Aims of the Department
The subject of History provides pupils with not only a great insight and understanding of events of the past, but also a greater understanding of current affairs. One of the main aims of Trinity High School is to create well rounded young citizens ready for the outside world; the subject of History is a vital element of this.
Aside from the content they study, the subject also provides pupils with excellent analytical and important transferable skills. Examples of this include, amongst others, the ability to convey an argument verbally and in written form which will help them in their future career choice.
Strengths of the Department
As a department we use innovative teaching and learning strategies to ensure that all of pupils reach their full potential in this academically demanding subject. We also ensure that pupils see History as a ‘living’ subject by taking them on trips outside of school to places such as the Manchester Museum and Quarry Bank Mill, plus many others, throughout their time at Trinity.
History at Trinity continues to be a popular option subject at GCSE. Indeed many of our pupils have gone on to study History at A-Level and for their Degree.
KS3 History Curriculum
Pupils begin their study of History in Year 7 by learning what History actually is and the key skills they need to succeed in the Subject. They then complete in-depth studies of the Roman Empire and of Medieval England.
In Year 8 pupils study the religious and political changes in the country from the Tudors through to the Stuart age. We then proceed to investigate the changes to the country brought about by the ‘Industrial Revolution’ with particular emphasis on its effects on Manchester. We also investigate the struggle for the right to vote and equality for women in the 19th/20th centuries.
The history pupils study in Year 9 takes on a more international dimension. We begin by studying life in pre-slavery Africa and move on to investigate the triangular trade and its impact on American society. We then investigate the struggle for Civil Rights by black Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries.
We finish the Key Stage 3 course by investigating the two major conflicts of the 20th century – the reasons for why these cataclysmic events began and then what happened during them.
KS4 History Curriculum
Pupils undertake the the AQA GCSE History syllabus which takes the form of 4 topics taught across Year's 10 and 11. Pupils will undertake two formal exam papers worth 50% of the final grade - there is no longer a controlled assessment element of the course.
Paper 1 consists of a period study (Germany, 1890-1945) and a wider world depth study (Conflict and tension, 1894-1918).
Paper 2 consists of a thematic study (Britain: Health and the people: 1000 to the present day) and a British depth study including the historic environment (Elizabethan England 1568-1603).