The curriculum intent for History is to

  • Enable our students to have a robust understanding of historical British and world events. Through learning the discipline of History pupils can critically examine an extensive range of source material in order to understand the key sequence of important events and the role that significant individuals have paid to both British and global society.
  • Pupils will develop a synoptic understanding of the evolution of significant events and the world conflicts that have shaped modern society.
  • This makes them informed individuals that possess cultural capital and awareness of both mistakes and triumphs of history.


A chronological understanding of British and world events will be built upon accumulatively throughout years 7 and 8. This then links into chronological study of themes at GCSE. To develop the historical enquiry and reasoning skills we have incorporated regular opportunities for discussions and extended writing. This develops from shorter pieces of prose in years 7 and 8 and gradually build on these skills to write an extended piece of evaluation by the end of Y11. The ability to research and use sources will be developed from pictorial and basic sources at KS3 to more developed sources at GCSE. Active reading and comprehension also feature prominently in the curriculum in order to build up student’s resilience of comprehension activities. The history curriculum includes a range of both interesting and moral topics in order to build up their moral understanding of the world as well as develop their understanding of fundamental British values. These topics all contribute to student’s cultural capital.

Year 7 and 8

Year 7

  • Historical Skills: chronology, reliability, significance, using sources
  • Power and Control: the Battle of Hastings, the feudal system, Henry II and the murder of Becket
  • Religion and Faith: Medieval Religion, heaven and hell
  • Medieval Life, including the Black Death
  • The Break with Rome and Religious Changes under the Tudors
  • The Late Tudors: Was Elizabeth's reign a Golden Age?

Year 8

  • Crime and Punishment through Time, 1100-Present Day
  • The Industrial Revolution and British Empire
  • Case Study of the Titanic
  • War and Peace: Causes of World War I, life in the trenches, and the Battle of the Somme.
  • The Inter-War Years
  • World War II: causes and events



Course outline

The GCSE course has four main elements:

  • Germany 1890-1945, which looks at the power of the Kaiser, World War I, the chaos of the inter-war years and the rise and fall of the Nazi party.
  • Medicine Through Time, a thematic study of the development of medicine from the medieval period to the present day.
  • The Cold War 1945-1972, looking at key flashpoints of the Cold War era such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space race and uprisings in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
  • The Norman Conquest, which looks in depth at the impact and legacy of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066.

Assessment details

There are two final exam papers:

  • Paper One is based on the two ‘modern’ topics, and contains ten questions worth between four and twenty marks each.
  • Paper Two, there are a total of eight questions, worth between eight and twenty marks. Most answers require a few sentences but there is also an essay question.

In each paper, both source skills and subject knowledge are required. Both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.

Additional information

For history lessons you will need to bring your standard equipment to every lesson.
History is an extremely highly regarded subject by many further education institutions and employers. It teaches a broad range of skills, including analysing evidence, justifying points and clear, structured extended writing. History also gives you a fantastic understanding of how the current world was shaped by significant events in the past. A study of history and the additional skills it provides is a superb way to develop transferable skills that can prove invaluable in almost any profession.

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