History is a respected and valuable subject that provides a firm basis for many career paths and is appreciated by employers and universities alike. It encourages students to evaluate evidence, to explore different points of view and develop their ability to precisely and accurately express complex ideas. It helps to develop strong analytical and communication skills

It also allows us to gain a better understanding of the world around us and how it has developed. It gives insight and empathy towards a huge variety of human experiences, and helps us to understand our own.

Career links

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Tourism and Heritage
  • Education
  • Public Sector


The purpose of learning History at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School is to develop students’ sense of identity, helping them to understand their role as active citizens, ready to play their part in the world. We want them to explore how and why the world has changed and to evaluate the different experiences of individuals and societies alongside the impact of key historical events on our world today. By doing so, our students will develop a tolerance and a world view that will provide a foundation, not just for their historical studies but also for their wider lives – preparing every student personally, socially and culturally to understand their own identify and the challenges of their time.

Tthe role of a historian is explore the trail of the past and ignite the passion of former days. To do this, our students will be equipped with the key communication skills to interrogate and interpret historical sources, formulate their own judgement and critically engage in debate with their peers both orally and in writing. Students will develop their application of historically grounded abstract terms and concepts in order to deconstruct higher order questions which will allow them to respond in increasingly sophisticated ways.

Throughout the History Curriculum, our students will know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day; build an appreciation of how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world and evaluate significant aspects of the history of Europe and the wider world. Students will develop and understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and oral debates.

Slowing the curriculum down, looking at individual stories (particularly those pertinent to East Lancashire and its neighbours) and looking at topics in depth will encourage an engagement with the learning and a keen sense to explore beyond the classroom.


Subject progression & sequencing (topic length in weeks)

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • What is History? (with Ancient Civilizations)
  • How important was 1066 in England?
  • What threats were there to power between 1066 and 1400?
  • What was life like in England 1066 – 1400?
  • What were the most important changes 1400 – 1600?
  • How did power shift in England under the Tudors and Stuarts?
Year 8
  • What was life like in the 16th and 17th centuries?
  • Why was England a divided nation in 1642?
  • How did power shift in Britain 1700 – 1900?
  • Why did life change in Britain 1700 – 1900?
  • What was the impact of the British Empire?
  • What was the position of women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries?
Year 9
  • What was the impact of World War One?
  • How did ideologies affect governments in the early twentieth century?
  • How did life change because of World War Two?
  • Why was the Holocaust important?
  • What was the Cold War?
  • How fair was life in the USA in the twentieth century?
Year 10

Edexcel GCSE History

Crime and Punishment in Britain:

  • Anglo-Saxon time
  • Norman times
  • The later Middle Ages (1)

Crime and Punishment in Britain:

  • The later middle ages
  • The early modern period
  • The industrial period

Crime and Punishment in Britain:

  • The modern age
  • Historical Environment: Whitechapel c 1870 – c1900

Elizabethan England:

  • Elizabeth’s background
  • Challenges to Elizabeth

Elizabethan England

  • Life in Elizabethan England
  • The American West:
  • Early Settlement of the West

The American West:

  • Development of the Plains (3)
  • Conflicts and Conquests (3)
Year 11

Edexcel GCSE History

Germany 1918 – 1939

  • The end of World War One and the early Weimar Republic
  • The Golden Age of Weimar

Germany 1918 – 1939

  • Hitler and the early Nazi Party
  • Hitler’s Rise to Power

Germany 1918 – 1939

  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • Revision and exam practice
  • Revision and exam practice

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