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History

Pupils are inspired to develop a lifelong love of history, a wide range of intellectual skills and a greater understanding of the world around them. Throughout the course we build up the girls’ essay skills, so that they can answer a question in a focused and analytical way.

Lessons are interesting and enjoyable with girls discovering some of the most important and exciting stories from our nation’s history.  In Year 7, they learn some delightfully gory facts about the Black Death and develop an insight into the hard lives of medieval peasants, while researching a number of the more colourful medieval kings and learning how to evaluate their reigns.  While in Year 8 debates on the merits of historical figures such as Bloody Mary and Oliver Cromwell can get very heated.  In Year 9, we go beyond the UK and look at the pros and cons of the British Empire, before plunging into the horrors of WW1 and WW2.  The topics are very exciting and guaranteed to grab the girls’ interest.  We make extensive use of visual images and multi-media.

A cross curricular trip with the Classics department to Corinium supports Year 7's study of the Romans in Britain.  A visit to the Black Country Museum enriches Year 9's inquiry into the effects of the Industrial Revolution. 

Girls will be ready to embark upon the GCSE course with the ability to weigh up evidence and argue a case.

Challenge & Extension:  Pupils are constantly challenged to improve their essay skills and vocabulary and are encouraged to read widely. There is also a General Knowledge History Challenge open to all, covering a different century each term.  In addition, there are a number of lunchtime talks on topics that do not fall within the curriculum – recent examples include the Battle of Waterloo and the Battle of Agincourt.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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