“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything.” - Michael Crichton
You should study history if you wish to learn how and why the world and its peoples came to be as they are today. History recognises that there is far more to the past than the events that created the world we know. As the British writer L. P. Hartley once famously remarked, "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." Recognising what we share with people in the past, while simultaneously exploring how profoundly their lives differed from our own, provides some of history's most fascinating insights.
History seeks to understand past lives and societies by exploring every conceivable aspect of their reality. It takes as its field of study the entire human experience in all times and places, but does so in ways that pays very close attention to the fine-grained particularities and differences of each time period. History also analyses the past, assessing the complex web of causes that help explain why particular events occur.
The History Department seeks to enable students to understand the world they live in by looking for clues and evidence in the past. By learning about the past they will be able to shape their future and ours more consciously.
At Key Stage 3 the students cover a wide range of topics including Historical skills, Jack the Ripper, the Holocaust, the effects of Empires on the world and the World Wars. As a department we strive to use a variety of teaching methods to bring History alive examples of this have been Year 7's creating their own version of the Bayeux Tapestry (picture left) as well making models of Motte and Bailey castles.
In the History Department at Heston we try to make the most of our proximity to London by offering a wide range of trips to support student learning in the classroom. Over the years students have taken trips to place such as the British History Museum, Science Museum, Museum of London and the Jack the Ripper walking tour. This is in addition to the group work and projects that we run within the classroom. At every Key Stage students will be taught by passionate, caring and engaging teachers.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)
The new GCSE course which started in 2015 offers the students the chance to learn about a wide variety of topics, periods and countries. The topics the students will cover include Medicine in Britain, 1250–present, the British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: surgery and treatment, Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88, the American West, 1835–1895 & Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918–39.
Those students who started their History GCSE earlier than 2015 are studying a different course. These students are studying the Edexcel School History Project syllabus B. The units students cover as part of this course include the study of Medicine and public health in Britain c50AD to the present day, The Development of Surgery 1845-1918, life in Nazi Germany and the protest movements in the US during the 1960s and 1970s.
Both GCSE courses build upon the skills that students developed throughout Key Stage 3 while preparing them for ‘A’ level courses.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13
At Key Stage 5 we study the Edexcel syllabus. Over the course of the two years the students will study a range of topics including the transformation of Britain 1918 – 97, the boom, bust and recovery which took place in the USA during the period 1920 – 55 & the witch craze which gripped Britain, Europe and North America during the period 1580 – 1750. The students will be set a question from the exam board that will assess their ability to carry out their own historical enquiry while applying all of the skills they have developed in the previous units.
Being a classic subject which is highly regarded by universities, students taking History are able to apply to a wide range of university courses, some of the most popular being History, Politics, English, Medicine, Law and Anthropology.
There are also many careers that History students have open to them due to the varied and in demand skills they would have gained from studying this subject. Some of these include barrister, librarian, information archivist, Politics, publishing, journalism and media.