History is a subject that will inspire students to deepen their understanding of the people, events and periods studied. We aim to 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 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 GCSE and A level.

Key Staff

Mrs Natalie Woodward – woodward.n@myton.co.uk – Head of Department

Miss A Becker – becker.a@myton.co.uk – Second in Department  

Miss L Reece – reece.l@myton.co.uk – Teacher of History & Head of Beauchamp House 

Miss L O’Connor – oconnor.l@myton.co.uk – Teacher of History

Key Stage 3 

In Year 7 History runs as part of Humanities alongside Geography and RE. In History we look at the Vikings, the Battle of Hastings, the Norman Conquest, medieval life, medieval monarchs and the Tudors.

In Year 8, students have three lessons of History per fortnight. They study a variety of topics including the witch-hunts, Timbuktu, Jack the Ripper, the women’s suffrage movement and WW1.

As with Year 8, Year 9 students have three lessons of History per fortnight. They study a variety of topics including WW2, the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement and the causes of 9/11.

Key Stage 4

History students at Myton will complete the Edexcel GCSE. All components of the GCSE are exam based, and will help students to develop valuable skills including writing, research, and analysis.

Myton School – Edexcel GCSE topics

  • Paper 1: Medicine Through Time, c1250-Present

The thematic study requires students to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history, including the most significant characteristics of medicine in different times, 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: 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: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–1939

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.

Key stage 5

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 – The Tudors: England, 1485-1603
  • Unit 2 – Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia, 1917-1953
  • Unit 3 – NEA coursework on the Civil Rights Movement, 1860-Present

See more information about the A level History course

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