Head of Department:
Mrs D Sharman
Mr A McCutcheon
Accommodation and Resources:
We have a huge variety of films! Laptops for 25 students! Artefacts-shells, gas masks, hand grenades, swords, helmets and so much more! (all are child friendly!)
Key Stage 3 Curriculum:
In Year 7 students get to investigate what life was like in the Middle Ages! They follow the lives of the rich and poor. Researching the food, homes and work of the poor, students begin to empathise with a peasant’s life. In their Castles project, students develop their skills in team work, independent research, thinking innovatively and creatively to design the “perfect castle”. They will get to reflect on “how the other half lived.”
Year 8 students adapt their “Open Minds” learning to life in Tudor times. Within the Renaissance project, students choose the route they wish to investigate, whether its explorers, artists, mathematicians or scientists, each student gets to work as part of a team in their independent research of the “greatest Renaissance man”. Developing reasoning and debating skills alongside their presentational skills, students can apply their creativity to creating exciting projects and presentations
In Year 9-WAR! Students complete an in depth study of World War One. Starting with the causes of the war, students then complete a project based on the trench life of one of Sittingbourne’s "heroes". This is followed by a investigation into the interwar years in Germany, focusing on what life was like for ordinary Germans and Jews under Nazi rule. In the last term we return to Britain and investigate life on the Home Front. A special investigation on terrorism winds up the year.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum:
In Years 10 and 11, we follow Edexcel’s syllabus B, studying “Crime and Punishment through Time”,” The Transformation of Surgery 1850-1918”, “Germany 1920-1945” and the Controlled Assessment is on the Vietnam War. Students sit their first examination in June of Year 10 (Crime and Punishment unit), followed by another in January of year 11 (Transformation of Surgery) and the third examination takes place in June of Year 11. Each examination makes up 25% of their final grade. In addition the controlled assessment, studied in term one of Year 11, is submitted in June of Year 11 and also makes up 25% of the final grade.
Key Stage 5 Curriculum:
In years 12 and 13, we follow OCR examination board topics. In year 12 and 13 the students study aspects of Norman Britain. In year 13, the students study Nazi Germany 1933-1945, as the coursework element of A2
Extra Curricular Activities:
TRIPS! To the World War One battlefields of France or Belgium, to Dover Castle, the archives at Canterbury Cathedral, the Battle of Hastings day in October each year and theatre trips!
Extended Opportunities For Learning:
The department runs revision clubs for Years 10 and 11 on Tuesdays of week one after school. Special revision sessions prior to examinations and seminars are arranged individually with year 12 and 13 students.
We use the school Learning Platform-Moodle to allow students in Years 7, 11,12 and 13 to access work from home or outside lessons. Year 8, 9 and 10 are to be added shortly.