Welcome to the History Department
The History Department is committed to teaching history so that it is engaging, thought-provoking and relevant to young people today. We strive to help students to make sense of why things are the way they are in the modern world as well as asking challenging questions about the past. We positively encourage our students to approach what they read, hear and see in a critical way. We seek to encourage students to have a genuine love of history and every year many students opt to continue studying it for GCSE. Students at GCSE are able to study Crime and Punishment, Norman Conquest, Norwich Castle, Vikings and Germany 1933-45.
Homework shouldn’t be a chore; it should be something that is interesting, enjoyable and supports learning. Our homework projects in years 7, 8 and 9 are an opportunity to show us what you can do, allowing you to be a bit more creative than you can be in the classroom. We also set regular and challenging recall tests which enable the students to build their core knowledge of the subject.
We believe our strength is in our quality of teaching. We are a team of highly motivated and dedicated staff. Members of staff regularly run training sessions at both a regional and national level.
The department has excellent relationships with different organisations; we have previously worked with the Anne Frank Trust and Norfolk Museums service on various projects. We are currently forging a strong link with Norwich Castle which forms a key part of our GCSE curriculum.
As a school, we are keen to develop technologies and new ways of working and the history department is very much at the forefront of our direction. Staff employ a range of new technologies, such as Edmodo, to support pupil learning. The department and students benefit from having access to a computer suite.
The department runs a number of highly successful field visits each year. We run a very popular trip with year 9 to visit and study the Battlefields of the First World War. We have also started to run a trip for GCSE students to Norwich Castle looking at its changing use over time.