History at Immanuel is taught in a multi-faceted manner using a number of effective teaching methodologies which develop pupils’ independence and written creativity. Lessons are based around engaging enquiry questions and structured learning tasks and pupils are encouraged to develop industry and initiative in self-study. The curriculum is developed to allow all pupils to develop their written communication and pupils in Year 7 are taught how to write analytical essays from the outset.
The History Department offers a broad curriculum ranging from the study of Medieval life in Year 7 to the Causes of the First World War in Year 9. Pupils have the opportunity to study the Arab-Israeli Conflict before they embark on a three-week excursion to Israel in Year 9. Pupils are taught in mixed ability classes in Years 7 and 8 but are set in accordance of ability in Year 9.
The department follows the highly regarded and rigorous Cambridge iGCSE programme. Pupils study Modern International Relations and undertake a German Depth Study. The department commands some of the best results in the school with over 82% of GCSE pupils attaining A* or A in 2015.
In the Sixth Form, pupils benefit from very small classes. Pupils are encouraged to deepen their knowledge by exploring a variety of texts and engaging in independent study - a vital component in achieving success at A Level. Currently, the department follows the Cambridge CIE International A Level qualification and pupils study the Causes of the American Civil War and American from 1870 to 1941. In the UVI pupils study two dictators: Hitler and Stalin and undergo an interesting unit on historiography and the Holocaust. Pupils at Immanuel have consistently achieved 100% A to C at A level.
Our HiPoSoC (History and Politics Society) is popular amongst pupils of all ages. Past visiting speakers include Lord Levy, Lord Young, Board of Jewish Deputies, Jonathan Denby CBE and other acclaimed academics. The department encourages potential History readers to engage with the Extended Project Qualification in order to fully develop their passion for the subject and fully acquaint themselves with the skills of research. Those who demonstrate passion for the subject are expected to subscribe to the Historical Association and attend their lectures as often as possible. Pupils are also encouraged to enter essay writing competitions offered by some Oxbridge colleges.