History is one of the most popular option choices at both Key Stages Four and Five, highlighting the success of our Key Stage Three programmes of study. Through their study of History, students are taken on an exciting journey, set out in the road map below, helping them to become informed and knowledgeable citizens who develop good knowledge and understanding of significant events and people who have shaped our country and the world. Students develop the awareness and skills to critically evaluate the past, piecing events together using a range of primary and secondary sources, embedding important skills of enquiry. Through careful consideration of the causes and consequences of events of historical events, students are able to make informed and well-balanced judgements.
Our students learn about the past through a combination of thematic, depth and overview studies. Both British and world events are studied, from the Romans to the modern day. The main periods of British and World History that students encounter are outlined in the Key Stage 3 road map that can be accessed at the link below. Further detail about the course is contained in the Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map (also below).
Click the image above to access the Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map
To support students’ learning at Key Stage 3, a series of knowledge organisers have been developed, covering the content of the course taught in Years 7, 8 and 9. These provide a really helpful independent learning and consolidation resource for students, enabling them to review content and revise in their own time.
The significant number of students who choose to study History at GCSE learn about developments in Crime & Punishment, Early Elizabethan England, Germany 1918-45 and the Cold War at Key Stage Four. The Key Stage 4 History roadmap provides a comprehensive overview of the course. There are further roadmaps which provide information about the exciting 1000-year study of Crime & Punishment that students undertake.
Modern History is a very popular choice for students wishing to progress their study to A Level. Alongside Modern History, A Level Politics is offered and a significant proportion of students choose to study both History and Politics as they complement one another so well. Further information about the A Level courses can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. We are proud of the number of students who choose to continue their study of History and/or Politics to undergraduate level, an indication of Formby High School History Department’s ability to motivate and inspire young people.
The Value of Studying History
Many employers value the skills which historians develop such as:
- Learning about people – how they interact, the motives and emotions that can tear people apart into rival factions or help them to work together for a common cause (useful knowledge for team-building at work!)
- Learning about countries, societies and cultures – so many of today’s conflicts and alliances have their roots in the past; how can you negotiate with, trade successfully with, or report on a country if you know nothing of its history?
- Learning to locate and sift facts – to identify truth and recognise myth, propaganda and downright lies (useful in every aspect of life!)
- Presenting what you’ve learned in a way that makes sense to others – whether in graphs, essays or illustrated reports – and having the confidence to defend your findings.