Welcome to History
What’s the most interesting thing in the world? Isn’t it people? Real people? Well, that’s what History at Fort Pitt is about. If you like people, you should like History, so welcome to the History Department at Fort Pitt. Just as History has made our world what it is, History can also be part of your future. Learn how History informs the present and prepares for the future.
Why study History?
Apart from being very interesting, History is very useful. Prospective employers will know that you have taken on key skills which, learned through History, can be applied to all sorts of situations. They know that:
- you can understand how people tick, what motivates them, what they think and feel;
- you are able to gather and read different kinds of information;
- you are able to look carefully at this information and can check it for bias or propaganda;
- you can read maps, graphs and other diagrams;
- you are able to communicate clearly and have learned to express yourself verbally and on paper.
What sorts of careers could you consider with a History qualification? There are many more than you might think, beyond jobs where you work directly as a historian. What about careers in conservation or environmental work, town planning, building restoration or tourism? History is also a good qualification for budding journalists, lawyers, TV researchers, secretaries, police and accountants, to name but a few.
How else can you make sense of the present unless you have a good understanding of the past? How else can you understand why the place where you live looks the way it does? How are you going to change the world, if you haven’t looked at how it got in the state it’s in already?
Subject Leader: Mrs E Kirsopp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students follow a mainly thematic curriculum for two years. During this time they consider some of the following topics:
- How far did the Norman Conquest change England?
- Why did people challenge the King?
- Was life in the Middle Ages miserable for everybody?
- What can we learn from Upnor Castle?
- Why is the way people said their prayers in the 16th century still important today?
- Why have people’s views of Oliver Cromwell changed?
- Who or what was most significant in the abolition of slavery?
- How were different people affected by the Industrial Revolution?
- Was the Great War a war to end all wars?
- How far did the Second World War change the 20th century?
Through their work in class and homework, students will be given the opportunity to study these and other topics, using role play, debates, presentations and model-making, among other techniques.
There are History workshops run at lunchtimes and a Hollywood History Club after school, dependent on the topics being covered in lessons.
Key Stage 4 (2016-)
Exam Board: Edexcel
At Key Stage 4, students start to study for their GCSE and will develop their historical skills in studying topics such as:
- American West 1835-1895
- History of Medicine and Treatment c.1250- present
- The British sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: Injuries, treatment and the trenches
- Anglo Saxon and Norman England
- Russia 1917-1941
- Russia 1917-1941
GCSE (2014 -2016)
- Surgery practice
- Russia (Controlled Assessment)
- American West 1845-1895
Exam Board: A Level: AQA
Exam Board: A Level: AQA
At A Level we follow the AQA exam syllabus. Students study half of their modules in Year 12 and the remainder of each module in Year 13. At the end of Year 12 students will begin their work on their Personal Study. This is on a subject of the student’s choosing and can be on any historical period as long as it is not one studied in Year 12 or 13 in one of the other modules.
In the Sixth Form students have taken part in History conferences, attended the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme and have had the chance to visit Berlin, in addition to their lessons. They are encouraged to take part in extracurricular opportunities such as the Canterbury Medieval weekend and the Historical Association Great Debate to develop their historical knowledge and skills.
- The Crusades and the Latin States 1071-1149
- Religious conflict and the Church in England 1529-1547 (Henry VIII)
- The Crusades and the Latin States 1149-1204
- Religious conflict and the Church in England 1547-1570 (Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I)