History is a very popular subject at Lyndon with around two thirds of the cohort choosing it as one of their options. We have a team of three dedicated teachers with nearly 50 years of experience collectively and a wealth of different skills ranging from GCSE examiner to First World War re-enactor. We have a strong commitment to making History interesting and relevant to the lives of our students, using it as a window through which we can explore current issues as well as social, cultural and moral lessons for life. We believe firmly that students need to take ownership of their learning and we aim to empower them in this through the skills they develop in History lessons.
We also believe in the value of enrichment activities and, as well as running several after-school clubs, we have organised trips to Warwick castle, the Black Country Museum and the Staffordshire Regiment trenches. We have also ran residential trips to Belgium, Berlin, Normandy and Auschwitz.
In years 7, 8 and 9 students study a range of different historical topics including: the Vikings, the Norman invasion, Medieval Britain, the Industrial Revolution, significant women, the slave trade, the British Empire, protest movements, the First World War, Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and Vietnam.
In year 9 students have the option of choosing GCSE History as one of their subjects for study in years 10 and 11. We follow the AQA History specification, covering the following topics:
Germany 1890 – 1945
Conflict and Tension 1918 – 1939
Health and the People c1000 – present day
Norman England 1066 – 1100
The course is assessed through two 1 hour 45 min exams at the end of year 11.
The full GCSE specification can be downloaded here:
Team Leader: Mr M Rickett