History Overview

In history, students acquire and most importantly apply knowledge and understanding in key concepts and through key processes. The key processes are using evidence, communicating about the past, historical enquiry. The key concepts are change and continuity, cause and consequence, chronological understanding, significance, interpretation and cultural, ethnic and religious understanding.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Topic 1 –Migration to Britain
This unit is designed as a thematic course looking at the big picture of migration to Britain over time. Students will investigate the reasons why migrants came to Britain and the impact they have had British society and culture.

Topic 2-Medieval Realms
This unit explores the nature of medieval monarchy and some of the challenges faced by medieval people including the Black Death and their poor living and working conditions. Children will consider how peoples’ lives were controlled and the impact that such a society had on Britain.

Topic 3 – The Renaissance (Britain 1500-1750)
In this unit Students use a range of sources to explore some of the key issues facing the Tudors and Stuarts. They learn about the causes and consequences of the Reformation in England and Europe, relations with other European countries in the 16th century, the causes of the English Civil War and the execution of the king.

Topic 4 – The British Empire
In this unit Students will look at the impact the British Empire has had on Britain today and consider different interpretations of Empire. Within this topic students will also complete a historic environment study of the slave trade

Year 8

Topic 1 – Industrial Revolution
In this unit students will answer the key enquiry ‘Did lives improve during Industrial Revolution?’ by considering aspects of change and continuity and cause and consequence. They will investigate areas such as transport, population, voting and industry.

Topic 2 – WW1
In this unit students will explore the causes, events and consequences of WW1, including the long and short-term causes, trench warfare, the Home Front and the aftermath and repercussions.

Topic 3 – Rise of the dictators and WW2
In this unit students will explore the causes, events and consequences of World War Two, including 20th century warfare and the Home Front.

Topic 4- Votes for women
Students will gain an understanding of the protests made to gain the vote for women in Britain.


Year 9

Topic 1 – African American thematic study
This is a thematic study that focuses on laws and rights, work and education and social aspects of African Americans across 4 time periods; including slavery, Jim Crow era, segregation, Civil Rights movement and the modern day. Students will look at factors for change and consider issues around race, identity and persecution.

Topic 2- Persecution
Students will study the persecution of Jews throughout History from ancient times to the Holocaust. Examining themes such as anti-Semitism and discrimination.

Topic 3- Modern World
Examining key events of the twentieth century including, Cold War, Conspiracy theories and cultural developments. Dealing with issues of diversity, equal rights and migration to understand the creation of modern Britain.

Topic 4 – Medicine in the historical environment of the British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18.
Students will study the injuries and treatment of First World War soldiers in the trenches.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE Students will be assessed based on knowledge and understanding as well as skills. Students answer examination questions based on the application of their knowledge. It is not enough to merely know facts. These facts have to be used to help you explain key aspects from the periods studied. Skills of source analysis are an integral part of the course. Students again use their knowledge to consider how useful pieces of information are in helping them to understand events of the past. Students will also be assessed on the changing interpretations of past events and why different interpretations have been constructed about them.


Year 10

Thematic Study and a study of a historical environment
Students will conduct a thematic study relating to Medicine in Britain, c1250–present, including the study of key people, key events and important developments drawn from the medieval, early modern and modern eras. Students will also study medicine in the specific historical environment of the British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18. This will include the injuries and treatment of First World War soldiers in the trenches.

Modern depth study – Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39
This depth study is focused on the plight of Germany in the period 1918–39. Students concentrate on the extent of recovery in Germany under the Weimar Government following World War One, the rise of the Nazi Party. Students will consider what it was like living under the Nazi regime.


Year 11

Period Study – Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
This period study will focus on the causes of the tension and the subsequent Cold War between the East and West that followed the end of World War Two. Students will also consider ‘flash points’ during this conflict, including the Cuban Missile Crisis.

British Depth Study – Elizabethan England 1558-88
A British based study of early Elizabethan England where students will investigate the problems faced by Elizabeth and how successfully she handled them.
GCSE Exam Board: Edexcel 9-1 Students will sit 3 examinations


Paper Weighting Length
Paper 1 Thematic study with historic environment. 30% 1hr 15min
Paper 2 Period study and British depth study. 40% 1hr 45min
Paper 3 Modern depth study 30% 1hr 20mins

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