Curriculum

HISTORY

Understanding past events and people and their significance gives students a better insight into the world around them. We believe in the importance of not just learning history, but learning from history. The study of History equips pupils with the ability to critically analyse source material, assess the merits of different arguments, hone their debating skills, and recognise bias and propaganda.
History at KS3
Year 7 Year 8
  • What is History? (Introduction to Historical Key Skills)
  • How did William of Normandy conquer England? (1066, The Norman Conquest and Control)
  • How did castles develop? (Investigate how and why castles changed after 1066)
  • What was life like during the Medieval times? (The Medieval Church and Medieval Medicine)
  • Who were The Tudors? (The Tudor Dynasty)
  • Why did the English start fighting each other in 1642? (The English Civil War)
  • What great changes did Britain experience during the Industrial Revolution? (The Industrial Revolution)
  • What is a slave? (Slavery in America)
  • Why was India known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’? (The British Empire)
  • How did World War 1 begin? (Causes of the First World War)
  • What was life like in a World War 1 trench? (Trench life)
  • What was life like in Hitler’s Germany? (Holocaust and Nazi Germany)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
 Key Topic: Nazi Germany

  • The problems of the Weimar Republic
  • The Nazis’ rise to power
  • The Nazis’ consolidation of power

Key Topics: Medicine Through Time and Surgery 1250 – Present

  • Medieval medicine
  • The Renaissance
  • 20th and 21st Century
Key Topic: Nazi Germany

  • The problems of the Weimar Republic
  • The Nazis’ rise to power
  • The Nazis’ consolidation of power

Key Topics: Medicine Through Time and Surgery 1250 – Present

  • Medieval medicine
  • The Renaissance
  • 20th and 21st century
Key Topic: The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914–18

  • Problem of transport and communications
  • Main medical problems of the Western Front
  • The work of the RAMC and FANY

Key Topic: The American West

  • The world of the plains Indians
  • The settlement of the West – cattlemen and cowboys
  • Why was there conflict on the plains? The Battle of the Little Big Horn

Key Topic: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, 1060 – 1088

  • Claimants for the throne
  • Norman invasion and establishing control
  • Norman government and the role of the church
Assessment

Internal assessment takes place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 – 1) in History (1HI0)

Enrichment Offer

The History Department runs a number of enrichment clubs, competitions and trips to places of historical interest throughout the year. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.