History Department Staff
For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mr J Shannon the Curriculum Leader.
- Mr J Shannon - Curriculum Leader
- Mr M Barrett
- Mrs J Singleton De Carranza
- Mr A Himsworth
- Miss H Blenkinship
- Mr J Morgan (Assistant Head Teacher: Curriculum)
- Mr S Riley (Head of Farington)
- Mrs A Wilson (Deputy Head:Pastoral Care, Guidance & Support)
History at Balshaw’s aims to bring students into a rich dialogue with the past and the traditions of historical enquiry. The past and changing accounts of the past have shaped the identities of diverse people, groups and nations. Through the study of History, students come to understand their place in the world, and in the long story of human development. The study of History challenges students to make sense of the striking similarities and vast differences in human experiences across time and place. Moreover, we aim to equip students with the knowledge of how historians and others construct accounts about the past, building on and challenging or refining the work of others. Students learn how argument and debate can be underpinned by shared principles of enquiry, and how this can drive and test new knowledge and insight about shared pasts.
How successfully did Medieval monarchs respond to the challenges
|What travelled the Silk Road?
|Is Historian Marc Morris right about the Norman Conquest?
|Which Medieval monarch was the most effective at establishing their authority?
|How significant was the role of the Church in Medieval society?
|What were Medieval peasants lives really like?
|How much religious turmoil did the Tudors unleash?
How successfully have people been able to challenge
|How far was life in England turned upside down by the English Civil War?
|How did the Glorious Revolution give Parliament supreme authority over England and the UK?
|How similar is power and authority in Africa to that of Europe?
|How did protest contribute to a more Democratic Britain?
|Was the Industrial Revolution Liberty's Dawn?
What happened when Democracy clashed with autocracy
|How far was WWI a horror of gas, industrialised slaughter & appalling human suffering?
How did the Nazi party kill Democracy in Germany?
|Why did people disagree about life in Nazi Germany?
|Did Britain really stand alone during WWII?
|Why did authoritarian and democratic ideologies colide?
At KS4 we follow the AQA 9-1 GCSE History specification. Students sit Paper 1 and Paper 2 at the end of Year 11 and there is no coursework. Below is an overview of what we study and when:
Paper 2 Shaping the Nation
Section A: Thematic Studies
Section B: British Depth Study
Paper 1 Understanding the modern world
Section B: Wider World Depth Study
Section A: Wider world Period study