At Three Rivers Academy, History is one of the most popular subjects. Students learn about different events and people from the past to help them understand our contemporary world.
Key Stage 3
Our KS3 History curriculum is varied, exciting and engaging:
Year 7 – Students have the opportunity to develop historical skills with a Pirate Case study, before moving on to study the Norman Conquest and Why William won the Battle of Hastings. Other popular topics include The Black Death, Magna Carta, The Tudors why did Henry VIII have so many wives?
Year 8 - Students have the opportunity to develop their historical skills further with a ‘Jack the Ripper’ case Study and its place in the Industrial Revolution. Other popular topics include Guy Fawkes, The English Civil War, the Great Plague, the Fire of London and Slavery and Civil Rights in America.
Year 9 - Students have the opportunity to develop their historical skills further with a in depth examination of the Holocaust and Genocide. Other popular topics include World War One; World War Two, and 20th Century America. In Year 9, students have the opportunity to go to the Somme battlefields to see trenches, memorials, where soldiers lived and fought during World War I.
Key Stage 3 students have trip activities that are built into their homework in order to support parents in help their children explore History outside the classroom. In Year 9, students have the opportunity to go to the Somme battlefields to see trenches and memorials, where soldiers lived and fought during World War I.
Key Stage 4
At Three Rivers Academy, History is one of the most popular and successful subjects at GCSE and lessons both engage and enthuse our students.
Germany: Democracy and Dictatorship 1890 - 1945
Students will study the rule of the Kaiser and his fall after World War One. Students will look carefully at the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi Party to government. Students will then analyse the structure and nature of the Nazi State and how is both controlled its citizens and persecuted minorities.
Conflict and Tension: Europe 1918 - 1939
Students will study the interwar period, the search for peace after World War One and the structure, successes and failures of the League of Nations. Students will look carefully the key events that led to War in the 1930’s including the Anschluss and the Nazi-Soviet Pact.
Health the People 1000AD - Present
Students will study how Medicine and treatment changed from medieval times to modern day including some of the most significant developments in history such as the Germ Theory, the structure of the Human body and the development of the NHS and modern medicine.
The Normans 1066 - 1100
Students will study life during and after the Norman Conquest and how this shaped the nation as we see it today. This includes the famous Battle of Hastings, the building of castles and the creation of the Domesday Book. Alongside this, students have a specific site study which changes each year and will form part of their exam.
Key Stage 4 students have trip activities that are built into their learning which include workshops at Weybridge Synagogue with Holocaust survivors and the option to go on foreign trips linked to GCSE content.
Key Stage 5
A Level History is a very popular and successful option in Sixth form with sixth form students leading and supporting other year groups and trips.
Unit 1 – The Tudors 1485 – 1603
You will also study the Tudors and the issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence during the reigns of the Tudor Monarchs from Henry VII to Elizabeth I and the impact of the social, political and religious change they brought.
Unit 2 – The Cold War 1945 – 1991
Students who choose History at A Level will study the Cold War and the evolving course of international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon.
Unit 3 – Non-Examined assessment
A Level students have the opportunity to study a topic of their choosing analysing change over a 100-year period. With guidance they will come up with their own questions and topics and write 4500-word essay as a piece of coursework.
A Level students have the opportunity to go on Field trips to a variety of locations including the imperial War museum, the Tower of London and Hampton Court in the UK. The student also have the opportunity to travel on extended residential field trips to Berlin, Rome and Washington DC to develop their contextual knowledge and skills further.
If you require more information please contact Mr Andy Detnon Head of Department via email at: Andrew.Detnon@threerivers.thpt.org.uk