History is a very popular subject at JAGS in all year groups. Lively debate in lessons is stimulating for all and there is a real sense of curiosity about the past.
Our KS3 curriculum ranges from the medieval period to Nazi Germany, and we are building in more case studies from around the world. At KS4 we study International Relations in the 20 th Century, and a depth study on Russia, 1905-1941, which provides us with exciting themes and an understanding of the world today.
In the Sixth Form 16th century European History takes us to Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire. The French Revolution provides an introduction to the modern age. We study India, 1857-1948 and China in the Twentieth Century. A special subject on Henry VIII provides a depth study in British History.
Exciting trips support our curriculum: next year we are planning a trip to China, as well as the First World War Battlefields and Berlin.
An animated, weekly lunchtime ‘History Matters’ group for all historians in Y12 and 13 has discussed questions such as ‘What makes a great leader?’ and ‘Why do revolutions happen?’ Girls in Y13 conduct presentations based on their individual research, on a diverse range of topics from Japanese History to the Norman Conquest. We invite a range of speakers to JAGS and attend outside lectures as well, for example at Dulwich College. This year we are joining with the College for a joint reading party as part of our Oxbridge preparation.