In History, students in KS4 work towards obtaining a full GCSE qualification, studying interesting and varied content, examining key themes which demonstrate the importance of the past in understanding the present.

The changing international relations study allows the students to consider the ever-changing relationships between different countries in the 20th century and how they were formed, looking at the forces behind the relationships and whether these are still prevalent in today’s world. Students will also study one non-British country in depth, doing a deep dive on a key issue of the relationship between the people and the state.

The thematic study gives students the opportunity to cover a wide range of British history, exploring topics that are just as pertinent and applicable today as they were in the medieval and early modern periods. Looking at both the change and continuity in Britain throughout time will help expand students’ knowledge and understanding of the world that they live in today.

The British depth study, which links to the chosen thematic study, enables students to learn about an exigent and pivotal issue in British history, the effects of which are still felt today. The British depth study is embedded within the thematic study, complementing students’ understanding of both units, further enriching the learning process.

Finally, there is a study of the historical environment, which involves studying a specific site. Again, this is connected to the previous studies that the students have done, allowing for a full and immersive teaching and learning experience within the subject.

History at Newbridge House aims to help students:

  • Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of key events, periods, and societies in local, British, and wider world history.
  • Develop skills such as critical and reflective thinking, historical enquiry, using and evaluating a wide range of sources, and investigation skills.
  • Develop the ability to organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

GCSE content will be taught over Year 10 and Year 11, and learning is personalised to meet the needs of each individual student.