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Why study history?
It has always been said that ‘in order to learn about today you must understand what happened yesterday.’ This is why History is so important. It will equip your son with the knowledge to interpret events that are happening today and put them into an historical context, enabling us to learn from the past.
Your son will learn how to use his factual knowledge and understanding to describe past events, people and societies. He will learn that History has been interpreted in different ways and the differences need to be analysed and evaluated in order to understand sources of evidence. History will also develop your son’s ability to write descriptively, discuss argumentatively and present fluently. Your son will therefore develop a wide range of skills, which are essential outside of the History classroom and will form the basis of many careers.
Who and what is the History Department?
The History department at Rutlish is an energetic, forward thinking department that is renowned for its high achievement and commitment to developing the all-round education of the boys at the school.
The department is based in the Centenary building as part of the Humanities “faculty”. We have five full-time Historians’ in the department all of whom contribute to its development. This wide range of expertise will provide your son with the best teaching possible to provide him with the skills necessary to progress to advanced level and university study or just to enjoy the subject whatever his ability. We will provide your son with a variety of teaching methods and styles to create a full, wide ranging, learning environment in which he can experience the best that History has to offer!
The high standards provided by our teachers are mirrored in the work and expectations of all our students. The department is regularly developing through professional development to make sure that your son benefits from new initiatives available in the teaching of History.
Since September 2010 we began to teach A/S History working with colleagues at Ricards Lodge, and since have taught A2 achieving a pass rate of 100%. Two members of the department also teach Government and Politics where once again we enjoyed a 100% pass rate at A/S and A2. We are very excited at this expansion of the school and believe that the History Departments of both schools will be integral to the success of the 6th Form” and the learning of pupils.” The department is, along with colleagues from Ricards Lodge, planning the changes required by the 2015 A Level reforms.
How will we teach your son?
The History department uses a variety of different teaching methods to motivate all of its students to achieve the best grades possible. In class we have a variety of up-to-date textbooks and teacher prepared worksheets to develop your son’s subject knowledge and skills. We use the Internet for projects and have web-based learning assignments each term.
All classrooms have interactive white boards which allow us to use an even greater variety of teaching methods and resources. The boys regularly learn by role-play, debates and cross-curricular activities in order to develop their learning skills in a motivational atmosphere. We also use an ever-increasing selection of CD-ROMs, DVD’s and artefacts, to complement our teaching. We are committed to extra-curricular and hope to offer pupils an opportunity to participate.
What will your son learn?
At Key Stage 3 we follow the new National Curriculum for History. In Year 7 we start with “The battle of the Ancients” based on the school houses then we teach a History Skills unit which we return to throughout all key stages. By the end of Year 9 we study Political Ideology, World War II and 20th Century Conflicts. The course develops chronologically and thematically and is taught through a variety of teaching methods from knowledge based learning, interpretation and evidence study. This allows us to help your son develop his ability to interpret, analyse, describe and evaluate sources of information thus helping your son achieve.
At Key Stage 4 we currently follow the AQA syllabus B in Modern World History. We are now able to teach pupils about the division of post-war Europe and the Cold War but also its end following the collapse of Communism and the re-unification of Germany. However we are mindful of Governments proposed changes to the History syllabus and we are already planning for the GCSE changes due from September 2016.
The boys will develop their essay writing and source analysis skills for the examination and will also learn to present well-argued debates. The History department at Rutlish welcomes your son to learn about the past in a school so famed for its men in History as evidenced by the war memorials located in the Main Hall and the Innes Building.
Mr H Davut
Head of Department
Mr B Brogan
Second in Charge
Ms C Galvin
Ms L Birch