Mrs. G. Caldwell (Head of History)
A point to remember….. Unless people know their History and understand how the world went wrong before how can they make it better in the future?
The Department believes in bringing the textbook alive as much as possible and Historians at KS3 participate in an impressive number of curriculum related trips. The Department also uses a wide variety of teaching and learning techniques to deliver the National Curriculum.
Year 7 -
Introduction: What is History? Students explore things like how an Historian works and how Historians are like detectives, finding information and looking at different types of evidence.
- Local study of Harleston – The Harleston Trail involves a visit to the local town. Students utilise their skills of recording that are needed for fieldwork.
- Medieval Realms 1066-1500. An in depth study of the Medieval world.
- Castles and Cathedrals. This topic involves fieldtrips to Framlingham and Orford Castles, where students try out their skills of attacking and defending not one but two castles!
Year 8 -
- The Making of The United Kingdom 1500-1750. Such topics as The Tudor Monarchs. The English Reformation, The Gunpowder Plot and The English Civil War are taught.
- To tie in with the work above students go on a fieldtrip to Oxburgh Hall. A beautiful moated late Medieval Stately home. Here they are transported back in time to 1588 where they participate in a living History presentation.
- During the Summer term Year 8 take a journey back in time to The Roman Era. To help support their work with this topic they not only visit Roman Colchester but also take part in Sancroft’s own Roman Recreation. This is a truly cross-curricular event organised by the History Department, where students in Roman Costume participate in a whole variety of activities, including cookery, archery, drill, theatre and Gladiator training.
Year 9 -
- Students concentrate mainly on 19th and early 20th Century British History. There is plenty of variety of topics and students study aspects of social, economic and political history.
- Britain 1750-1900. Topics studied include The Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions and the way they changed the ways in which people lived and worked and The Slave Trade.
- Early in Year 9 students visit Norfolk Rural Life Museum where they participate in a lesson taught in the Victorian classroom, have a tour of the workhouse by the Workhouse Master and visit Union Farm to experience changes brought about by the Agricultural Revolution.
- The Era of the Second World War. Topics studied include The Rise of Hitler to Power, The Causes of the Second World War, The Holocaust, and life during the War, The Blitz.
- To help students understand what life was like in London during the Blitz, Year 9 visit The Britain at War Theme Museum in London. To also help them with their work on the Holocaust year 9 also are involved in a visit of a Holocaust Survivor who visits the school to talk about their experience of being a Jew during the Second World War.
History at Sancroft in Years 10 and 11 is both popular and successful. In free options significant numbers of students opt to do History at GCSE. Results are generally pleasing and regularly above national averages. Indeed many students achieve their highest grade in History. History as an academic GCSE provides excellent groundwork for A level studies, and every year a significant number of students go on to do History at AS and A level.
As at KS3 the Department likes to bring the subject and the text book alive as much as possible. To date the Department has organised in upper school curriculum related trips to: Russia, Prague, Krakow, Vienna, Berlin, New York and Washington, The Golden West and China. Last year the Department visited Classical Turkey and 46 students are already booked on a trip to Classical Italy in 2013. On top of this the Department takes Year 11 Historians to the Battlefields of France and Belgium on an annual basis.
Syllabus - History A Modern European and World History
- USA 1914-1941- This topic includes Race Relations, Ku Klux Klan, Roaring Twenties, Wall Street Crash, Great Depression and President Roosevelt.
- War & British Society 1903-28 – This study will focus on topics such as trench warfare, war art, war in the air, war on the home front and the peace settlement in the period 1914-19.
- Superpower Relations 1945-1990 - Topics such as the Cold War, NATO and the Cuban Missile Crisis will be looked at.
- The War in Vietnam - 1964-75
As at KS3 students learn about the topics via a wide variety of teaching and learning techniques, Videos, Tapes, Music, Films, different types of evidence, old documents, newspapers, paintings, fieldtrips …..etc. The list goes on! And of course via discussion.