Welcome to the History Department

Throughout their time at Hayfield students will have the option to study History that ranges from pre-Roman Times until the present day.  History is studied by all students within KS3 and is a very popular option at KS4 and KS5.  The department has a wide range of primary and secondary source material and is well equipped with texts, as well as audio-visual resources.  We also offer a wide range of excursions from KS3-5.

Our Department
Miss L Oldfield  (Head of History Department)
Mr M Linley (Assistant Headteacher)
Mr G. Routledge (SENCO)
Mrs E Conroy (Assistant Head of Year)
Mr J Wainman

Key Stage 3

Students develop a good sense of period, plus their chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding, study a range of historical interpretations, work on historical enquiries using sources and are pushed to develop good organisation and communication skills in terms of producing extended pieces of writing.  This is via the study of exciting units and enquiries such as:

Year 7

  • Key skills: What do good historians do?
  • GB pre-1066: What was life like in Roman Britannia?
  • Medieval GB: Conquest and Control
  • Church and state 1066-1600: The battle for heaven & earth
  • Ordinary life: Plots, plagues and poverty

Year 8

  • The Empire strikes back: imperialism, slavery & rebellion
  • Cotton, Coal & class: Women & children first?
  • The ‘war to end all wars?’: WW1
  • The rise of evil and it consequences
  • Soldiers and civilians: What was life like in WW2?

Key Stage 4 & 5
Students can opt for History at GCSE and A level. Employers, colleges, universities and the government value History very highly as a subject. They want skilled people who are independent thinkers, open-minded, disciplined, problem solvers who are able to sort the essential from the trivial. Students will learn how use information and communicate effectively using the written word; how to weigh up conflicting factors and evidence before taking critical decisions; how to be analytical and critical when considering information presented to them and how to understand why humans behaved as they did and might again. They also learn the arts of oral debate, public speaking, presenting and expressing a clear personal point of view based on evidence.

At KS4 (GCSE) students will study:

AQA Specification B (outgoing): Modern World History for examination in 2016 and 2017

AQA GCSE spec 8145 (incoming) for examination from 2018.  The topics of study will be:

  • Paper 1 Section A: USA 1920-73 – Roaring 20’s, economic boom, stock market, Ku Klux Klan, Great depression, New Deal, WW2 and US Civil Rights
  • Paper 1 Section B: Conflict 1918-39 – aftermath of WW1, Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, Hitler’s foreign policy
  • Paper 2 Section A: GB health & people – medicine and public health from Roman times, through medieval times, the Renaissance to the present day
  • Paper 2 Section B: Norman England, 1060-86 – the Norman Conquest and its impact, Domesday, Feudal system, castles. This unit incorporates the study of a Historical site.

At KS5 (A/AS level) students will study:

AQA AS History (7041)
Component 1: 1G Challenge and transformation: Britain, c.1851-1914
Component 2: 2N Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917-1929

AQA A-Level History (7042)
Component 1: 1G Challenge and transformation: Britain, c. 1851-1964
Component 2: 2N Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917-53
Component 3: Coursework (20%) – the ascendency of France 1610-1715, with special reference to the Sun King Louis XIV – 3000-3500 words.

Students in recent years have enjoyed visits to York, Bosworth battlefield, Duxford Imperial War Museum, the WW1 battlefields in Belgium & France, plus have visited Berlin in conjunction with the languages faculty.  The requirement to study a historic site also opens up opportunities to visit Durham Cathedral & Castle, plus Hastings as part of the new GCSE.

Further Information
Please contact Mr M. Linley (Head of History & Humanities) via school telephone on 01302 770589, or via email at mli@thehayfieldschool.co.uk.  Further information about courses, assessment requirements and specifications, plus materials for students such as past papers and mark schemes can be found on the AQA website www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history.