Senior History

At Trinity History and Geography are taught as discrete subjects but they are run as a faculty. They are taught in two specialist classrooms by specialist teachers but as a faculty we are able to share resources, ideas and best practice.

“A nation that forgets its Past has no Future”

The main aim of studying History at Trinity is to combine academic excellence with enjoyment of the subject for its own sake. Teachers place a strong emphasis both on ensuring that all students reach their full potential in terms of examination results and also on the many exciting opportunities for personal enrichment that History can offer. It is important to understand the past, to learn from the mistakes and to learn to question and debate rather than accept.

History is who we are and why we are the way we are."

History is about learning about real people, what life was like for them and how they have influenced the world we live in today. Without understanding History we cannot hope to understand our lives now.

History is taught in a specialist classroom that has an interactive white board. The computer rooms can be booked for lessons and they are often used. We also have a variety of resources ranging from film footage, a huge variety of text books and archives. We have a huge range of resources as it is important to bring History to life, to see hear and touch History rather than just read about it. We believe in students becoming actively involved in the lessons through debates, hot seating, role plays, student led presentations or even building models.

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”


History pupil with project

KS3 History: Our aim in Key Stage 3 History is to create an enjoyment for the subject, to make it accessible and interesting for all students and to provide them with a solid foundation of British and European History so that they can begin to understand some of the major events in the past. We also encourage them to think for themselves, to research and present, to learn to empathise and to question and debate. In Key Stage 3 all students will study History as a discrete subject. Year 7 study British Medieval History from the Norman Conquest up to the Black Death and the Peasant’s Revolt. Year 8 study British Tudor and Stuart History and then they look at topics linked to British Industrialisation, the Empire and Slavery. Year 9 study World War One; the Inter-War Years and the Holocaust.

GCSE History: At GCSE our aim is to build on the foundation that has been built in KS3. We aim for students to enjoy History and to learn about some countries in depth. We also aim to build on a variety of skills that will be useful later in life whatever path the child may take in the future. In GCSE History they will learn to analyse and debate; to research and evaluate and to question and to present their ideas.

We study the Edexcel Modern World History course at GCSE. This is a linear course in which the students sit three papers and complete a piece of controlled assessment. The topics covered are International Relations 1943-1991 (The Cold War); Germany 1918-1941 and Britain 1931-1951, all of these topics are examined and the topic for the controlled assessment is on Civil Rights and Protest in the USA 1945-1970. Students are given text books on each topic and they are supported with extra revision sessions and plenty of examination practice.

GCE (A Level) History: At Trinity the students study the OCR course at A Level. We chose to complete the Modern History course to build on the work that has already been achieved at GCSE. In the first year students study two topics (F962) “From Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894-1941”, which looks at a momentous period of Russian History covering the fall of the Tsars, the two 1917 Revolutions and Stalin’s Russia. This is an essay paper sat at the end of the first year. (F963 option B) “The Condition of England 1815-53 which looks at the impact of industrialisation such as children in the factories, the Poor Law and the workhouses, the slums in the Industrial towns and political reform. This is also examined at the end of the first year through a source paper. In the second year students complete two pieces of coursework on Nazi Germany and they study for a thematic paper on “Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964”. Students are given a variety of textbooks and resources and extra revision sessions are run leading up to the examinations.

Extra Curricular Activities: In History we believe in bringing the past alive and one of the ways which we do this is to offer a number of trips. These include Totnes Castle; Buckfast Abbey; Bovington Tank Museum; The Imperial War Museum; Normandy and Ypres and the Somme. We also believe in providing support and guidance particularly in the lead up to examinations and we provide a variety of extra revision lessons and controlled assessment support sessions which are run after school, at weekends and even in the holiday.

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