Well done on completing the work, tasks and videos on the Oakes Future page. This really shows your commitment to the course and we are excited to be working with you more in September. This next page will be updated with different tasks to help develop your skills further. It gives you the opportunity to delve into content from the course and get you ready to start in the new term. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions but use this page to strengthen your knowledge and interest in History.

From everyone in the History Department we want to wish you well in the future. Not being able to make reference to the vast content you have learnt over the two year course is frustrating; from William’s chicken kebabs or his 3000 horses in the Hastings question alone. Most importantly we hope you are physically and mentally in a good place at this moment. If you want to contact us for any reason please do not hesitate. 
For those wanting to get a head start on a rewarding, challenging, and thoroughly interesting course we have put together resources that hopefully pique your interest. From podcasts to YouTube to a research task, there is hopefully something here that sparks an interest to look at Tudor and Russian History for the next stage in your educational journey.
Our department has a pedigree for success. From being consistently one of the highest performing Departments in the school to having a sustained track record of getting A grades (and even A*) and we look forward to developing your History skills further. These activities will give you an idea of what to expect next year and you will get support and encouragement every step of the way. 


Watch ‘Idiot Abroad’ video about Russia (from a very humorous angle) in the modern day. From a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway to training with astronauts, you will get a glimpse of this fascinating country.

Try to do some research into Lenin. It was recently 150 years since he was born. The button below is a great start. You can also find more information on The British Library website and other places across the internet.

 Use these questions/points below to help you.

  • His brothers’ murder got Lenin into politics. Try to find out more about this event.
  • Lenin is not his real name. It is an alias. Try to find out what Lenin’s real name was. Why did he need an alias?
  • When he died, he was embalmed. Try to find out what ‘embalmed’ means; try to find a picture of his body and consider why his body would be embalmed


The Tudor course covers the Tudor monarchs from Henry VII to Elizabeth I. It would be a good idea to do some background reading on Henry VII, as he is the first Tudor king we will look at. Below is a good website you could use as a starting point:

Click here for a really interesting podcast on Tudors from the BBC.