Who are we?
The History department at the Edron is made up of two enthusiastic and committed young teachers. Mr Nabarro has worked in schools in Manchester and London in both pastoral and academic roles. Mr Agass has taught at schools in Newcastle Upon Tyne and in County Durham.
The department is committed to innovative and engaging methods of teaching and is dedicated to consistently raising standards of teaching and learning. The department´s ethos is focused on creating inquiring individuals and all topics, at all key stages, utilize enquiry based learning. Students at the Edron will learn the History from a variety of cultures and locations across the world and will be developing key historical skills from year 7 onwards. Mr Nabarro and Mr Agass are committed to engaging young people in the past and as a result a wide range of active learning strategies are employed.
Homeworks will be set on a regular basis in Key stage 3 and will always be used as an essential part of enquiries. As a result it is imperative that all students complete homework appropriately. This will enable them to progress to the next stage of their learning effectively.
What do we do?
The department bases all Historical enquiries at KS3 around the skills identified in the current British National Curriculum. This means students learn about Interpretation, Chronological Understanding, Diversity, Cause and Consequence, Change and Continuity and Significance through the study of History.
Year 7 focuses predominantly on Roman and Medieval History. However, the initial part of the first term will be spent introducing some key historical skills that will be developed throughout Key Stage 3 and beyond.
In Year 8 at the Edron students will concentrate on slavery and the diverse impact it has had across the world. The year will explore the experiences of slavery, followed by the global ramifications of it. Throughout year 8 students will develop a range of skills including: An understanding of diversity, an analysis of significance, a focus on the extent of change and continuity and the ability to evaluate sources.
In the final year of key stage 3 students will focus on modern world history. This includes studying the causes of World War I, the rise of European dictators, the causes of World War II and it´s nature and consequences. It will conclude with an introduction to the Cold War. This year in particular will see a focus on developing the skills required to produce an A* answer at IGCSE level.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Students who elect to undertake the rigorous and challenging IGCSE History programme at the Edron will follow a course route studying International Relations since 1919 and a depth study on the USA between 1919 and 1941. Great efforts are made by the department to ensure that teaching and learning remains interesting and engaging despite exam pressures. Students will be asked for a deposit to cover the cost of an excellent textbook which will enable students to enhance both learning and revision.
I.B History is an incredibly challenging Group 3 subject. It involves rigorous study and a substantial amount of independent work and study. It is also an incredibly rewarding and interesting option, providing students the opportunity to produce degree level work before studying at university. It also offers invaluable skills of analysis that are transferrable across a number of subjects. Students undertaking this challenging course are strongly advised to read around the subject, particularly regarding the Cold War and modern History of the Americas as a region.
At standard level the IB course covers Communism in Crisis 1976 – 1989, The Cold War and the origin and rise of authoritarian and single party states, focusing on Hitler, Castro and Stalin. At higher level this is extended to cover Political developments in the Americas after WWII. The Cold War and the Americas 1945 – 1981 and Civil rights and Social movements in the Americas. IB students will follow a curriculum in which all units are integrated allowing them to develop the type of lateral thinking encouraged by the IB programme and developing a more global view of the development of world History.
The History department at the Edron is continually progressing and looking for interesting paths to follow. It is an exciting area of the school that is continually striving to achieve the best for the pupils.
Any questions please get in touch with the Head of Department: