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Curriculum Summary – History

Use knowledge and skills acquired from the study of history to discover how our world has evolved.

History helps you develop the ability to look beyond the headlines, to ask probing and effective questions, and to express your own opinions.

Thinking skills and other ways to process information are all developed through the study of history. Other subjects’ content is also made more comprehensible through recognising its links with history, thus providing students of history the skills employers are looking for.

History at Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 History is taught in year 7 for one hour a week and for two hours a week in years 8 and 9. The curriculum provides an excellent basis and lays a foundation for the study of history at Key Stage 4 through the exploration of “1066 and all that” in year 7, lessons on crime and punishment at points throughout the key stage, and Nazi Germany and the Cold War in Year 9.

Focusing on assessment, building skills, and rich, captivating sources to spark the interest of our students, lessons help our students understand historical terms and concepts and how to use them. Students will also be able to appreciate change over time, compare and contrast periods, and develop an accurate chronological understanding.

Students study the following eras and themes:

  • An Introduction to history
  • Britain 1066-1509
  • The Reformation
  • Tudor and Stuart Monarchs
  • The Civil War
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Slavery
  • The First World War
  • The Second World War
  • The Holocaust
  • The Post-War World

A wide range of teaching styles are enjoyed with an emphasis on active learning such as role-play and group discussion as well as individual activities.

Year 8 students are provided the opportunity to visit the Battlefields of Belgium to prepare them for their Year 9 studies of the First World War.

History at Key Stage 4

History at Key Stage 4 is taught in mixed ability classes for 3 hours a week and covers many significant and exciting events in British and world history. Students develop a wide range of skills required to analyse and evaluate the significance of past events, and develop an understanding of cause and consequence.

Lesson activities also develop skills in debating, analysing, justifying, and making inferences - skills that are highly regarded by both employers and universities.

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England:

William the Conqueror is one of the most iconic figures in British History and this topic examines his leadership, methods for conquering Britain, and the strategies adopted for remaining in control of a land with a population that was still overwhelmingly Anglo-Saxon and hostile!

The Cold War:

This depth study examines the key events of the tense and thrilling years of the post war twentieth century including the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the nuclear ‘arms race’.

Crime and Punishment:

Ever wondered how crime and punishment has changed from medieval to modern times? This grisly study provides the exciting answers and includes a detailed analysis of crime in the East End of London when Jack the Ripper stalked the streets!

Weimar and Nazi Germany:

A fascinating study in depth of one of the most infamous and enthralling periods in European history. Lessons chart the rise to power of the Nazis, what it was like to live in Nazi Germany, Hitler’s leadership style, and the Holocaust.

How is GCSE history assessed?

  • Paper 1 (30%) = Crime and Punishment – 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Paper 2 (40%) = The Cold War and Norman England – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Paper 3 (30%) = Nazi Germany – 1 hour 20 minutes

There is no controlled assessment (coursework) in GCSE History.

Exam board: Edexcel