Welcome to the History Department

To be a historian is to be curious and imaginative: ready to question, to challenge and to learn. The study of history ensures that the past remains alive, dynamic, controversial, and ever relevant. It is the study of justice and injustice, innovation and continuity, freedom and oppression, race and religion, ideas and ideologies, exploration and discovery, health and illness, architecture and art, literature and music.

At Pittville we believe in enquiry based learning for students to understand the past through questioning, analysing and evaluating past events. We use a wide variety of teaching methods and styles to engage and to challenge all learners. Lessons are designed to enable students to have a deep understanding of essential historical concepts and skills as well as key events that have shaped the world we live in today.

KS3 History we study British History chronologically from the Medieval period to the 20th century. In Year 7 we study British history from 1066 to 1485 and the Tudors. In Year 8 students again focus on British history looking at the rise of Empire and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the development of modern Britain from the Tudors and Stuarts through to industrialisation in the 18th/19th century and the First World War.

In Year 9 we focus on twentieth century history. Students study the impact and consequences of WWI and WWII with a look at the rise of dictatorships between these two global conflicts. We also complete an in-depth study of the Holocaust.

History is a popular subject at GCSE. We are following the AQA specification. In paper 1 we study Germany 1890-1945 and Conflict in Asia 1950-1975. In paper 2 we study a thematic course on British history from 1000AD to the present day looking at Health and the People. In the final unit of paper 2 we complete a depth study on Elizabethan England 1558-1603.

How can parents support their child in History?

Please talk to your child about the History they are learning at school and encourage them to explain their understanding of the ideas to you.

Encourage your child to read widely and watch historical documentaries or age-appropriate historical programmes e.g. the Horrible Histories series

Read/watch the news to keep up with current affairs

Visit historical sites and places of interest