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Department Vision:

  • To create accomplished Historians.
  • To consistently produce motivating and inspiring lessons.
  • To evaluate our own teaching to share best practice.
  • To develop new schemes of work which will enhance learning at KS3.
  • To continue the department's popularity amongst pupils as shown by our huge uptake at GCSE.
  • To teach a broad range of history that will stimulate and inspire.
  • To encourage pupils to learn empathy for different cultures and beliefs.
  • To teach pupils about the past so they can change the future.

Key Stage 3

Year 7:

In year 7 students learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods with support in place for individual needs which allows all students to make progress.

You will begin year 7 by developing your historical skills focusing on source descriptions and evaluations.  You will also enhance your understanding of chronology and investigative skills.

Students will then look at important times within British History firstly by investigating the Roman Empire using a range of sources to analyze the Roman Army and learn about their lifestyles including food, bath houses, gods and goddesses and gladiators.  We will then focus on looking at what contributions the Romans made to today’s society.  You will be assessed on your ability to use a range of sources to investigate reasons why the Roman Army was so successful, allowing you to develop an understanding of reliability and bias.

Students will then move on to look at 1066 and the Battle of Hastings.  They will develop the skills by using a range historical source to develop a clear understanding of this era of British history investigating castles and keeps and the feudal system in place.

Students will gain further historical skill and understanding by critically evaluating the impact of the Tudors investigating Kings and Queens and the changes they made in Britain.

Finally, students will look at the emancipation of women from the witch trials to the suffrage movement in the 20th Century.

All topics will have an end of unit assessment to assess students’ progress in history

Year 8

In Year 8 you will expand the skills you began to develop in Year 7. You will continue to develop understanding of chronology, reliability and bias.  You will also begin to prepare for GCSE history.

The first topic is the study of WW1 and WW2.  You will focus on why wars begin and learn about life in the trenches and through various battles. You will empathize with the soldiers forming an idea of what life was really like for them with all its horrors. 

The next topic is the study of Native American Indians and the changing landscape of USA.  You will focus on the largest tribe of plains Indians – the Sioux, learning about their varying culture and customs, the structure of the family and the tribe.  You will use historical skills to learn about the Sioux beliefs about food, hunting, spirituality and the land.  The unit then moves to the arrival of the white settlers and what this meant for the life and tradition of the Sioux. Up to The Slave Trade. You will focus on civil rights ideas of what freedom is. You will learn about slave capture and the transport to the USA.  You will focus on interpretation and bias to understand who was to blame for slavery.  You will then learn about the campaign for African American Civil Rights and study key individuals such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and evaluate whether African Americans have equality today.

The last topic will continue to develop your empathy and tolerance for other cultures and customs with the study of Immigration Nation.  You will look at the positive and sometimes negative impact of mass immigration into the UK and look at key individuals who have impacted greatly upon our history such as Freddie Mercury and Mo Farah.

The next topic will continue to develop your empathy and understanding of major events in history by studying the Holocaust. You will look at the reasons behind this horrific event and investigate the treatment of the Jews that led to Hitler’s ‘final solution’ and the eventual extermination of the Jews.

Key Stage 4

AQA Specification

Paper 1 1 hour 45 minutes (50% GCSE)

Paper 2 1 hour 45 minutes (50% GCSE)

Section A: America 1920-1973 Opportunity and Inequality

Section A: Britain: Health and the People c1000-present

Section B: Conflict and tension 1918-1939

Section B: Elizabethan England c1568-1603


Please click on the link for additional information http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145