The History Department at All Hallows Catholic High School is a vibrant and exciting area of the school. We are committed to delivering high quality, challenging, interesting and appropriate learning experiences to all our students, inside and outside of the classroom. History is a popular subject at All Hallows and we work hard to provide our students with the tools to be successful.
Pupils studying History not only learn the subject but also gain invaluable transferable skills such as research, assimilation, comprehension and analysis of material; the formulation of reasoned interpretation, and the development of an ability to communicate clear and coherent judgements.
The History Department has two purpose built rooms, each containing an interactive whiteboard. The department has access to 32 Surface tablets for pupils to engage in research, presentations, decision making exercises, podcasting and movie making.
- Mrs C Wallbanks (Curriculum Co-ordinator of History / Assistant Headteacher)
- Mrs Washington (Teacher of History/Assistant Head teacher)
- Mrs K Burbidge (Teacher of History)
- Mr D Wallbanks (Teacher of History)
We offer an innovative curriculum at Key Stage 3. All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in two periods per week during Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Pupils have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in collaboratively during the following topics.
- What is History
- Pre 1066 – Why did the Romans settle in Britain?
- The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1066- 1509
- Medicine through time – a chronological study
- How important was religion in Tudor times?
- What were the significant causes of the English Civil War
- Why were the French revolting?
- A Local Study –Pendle Witches
- How far had Britain changed between 1745-1901?
- Empire and the Slave Trade
- Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
- A lesson from History – The Holocaust. Depth Study
- USA and Civil Rights Movement
All pupils starting GCSE study of History from 2016 will follow the AQA Modern World History course in three periods per week . Pupils have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in collaboratively during the following topics.
Paper 1 is divided into 2 sections.
Section A tests pupils understanding of America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality module. This topic enables students to understand the development of the USA during the 20th century, focusing on opportunity and inequality.
Section B – Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950 – 1975, focuses on the Korean and Vietnam wars, and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the tensions which arose.
Paper 2 is divided into 2 sections.
Section A – Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day.
Section B – Elizabethan England, c1568 – 1603.
Each paper is worth 50% of the overall GCSE award.
At Key Stage 4, our students follow the following courses:
- In Year 11 pupils follow OCR Modern World History B in three periods per week . Pupils have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in collaboratively during the following topics.
- Paper 1 is divided into 3 sections. Sections A and B test the International Relations core content. Topics include; Cold War; Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War.
- Section C tests the chosen Depth Study, (History of the USA 1919-1941). (45%)
- Paper 2 consists of a source-based investigation of a historical issue taken from the British Depth Study. Topic include; Liberal Reforms, Votes for Women and Britain in World War I. (30%)
- Controlled Assessment is a piece of work in a controlled environment. Each year OCR will set the students’ tasks relevant to the course studied. (25%). The chosen topic for Control Assessment is on Nazi Germany.
Extra-Curricular Enrichment and Visits
The department believes in bringing History to life and offers opportunities to enrich students experience of learning about History. All Year 7 pupils visit Beeston Castle in the Summer term as part of the ‘Why were castles built?’ topic. All Year 9 pupils visit Liverpool Museums as part of the ‘Empire and Slavery’ topic.
Year 10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to take part in a biannual trip to Rome with the RE department.