It is a firm belief of the History Department at DESC that History has relevance for all students regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or ability. It contributes to a students understanding of the world and its interdependence, achievements and aspirations.
Key Stage 3
|Term||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|1||An introduction to History||The Stuarts||What is History?|
|2||The Roman Empire||Slavery and Civil Rights||World War 1|
|3||Medieval Times||The Industrial Revolution||Interwar Period: 1919-39|
Students complete a formal assessment approximately every 6-7 weeks. In these, students are given a National Curriculum level and advice for how to improve their performance which they record in their exercise books.
Key Stage 4
|Term||Year 10||Year 11|
|1||Medicine in Britain, C1250-present||Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91|
|2||The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches||Early Elizabethan England 1558-88|
|3||Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39||Revision of all papers|
Key Stage 5
Unit 1C: The Tudors: England, 1485-1603
- How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
- In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
- How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
- How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
- How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
- How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
Unit 2Q: The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945-1980
- Truman and Post-war America, 1945-1952
- Eisenhower: Tranquility and Crisis, 1952-1960
- The Johnson Presidency, 1963-1968
- Republican Reaction: the Nixon Presidency, 1968-1974
- The USA after Nixon, 1974-1980
Unit 3: Non Examined Assessment (Coursework): Russia 1853-1956
- The nature of Tsarist rule in Russia, 1856-1917
- The structure of the Soviet system
- The attempt to reform Stalin’s Russia to 1964
- A comparison between dictators, communist leaders and Tsars