In the setting of an international school, with all its abundant multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and religious influences, History must play a dynamic part in the education of every pupil. The narrative drive, giant personalities and dramatic events should be imbued in every student through passionate and stimulating teaching. The aim is that by the end of Year 9 each pupil should have some grasp of the magisterial sweep of History across the continents, alongside a basic grasp of the essay writing and document analysis skills that are needed in the examination years. At IGCSE and A Level we want pupils to investigate and think for themselves, as History, above all other subjects, should create enquiring minds that enjoy discussion, whilst tying their studies into current affairs. By the end of Year 13 we hope that History students can face the world with the ability to express themselves lucidly on the page and engage with controversial topics through debate, along with going out into the world with a questioning and analytical approach that does not accept received wisdom.
The History curriculum at SAIntS:
The curriculum at ‘Key Stage 3’ reflects the multicultural nature of the school’s intake and as preparation for examination demands in later years. The curriculum is as follows:-
- Year 7: The Medieval World (African, European and Islamic history)
- Year 8: Exploration, Slavery and Empire (Voyages of discovery, slavery and the impact of imperialism on the world)
- Year 9: The Twentieth Century World (From the First World War to Kamuzu)
There are three lessons of History across the two week timetable in Years 7-9
Years 10 – 11:
We follow the Edexcel IGCSE Modern World History course, with the main area of study being the 20th Century. Our study topics are:
- The Russian Revolution, 1914-24 (Document analysis paper)
- Weimar & Nazi Germany, 1918-45 (Outline study)
- Superpower relations, 1945-62 (Outline study)
- Africa: decolonisation and independence, 1945-2000 (Depth Study)
The examination has two papers, each 1hr 30 minutes long. It is divided up into Outline sections (knowledge based answers), Document analysis (dealing with primary source material) and one Depth Study. There are no tiers and students of all abilities take both papers.
There are four lessons of History across the two week timetable in both Years 10 and 11.
At A Level we follow the Cambridge GCE. We aim to build on the base of knowledge that students have acquired IGCSE History. We avoid repetition as we want to produce rounded History scholars who have a true appreciation of the forces that have made the modern world, rather than students who have pursued a narrow focus purely for examination success.
Our A/S Level courses are:
Unit 1: The Search For International Peace and Security, 1919-1945 (Document study)
Unit 2: International Relations, 1871-1945 (Outline study, essay questions)
Our A2 Level courses are:
Unit 3: The Causes and Impact of British Imperialism c.1850-1939 (Sources paper)
Unit 4: The History of the USA 1945-1990 (Outline study, essay questions)
There are eight lessons of History across the two week timetable in both Years 12 and 13.
The department has its own small History block including a stockroom/office. We have developed our IT resources in line with the rest of the school, so that we have networked PCs in both classrooms and mounted digital projectors to complement our more standard resources. Alongside specialist textbooks distributed to students, we have a departmental library that we constantly re-stock so that we can cater for Gifted and Talented students, as well a growing collection of SEN resources.