The History department is committed to raising standards within our subject area through high quality frontline teaching for all, which employs a variety of teaching methods and styles. Our aim is to engender a passion and enjoyment for History which uses a study of the past to help students understand and comprehend the world around them. We believe that History enables students to understand themselves, their community and the wider world. As a department we believe that successful History students are well equipped for the next stage of their life once they leave our school.
As a department our vision is to engage, excite, enthral and educate all our learners in the subject we are so passionate about. We work to develop both historical knowledge and a variety of key skills the students require in order to prepare them for their future lives.
In our teaching we aim for students to:
- Develop a love and passion for the subject
- Develop competent source skills.
- Develop arguments using knowledge they have learned and applied.
- Understand concepts such as cause and consequence, similarities, reliability, progression, regression and change.
- Develop transferable skills that will aid them throughout their educational journey.
- Be thoroughly prepared for their exams at all stages of their school career, both internal and external.
- Develop the knowledge application and recall skills essential for exam success to support their personal progression.
History at the Abbey School is taught in well equipped classrooms by dedicated specialists who aim to stimulate an interest, passion and enthusiasm for the subject.
All classrooms have a multi-media computer, linked to a projector.
Students benefit from numerous opportunities to learn outside the classroom. In the Lower School students undertake a local history study during Term 6 of Year 7 which gives students the opportunity to visit some of the historical sites within Faversham. In Year 8 students are offered the chance to visit the cemeteries and battlefields of the First World War. In KS5 the department takes part in the Lessons from Auschwitz programme run by the Holocaust Educational Trust which allows 2 Sixth Form students to visit Auschwitz Birkenau.
Students in Year 7, 8 study a varied and engaging curriculum that is both content and skills driven. As well as developing a historical knowledge students develop thinking skills focusing on those needed to be a successful historian. The knowledge and recall skills needed to retain information are introduced from Year 7 as they are vital for exam success. Students cover topics from the Middle Ages through to the 20th Century, in line with the National Curriculum as far as is possible. Students study topics from both Britain’s History and the wider world.
The GCSE course begins in Year 9. The department offers the EdExcel/Pearson GCSE course with the following topics covered:
- Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18
- Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
- Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
- Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
|% of GCSE||Length of exam||Topics||When is this covered?|
|Paper 1 – British Thematic Study with Historic Environment
(Paper codes: 1HI0/10-12)
|30||1 hour 15 minutes||Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18||Year 10|
|Paper 2 –Period Study and British Depth Study
(Paper codes: 1HI0/20-29)
|40||1 hour 45 minutes||Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
|Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study
(Paper codes: 1HI0/30-33)
|30||1 hour 20 minutes||Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39||Year 9|
The current Year 11s are completing the OCR SHP (A) GCSE, and are the final cohort to do so.
Key Stage 5
The department offers the OCR A-Level course with the following topics covered:
- The Tudors
- The Cold War in Asia
- Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992
- A coursework assignment on a Historical Investigation.
|% of A Level||Length of exam||Topics||When is this covered?|
|Unit 1 – British period study and enquiry
(Paper codes: H505 Y106)
|25||1 hour 30 minutes||England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558)||Year 12|
|Unit 2 –Non-British period study
(Paper codes: H505 Y223)
|15||1 hour||The Cold War in Asia 1945–1993||Year 12|
|Unit 3 – Thematic study and historical interpretations
(Paper codes: H505 Y319)
|40||2 hour 30 minutes||Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992||Year 13|
|Unit 4 – Topic Based Essay||20||Coursework unit||Learners will complete a 3000–4000 word essay on a topic of their choice, which may arise out of content studied elsewhere in the course. This is an internally assessed unit group.||Year 13|
For students to study History at A-Level typically they need to achieve a B grade at GCSE in History, or a B grade at English if not previously studying the subject.
From 2017 History will be offered as part of the IB course. Students will study the following:
- Rights and protest – Civil Rights movement in the USA 1954-1965 & Apartheid South Africa 1948-1964.
- Authoritarian states in the 20th Century – e.g. Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Nasser’s Egypt, Nazi Germany, Stalinist USSR, Franco’s Spain and Mussolini’s Italy.
- Causes and effects of 20th Century Wars – e.g. First World War, World War 2, Spanish Civil War, Russian Civil War, Irish War of Independence, Vietnam War, Falklands War and First Gulf War.
- Internal Assessment – any historical topic of students choice to investigate.