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History

HISTORY IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING. THAT IS WHY IT IS A DYNAMIC AND RELEVANT SUBJECT FOR ALL TO STUDY. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT RECALLING THE DATES OF BATTLES, OR THE NAMES OF KINGS. OH NO, AT WHITEFIELD WE STUDY THE MOTIVES OF PEOPLE IN THE PAST, HOW THEY LIVED AND WHAT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THEIR ACTIONS HAVE BEEN. OH YES!

The topics and units covered at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A level have been specifically tailored to appeal to our students to better engage their interest. British history is, of course, a focal point throughout all year groups, however we also examine a range of European and world history. For example in year 8, students study the rise and fall of the great Mughal Empire that originated in modern day Afghanistan and stretched across nearly all of the Indian sub-continent. At A level, the causes and impact of immigration since 1951 has proven of particular interest to our sixth form students. In addition to this, as well as looking at specific periods in history (such as the French Revolution or Nazi Germany) our students also examine themes that stretch across different periods of time, studying how they have altered and developed – in medicine, for example. Interspersed throughout the academic year, each class will have the opportunity to go on least one trip. In recent years students have visited MountFitchet, a realistic recreation of a mediaeval castle and village, the British Museum and Auschwitz concentration camp. This is a subject taught by teachers who believe history to be absolutely enthralling and look to pass that fascination on to all the students they teach.