Aims of the Department
The subject of History provides pupils with not only a great insight and understanding of events of the past, but also a greater understanding of current affairs. One of the main aims of Trinity High School is to create well rounded young citizens ready for the outside world; the subject of History is a vital element of this.
Aside from the content they study, the subject also provides pupils with excellent analytical and important transferable skills. Examples of this include, amongst others, the ability to convey an argument verbally and in written form which will help them in their future career choice.
Strengths of the Department
As a department we use innovative teaching and learning strategies to ensure that all of pupils reach their full potential in this academically demanding subject. We also ensure that pupils see History as a ‘living’ subject by taking them on trips outside of school to support their understanding and knowledge.
History at Trinity continues to be a popular option subject at GCSE. Indeed many of our pupils have gone on to study History at A-Level and for their Degree.
KS3 History Curriculum
The study of History in Year 7 begins by completing studies around how Britain was linked to the wider world; from migration in Britain before 1066, to the Norman invasion and aftermath, to the silk roads. Throughout the units, they will have many chances to develop their History skills and complete independent project work.
In Year 8 students study the religious and political changes in the country from the Tudors through to the Stuart age. We then proceed to investigate the changes to the country brought about by the ‘Industrial Revolution’ with particular emphasis on its effects on Manchester. We also investigate the struggle for the right to vote and equality for women in the 19th/20th centuries.
The history that our students study in Year 9 takes on a more international dimension. We begin by studying life in Africa before the enslavement of her peoples and move on to investigate the Triangular Trade and its impact on American society. We then investigate the struggle for Civil Rights in the 19th and 20th centuries.
We finish the Key Stage 3 course by investigating the First World War as a major international conflict of the 20th century and by studying the Holocaust.
KS4 History Curriculum
Pupils undertake the AQA GCSE History syllabus which takes the form of 4 topics taught across Year's 10 and 11. Pupils will undertake two formal exam papers, each worth 50% of the final grade.
Paper 1 consists of a Period Study (Germany, 1890-1945) and a Wider World Depth Study (Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950-1975).
Paper 2 consists of a Thematic Study (Britain: Health and the people: c.1000 to the present day) and a British Depth Study including the Historic Environment (Elizabethan England 1568-1603)