Is the study of change and development in society over time and space.  Its value lies, in part, in helping the learner to understand how past human action impacts on the present and influences the future.

As an academic discipline it develops the intellect, provides the learners with skills that have wide application in the workplace and produces individuals with the empathy and sensitivity to change the world for the better.


The study of History prepares Learners for a wide range of jobs and careers.  Training in historical enquiry equips learners to research and analyse evidence, to organise ideas and to communicate these by constructing logical and coherent arguments in written or oral form.

It is particularly useful for careers in Tourism (Heritage Studies), management and administration, advertising and marketing; law, public relations and the media (Journalism).


Grade 10

  • The World in 1450 (power, technology, economy and trade.)
  • War and Conquest in the Americas (The Aztecs & the Incas), Africa and India.
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • The Quest for Freedom
  • The American War of Independence
  • The French Revolution
  • The US Civil War (North vs South) and the abolition of slavery.
  • The Industrial Revolution :  A new economy and a new society.
  • Southern Africa : 1750 – 1850.
  • Heritage Studies. eg. Great Zimbabwe.
  • Four day field trip – Anglo-Zulu War and Environmental History (Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Reserve)

Grade 11

  • The World in 1850.  (Africa, The Americas : Europe : Asia)
  • Imperialism and the origins of the First World War.
  • The Russian Revolution ; Lenin and Stalin
  • The Great Depression
  • Fascism (Italy, Nazi Germany, Japan)
  • The Holocaust
  • WW 2 and the Rise of African Nationalism
  • Apartheid and Resistance to it.
  • The World : 1850 – 1950
  • Heritage Studies : South Africa
  • Four day field trip – Johannesburg/Pretoria (Aspects of SA History)

Grade 12
The impact of the Cold War and areas of conflict.  (Vietnam ; Cuba ; Angola ; The Middle East)

  • Uhuru (Freedom) in Africa in the 1960’s and 1970’s
  • Protest Movements, 1960’s /70’s (eg.  Civil Rights)
  • The impact of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • The birth of the New South Africa in the 1990’s
  • Globalisation: The World since 1960


Assessment of History reflects the skills based approach.  The focus is on achieving 4 critical learning outcomes.  Here the learner needs to show that they are efficient in acquiring and applying historical enquiry skills, able to use historical concepts in order to analyse the past, construct and communicate historical knowledge and finally to engage critically with issues around heritage.  The subject is no longer essay-based.


The K.H.S. History department has an enviable record of innovation and academic excellence.  The following additional information is available on request:

  • Our programme of Field Trips for 2009 (Grades 10 -12) and the 2010 overseas trip.
  • Extension Programmes.
  • The Advanced Learning Programme.  (est. 1992) and K.H.S History Master Class.
  • The Kloof High Forum
  • The Young Historians Conference and other competitions
  • The History Research unit
  • The History Society: “Greats”