History Department

Mr A Worth

Apart from being extremely enjoyable, history enables students to learn about the past – that is, to understand the past and, through it, come to a far better understanding of the present.

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

Marcus Garvey

History is a popular subject at Thorpe House and the school follows the National Curriculum for its delivery throughout the school. This means the boys will cover most of the important historical events that have involved or affected Britain.

History is about people – the course provides exciting stories about real people who lived through and survived the great upheavals and traumas of their times. We study their work and actions and try to work out their motives and beliefs and to understand their actions and attitudes in context.

History is about important themes and big questions – revolution, democracy, dictatorship and international conflict take centre stage during the course. So too do communism, anti-Semitism, fascism, nationalism and capitalism. It is important we explore political awareness, ideas behind ‘citizenship’ and moral and ethical sensitivity because they are crucial parts of everyone’s character as they prepare to take their place in the adult world.

History is about investigating and communicating – the evidence that survives must be analysed, the contradictions explained and the interpretations of others assessed. Conclusions are conveyed to others on paper and in discussion. This helps to develop independent thinkers who are open minded and confident.

In the Prep Department, the boys follow a course that takes them from Prehistoric times to the Anglo-Saxons, as well as studying other ancient cultures from around the world such as the Greeks and the Aztecs.

In Years 7 and 8, the course focuses on Medieval, Tudor and Stuart Britain, and in year 9 the boys build on these skills to prepare them for the demands of the GCSE course. Currently the modules for Year 9 include:
The trenches – an enquiry based approach to WW1
How and why did the Holocaust happen?
The Cold War

The GCSE course in Years 10 and 11 covers the events leading up to the outbreak of World War 1, the Peace Treaties and the Road to War in 1939. Depth Studies in Year 11 include Weimar Germany 1919-1929, Hitler’s Germany 1929-1939 and War in Vietnam 1954 – 1975.

The GCSE course is currently being revised for 2016 and will include: Norman England 1066-1100; Germany 1890-1945; The Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations and the outbreak and origins of the Second World War; A thematic study entitled Britain: Health and the People.

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