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St Gabriel’s

St Gabriel’s

History

We aim to inspire girls with a lifelong love of history, to equip them with a wide range of intellectual skills and to give them a greater understanding of the world around them. We make the subject as exciting as we possibly can with a wide range of techniques - making use of music, video, images, debate and role-play – whilst building up essay skills right from the start. From the study of History, girls can develop key skills much valued by universities and employers, such as the ability to research independently, evaluate evidence and argue a case.

Year 7-9 History

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.

Throughout the course we build up the girls’ essay skills, so that they can answer a question in a focused and analytical way.  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 writing skills and vocabulary and are encouraged to read widely. 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.

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.

Year 10-11 History GCSE

Lessons are lively and exciting, with plenty of opportunity for debate. Following the Edexcel course, pupils gain a good insight into early modern and 20th century history, considering big questions like how Hitler kept control of Nazi Germany, how effectively Henry VIII managed his ministers, how medicine changed through time (gory but good!) and what events led to the nerve-shredding Cuban Missile Crisis.

Girls will finish the course with the ability to weigh up evidence, argue a case and write in a clear and organised way, all highly transferrable skills.

Challenge and extension:  The most able pupils are constantly challenged to improve their essay writing skills and vocabulary and encouraged to read widely. There is also a General Knowledge History Challenge open to all pupils, looking at 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.