History & Politics
Head of History and Politics: Miss K Harrison
Teacher of History: Mrs J Scatley
Teacher of History: Miss E Kinghorn
History at HGSS is a successful and popular subject area with lessons being delivered twice a week for Years 7-11 and 4 times a week at Key Stage 5. The aims of the History Department allow students to:
- Describe and explain historical change and cause
- Analyse different features of historical situations
- Develop a knowledge and understanding of the main developments in key periods of History
- Explore the key features and characteristics of events
- Investigate the impact of events and reactions
- Investigate issues by evaluating and interpreting historical sources
- Develop research skills by completing and applying independent research to evaluate and analyse how the past has been interpreted and represented in different ways.
Overall, our main aim is to give our students the opportunity to develop a coherent understanding of the past and to develop transferrable historical skills.
Regardless of which teacher takes the lessons, a wide range of teaching methods will be used and the lessons will be stimulating. History lessons for all years are intended to be both interesting and designed to prepare students thoroughly for exams and coursework tasks. In a nutshell, lessons are exciting, motivating, challenging and purposeful.
Lessons in each year promote British values and also celebrate the impact other cultures have had on this country throughout history. For example:
Year 7 studies Life in Medieval England, including the Norman Conquest, the impact of the Crusades and the Tudors
Year 8 studies The Industrial Revolution as well as the British Empire, its impact on Britain and its colonies, the Slave Trade and Democracy, the First World War and Rise of the Nazis.
Year 9 begin their GCSE with the unit Living Under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945, and The Making of America 1789-1900 (Paper 3)
Year 10 students study The People's Health c.1200 - Present Day (Paper 1) before conducting a Local Site Study into Hampton Court Palace and it's evolution (Paper 2).
Year 11 is dedicated to the final GCSE unit The Elizabethans 1588 - 1603 (Paper 1) and a programme of revision.
Year 12 study OCR The Early Tudors 1485 - 1558 (Paper 1) and Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919 - 1963 (Paper 2) and begin to work on their individualised NEA.
Year 13 students study The Renaissance c.1400-c.1600
- Describe and explain the evolution of Politics in the UK and US
- Analyse different features of political situations
- Develop a knowledge and understanding of the main developments in key periods of Politics
- Explore the key features and characteristics of Political Ideologies
- Investigate the impact of events and reactions on voting behaviour
- Investigate issues by evaluating and interpreting political sources
- Develop research skills by completing and applying independent research to evaluate and analyse how the Politics has been interpreted and represented in different ways, particularly in relation to the media.
Overall, our main aim is to give our students the opportunity to develop a coherent understanding of the state of UK and US Politics, as well as developing their transferable skills.
A wide range of teaching methods will be used and the lessons will be stimulating; both interesting and designed to prepare students thoroughly for examinations. Lessons are exciting, motivating, challenging and purposeful. In the current day and age it has never been more important for young people to have an understanding of the world around them, and Politics allows them to explore this in depth. We also develop this through trips to Parliament, participation in Model UN and Question Time style events.
Year 12 students begin with UK Politics as this builds the foundation of the whole course. The students are introduced to vital concepts of democracy and participation, before building on this knowledge by looking at the mechanisms of how elections work. Students also learn about the role of political parties and the major and minor parties in the UK, as well as how voters act in general elections. In the Spring Term, students begin to learn about the Constitution first as this is the foundation of UK Government before examining how parliament functions, makes laws and scrutinises. This leads to students connecting the branches of the UK and how they work together. Finally, Year 12 students will examine the core ideologies - Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism - in addition to our optional unit on Anarchism.
Year 13 study the comparative element of the course; they compare their knowledge of UK Government and Politics with the US. Students begin studying the USA constitution as this document outlines the foundation of the three branches of government. Key concepts of limited government and separation of powers are introduced which are necessary for their understanding of the course before examining US elections, pressure groups, political parties and civil rights. In all units, students develop source analysis and essay writing skills.
For information on subject trips please visit the Trips page