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Curriculum Overview

Along with the Citizenship, Geography, Personal Studies and Religious Education departments we make up the Humanities Faculty. In 2011 the department achieved its best ever GCSE results. 79% of students achieved grades A*-C in History GCSE and 29% achieved A* or A.

We hope that our love of history will help students learn about and become ever more interested in in their own history, the history of our country and the history of the world.  Whilst studying history students will also develop skills that will be of use to them for the rest of their lives.  Furthermore through the study of history we aim to help students become more aware of their surroundings, more tolerant of others and better able to play their part as members of the communities they are a part of be it Upminster, Havering, England, The United Kingdom, Europe and the World.

We are always looking for ways to improve what we do with the students.  We would be grateful for any feedback on any of our work.  Comments on how useful you have found our section of the web site and ideas / comments to help us improve would be particularly welcome.

Guide to the History section of the web site.

There is a section for each year group.  Each section is broken down into the different topics taught to the students.  In Years 7, 8 & 9 each topic normally lasts for one half-term.  In Years 10 and 11 students are taught two topics per year.  In each section you will find information about what is taught, details of how students will be assessed and links to more detailed information and suggested extension activities.


In Years 7, 8 & 9 homework projects are set as a faculty.  The History Department belongs to the Humanities Faculty.  Details of all homework projects can be found on the Humanities section of the web site.

In Years 10 & 11 homework is set once a week by the class teacher.

More Detailed Information

In this section you will find links to more detailed information on the www.  This will help you stay two steps ahead of your child!

Suggested Activities

For each section we have provided a number of suggested activities which will enable you to extend your child’s studies, should you wish to do so.  The Suggested Activities section is broken down into ‘To Watch’, ‘To Read’, To Visit’, ‘To Do’.  We would advise that all suggestions are examined for suitability before use.

Extension Work

The Suggested Activities provide a wide range of extension activities.  If you want more the department is happy to provide copies of text books with notes on suitable activities.

Revision Materials

Throughout we have aimed to provide useful revision materials.  

If you wish to contact the Head of History by email, please address your email to:admin@gaynes.havering.sch.uk and mark it for the attention of the Head of History.

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