Our aim in History at Dame Alice Owens is to excite and enthuse students into the subject, as well as developing their historical skills to help them to make sense of the past. We do this through the topics that are studied and the variety of teaching and learning techniques applied in the classroom. We like students to take an active part in their learning and encourage them to show their understanding in variety of ways, such as research projects, making films, historical re-enactments, magazines and of course writing essays to enhance their analytical reasoning.
From Years 7 to 9, we cover a broad span of history from the Roman Empire through to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Students have the opportunity to look at the conquest of England from 1066, the power struggles and rivalry of the Tudors and Stuarts, the barbarism of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the horrors of World War One and the rise of dictatorship in the interwar period.
At GCSE, we concentrate on 20th Century World History taking in a broad scope from the rise of Communism to Stalin’s brutal regime in USSR, the Nuclear Arms Race between the Superpowers after World War Two culminating in the Cuban Missile Crisis, the quest for equality and Civil Rights in the USA and finally the changing nature of Crime and Punishment in Britain.
For A-Level, the students study some major concepts including democracy, nationalism, fascism and Nazism. During their AS Year their focus is on how Italy came to be unified and how frustrated nationalist hopes led to the emergence of Fascism under Mussolini. They look at the dynamics which helped to move Britain closer towards democracy in the 19th Century. At A2 Level, students study different interpretations of the rise of Hitler and the Nazi State and also for coursework investigate the impact of British Rule in Ireland up to 1922.
Mr M Davies (Head of History)
Further information for current parents and students can be found on the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Log-in via the link above, click on Departments, then History. Parents are reminded that they share log-in and password details with their child.
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