History

The study of History not only allows us to revel in the achievements, contradictions and misdeeds of our forebears, but it also teaches us many of the requisite skills for success in modern society, namely the ability to think critically and communicate effectively.

Lower Years

In the Lower Years, The children will discover history as a proper subject, learning about timelines, archaeology and evidence. They will start their journey with the dinosaurs, going through the first men on Earth, the Sumerians, the Egyptians and the Greeks.

Middle Years

The story of how we came to be is writ large in our Early Modern history.

Bloody at times, inspiring at others in Year 7 Hampton Court House students look principally at the Sixteenth Century, a period which arguably shifted people’s perceptions of heavens as well as the earth. Through a careful analysis of the Tudor dynasty and their European counterparts, students develop a personal understanding of the period in a European perspective.

In Year 8 students study the Stuart dynasty, which spanned one of the most tumultuous periods in British history – years of civil war, assassination attempts, usurpations and revolution. A thorough study of the Seventeenth Century provides an essential understanding of the evolution of British parliamentary democracy.

Upper Years

At Hampton Court House we aim to broaden our students understanding of the modern world by examining how some of the predominant powers that have shaped the course of international politics came to be.

In Year 9, students chart the rise of two modern superpowers. The first part of the course will provide an overview of the history of the United States; from declaring its independence from Britain in 1776 through until the end of the Nineteenth Century. The second part of the year will focus on the collapse of Tsardom under Nicholas II and the establishment of a communist state under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin until his death in 1924.

At GCSE students will follow the AQA History specification. In Year 10 students begin by examining the theme of opportunity and equality in the United States (1920-1973). This topic will follow on from the study of American History that students undertake in Year 9. The second part of the year will provide a wider-world depth study focusing on international conflict and tension (1890-1918); identifying and understanding the causes, nature and conclusion of the First World War.

Year 11 will commence with a thematic study which will enable students to gain an understanding of how the identity of the people of Britain has been shaped by their interaction with the wider world from c790 until the present day. They will consider the causes, impact and legacy of Empire upon the ruled and the ruling in the context of Britain’s acquisition and retreat from Empire. The year will conclude with a study of Elizabethan England (1558-1603). Students will concentrate on the major events of Elizabeth I’s reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints.

Sixth Form

At A-level, our students study some of the defining events, individuals and movements that have helped shape the history not only of our own island nation, but also the wider world.

A breadth study of Seventeenth Century Britain provides an opportunity to examine the most turbulent century in the history of this country. A period defined by the execution of a monarch and the subsequent attempts to establish a republic.

The Cold War module provides for an in-depth study of the evolving course of international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon.

Through undertaking a personal historical investigation on the African-American Civil Rights Movement students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work.


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