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Year 9 History

The study of history in the upper senior school has a central focus around the GCSE history course, and aims to develop the skills and knowledge developed in the subject in the lower seniors. The course covers two detailed period studies covering a short period of time (Year 9) and two broader thematic studies over a longer period (Year 10). Year 11 then aims to hone these skills in preparation for the GCSE examinations.


Trip to WW1 Battlefields – Belgium & France

Visit to Imperial War Museum

Autumn Term

Germany 1890-1945

Kaiser Wilhelm II & the difficulties of ruling Germany

The Impact of WW1

Weimar democracy

The Depression & the rise of the Nazis

The failure of Weimar democracy

The establishment of Hitler’s dictatorship

Spring Term

Economic changes

Social policy & practice

Control & resistance

Conflict & Tension 1918-1939

The armistice: aims of the peacemakers

The Versailles Settlement

Impact of the treaty and wider settlement

Summer Term

The League of Nations

Diplomacy outside the League

The collapse of the League

The development of tension

The escalation of tension

The outbreak of war

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