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.
Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Chronology
  • What was England like before 1066?
  • Why was there a crisis in 1066?
  • Consolidation of rule
  • Importance of the Church
  • The Crusades
  • Henry II and Thomas Beckett
  • Henry VII
  • Henry VIII and reformation of the Church
  • Mary I
  • Elizabeth I
  • Causes of ECW
  • Execution of King Charles
  • Slave trade
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Suffragette movement
  • International Relations at the start of the 20th C
  • Causes of WWI
  • Impact of WWI on Britain
  • Democracy Vs Dictatorship
  • Rise of Hitler
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • Causes of WWII
  • What do we mean by the ‘Holocaust’?
  • Significance of Holocaust
  • Causes and experience of civilians in WWII
  • Comparison of British and German experiences of war
  • Total war and the home front
  • Cold war
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Germany 1890-1945

  • Kaiser Wilhelm and the difficulties of ruling Germany
  • Impact of WWI
  • The extent of recovery under Stresseman
  • The impact of the depression
  • Life in Elizabethan times
  • Poverty
  • Elizabethan culture
  • Elizabethan discovery
  • Conflict with Spain.
  • Elizabeth’s Court and Parliament

Thematic Study; Health and the people c1000-present

  • Beginnings of change
  • Medicine stands still
  • Modern medicine

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE History (8145)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.