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Cheney School

Cheney School

History

We enjoy teaching and thinking about History with students from Year 7 to Year 13.  We pursue an innovative and challenging curriculum. Cheney students studying History and related subjects at university report being very well prepared – we try to encourage a love of History and strong independent study skills.

Key Stage Three

At Key Stage Three, our key questions are:

  • Who runs the country?
  • Who runs society?
  • Who runs the world?

In Year 7, after an exciting ’What is History?’ unit, all pupils study Medieval England and Europe 1066 to 1485, taking in topics such as the Battle of Hastings and the Black Death.  Pupils then explore British History including The Tudors, the English Civil War, Life in the 17th Century and the Industrial Revolution. 

In Year 8 pupils begin by studying the Transatlantic Slave Trade. They then move on to the First and Second Wars, Democracy and Dictatorship in the 1900s and the Cold War. We foster independent study through a range of projects, such as the World War Two projects.

Key Stage Four

We currently teach Edexcel Syllabus B (Schools History Project) covering the whole of human achievement from the Ancient Egyptians to the present day through the study of the History of Medicine.  There is a special study of the History of Surgery 1840-1918.  Pupils also study the failure of democracy in Weimar Germany (1918-33) and the Nazi Dictatorship (1933-45).  Finally, they complete Controlled Assessment on the Vietnam War.

At the end of the course there are three exams (worth 25% each) on Medicine (paper 1A), Surgery (3A) and Germany (2C).

Key Stage Five

We teach the innovative OCR Syllabus B.  Year Twelve Historians study Queen Elizabeth I, and the Italian Renaissance 1420-1550.  In Year Thirteen, they study the Crusades and complete an Independent Investigation on a subject of their choice.