Introduction

The principal aim of the History and Politics department is to encourage an interest in politics and an enjoyment of current affairs. The department believes that students should be encouraged to think for themselves to create inquisitive and critical citizens for the future. Students will explore relevant questions which will show the importance and relevance of Politics and they will become independent lifelong learners. With this in mind, a wide programme of clubs and enrichment opportunities are available for Stretford Grammar School Politics Students.

Meet the team:

Ms H Conlin                        Head of History and Politics

Mr J Broome                      Teacher of History and Politics

Enrichment:

There is an extensive programme of trips which includes visits to the Houses of Parliament, the USA. Students also attend University lectures and are encouraged to take part in the debate club and take part in competitions.

What will be taught?

Key Stage 5: A level  

Edexcel Politics

Aims of the course

  • To explore the political landscape of the UK and USA
  • To explore the concepts of freedom, democracy, justice, equality and the relationship between government and society
  • To explore the democratic course of a country: how and why people vote as they do.

Politics AS Unit 1:

People and Politics

  • Democracy and Political Power and control
  • Political Parties
  • Political ideas and ideologies
  • Elections
  • Pressure Groups

Politics AS Unit 2:

Governing the U.K.

  • The British Constitution
  • Parliament  / The Cabinet
  • The Prime Minister
  • Judges and Civil Liberties

Politics A2 Unit 3:

Representative processes in the US

  • Elections and Voting
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups
  • Racial and Ethnic Politics

Politics A2 Unit 4:

  • Governing the USA
  • The constitution
  • Congress
  • Presidency
  • Supreme Court

How will Students be assessed?

The emphasis at KS5 in History and politics focuses around the students’ knowledge and understanding as well as their ability to write essays and evaluate sources, arguments to reach focused and reasoned judgements which address the complex questions that are set in the examinations. Students will be expected to extend their lessons and home works with wide reading and independent study as well as watching current affairs and news programmes. Students will be formally assessed every fortnight.

All homework will be accessible for students on Show my homework: https://www.showmyhomework.co.uk/

How can you help at home?

 

The question we are most frequently asked by parents is how they can support their child’s progress in History and Politics at home.  It’s really easy!  Below are some of our top tips:

Talk about your son or daughter’s day and what they have studied in lessons. Try to challenge their thinking, ask them to explain things to you and challenge them to find out more.

Watch documentaries – show your son or daughter that you are interested in history and that learning is not just confined to the classroom.

Watch news shows: News night; Question time; have I got news for you. Ask them questions about how decisions are made in the UK, EU or UN and how they link to history or politics.

Find out the debate topic for the week. Discuss the topic and challenge them to think about arguments and counter points. Most importantly challenge their generalisations and ask them to justify their points.

Buy a good newspaper at least once a week.  The weekend papers (The Sunday Times, The Saturday Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph …) you might find something relevant to the history lessons they are studying.

Talk to your child about what’s going on in the world.  Ask them why it is happening, this will encourage them to look at the past to make sense of today.