“Study the past if you wish to define the future!”
The world is complex and our place in it unique. We cannot fully understand the world around us if we don’t study the past and understand the choices and decisions of our predecessors. Why do societies change and develop? Why does conflict play such a central role? What is the role of power? How does the past turn on chance events and moments? Answers to these questions are what lie at the heart of our modern world as it was shaped and formed by the past.
History is fundamentally the study of people and what drives them, inspires them and causes them to make decisions which we may now find astonishing. We are, in effect, studying ourselves. We are looking to analyse the past to help us understand the development of human society so far. Is it cyclical or linear? What do we have in common with past eras? Anything? What drives progress? Are we progressing? Why is the world so unequal?
History gets you to think in depth. It gets you to analyse and form opinions, consider complex ideas and form your own opinion based on solid evidence. It develops the skills of reasoning and evaluation. It poses counter-factual hypotheses and forces you to defend an opinion. It is not just about knowing the story of the past but analysing its component parts looking for causes, effects and consequences and looking at the relative importance of different factors. No other subject expects you to think in such an analytical way.
At Lowton C of E High School, History results in 2014 were fantastic!
52% achieved an A or an A* and this was 24% above the national figure
A*-C pass rate was 84% (national = 68%)
Subject Key Aims
To develop curiosity and fire students’ imaginations about how the past directly influences and shapes the present
To encourage an enjoyment of thinking about complex events and the importance of forming and supporting opinions
To improve written and verbal communication skills of explanation and analysis
To be open to having your ideas challenged and being prepared to reformulate them based on evidence
To enable the study of a traditionally academic subject that opens doors to a variety of careers
Each year group explores topics through enquiry questions to encourage an investigative approach.
Who won the Battle of Hastings and why?
Impact of the Norman Invasion: How did the Normans keep control?
Becket’s murder: Why was there a power struggle?
Peasants’ Revolt: Why were the peasants revolting?
Magna Carta: Why was it significant?
Power struggles: How and why have people fought for power and democracy?
Charles I and English Civil Wars
Revolutionary ideas: Ranters, Diggers, Levellers and Quakers
Cromwell: War criminal?
Glorious Revolution and the Bill of Rights
Comparison of Medieval, Tudor and Industrial Lives: When would you have preferred to live and why?
Exploration of life in the three time periods
What was the Transatlantic Slave Trade and why did it last so long?
Experience of the Middle Passage
Life in the Americas
Historical approaches: Cliometric Historians and Micro-Historians
Interpretations: Whigs, Marxists and Black Revisionists
Life for black African-Americans post-slavery
Should Britain apologise for its role in the Slave Trade?
Has Martin Luther King’s dream been achieved?
Why did the Great War become the First World war so quickly?
Causes of the First World War
Life as a soldier
The role of commemoration
Rise of the Nazis
Outbreak of the Second World War and its key moments
Coal and Northern Soul
An investigation of local history
End of the First World War and its impact on Germany
Treaty of Versailles
Creation of Weimar Constitution
Early problems: Rebellions and putsches and hyperinflation
Role of Stresemann
Wall Street Crash
Rise of the Nazis
Establishing totalitarian control
Cold War 1943-1992
The end of the Grand Alliance (Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam Conferences)
Berlin Blockade and Airlift
NATO and Warsaw Pact
Three crises: Berlin, Cuba and Czechoslovakia
Invasion of Afghanistan
Reagan and Gorbachev
Perestroika and Glasnost
Fall of the Berlin Wall
End of the USSR
Nature of the fighting
Role of the American Public
Reasons for its end
This is currently the Controlled Assessment unit.
Impact of the Depression
The government’s approach to dealing with the unemployed
World War Two
Battle of Britain
Reasons for German defeat
Ministry of Information
Role of Women
Labour landslide victory 1945
Creation of the NHS
This is a source analysis paper.