"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." - Marcus Garvey
History is a popular subject among all year-groups at Epsom and Ewell. The department employs an open-door policy, encouraging students to seek support in consolidating and developing their understanding of History. This cultivates a positive ethos where learners feel well-supported and develop a love for the subject.
The History Department strives to make the subject as relevant and accessible as possible, regularly reviewing and adapting schemes of work to ensure that the curriculum reflects issues that continue to shape the world today. Lessons often foster debate among students and help them to develop their own opinions on complex political and ethical problems.
Students begin in Key Stage 3 with a general overview of British History, studying how politics and society have evolved since 1066. They then explore conflicts in the twentieth century, building an understanding of how international relations have shaped the current geopolitical system. In doing so, pupils are introduced to key historical concepts such as causation, significance, interpretation, and change and continuity.
At Key Stage 4, students study a variety of topics that develop their conceptual understanding of the subject. Topics include: Germany 1890-1945; Conflict and Tension 1919-1939; Health and the People; and Elizabethan England c.1568-1604. Their studies are supplemented by after-school revision sessions and exam-focused homework tasks.
Many students choose to continue studying History at Key Stage 5, where a broad and engaging range of subjects are provided. Topics include: Britain Transformed, 1918-1997; The USA, 1920-1955; The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580-c1750; and a coursework unit on the Holocaust. To develop pupils’ understanding of the Holocaust, the department organises a three-day trip to Poland. Students are given the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and to speak to a survivor of the Holocaust, both of which help to humanise the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime.
About the curriculum for this subject
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