Team Leader: Ms W Smith

History builds upon a number of skills which can be used in all subjects and future employment. Pupils will develop a wide range of skills in enquiry, cause and consequence, knowledge and understanding as well as significance and interpretation.

Within History pupils learn to develop their own learning skills such as:

  • Independent enquiry – Learning to ask questions to develop their knowledge of key events
  • Effective Participation – Getting involved in lessons through project work and re-enactments
  • Creative Thinking – Thinking about the importance of key events from a range of perspectives
  • Team Work – Working together with pupils on key tasks to reach a common goal

Curriculum Overview: 
In Years 7 and 8 pupils study the key events in history during one lesson each week. Pupils learn source skills as well as content knowledge. There are a wide range of assessments to test all the key skills and prepare pupils for KS4 and their GCSE exams.

Key Stage 3: 
Year 7 topics include:

  • Key Skills in History
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Medieval Life
  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts

Year 8 topics include:

  • The English Civil War
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • WW1
  • WW2
  • The Cold War

Key Stage 4: 
The History GCSE exam is with Edexcel and made up of 5 units within three exams that are completed at the end of Year 11:

Study in Depth (World History) – American West : 1830-95

Skills/Source Study of Modern History – USA at Home and Abroad : 1954-1975

Study in Depth (British History) – Elizabethan England : 1558-1588

Study of Change Over Time (World History) –  Medicine Through Time : 1250 – now (present day)  and The Western Front (1914-1918)

Here is a recommended wider reading list for KS4 pupils.

How to support pupil learning:

  • The History VLE pages have a wealth of material to support pupils’ home learning.
  • KS4 intervention sessions are hosted by the History team, but attendance in lessons is key to success.
  • KS4 Revision Guides are available to order and purchase.