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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 9

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. In year 9 students continue to develop their knowledge of core concepts in preparation for Year 10 and 11.  All of our topics have enquiry questions based on the new GCSE from 2016.

Year 9 curriculum includes:

  • Arawaks and Spaniards
  • Columbus the invader or discoverer
  • How far was Benin in 1450 civilised
  • Different experiences of slaves
  • How the civil rights movement changed the lives of African Americans
  • WWI the Great War?
  • Noor Inayat Khan
  • The Holocaust
  • The USA
  • The atomic bomb