History

History is a subject that will inspire students to deepen their understanding of the people, events and periods studied and enable them to think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, make informed decisions and develop perspective and judgement. This in turn will prepare them for the role of informed, thoughtful, and active citizens.

The History Department is an enthusiastic, supportive and committed team of four full-time historians.  We believe in creating an enquiring and focused atmosphere in our classes, and aim to inspire all students to leave the school with a love of history. We are a high achieving department in Myton School, and are proud of our records at both A level and GCSE.

Key Staff

Mrs L Reece – Email: reece.l@myton.co.uk  Head of Department

Natalie Beardall – beardall.n@myton.co.uk Teacher of History and Head of House

Amy Becker – becker.a@myton.co.uk Teacher of History  

Samantha Lordan – lordan.s@myton.co.uk Teacher of History  

Key Stage 3 

At Key Stage 3, both Year 7 and Year 8 students have three lessons of history per fortnight. They study a variety of topics including Medieval England, the Reformation, the British in India, Slavery, and the First World War.

Key Stage 4

History students at Myton will complete an EDEXCEL GCSE. All components of the GCSE are examined, and will help students to develop valuable skills including writing, research, and analysis. Students in Year 9 will spend the first term on an introductory course which will serve as useful preparation for the GCSE course.

Myton School – Edexcel GCSE topics

  • Paper 1: Thematic study of medicine in Britain, 1250 – today
    The thematic study require students to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history, including the most significant characteristics of medicine in different ages from the medieval to modern periods. This paper also includes a depth study of the First World War and its impact on medicine.
  • Paper 2: Depth studies of the Cold War, 1941-1991, and early Elizabethan England 1558-1588
    Students are required to investigate one era of British history in depth. Students will look at the accession of Elizabeth I, and consider her impact on England through major events like the Elizabethan religious settlement and the Spanish Armada.
    Students will also develop their understanding of the modern world by looking at the Cold War conflict between the USSR and the USA in the 20th Century.
  • Paper 3: Modern study of Germany, 1918–1939: Democracy and dictatorship
    This study will investigate Germany through the First World War, the establishment of the Weimar Republic, and the rise of the Nazi Party. It will also consider Hitler’s Germany and how life changed under Nazi rule.

Each of these papers will be examined at the end of Year 11. Students will prepare for these by completing multiple mock examinations throughout their GCSE course.

Post-16

Our A level History qualification has been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The engaging topics available to them throughout the course will provide them with the knowledge and skills they require to succeed as A level historians.

Through the AQA course, students cover 3 units:

  • Unit 1 – Tudors 1485-1603
  • Unit 2 Russia and Revolution
  • Unit 3 NEA coursework on Civil Rights

See more information about the A level History course

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