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Devonport High School for Girls

Name of Head of Department

Miss L Matthews, BA (Hons) QTS

Introduction to the department

History offers students the opportunity to develop as independent learners and to enjoy investigating aspects of our past and linking them to the present. 

It teaches us about the diversity of human experience and the challenges that faced past societies and periods of progress.  Most importantly students are encouraged to be open-minded and not to accept ideas at face value but to test them against the evidence.

Key stage 3 (Year 7, 8)  

In Year 7 students investigate and study some key events in British Medieval History, including aspects of Anglo-Saxon Britain, the Norman conquest and its impact, King John's reputation and the significance of the Magna Carta, the impact of the Black Death, the 1381 Peasants revolt and religious developments. There is also a study of the changes to religion made by the Tudors, including the Tudors.

In Year 8 students investigate and study some key events the industrial revolution, the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire, women's suffrage, the origins of World War One, the causes of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, the origins of World War Two, anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10, 11) 

Students will follow the AQA GCSE course. The examination takes the form of two papers.  Students will study the Paper One options: America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality and Conflict and tension: the inter-war years, 1918–1939.  On Paper Two students will study Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day and Restoration England, 1660–1685.  AQA have designed a course that provides students with a breadth and depth of understanding of History and builds on the skills introduced at Key Stage 3. 

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website  GCSE History Specification

Extra-curricular activities 

Year 7 students spend a day at Buckfast Abbey Devon, exploring a number of cross-curricular themes.