History

History at Park School focuses upon providing pupils with a fully immersive curriculum which will allow them to evaluate past events and empathise with people from other time periods.  We utilise the events of the past to inform students about the world around them and focus upon developing literacy levels.  Our committed team of teachers believe that fun is the key component of learning and so we work hard to ensure that pupils are able to complete a variety of engaging and stimulating learning experiences.  These include ‘Black Death Ginger Bread Men’, Heraldry Shields and model Motte and Bailey Castles, Slave Diaries, Titanic Travel Brochures and Intelligence Agency Spy Reports.  This enables students not only to  develop historical knowledge and understanding, but also to develop a wide range of analytical skills that are applicable, not only in History,  but in other subjects, in Further Education and in the work place.

KS3


At KS3 we follow the National Curriculum and provide pupils with wide ranging opportunities to develop as independent resilient learners, building the capacity to develop their own interests within the subject areas.  We incorporate a wide range of assessment in order to monitor students’ progress whilst ensuring that they are focused upon ‘next steps’ and how to get there.  We provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities, including a Year 7 Story Telling Day, Year 8 Visit to the SS Great Britain, the Year 9 Visit to the Cabinet War rooms and the Imperial War Museum, as well as Easter trips to the Battlefields of France, Belgium and to Auschwitz.

KS4


At KS4, the principles upon which we base our teaching do not change. The aim is to continue to promote independent learning.  Students follow the Edexcel History B Syllabus, including the Transformation of Surgery, the History of Medicine, The Vietnam War, Germany 1919-45 and the American West.  We use the VLE extensively to provide support for learning and revision through differentiated resources, collaborative learning and teacher support.  It also provides students with  opportunities to develop areas of individual interest further.  We host a range of enrichment activities, including visits to the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons , the Old Operating Theatre and Native American Dance Workshops.

The History Society

The Park School History Society continues to meet every Friday in Room 64. Successful student led exhibitions so far have focused upon Pearl Harbour and Amelia Earhart. The Society has also judged the incredibly popular KS3 Historical Writing Competition and is looking to host regular film night showing Hollywood films with a historical focus. For further information regarding the History Society students should speak to Mr Cuthbertson in Room 64.

We have aimed the Students Society at Years 10 and below due to the heavy demands on Year 11 students, but of course they are welcome to attend. If your son or daughter is interested in joining the History Society they should ask any of the History Staff or approach the committee. 

On the 4th - 7th April 2014, 48 Year 9 and Year 10 students went on the Battlefields Trip.

Below is a link to the North Devon Journal story published 15th May 2014, about the trip.

Battlefields North Devon Journal story

Geography and History Trip to Sorrento and Rome 2017

A wonderful trip yet again, enhancing students’ curriculum based education with the opportunity of seeing and experiencing Geography and History ‘in action’! We left school in the early hours of Tuesday 18th July, to make our way to Bristol Airport. We stayed in the lovely Hotel delle Alpe, in the hills above Sorrento, and thanks to Mrs Robins were able to make full use of the pool when we got back each day! As most days reached 40 degrees it was very welcome!

It was a packed but brilliant 4 days, visiting the ancient site of Herculaneum straight after arriving, and the following day was a trip to Pompeii, both of which were buried under ash from the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius for 2000 years. A trip to the Naples Archaeological Museum in the morning, followed by a visit to Sorrento in the afternoon made up the third day, and on the final day (after a 4am start!) a trip to Rome to see the Colosseum and Ancient Roman Forum before flying home. We were unfortunately unable to climb to the summit of Mt Vesuvius this time, as it was affected badly by the wildfires that spread across much of Southern Europe in the summer, and was closed off to visitors for safety reasons.

The students were, as Park School students always are, a pleasure to take away, and the owners of the hotel said we were the best school group they have ever had to stay – high praise indeed! It was a fantastic way to end the school year, and my thanks go to Mrs Robins, Mr Cuthbertson and of course the 24 students we took for making it so great!

One hundred Year 9 students braved the inclement January weather and travelled to London for a day of immersive History experiences. The morning was spent in the London Dungeons enjoying an interactive drama filled tour of key moments and sites in the history of London from Tudor times to the present day. We met key historical figures such as Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Sweeny Todd, and Jack the Ripper, and visited Traitor’s Gate, Pudding Lane, and Whitechapel.

With the screams still ringing in our ears we moved on to the Imperial War Museum. The highlight of the museum was the superb WW1 exhibition which supported students learning on life in the trenches through an immersive display of artefacts and analysis of the war. One group even managed to meet actor Willem Dafoe and, with obligatory selfies secured, moved on to view the remainder of the museum.

The behaviour was exemplary and several members of the public commented on the impeccable manners of the Park students.