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
  • Chronology
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Castles
  • Life in Medieval England
  • Religious changes under the Tudors
  • The English Civil War
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • Industrial England
  • Slavery
  • WW1
  • Rise of the dictators
  • WW2
  • Holocaust
  • Britain after 1945
Assessment

Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.

History at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Health and the People

  • Medieval Medicine
  • Renaissance Medicine
  • Industrial Medicine
  • Modern Medicine

Conflict and Tension

  • Treaty of Versailles
  • League of Nations
Conflict and Tension

  • Hitler and the Causes of WW2
  • Weimar Germany
  • Nazi Germany
  • Nazi Germany
  • Elizabethan England with a site study
  • Revision
Assessment

Examination Board: AQA

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Section A Period Studies (IB Germany 1890-1945 Democracy and Dictatorship)
  • Section B Wider World Depth Studies (Conflict and Tension 1918-1939)
Paper 2: Shaping the Nation
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Section A Thematic Studies (2A Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day)
  • Section B British Depth Studies including the Historic Environment (2A Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day)
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.