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History helps pupils to ‘ask questions of the present by engaging with the past’.  In History lessons we try to foster an inquisitive passion to learn about the past.  History is a great story, with all the ingredients you expect to find in a magnificent tale, love, war, intrigue, contest and triumph.

History fires pupils curiosity and imagination to deal with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It is a subject that helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of History at personal, local, national and international levels.

Year 7

At the start of Year 7 students follow an introductory course ‘What is History?’  This introduces students to key terms and skills need for the study of History.  This is followed by a unit that explores the main aspects of life in the Medieval period.  It provides the opportunity to study the challenges faced by Medieval kings.  It also looks at the impact the church had on everyday life, the causes and consequences of the Black Death and Peasant’s Revolt and the events that brought the Medieval period to an end.

Year 8

Students will acquire knowledge about the main personalities and events of the political, economic and religious changes that occurred in Britain between 1500 – 1750. Pupils will use a range of sources to explore this topic.  They learn about the consequences of the Reformation in England, the growth of Parliament and the power of the Tudor monarchy.  They will go on to study the events and main personalities of the English Civil War.

Later students go on to study how Britain became the Workshop of the World and build a vast empire, where the sun never set.  This unit also includes a focus on slavery and how people moved from slavery to equality.

Year 9

Students complete their studies at Key Stage 3 with a unit on the Twentieth Century.  A wide range of activities are used to see how and why the last century became so significant.  Women’s fight for the vote is a focus as well as the Great War (1914-1918).

Year 10

The GCSE History course aims to build upon the conceptual understanding and skills that students have developed at Key Stage 3 and continues the enquiry based approach through four units of study.

We follow the Pearson course, studying two units in each year.

Year 10 students cover:

  • Unit 1: Crime and Punishment through Time
  • Unit 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

Year 11

The final two units are studied:

  • Unit 4:  International Relations: The Cold War, 1945-1991
  • Unit 2:  Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588

Students will be prepared for the GCSE examinations with a full programme of revision.