The History Department at St Bede’s is a successful and forward thinking department, and we use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to provide stimulating and challenging lessons. We are proud of our recent achievements; achieving 69% A*-C at GCSE, with very good progress shown across all year groups. In addition we have 64% of students achieving A*-B at A Level, with 100% pass rate in the most popular academic course offered.
History is mainly taught in two teaching classrooms, which have interactive whiteboards, ICT facilities and internet access. These classrooms have recently been updated and refurbished as part of our Humanities status and provide a stimulating area for learning.
History is taught by three specialist and highly skilled teachers.
Key Stage 3
Our new Key Stage 3 curriculum is themed into New Horizons, Living and Believing, Conflict and Co-operation and the Struggle for Democracy.
• Year 7 Topics – The Romans, Norman Conquest, Life in the Middle Ages, Local Study
• Year 8 Topics – Tudors and Stuarts, Science v Superstition, Industrial Revolution, Slavery, Crime and Punishment, Women and the Vote
• Year 9 Topics –, World War I, Hitler and Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, Hitler’s Foreign Policy
Key Stage 4
• AQA History GCSE- Understanding the Modern World and Shaping the Nation
• USA 1920-1973, Conflict and Tension 1918-1939, Health and the People 1000-present, Elizabethan England 1568-1603
Key Stage 5
OCR Exam Board. 4 Units are taught covering a British Period Study and Enquiry (The Later Tudors 1547-1603), Non-British Period Study (Russia 1894-1941), Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations (Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992) and coursework on Germany in WW1
Extra – Curricular Activities
The History Department is always looking to bring History to life for our students. In recent years, students have enjoyed trips to Warkworth Castle, Beamish and Durham Light Infantry. Students became peer educators in a Museum and Ambassadors for the Tin Ring exhibition.
We had the privilege of hosting the Anne Frank Exhibition. GCSE and A level students were given the opportunity of a life changing experience to Krakow and Auschwitz. Our specialist Humanities status has meant that we have enjoyed special guest speakers such as a Medieval re-enactor and a Holocaust survivor.