How does learning about the past affect your future? Here at Goffs, we pride ourselves on giving students a combination of engaging, exciting and informative lessons with the fundamental skills required to succeed across all subjects and into higher education. The popularity of history has been reflected in the large uptake at both GCSE and A-Level. The history department consists of 5 specialist teachers dedicated to providing outstanding learning opportunities and bringing out the historian in every student! Click here for student and parent feedback on history at Goffs.
“I thought the Kings and Queens were so complicated before....looking back now they’re actually really easy to understand – they were all horrible! This has to be my favourite era of history to learn” Year 7, Apr 2014
“The best part for me was completing the project on the Holocaust; I loved the opportunity to access different people’s views on the event and to untangle the causes behind this tragic episode in history” Year 8, Apr 2014.
“The trip was the best experience I have had at school – it has linked my learning in lessons to real life as well as becoming closer to my friends. Berlin was so much fun; I can’t wait to visit it again and am jealous of my little brother who has a chance to go with school next year!” Yr10 Student Sept 2014
“Being able to lay a poppy wreath at the Menin Gate for Goffs in front of thousands of people........that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you so much for selecting me to do it” Yr9 Student July 2014
“I will choose to study A-Level history because of the teachers – I am absolutely confident that they are the best people to get me what I need to get into university.” Yr11 student, Sept 2014
“History lessons are always engaging and fun, no matter which teacher I have had. I know exactly what I have achieved, and what I need to do to get a higher grade.” Yr9 student, Feb 2014
“History is the subject where I am confident in my opinion, and my teacher gives me and all of us the chance to voice them” Yr8 Student, Apr 2014
History - Year 7
In year 7, the study of History complements the termly whole-school themes of community, healthy eating and inventions. Students begin to develop a range of historical skills and concepts including inference, significance, change and continuity to help them investigate evidence and analyse contemporary source material. In year 7 students complete the following enquiries:
- What is History?
- How successfully did William conquer England after 1066?
- What is the most amazing invention in History?
- How did the Black Death help the peasants become more powerful?
- How did Britain control 1/4 of the globe? What impact did the British Empire have on its citizens?
- Which Olympics has had the most interesting History?
History - Year 8
In year 8 students build on their year 7 knowledge and emerging skills to complete the following enquiries:
- Has life really improved for African-Americans?
- Who was to blame for Jack the Ripper evading capture?
- Did the sacrifices of the Suffragettes actually bring about equality for women?
- Has the world learned anything from the Holocaust?
History - GCSE
History is a hugely popular choice at GCSE at Goffs. In year 9 students begin their GCSE History (Edexcel specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html). Having laid strong foundations at KS3, students use their well-honed skills as young historians to study paper 1: Medicine through time, which includes a case-study on surgery on the Western Front during WW1.
There is also an opportunity for year 9 students to go on the highly popular, long running trip to Ypres and Berlin!
In the 2nd year of their GCSE (Edexcel specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html), students study the early years of Elizabethan England, as well as inter-war Germany. There is also an opportunity for year 10 students to go on the highly popular, long running trip to Ypres and Berlin!
Students complete their study of GCSE History (Edexcel Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html) with a study of International Superpower.
Links / documents
History - A & AS Level
History A Level
History AS Level (Year 12)
General Advice & Handbook
Henry VII Lesons
Henry VIII Lessons