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Devonport High School for Girls

Name of Head of Department

Mr N Cliff BA (Hons), PGCE, CCRS

Introduction to the department

History offers students the opportunity to develop as independent learners and to enjoy investigating aspects of our past and linking them to the present. 

It teaches us about the diversity of human experience and the challenges that faced past societies and periods of progress.  Most importantly students are encouraged to be open-minded and not to accept ideas at face value but to test them against the evidence.

Key stage 3  (Year 7 and 8)  

In Key Stage 3 students explore Ancient Chinese civilisation and aspects of British History from the Celtic/ Roman Britain period to 1066, some key turning points in the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution, the abolition of slavery and key turning points in C20th European History including the holocaust. Students will develop the core skills needed to transition to GCSE.

In Year 7 students may investigate the Qin dynasty and its significance and features of Celtic Britain and changes introduced by the Romans. They also study some key turning points in British Medieval History, including the Norman conquest, King John`s reputation and the significance of Magna Carta, the impact of the Black Death, the 1381 Peasants revolt and religious developments.

In Year 8 students aspects of the industrial revolution, the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire, the origins of World War One, the causes of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, aspects of WW2, with a focus on the Holocaust. 

Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11) 

At GCSE students will follow the AQA GCSE course. The course explores the development of medical developments from c1000AD to the current day, Elizabethan England, international relations 1919 -39 and the USA in the period 1920-1973. The course has been designed to offer students a good breadth and depth of understanding of History and to develop the skills introduced at Key Stage 3. 

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website  GCSE History Specification

Extra-curricular activities 

Year 7 students spend a day at Buckfast Abbey Devon, exploring a number of cross-curricular themes.