History is the study of the past, its people, and its events. It is a fascinating subject that allows us to understand the world today.
At Churchfields we study a wide range of topics and time periods in order to allow our students a deeper understanding of the past. When you study History at Churchfields you will have studied a period of history of over 1000 years and covered such periods as the Normans, the Middle ages, the Tudors and Stuarts, and the modern world. We looks at different types of History as well – the history of Kings and Queens, the history of wars, the history of medicine, and – perhaps most importantly – the history of ordinary people like us.
History is an incredibly valuable subject to study and very useful for life after school. It is one of the subjects most respected by employers and universities and studying history helps you into careers such as Journalism, Research, Law, Politics, and Teaching and many more.
We investigate a number of historical questions such as the ones below:
Why was there a Battle of Hastings? How do you defend a castle? Were the Middle Ages Measly? Why did people argue over religion in the 16th century? How did Henry VIII take control of the church? Who was the greatest Briton? Why did Elizabeth execute her cousin? What was it like to live in Swindon in 1900? Can Hitler alone be blamed for the Holocaust?
We use a wide variety of sources such as video footage, photo’s, picture’s, diary accounts, letters and artefacts to bring the subject alive for our students.
You will be immersed even further into the subject. We have started teaching the new style GCSE’s for our current Year 9 and 10’s and we teach the AQA course. This looks at how power shifts and changes hands in Britain over a period of 1000 years. In 1066 King William inherited a divided country that he didn’t really have control over. We look at how Kings and Queens gained – and then began to lose – control of this country and how more power passed over to ordinary people. We also look at the History of the Modern World, exploring how people tried – and failed – to prevent a Second World War following the First World War. We also look at the troubled history of Germany between 1890 and 1945 – its role in causing the First World War and how its defeat in that war led to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi’s, the Second World War, and the Holocaust.
Our current Year 11s study the OCR specification exploring the causes of World War Two and the Cold War, including a study of the Vietnam War. We also do a depth study exploring how Britain changed at the end of the nineteenth century and debate whether or not life improved for ordinary Britons. 25% of the course is coursework – we explore the battle for Civil Rights in the USA in the 1950’s and 60’s for this topic.
Again, we use a wide variety of materials to help students engage with the topics being studied and even visit the theatre to see the outstanding production ‘Hitler on Trial’ to help prepare students for their exams.
History is primarily taught by Mr A Bull (Subject Leader for History), Mr J Hill and Mrs B Preece