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The History Department at Silverdale aims to inspire students to enjoy engaging with the past and empower them with skills for the future:

Key Stage 3:

In years 7 to 9 study a broad variety of topics, including

  • The impact of the Romans in Britain
  • The Norman invasion
  • Plague and rebellion
  • Tudor Britain
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Industrial Sheffield
  • The causes, course and impact of WWI and WWII
  • The holocaust
  • The assassination of JFK
  • Terrorism in the modern world

Pupils are taught skills in analysing sources and evaluating pieces of evidence. They are also taught how to structure extended writing in preparation for GCSE.

Trips that are frequently run for KS3 pupils are: Warwick castle, the Black Country Museum and Battlefields (France and Belgium)

Key Stage 4:

Pupils who opt for GCSE History will study the AQA specification. The topics we cover are 

  • America 1840 – 1895: Expansion and consolidation
  • Wider World Studies: Conflict and Tension 1918 - 1939
  • Britain: Health and the People 1000 to the present day
  • Elizabethan England 1568 – 1603

There are 2 exams at the end of Y11 which assess both extended writing and source analysis skills

In Y11 we run trips to Leeds Thackray Medical Museum and the local study site that is selected by the exam board for that year.

Key Stage 5:

At KS5 we focus on the Tudors and 20th Century American History.

Students are examined though a series of essay and source based questions.