source material to more extended writing and, finally, the “traditional” essay.

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CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Every year the History Department runs several trips. Destinations include Bodiam Castle, The Tower of London, The London Dungeons, Hampton Court, The Imperial War Museum. We also take students abroad. Every year we go to the Battlefields in France or Belgium. For GCSE and A’ level students residential trips enrich the study of the Russian Revolution and Stalin with visits to Moscow and St Petersburg. The study of Nazi Germany and the Cold War is helped by visits to Berlin.

The History Department takes on whole school awareness of wider events. We have conducted awareness of Amnesty international. We focus on National Holocaust day (with a special More House memorial ribbon designed by a student).  In addition we have overseen boxes sent to soldiers based in Afghanistan who do not have families to support them.

The History Department runs a ‘Horrible Histories’ Club which is very popular with students.