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Humanities: History

Humanities at Madani Girls School


The subjects within the Humanities help students understand the world around them and their place within it. As a department we strive to help students develop an appreciation for the diversity of ideas and approaches involved in this process, and to help students acquire the skills necessary to critically engage with key issues and scholarship in each of the disciplines.

Teachers in the department support and engage students as individual learners and ensure a positive learning environment in which each student feels free to take risks and express her own ideas. Providing an atmosphere of mutual respect in the classroom so that students can reach their full potential in history, geography and RE is a priority for all members of the department.

Students in Year Seven two lessons in each of the Humanities subjects (history, geography and religious education). Year 8 students receive an additional religious education lesson per week.


History fires students' curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps students develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels and allows them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.

Key stage 3


All students study history at KS3 which provides them with the opportunity to investigate Britain’s past as well as gain an understanding of significant events and movements in world history. As history happens all around us, students also explore local history with links to key events and figures such as Richard III, the Battle of Bosworth and local links to the Civil War and World War I. Year 7 is focused on the Medieval World, Year 8 on revolution and change and Year 9 on social and political conflict in twentieth century. Through the study of local, national and world history, students develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies and to understand their own identity and how it has been shaped by challenges over time.

At KS3, students are encouraged to ask perceptive questions about the past and to use critical thinking skills to analyse and evaluate different interpretations of historical events. As they study different topics, students will gain an understanding of concepts such as the process of change over time and what has stayed the same, cause and consequence, similarity and difference and the reasons why events and figures have been judged to be significant. Students will examine contrasting arguments and interpretations of events and evaluate how they have been constructed. They develop the skills necessary to make judgements about key events and figures in the history of Britain and the world and to understand how historical evidence is used to support these judgements. In years eight and nine, students will begin to develop their own lines of enquiry within topics of study and will develop their research techniques in order to produce independently researched essays and projects.


Key stage 4


History at is a popular option at KS4 and follows the AQA syllabus. The current Year 11 students are completing the syllabus in which they engage in three depth studies covering Russia under Tsar Nicolas II to Communism, Stalin’s Dictatorship and Race Relations in the USA: 1945-1968 in Year 10. Topics in year 11 focus on international relations and include the effects of World War One, the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations and the Rise of Dictators, Hitler’s foreign policy, the outbreak of World War Two and the start of the Cold War. British history and life in Britain for men, women and children in during the wars and the interwar period is explored in the controlled assessment which comprises 25% of the grade for GCSE history.

Current Year 10 students will follow the new AQA syllabus which includes a Depth Study of Russia 1895-1945, Peace-making after World War I and the Origins of World War II during their Year 10 year and a British Depth Study covering the Elizabethan Age and a study of the theme of Migration and Empire over time in the United Kingdom.

Exciting and engaging lessons incorporating varied activities and resources provide students with essential skills such as source analysis, the evaluation of historical interpretations and selecting and key evidence to support an argument. These skills help prepare students for the future and develop their ability to make informed decisions and participate in a democratic society. Students will be fully equipped to move on A level study of history as well as develop the skills of enquiry, debate and critical thinking and analysis which help prepare them for jobs such as journalism, law, medicine and business.

How can I help my Son/Daughter?


Reading is very important to developing a knowledge of history and this can include historical novels such as Private Peaceful for World War I and The Ever-After Bird when studying slavery. To encourage reading historical fiction for enjoyment, where possible, recommended reading lists will be provided with each topic studied. Watching suitable documentaries and television programs focused on the topics outlined in the attached documents is also an interesting way for both you and your child to develop background knowledge of the topics studied. Keep an eye out for suitable documentaries and watch them with your child where possible.

Checking your child’s planner and making sure they are managing their time to complete projects and homework will also help ensure they are making progress. In addition, you could encourage your child to take advantage of activities on websites such as BBC Bitesize which correspond to the topics they are studying and to use the History Learning Site and Spartacus Education for research activities.

AT KS4 you could encourage your child to use helpful revision sites such as johndclare, and BBC Bitesize, The History Learning Site and Spartacus Education on a regular basis. Listening to podcasts on GCSE pod is also a good revision aid. Year 11 students are given homework booklets with practice exam style questions. Encouraging the use of these booklets in one way to ensure they are getting the practice they need to improve their exam answer techniques.

Key dates:


AQA GCSE exam Paper A: 05 June 2017

AQA GCSE exam Paper B: 14 June 2017

GCSE controlled assessment – Autumn term of Year 11 (current Year 11s only)

History Map of Learning 2016/2017

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