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History

The Prophet said that seeking knowledge is a way leading to Paradise. He said: "Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make a path to Paradise easy for him." (Al-Bukhaari ) 

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils have one history lesson per week. 

The curriculum followed at this stage is thematic in accordance to the National Curriculum and is taught by subject specialists. The aim of the KS3 curriculum is to provide educational excellence in order for our learners to become life-long learners and become confident young British Muslims in the world we live today.

Topics covered at KS3 include a selection of areas to give an overview of World History. Pupils are taught with a view to enrich their perspective and build upon existing knowledge. The focus of study includes Medieval England, Tudor Period, Arab-culture and the Crusades in Year 7. In the following year the topics include the English Civil Wars, The Industrial Revolution and the Abolishment of Slavery and British India. In Year 9 they study the impact of the First and the Second World War and International migration during the 20th Century. 

Key Stage 4

At KS4 pupils can opt to take history, which is taught three lessons per week. The examining board for History is AQA. This is a full course, which is graded in 3 parts.

  • Unit 1, International Relations: This covers areas of the Origins of the First World War, Peacekeeping 1918- 1938 and Hitler’s foreign policy and the origins of the Second World War.  (37.5%)
  • Unit 2, In Depth Study: Weimar Germany, Hitler’s rise to power and the Arab – Israeli conflict. (37.5%)
  • Unit 3, Controlled Assessment: A Historical Enquiry based on British History. (25%)

Further Information

The department has a dedicated teaching room, where a range of audio - visual material is made available. The department makes full use of the internet, and recommends specific websites for courses.  A large range of textbooks are also used, which are aimed at encouraging our highly-motivated pupils to get to grips with the richness of the subject.  We specify reading from textbooks and expect research to be thorough and detailed. Pupils will be set extended writing and tasks throughout the school, as we believe that extended writing is essential to the study of the subject, as well as preparation for studying further on.  There is also great emphasis on learning outside the classroom as to enrich pupil’s experiences and enhance understanding. 

The department ensures pupils are taken out of school once a year and guest speakers are also invited to the school to encourage learning. They are carefully selected to develop pupils understanding by giving them the opportunity to investigate past and different cultures.

Results

The department has an overall good record of A* - C which has continued to grow year on. The 2012 results had a past rate of 60%. 

Staff

Mrs A. Jeewa

Miss A.Amour