If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday - Pearl Buck

Mrs S Evans

Head Of History

Subject Overview

Information, Importance and Impact: These three key elements involved in the History curriculum for Shire Oak students underpin everyday delivery to ensure that not only are they offered a knowledge rich curriculum focusing on their abilities to learn and retain knowledge, but also on the importance of the events they are learning about and how they impact on future historical periods up to the modern day. The aim is to present students with a diverse curriculum providing students with an insight into depth, breadth, local and wider world History. Local events are set in the context of the wider world, so that students do not just see events in isolation which ensures that students develop an understanding of chronology and a sense of period.

Throughout KS3, students develop the knowledge and skills needed to become excellent historians. These skills are transferable to a wide range of subjects and careers. The curriculum is broad and balanced to enthuse and inspire our students. We also run a ‘History Mysteries’ club for students in KS3, this is led by the students’ own interests and allows them to investigate, debate and discuss some of the greatest mysteries that are still unsolved from the past.

At GCSE students study the AQA specification with a focus on Health and the People over 1000 years of History, the role of Elizabeth I, conflict and tension during the First World War and Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship. These topics provide a foundation for A-Level study. At Shire Oak we follow the AQA specification for A-Level with a focus on Democracy and Nazism in Germany, 1918-1945, The Tudors, 1485-1603 and the American Civil Rights Movement, 1862-1963.

In the past we have run trips to Warwick Castle, the Black Country Museum, IWM Museums in London and Manchester and to the World War One battlefields.


Mrs Evans
Miss Day
Mr Cannell
Mrs Smith
Mrs Waters

Further Resources

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