History at Hollingworth will empower learners to become critical and curious communicators. As a team, we aim to engage, challenge and inspire all pupils, to create informed, empathetic historians who understand the relevance and importance of History and are well prepared for life in diverse 21st century Britain.
Key Stage 3
Pupils in year 7 and year 9 receive two 60 minute lessons a week with homework each week. Pupils in year 8 receive one 60 minute lesson a week with homework each fortnight. Homework each week will be based on revising the knowledge organisers (both key knowledge and key words).
Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and they will complete three assessments per year during KS3. The three rooms are each fitted with state of the art facilities such as interactive whiteboards and visualisers. Each room also has either a suite of computers and/or access to laptops, which are accessible to pupils both within lessons and after school to assist with independent learning and homework. Further reading is actively encouraged and a wide variety of books, linked to the topics taught at both KS3 and KS4, are available in the school library.
Key Stage 4
Pupils in Years 10 & 11 receive three 60 minute lessons a week with homework once a week. The two year GCSE course is AQA 8145 History (100% examination). Pupils begin the course by studying Conflict and Tension 1945-72 and then move onto USA 1920-73. In year 11 pupils will study Elizabethan England and then Health and the People. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. Pupils complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in the form of extended writing activities in class and also mock and real examinations.
The History department offers revision and intervention sessions throughout year 10 and 11. All year groups can access the computers and internet facilities which are always available for pupils to use. The VLE is populated with further reading, podcasts and clips. In addition, the library has a wide variety of books to support pupils that want to dig deeper into the subject.
The History Department run a WW1 Battlefields visit annually for pupils in year 9. The trip visits numerous points of interest such as Ypres, Passchendaele Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery, Tyne Cot British Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery, Menin Gate and Vimy Ridge.
The department also run a bi-annual trip to Berlin alongside the RE Department, visiting points of interest such as: Bebelplatz, The Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz Platz, Potsdamer Platz, St Hedwig’s Cathedral, The Reichstag, sections of the Berlin Wall, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and The House of One.
Working alongside Manchester University, historians have also had opportunities to attend lectures and workshops on the topics of the Peterloo Massacre, Black History Month, The Space Race and the significance of Jodrell Bank.
In addition, members of the department lead assemblies on Remembrance Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and LGBT+ History Month.