In KS3 students learn about Britain and the wider world by exploring ways in which the past has shaped identities, cultures and values of today’s society.  Students develop their own enquiry skills to question and analyse the past, whilst forming their own opinion about events and people.

In KS4 lessons are interactive to encourage student voice, debating key moments in History. Students will practise the skills of reading, listening, writing, analysing and debating throughout the course. We foster curiosity in the Historical Study and aim to make lessons engaging, interesting, useful, interactive and challenging.


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Introduction to History

Romans and initial assessment,

Norman Conquest – The Battle of Hastings and William’s consolidation of power

Medieval Britain – The role of the Church in power and society, Death of Thomas Becket, Medieval life, Black Death and Disease and The Peasants’ Revolt

Tudor and Stuart England – Religious turmoil, Artwork as propaganda, Elizabethan society, Spanish Armada and 1642 Civil War

Empire and Slavery – Development of the British Empire, life of slaves, abolition of slavery and the legacy of the British Empire

Industrial Revolution – How people lived in the 19th Century and an investigation into Victorian England through a focus on Jack the Ripper

World War One – causes, trench warfare, Battle of the Somme and The Peace Settlement

The Holocaust – Anti-Semitism through the ages, Jewish life in 1930s Europe, Treatment of German Jews in Nazi Germany, the Final Solution, Resistance to the Holocaust and Commemorating the Holocaust

American History – 1920s boom, Civil Rights, JFK Assassination, The Vietnam War
Key stage 4 – Year 10 and 11 Edexcel GCSE History
Paper 1 – 30% Paper 2 – 40% Paper 3 – 30%

Assessment overview

Section A: historic environment

Section B – thematic study

Medicine in Britain, c1250-present

Assessment overview

Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588

The American west , c1835-95

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39



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