History is best seen an ongoing debate about what happened, and what mattered, in the past. The History Department at Eltham College encourages all students to take a critical approach to both contemporary sources and the work of historians, so they can reach their own considered judgements on important historical questions. Ultimately, we encourage students to see that ‘what happened’ and ‘what mattered’ are issues of interpretation.
All students study History in their forms in Years 7 to 9 before it becomes an optional subject in Year 10 and 11. We offer a broad History curriculum in Years 7 to 9, to provide students with a secure understanding of some of the major transformations in English and European history, across the medieval, early modern, and modern periods. We also expose students to different types of history – political, cultural, military, social and economic – to offer a number of ‘lenses’ through which the past can be viewed.
History Department aims:
- To stimulate all students’ innate passion for studying the past, by using our teachers’ specialist knowledge to deliver a range of engaging and challenging learning episodes.
- To develop students’ precise knowledge of different periods, regions, approaches, and debates between historians.
- To cultivate students’ broader skills as scholars. Through their History lessons, we hope students will become:
- ‘Critical consumers’ of sources and interpretations. Students will learn to take a judicious approach when investigating how the ‘traces’ of the past can be used as evidence for claims. They will also become increasingly comfortable evaluating the claims of other historians.
- ‘Persuasive producers’ of historical writing. Our lesson activities provide regular opportunities for students to practise constructing a logical argument, whether orally or on paper.