Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre


Welcome to the History Department at Hellesdon High.

These pages give an overview of our students' curriculum at each Key Stage, as well as some useful internet resources to help with homework and research. This year, Historic-Newspapers.co.uk has kindly provided some great new resources which will be used in KS3 and KS4 History courses.

At Key Stage 3, students study History for 3 hours a fortnight. This increases to 5 hours at GSCE and 9 hours at AS/A level.
Independent learning is encouraged in the Department. Key Stage 3 lessons involve enquiries such as ‘Who should rule England in 1066?’ (in Year 7), or the Year 8 Norwich Industries and Dragons’ Den project, where students work in teams to present to a panel of judges drawn from the UEA and the Norfolk Museums Service.

Whilst studying the History of Medicine, GCSE students spend a day at the Castle Museum where they explore changes and continuities in the cause, treatment and prevention of disease over time. We also organise a visit to the Western Front to explore the nature of trench warfare and its impact on injuries and medical treatments.

Sixth Form students attend the Historical Association/UEA Sixth Form Conference, and have been involved in the Holocaust Education Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project. A seminar-style approach is used in A level teaching where students work in small groups to give presentations. This is designed to prepare students for the demands of university and working as part of a team.

The principal aims of the History Department are to foster a life-long interest in the past and to develop students’ analytical skills, which will assist them in today’s society.