Welcome to the History Department.
At Dormston School, we believe that History is an essential subject for the development of our young adults. History enables us to answer important questions such as ‘Where do I come from?’, ‘How did history lead us to here?’, and ‘Where do we go from here?’. As a department we are passionate about the historical research we do and hope to provide an exciting, innovative and challenging curriculum so that all students can achieve their academic potential, develop a sense of humanity and foster a life-long love of history. Throughout their history lessons students will build their historical knowledge, develop key writing skills, and analyse historical scholarship and sources in order to equip them with understandings about how the past is constructed and the workings of the modern world.
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to provide students with a broad historical context of events in Britain and around the world. Throughout Key Stage 3 students will engage with historical scholarship to examine what historians have said about certain periods and challenge these views through the analysis of historical sources. Students in Year 7 will study Anglo-Saxon England through to the Tudor dynasty. In Year 8, students will focus on the Early Modern period through to impact of World War One. Our Year 9 students study Nazi Germany and post-war developments.
We follow the OCR History B exam specification and teach the following units:
How we assess
In the History department, we assess the learning of pupils in two different, but over-lapping, layers.
Subject specific websites to support independent learning and revision
Trips & Visits
All trips have been subject to COVID restrictions over the past couple of years.