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teaching staff 

  • Paula Delaney - Humanities Curriculum Leader
  • Therese Berger
  • Tahera Ali
  • James O'Donnell

Curriculum Aims

In History at Sarah Bonnell we value the contributions of all peoples and cultures in shaping our present world. We wish to instil this in our students to learn from the past and prepare for the future through being independent, broad-minded thinkers and responsible global citizen. We also hope to be able to add value and celebrate differences.

We aim for our students will understand their place in British History and feel a sense of belonging and identity. We hope they leave their history lessons being able to enjoy lessons through active engagement and curiosity. Students should leave history as independent critical thinkers and they should understand the relevance of the past and that the past and present interact.

2015 GCSE results shows improvement at 73% A*-C and 36% A*-A which is 20% higher than national average for girls. All students at Key Stage 3 study History and it is an increasingly popular subject at GCSE which reflects our students’ interests.

Year 8

We teach an enquiry based learning where each topic will have a question in which students will work towards. Enquiries cover a mixture of breadth (e.g. exploring a range of issues) and depth (e.g. focusing on answering the enquiry questions) as well as local history. Core concepts that are taught in Year 7 are continued in Year 8, developing and increasing knowledge in preparation for Year 10 and 11. All of our topics have enquiry questions based on the new GCSE from 2016.

Year 8 curriculum includes:

  • Black British History
  • Causes of the reformation
  • Elizabeth I
  • The British in India
  • Match stick girls strike
  • Women in the 1600s and 1900s