Key Stage 3

Year 7

In their first year at The Cooper School, students will have the opportunity to learn new historical skills which will aid them in their History careers.

Students will begin by looking at the Tudor period by investigating the life and wives of Henry VIII and how he became the head of the church. Students will then focus on Elizabeth I and the problems faced in her reign including poverty and the Spanish Armada.

To finish the year, Students will study pre-war society by taking a close look at the Titanic on her doomed maiden voyage.

Year 8

In Year 8, students will focus entirely on the 20th century starting with the First World War.

Students will learn why the war started with a particular focus on the experience of the ordinary ‘Tommy’ on the front line. We feel it is important, not only that the students know that our ancestors fought for us but that they should understand the experiences each soldier endured for his country.

Students will also look at the rise of one of the worlds most notorious villains, Adolf Hitler and how his followers carried out horrific acts in the Holocaust.

Finally, they will look at the aftermath of World War Two and the emerging Superpowers of America and Russia.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE level, students will specialise in four topic areas which will form the basis of their examinations at the end of Year 11.

Year 9

Unit 1: Crime and Punishment c1000AD-Today and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900, policing and the inner city.

In this unit, students will focus on types of crime in Britain, methods of law enforcement, punishment and attitude to crime from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day.

The students will focus on the level of change and continuity over the time periods and will also consider key turning points in our country’s history including the Gunpowder Plot, witchcraft trials and the abolition of capital punishment.

The students will then have the opportunity to look in depth at the mystery surrounding Whitechapel and the legend of Jack the Ripper.

Unit 2: Early Elizabethan England, 1558- 1588.

This unit focuses on the issues Elizabeth encountered during the early years of her reign.

Students will look at the social and economic issues as well as England’s changing relationship with the wider world.

They will also learn about the growing religious tensions and the Catholic threat to the English throne.

Unit 3: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

The ever-growing tension between America and Russia is the focus of unit 3 and consists of three key topics; the beginning, the middle and the end of the “War of Words”.

It is a story of mistrust and nervous tension, spying and treachery and is a period of immense significance in the development of our modern world.

Unit 4: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.

The final unit of GCSE looks into the fall of Weimar Germany and the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. This unit will have a particular focus on the conditions which allowed the rise of the Nazis and the persecution of different sections of society.

Key Stage 5

Once students reach Key Stage 5, they may opt to continue their studies in History. In Year 12, students will study South Africa: Apartheid State—Rainbow Nation, 1948-1994 and USA: In search of the American Dream, 1917-1996.

In Year 13, students will then look at Poverty, public health and the state in Britain.

For students coursework, they will conduct independent research on the Holocaust looking at whether it was a long term plan of the Nazi regime.