KS3

Students develop a range of skills and subject knowledge at KS3 in History. We develop our skills of source analysis by looking at different types of evidence, from everyday objects to official state documents. In terms of subject knowledge, you’ll learn about life on Hadrian’s Wall, why the Normans conquered England, the terrible consequences of the Black Death, the reign of Queen of Elizabeth, why slavery lasted so long, what conditions were like in Victorian Britain, as well as depth studies on the impact of World Wars One and Two on society. There will be plenty of opportunities to use ICT, do role play and group activities as an exciting and challenging way to explore the past. As a special treat, look out for the amazing extra-curricular activities – a trip to Canterbury Cathedral, a Tudor Day at Penshurst Place, a visit to the battlefields of the Western Front and special Enrichment Week activities such as our Canterbury Tales and Sherlock Holmes days. The History department also hosts an annual focus day, in which drama, music and investigation are used to explore the events behind the death of Suffragette campaigner, Emily Davidson.

KS4

Students will complete their GCSE over three years. The first year, they’ll be developing their skills in evidence analysis, research and extended writing. Then in Years 10 and 11 they will begin the first examined units. The topics we study are diverse and exciting. We begin by looking at the changing approaches to crime and punishment of criminals from ancient times through to the present day. We examine folk law criminals like Robin Hood, infamous murder cases such as Jack the Ripper and changing approaches to punishments with the abolition of public executions and capital punishment. 

For the examined units we look first at Medicine through Time and find out how treatments of disease have changed from the superstitious and bizarre to the most cutting edge scientific research, such as unravelling the secrets of DNA. You’ll discover how governments have changed in their attitudes towards public health and how individual scientists have made extraordinary discoveries that affect our lives today. After this unit, we begin our controlled assessment. Students will go on a site visit to Dover Castle and study the Secret Wartime Tunnels, exploring how they have changed over time. They will conduct class-based and online research and when ready will then be given a series of enquiry questions to answer under timed conditions in class. Finally, we conduct a depth study into German, from the end of World War One to the Rise of the Nazi Party and the end of the Second World War. We examine the success or failure of Germany’s experiment with democracy during the Golden Years of Weimar and then explore how Hitler came to power and established a dictatorship so rapidly.

As part of the extra-curricular programme on offer, students have the chance to attend theatrical presentations of the Medicine through Time and Germany Units performed at local theatres by the School History Scene. These visits also include exam busting skills from an experienced examiner and author, Josh Broman. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend a day trip to London as part of the Crime and Punishment, during which the visit the London Dungeons and follow a Jack the Ripper Tour of London’s East End. In Year 10 they may wish to come up to London again for a weekend of visits to museums and sites connected with their Medicine through Time studies, such as the Old Operating Theatre, Fleming’s laboratory and the Old Operating Theatre. Finally, in Year 11 students have the chance to visit Berlin, for an extensive tour of the city and sites of historical interest such as the Reichstag, the Holocaust Museum and Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

As always there are lots of opportunities to extend your learning. There are field and museum trips, opportunities to video conference with the National Archives, a ‘Medicine Through Time’ weekend in London (which includes a trip to a West End show and a meal in a top restaurant!) and the chance to visit the fascinating city of Berlin.

KS5

In the Sixth Form the History Department offers you the chance to study four very different but challenging units of History covering British and world events over the last 2 centuries and more. At AS students study the last of the Tsars and the Russian Revolution. They look at the ways in which autocracy broke down in Russia and how it was replaced by Communism, which in itself gave rise to a new form of dictatorship. In a separate unit, students develop their source-based skills looking at either the changing role of women from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century or the reign of Henry VIII and the English Reformation. At A2, students conduct a depth study into the Cold War. They find out about the causes of Superpower tensions at this time and the reasons why the War eventually came to an end. They study key figures in this period, such as Kennedy, Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and the contributions they made to either heightening or resolving tensions. Finally, students undertake a coursework study. The topic is Crime and Punishment. They build on their knowledge from KS4 to focus on some of the more complex themes such as policing, prison reform and sentencing. That’s not to say, we don’t examine many of the fascinating and sometimes rather gory criminal case studies along the way!

Greater emphasis is placed on independent study at this level. You’ll be given a host of resources, and access to online materials via our dedicated Department website (www.studyhistory.co.uk ). You’ll have the opportunity to visit local university libraries, attend university level lectures and even go on overseas study visits to Berlin and Washington. We also have regular video conferences with the National Archives at Kew and visit the Archives for a hands-on documents workshop to support the Cold War A level unit. To develop your public speaking and analytical skills, you will also be invited to attend the school’s debating society and take part in debating competitions.

Departments

  • Art & Design

    The Department Mr Fitzgerald-Clark - Director of Learning - A'level & GCSE Photography and KS3 Mrs Hulme - Assistant Director of Learning - A'level and GCSE Fine Art and KS3 Ms Turner - A'level &...

  • Business Studies

    KS5 A Level Business Studies enables you to investigate different types of organisations in various business sectors and environments.  You will learn that businesses face varying degrees of...

  • Citizenship

    KS4 Studying Citizenship enables students to: Engage with topical citizenship issues and contribute to debates on challenges facing society involving a wide range of political, social and ethical...

  • Computing & ICT

    KS3 The school values both ICT and Computing equally, hence students in years 7 and 8 study both ICT and Computing on a termly carousel.   In ICT they experience a range of applications such as...

  • Dance

    KS4 In Year 9 pupils follow a foundation course which prepares them for the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus in Year 10. GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and...

  • Design Technology

    KS3 In years 7 and 8 students will create a number of projects that support the National Curriculum focussing on wood, metal, plastic, electronics, textiles and graphics. They will learn how to use...

  • Drama

    KS3 Drama in KS3 provides students with the opportunity to explore group skills, team work, individual leadership skills and self-confidence. Students will develop an understanding of different...

  • Economics

    KS5 AIM This course is designed to introduce students to the core theory and practical application of Economics. Students will: Develop an understanding of the core microeconomic principles of...

  • English

    KS3 English is taught over 7 lessons a fortnight at Key Stage Three, which gives the pupils opportunities to explore and analyse a wide variety of fictional and non-fiction texts and create them...

  • Extended Project

    What is Extended Project The Extended Project requires students to carry out an extensive piece of independent work in a topic of their choosing. Students will be required to:  Choose an area of...

  • Geography

    KS3 In both Years 7 and 8, Geography is taught over two lessons each week. Both year groups will have the opportunity for field work in the local area.  In Year 7 we hope to show students what...

  • Government & Politics

    KS5 The History Department also offers Government & Politics at AS and A2 level. At AS students look at British political institutions such as Parliament and the judiciary, as well as issues in UK...

  • Health & Social Care

    KS5 Edexcel AS and A2 course in Health and Social Care. This is a vocational A level qualification providing students with both knowledge and practical skills for a career in Education, Health or...

  • History

    KS3 Students develop a range of skills and subject knowledge at KS3 in History. We develop our skills of source analysis by looking at different types of evidence, from everyday objects to official state...

  • Mathematics

    KS3 Pending approval. KS4 You will begin your Mathematics GCSE course in Year 9. The current Year 10s will be the last cohort to sit the current Mathematics GCSE specification, and they will sit...

  • MFL

    KS3 Many studies have shown that learning a foreign language not only improves students’ employability, but also strengthens their skills in other subjects. Furthermore, a number of prestigious...

  • Music

    KS3 Pupils study music over 2 periods per week in year 7 and 1 period per week in year 8. Those pupils who currently play an instrument are encouraged to bring this to their music lesson and use it...

  • Physical Education

    KS3 In Year 7 & 8 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities for 2 hours a week.  Students will develop their knowledge, understanding and skill level in the following...

  • Psychology

    KS5 Psychology is now classified as the fourth science.  Psychology is a highly valued by many universities including being a popular and useful choice for those hoping to go into medicine,...

  • Religious Education

    KS3 Girls from year 7 receive a general introduction to major World Religions with a discrete focus on Christianity Buddhism and Sikhism. In year 8 girls develop their understanding of these...

  • Religious Studies

    KS5 Do you want to understand yourself and the world around you? Do you  question truths and assumptions? Do you spend most of your time thinking and talking to yourself? Do you enjoy constructing...

  • Science

    KS3 Students are taught Key Stage 3 Science in 2 years following the UPD8 SOW Wikid.  This is based on the philosophy that students should enjoy and achieve in Science. Every Science lesson, whatever the...

  • Sociology

    KS5 Course Content Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. Its aim is to understand how societies work. The study of sociology fosters a critical awareness of contemporary social...

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The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125