About the Department
The History Department comprises four members of staff
Mr Walker who is Head of Department graduated from Edinburgh University with an M.A Honours degree in Politics and Modern History. He is delighted to have seen the numbers of STM Sixth Form students opting to continue their study of History at degree level increase over the last 10 years. He firmly believes that the study of History equips students with the skills and attitudes vital in the 21st century- skills of analysis, selection and critical thinking are all highly valued in both the workplace and Further education and are intrinsic to the study of History. However, most of all he believes that anyone who has no interest in topics such as the Black Death, the use of the guillotine in 18th century France and Rasputin's relationship with the Russian royal family has got something wrong with them!
Miss Emery attended Keele University from where she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in History. She is the calming influence in the Department at least until she climbs onto her "soapbox" on the issue of the women's struggle for equal rights. Her aim is to inspire students to pursue their burgeoning interest in History to a higher level.
Mrs Downing graduated from the Open University and Sheffield Hallam University with B.A Honours in History and Humanities. She offers massive expertise in Modern World History.
Mr. Cowley graduated with B.A in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined in 2016 on the highly regarded TeachFirst programme andspecialises in 20th Century International Relations and warfare.
History is based in Rooms S1, 41 and 44. All rooms are spacious and equipped with plasma screens connected to the school network.
The History Department at STMCA aims to
1) Deliver good results at GCSE results by monitoring students performance using the mock exam and other key assessments to ensure progression throughout the duration of the course.
2) Challenge and stretch students at A level.
3) Provide students at all Key Stages with a vibrant learning experience by continually improving use of fieldwork, ICT, and varied teaching methods to ensure motivation.
4) Continue to improve schemes of work and documentation to ensure consistency of delivery across the whole Department
5) Continue to implement pedagogical initiatives e.g. literacy, AFL
6) Ensure improvements in students extended writing and other cross-curricular skills
Extra Curricular activities
The History department at St Thomas More recogniSes that extra-curricular activities are essential in enhancing student's knowledge and enjoyment of History. The department aims to offer students a vibrant experience of History through a combination of teaching and fieldwork. Year Nine are offered the opportunity to experience the battlefields and cemeteries of World War One through a trip to Belgium and France. In previous years Year Ten students have visited the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham to enhance the Crime and Punishment topic and Munich as part of the Nazi Germany GCSE unit. In Year Eleven students experience a 2 day visit to London as part of their Crime and Punishment module staying overnight on HMS Belfast. AS students visit Manchester as part of their studies of the Suffragette movement and the 1815-1850 Radicals .It is a medium term aim of the Department to offer fieldwork visits to every Year group: In recent years visits to Blists Hill Victorian open air museum, the Liverpool Transatlantic Slavery museum and Imperial War Museum (North) have enriched our KS3 curriculum. The Department has also engaged in the "Lessons from Auschwitz" project which involves two students in Y12 attending Auschwitz-Birkenhau.
About the Year 7 Curriculum
The Key Stage Three History Curriculum is organised thematically. The four themes are :
"The experiences of the British from Medieval times to the present" (Theme One)
"The Rulers and the Ruled" (Theme Two)
"Turning- Points" (Theme Three)
"Freedom, Oppression and Resistance" (Theme Four)
In Year Seven students concentrate on studying an overview of the history of the British Isles from medieval times to the present (Theme One). This includes looking at history "from below" and includes diverse and interesting topics such as The Black Death, Living and Dying in the Industrial Revolution and The Swinging 60's! They also study in depth ; The Battle of Hastings and The French Revolution (Turning Points- Theme Three) and an overview of the Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy from King William to King Charles.(Rulers and the Ruled- Theme Two).
About the Year 8 Curriculum
In Year Eight students concentrate on "The Rulers and the Ruled" and "Freedom Oppression and Resistance" themes. Their studies include The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, The Struggle for Civil Rights in the USA, The British Empire, The Struggle for the Vote, The Holocaust and an overview of the two World Wars.
About the Year 9 Curriculum
In Year Nine pupils study topics at an increasing depth to prepare them for GCSE. They focus on The Western Front, Democracy and Dictatorship in the Inter war period and the Cold War and the struggle for freedom in Eastern Europe. Effectively students begin their GCSE topics from March conducting an enquiry into the Historical Environment of Whitechapel London at the time of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. They then begin the thematic Crime and Punishment unit.
About the year 10 Curriculum
Students follow the Edexcel GCSE in History 9-1 which comprises three externally examined papers. In Year Nine/Ten students prepare for Paper One (Thematic Study and Historic Environment- Crime and Punishment through Time c1000-present and Whitechapel 1870-1900) and Paper Two (British Depth Study – Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588 and Period Study –The American West 1835-1885).
About the year 11 Curriculum
In Year Eleven students prepare for Paper Three of the GCSE specification which involves a Modern Depth Study- Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39. We aim to finish the taught content of all three papers by February half term of Y11 to allow for intensive revision before the June examination series.
About the year 12 Curriculum
Students at A level follow the Edexcel A level course (Route F). In Year 12 they study a course based around the theme of “Searching for Rights and Freedoms in the Twentieth Century. For Paper One (30% of the total A level of the exam sat at the end of Y13) students study the USA 1917-96 and for Paper Two (20% of total A level sat at the end of Y13) they study South Africa 1948-84.
About the year 13 Curriculum
Students in Y13 study a pre 20th century British History topic – “Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603” (examined at the end of Y13 30% of total A level). They also prepare and write a dissertation of 3000 words on an issue of historical controversy of their own choice (internally assessed coursework – 20%)
Please contact the Head of Department (Mr Walker) for any additional information.