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Through their study of History, we hope pupils will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of contemporary society
  • Respect for social, cultural, ethnic and religious diversity
  • Skills to actively participate in our complex, plural society
  • A fascination and enjoyment for learning creatively about the past which will inspire them beyond Year 11.

The History Department at Fairfield High School aims for pupils to acquire and develop:

  • An overview of the past
  • An increasingly firm understanding of organising concepts
  • More purposeful and increasingly analytical enquiry
  • A grasp of the importance of historical interpretation.

How are the topics/units structured?

Paper 1 in Year 9 - Content overview:  Medicine in Britain c1250-present and The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18; injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Paper 2 in Year 10 and 11 - Content overview: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.  Pupils also take a period study option: The American West, c1835-1895.
Paper 3 in Year 11 - Pupils take a modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.

How will pupils be assessed?

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes, 30% of the qualification.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, 40% of the qualification.

Paper 3: Modern depth study

Written examination: 1 hour 20 minutes, 30% of the qualification.

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