History at Flegg
Welcome to the History Department
At Flegg, we believe history is really important because not only does it put the world around us in context, but it helps us comprehend why things happen, develop a working understanding of change and a good grounding in how to be part of the world we live in.
To understand politics, population, commerce and even the customs we see around us, you need to have an understanding of the history behind them.
More than that though, we believe that a study of history which includes plenty of investigation and enquiry is an essential part of developing an enquiring mind and becoming a lifelong learner who will always question and investigate the world around them. We hope our students leave Flegg with the confidence to ask questions and form their own opinions, in addition to exam success.
The History Journey
History Work Examples
To enrich students’ learning in history at Flegg High Ormiston Academy, we offer a range of local and foreign trips to enrich learning:
The Berlin Trip (Supporting GCSE Units on Germany between the wars, and the Cold War).
Berlin has been at the centre of many key events of modern European History, WWII, The Cold War, the fall of communism and the reunification of Germany. Berlin’s key historical sites to relate our teaching to subject-specific learning objectives such as Weimar and Nazi Germany and Cold War studies.
Our student trip to Berlin helped students to develop an understanding of post-war Berlin and the context of the Cold War. They got first-hand experience of the impact that the division of the city had and a deeper understanding of tensions that escalated between the East and West superpowers leading to the Cold War period.
We touched upon historical concepts such as socialism, communism, ideology, propaganda and international conflict.
Students were able to connect with history by visiting emblematic monuments such as the Berlin Wall Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and the 1936 Olympic Stadium students:
Gave students an insight into how the German population lived during the Cold War – this was explored interactively at the Check Point Charlie Museum and Topography of Terror Museum, with students:
The Battlefields Trip (supporting KS3 and KS4 Twentieth Century History units)
Working in collaboration with the First World War Centenary Battlefields Programme; we have taken groups of students to France and Belgium.
During their tour students visited key battlefield sites in Belgium and France (the Ypres Salient and the Somme), sites of commemoration and memorial (including The Menin Gate and the Thiepval Memorial) and carefully selected museums (such as the Memorial Museum Passchendaele and the Armistice Museum at Compiegne).
Students visited sites which have resonance with their local area by searching for fallen soldiers from the school’s feeder villages. This provided the tour with a distinctive feature and allowed schools the opportunity to further develop their First World War enquiries in situ.
A key aspect of the tour was to develop students’ curiosity and research skills. Students were encouraged to discover aspects of the First World War which are important to their community and typically this led to a profound personal connection to this compelling history.
During the tour students had experts from the Guild of Battlefield Guides and the British Army (e.g., serving soldiers participating in every visit), this added a dimension, that as teachers, we cannot provide in the classroom.
Students conducted historical enquiries and developed a deeper understanding of the significance of the First World War
Developed a personal connection to the First World War through interacting with the battlefield sites, participating in remembrance ceremonies, recording, reflecting and sharing their own experiences
Created an enduring legacy by coming back to school and sharing their experience amongst their peers.
The Trial of Hitler (supports GCSE Germany Unit)
A theatre trip with a difference!
Students have the opportunity to workshop witness a full ‘trial’ of Hitler, with witnesses, including some of Hitler’s closest allies, and some ordinary German people, who talk about what life in Germany was like for them. All the ‘witnesses’ are from different groups and times in Germany, to give a broad overview of the period studied. As the ‘jury,’ students are asked to make a judgement about whether Hitler was a warmonger or simply an opportunist.
Students become the jury in a theatrical presentation of ‘The Trial of Hitler’ - a familiar tale with a shocking end. Afterwards students are given the opportunity to vote and explain their views.
In addition, students get a chance to workshop through different question types from the paper with a group of history examiners, using evidence from the trial they’ve watched. They evaluate a series of model exam answers to learn how the mark scheme is applied.
Students found the trial drama memorable - it helped them recall and retain key knowledge. In lessons afterwards, students said that they had found the exam marking workshop really useful.
The Norwich Cathedral Trip – A Day in the Life of a Medieval Monk (supporting Y7 studies on the Middle Ages)
Working in collaboration with staff at the Cathedral, we take year 7 for a day at Norwich Cathedral, where they experience some aspects of life as Medieval Monk.
Students discover why the Cathedral and Abbey were so important to Norwich and learn the architectural secrets hidden in the Cathedral. This links to the year 7 unit on the Middle Ages, giving a local connection to the importance of monasteries, and also connects to the later History of Medicine Unit at KS4.
Students visited the Cathedral’s walled herb garden, where they were taught to identify some of the key medicinal herbs. They were then able to use some of the herbs from the garden to mix their own poultice mix, using a medieval recipe and a pestle and mortar. They learnt how the monks treated the sick and cared for the poor.
Students had the opportunity to wear a monk’s habit and learn the meaning and reason for the different parts of the outfit. They were also able to process through the Cathedral and practice singing plainsong under the guidance of one of the cathedral brothers.
Students toured the Cathedral, and were let into some of the secrets hidden in the architecture, as well as finding out about when and how the Cathedral was built. They were also given the chance to spend time in the cloisters and find out how the monks spent their days.
Students had a lesson in calligraphy and were given the chance to use a real feather quill and ink to copy some text onto parchment.
The Castle Trip (Links to Year 7 Normans Unit and Year 8 History Unit on British Empire and the Slave Trade)
Supported by the brilliant Norwich Castle Staff, we have run a range of visits to Norwich Castle themed for KS3 history.
These have included a year 7 Cross-curricular History and Maths trip where students experienced the Castle under siege, put together in collaboration with the school history department, and a year 8 trip to find out the roles played by various people in the trade of enslaved people during the time of the British Empire.
We are very excited about future visits to the Castle once the current Lottery-funded project to return the castle to its original Norman layout has been completed!
Students encounter a range of costumed actors, role-playing characters from history – they will see pre-prepared scenes between the characters but will also have the chance to interact with the characters and ask them questions.
Students have a hands-on experience handling and finding out about various artefacts including documents and historical objects held at the museum, linked to the theme of the day.
Students get the chance to participate in a challenge – for example on the ‘Castle under Siege’ day students had to plan and budget to survive the siege using the currency and prices of the time, and thinking about the number of people that would need to be fed in the castle.
To enrich students’ experience of history at Flegg High Ormiston Academy, we run a history themed club – the History Ambassadors – to allow students to support history activities beyond the National Curriculum.
Students from years 7 to 10 can take part in running school-wide history themed competitions/challenges and delivering assemblies. This gives students experience in leadership and presentation as well as broadening and deepening their own knowledge in a range of social and cultural issues.
Previous special topics in which the History Ambassadors have led assemblies and school wide display projects or planned challenges/activities have included:
Students also get the chance to help design displays and run lunchtime quizzes and competitions with a history theme. We have lunch together once a week and plan our activities for the term as well as often having interesting discussions and debates