The History department at Moreton are committed to raising the achievement and aspirations of our students. The GCSE History results have increased over the last year with 51% of the 2016 cohort achieving a C grade or above.
Students at KS3 are working through an enquiry based curriculum which follows the KS curriculum introduced in 2014. The students start looking at power changes in Medieval England and ends in year 9 with a study of different protest movements through time, looking at the Suffragettes, The Troubles in Northern Ireland and the LGBT protest movement. Over every half term a different skill is being developed to help the students’ progress and become ‘little historians’. Assessments range from essays to creating textbook pages for KS2 classes.
Students taking GCSE History in Key Stage 4 are now studying the new AQA GCSE specification. Students will undertake the ‘Power and the People’ thematic study that will enable students to gain an understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain; starting from King John and Magna Carta up until the Brixton Riots of the 1980s. Students will develop an understanding of the different rates of change, why change happened when it did, whether change brought progress, and the significance of the changes on the people of Britain. In the other exam paper, students will focus on Elizabethan England and will also be required to study a historical environment. This will focus on the study of a particular site in its historical context and will examine the relationship between a specific place and associated historical events and developments. Students will also study Germany 1890 – 1945, an extremely interesting period of change, and a very popular topic. This will tie in nicely with the study of Conflict and Tension: 1894 – 1918; an examination of the causes, key events and impact of the First World War. This is an exciting time to study this conflict, as we are in the middle of the centenary celebrations!
The History team are committed to delivering meaningful lessons that are dynamic and robust. Students enjoy the subject; this is clear from the numbers of students who pick GCSE and those who have selected to do A Level. A love of History does not just come from learning in theclassroom, that is why we are committed to taking every year group on a trip once a year. Most recently some of our year 8s enjoyed a trip to the Staffordshire Regiment Museum and National Arboretum; while some of our year 10 and 11 students recently visited Berlin to learn about the Cold War and Nazi Germany in World War Two. This will undoubtedly bring their learning to life.
In History our vision is a clear one: the students should feel able to develop a passion for the subject the way we have all been lucky enough to do. Furthermore they should be challenged while supported and encouraged to be independent learners.
History Teaching Staff
Ms L. Bruce – Subject Lead
Miss L. Kibble – Teacher of History
Mr. T. Walker – Teacher of History
Miss H. Spillane – Teacher of History