History at Hull Collegiate School is about building factual knowledge and chronological understanding but, above all, about developing a fascination with the past. Pupils will study the ‘island story’ of the United Kingdom and place the past of our own country in the context of the history of the world.
Year 7 opens with the Norman Conquest and its impact on Medieval England. Pupils examine how monarchs exercised political power and find out about the social, economic and religious perspectives of ordinary people. We take pupils to the Royal Armories in Leeds for workshops on ‘The age of the Knight’ which fits well into our study of medieval culture. In the Trinity Term of Year 7 pupils begin their focus on the United Kingdom from 1500 onwards. The Tudors and Stuarts provide opportunities for extended research and writing as well as the development of higher analytical skills. Study of religious change in England illustrates the challenges the King and Church faced and the political and social consequences of their decisions. Key figures pupils will encounter include Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots.
Year 8 begins with a study of the English Civil War which introduces pupils to the struggle for power between the monarch and parliament. Analysis of evidence then forms the basis of a study of industrial and social change in the nineteenth century. Pupils will investigate topics as diverse as cotton mills, the slave trade, workhouses and the Suffragettes. A study of the French Revolution completes Year 8 and offers comparisons with England through exposure to a violent turning point which shaped the future of European History.
Pupils study the defining moments of the twentieth century. The two world wars, the Holocaust and the struggle for civil rights in the USA, are all studied to give pupils a true understanding of this ‘age of extremes’. An optional visit to the battlefields of the First World War in Belgium and France consolidates pupils’ understanding. By now pupils should have a clear understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural factors which drive history. They will be able to conduct independent research, produce extended, argumentative and analytical writing and be equipped with the necessary skills to study History at GCSE.
Key Stage 3 History is designed to create a lasting enjoyment of the subject. Resources from Year 7 upwards include textbooks, written and visual source material, film and the internet. Work is presented orally, in writing and using ICT. Assessment throughout Key Stage 3 tests knowledge, understanding and skills and is conducted through homework, class assignments and examinations.