- Adolf von Harnack
Portchester Community School History Department’s Philosophy:
In the History department we believe that our History Courses encourage students to be:
- Knowledgeable about key moments in History
- Inquisitive about the world around them
- Engaged in independent research
- Always questioning why things happened in the past
- Aware that historical events affected different people in a variety of ways
- Curious about the way in which the past has been interpreted
- Simulating academic History in the real world
At Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8) students will study a range of historical questions including:
Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
Should we bother to learn about the death of Thomas Becket?
How did the Black Death affect England?
Was Richard III a hero or a villain?
How did the Reformation affect the village of Morebath?
Why did the Civil War break out in 1642?
How accurate is the film Amistad’s portrayal of the middle passage?
Why study 1807?
Why have people had different ideas about the Charge of the Light Brigade?
How did the Industrial Revolution evolve over the 19th Century?
At what point did World War I become inevitable?
How realistic is the ‘Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas’?
What were the most significant events of British history?
At Key Stage 4 (Year 9) students will study a range of historical questions including:
Why was there a witch craze in Early Modern England?
Highwaymen – romantic heroes or ruthless killers?
What kind of place was Whitechapel in 1888?
Why was there a Russian Revolution?
Did Stalin really take Russia from the plough to the bomb?
When did America become a great power?
How did the lives of black Americans change from 1920-1970?
Who was more important to the campaign for black civil rights: Martin Luther King or Malcolm X?
Key Stage 4 GCSE EdExcel Modern World A course:
International Relations 1900-1939 (Paper 1)
Germany 1918-1945 (Paper 2)
Britain 1900-1926 (Paper 3)
America 1918-1941 (Paper 4)
Mrs C Buckingham – Subject Leader
Miss E Buxton - History Teacher