Welcome to the History Department.
The History Department comprises a collection of inspiring of teachers who encourage William Edwards students to empathise with the people who inhabited different time periods and to experience historic events.
KEY STAGE 3
Our students begin their journey through history in Year 7 in Medieval England. Here they learn about what life would have been like for ordinary people, what happened at the Battle of Hastings, the impact of the Black Death and they travel to Jerusalem to fight in the Crusades.
Students in Year 8 start the year in Tudor England, they learn about Henry VIII and his many wives, and then fight in the Armada under the rule of Elizabeth I. When we explore the English Civil War, students decide whose side they would fight on and experience life in the strict world of Puritan England under Oliver Cromwell. We then jump through time to gain an insight into what life would have been like for a Slave taken from Africa or the Caribbean to the Americas to work on the Plantations before travelling back to England to learn about life in Industrial England for both the rich and poor and turning ourselves into super-sleuths as we investigate the crimes of Jack the Ripper.
Year 9 brings to life the horrors of the Twentieth Century. Students study the First World War; life in the trenches and on the Front Line. They are introduced to the key dictators of the time: Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler. Moving on through the century, students study the rise of Hitler and key events from the Second World War and the Cold War covering key events including as the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.
KEY STAGE 4
Elizabethan England 1558-1588 (20%)
British Depth Study (Paper 2)
(Paper codes: 1HI0/B4)
Students will begin their course in year 9 where they will study in depth the first 30 years of Elizabeth I’s reign, from the turbulent early days of the religious settlement, plots and assassination attempts, to relations with foreign powers such as France, the Netherlands and Spain. Finally we look at the attempts of exploration made by the Elizabethans in the quest for discovery and riches.
The activities students will complete throughout the topic are designed to help develop a better understanding of how history is constructed, and are focused on the key areas of Evidence, Interpretations, Cause & Consequence and Change & Continuity. As this is a key focus of the unit
Crime and Punishment C1000- Present (30%)
Thematic Study (Paper 1)
(Paper codes: 1HI0/10)
They will then study Crime and Punishment throughout British History from the Anglo Saxons to present day. This will allow students to gain an understanding how the definition of crime can change throughout our history along with the methods used to deal with crime. This topic includes an historical environment study of the area of Whitechapel, including an investigation into the Jack the Ripper case.
British America 1713-1783 (20%)
Depth Study (paper 2)
(Paper codes: 1HI0/22-23)
Students will be able to study the development of British America, from pirates to slavery to the eventual fight for independence. This will allow students to develop key skills for their exam as they will learn to identify links between events and the consequences of actions taken by key individuals of the period
Weimar and Nazi Germany (30%)
Modern Depth Study (Paper 3)
(Paper codes: 1HI0/31)
Students will learn about this short and dramatic period of history in detail so that they can gain a solid understanding of society during the period. Students will investigate different aspects within the period, such as social, economic, political, cultural and military, and how they interact with each other. Students will also develop their understanding of contemporary sources and modern interpretations of events so that they can be more analytical in their exam answers.
For further information, please contact the Department Leader Ms. V Bull on Bullv@wes.swecet.org.