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?
  • Williams problems in 1066
  • Consolidation of rule
  • Castles
  • 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
  • New Model Army
  • Prince Rupert
  • Execution of King Charles
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Changes in society at the start of 20th C
  • The Titanic
  • Suffragette movement
  • International Relations at the start of the 20th C
  • Causes of WWI
  • Changes in warfare
  • 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’?
  • Experience of Jewish people in Nazi Germany
  • Escalating persecution
  • The Final Solution
  • Wannasee conference and Concentration camps
  • Liberation of camps
  • Significance of Holocaust
  • Holocaust memorial
  • Causes and experience of civilians in WWII
  • Comparison of British and German experiences of war
  • Evacuation of children (goodbye Mr Tom)
  • Total war and the home front
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
  • The establishment of Hitler’s dictatorship
  • Economic Changes
  • Social policy and practice
  • Nazi control

Elizabeth I 1560-1603

  • Elizabeth’s early life
  • Elizabeth’s court and the difficulties of ruling as a female
  • Parliament and challenges to authority
  • Religious matters and challenges to her rule
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Life in Elizabethan times
  • Poverty
  • Elizabethan culture
  • Elizabethan discovery
  • Conflict with Spain.
  • Development of the Cold War
  • Transformation of the Cold War
  • Elizabeth’s Court and Parliament
  • Life in Elizabethan times
  • Troubles at home and abroad
  • Impact of the World Wars
  • Legacy of Empire
  • Britain’s relationship with Europe

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.