Welcome to the History Department at Brymore
The aim of history at Brymore is to foster the imagination, creativity, and confidence of students. Through a combination of source analysis, independent research, project work, and presentations, students are helped to form their own opinions. They are encouraged to view the world around them perceptively and carefully, with an understanding of what has come before. They are taught to become independent learners who take ownership of their targets and know what they need to do to improve. Students are taught to analyse sources and approach texts with a critical understanding. With the challenges presented with contemporary media, it is as crucial as ever that students develop the ability to critically assess the information they are presented with. Students also have the option of attending Bymore History Club one lunchtime a week, where we look at current affairs, global histories, mythology, and have debates and discussions. This is a great opportunity for enthusiastic history students to develop personal interests, as our weekly focus is often chosen by the students themselves.
We begin with an introduction to how historians work and the basic skills associated with historical research and learning. In year 7 we focus on chronology, causation, consequence and throughout these, historical writing. This is developed through our study of Medieval Britain and the events of 1066, right up to the English Civil war and our own local connections to it, here at Brymore.
During year 8, boys will study the major events of the twentieth century, developing their skills of investigation, communication and evaluation, amongst others. We will begin with an exploration into Europe and the wider world at the turn of the century before moving on to the terrible events of the Titanic disaster. Our study of the Fist World war begins with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, and the descent into World War One, before moving onto the interwar period, World War Two, and the Cold War. This was a century of ideological conflict, and students are taught to form their own, informed, opinions about the politics and ideological conflicts of this period.
Year 9, 10 and 11
The first GCSE module, The American West, is studied by all students in Year 9 in order to give them a taste of the GCSE course, and to allow sufficient time for revision in Year 11. The following two years are made up of a study of three different topics:
- Crime and Punishment in Britain c1000 to present
This module is a British thematic study, meaning we look at a large swathe of British history through the lens of one topic. We also focus on a study of a specific historical environment, that of Whitechapel in the late nineteenth century and the horrors of Jack the Ripper.
- Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
This module focuses on the troubled early reign of one of our most famous monarchs, looking at her personal life, achievements, and conflict.
- Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41
This topic begins with the violent and tumultuous events of the 1917 revolution in Russia. We move on to examine how Marx’s ideas were adapted and used to try and run a country in a completely different way to which the world has ever witnessed. We look at how this developed into an oppressive dictatorship that was to become one of the world’s superpowers.
Head of History: Miss H Lee-Joy