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History Video

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To make a success of our future we must have an understanding of our past

The Greek word historia translates as “inquiry” and this is fundamental to our department. We seek to challenge and excite, to provoke and to enlighten, to make History fun and fascinating. We want to foster learning that poses more questions than answers, that leaves children asking what happened next, why did she do that, what will happen to him and how does this affect me. We want to nurture that inquisitive mind that fosters a thirst for learning, a growing independence, a desire to take risks and reach their own conclusions. Students should be proud to be historians; to gain knowledge of their identity, their belonging and to learn tolerance in an intolerant world.


Students will be set homework in accordance with their relevant Year homework plans.


Teachers will introduce the homework tasks, in various forms, at various points during the half term in line with the schemes of work.

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  • Students will receive one piece of homework every week

  • Homework will consist of a variety of different tasks including revision for assessments, deepening learning, skills questions, research, extension of class work

"History helps pupils to make sense of their past and to therefore their identity. Pupils will gain a wider sense of their position in the world and an appreciation of history to mould their future"

History challenges pupils to ask and answer important questions, find evidence, weigh it up and reach conclusions. They learn about the history of their local area, of their country and their world, building up a framework of significant events and people. As they do so they see the diversity of human experiences and therefore learn about themselves as individuals and as members of a society. History helps pupils to become confident and questioning individuals equipping themselves with the key skills for adult life.

The History department at Byrchall consistently enjoys very high options numbers and regularly has the highest GCSE cohorts within Wigan. Our pupils tell us that this is because of three main reasons; they learn lots, they enjoy the lessons and they have great relationships with approachable and friendly staff.

Our key aims are to create:

  • Successful learners


History allows the pupil to learn and develop a number of skills, paramount in a successful learner. It allows opportunities for literacy, numeracy, the use of ICT, enquiry and creative thinking, independent and collaborative work. Examples are constant throughout plans and lessons and developed through the processes of historical enquiry, using evidence from and communicating about the past. Pupils begin to ask and answer important questions, evaluating evidence, detecting bias, and identifying and analysing different interpretations of the past.


  • Confident individuals

History offers opportunities to develop confident pupils to make informed choices, become increasingly independent and gain a sense of self-worth. History engages and stimulates, it offers dilemmas, choices, problems and challenges pupils to express their ideas but also consider their own values and beliefs. Pupils work together to develop arguments, analyse evidence and produce conclusions.

  • Responsible Citizens


History equips pupils with knowledge and skills valued in adult life, enhances their employability and develops their ability to understand and take part in a democratic society. It encourages the understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity and prepares pupils to question beliefs. Through looking at the changing nature of power, continuities and changes in the lives of people, ideas, beliefs and attitudes of different societies and the impact of conflict pupils appreciate the importance of making a positive contribution to the communities in which they live.

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