History Curriculum Intent

Our History curriculum aims to give students an understanding of the past and its role in shaping our lives today. Although History is a popular option, we want to ensure students have had the opportunity to learn, discuss and evaluate key moments in History whether they choose to continue studying History at GCSE or opt for a different path. 

We want students to see a broad representation of people, religions, ethnicities, and genders during their History career as well as having an understanding of the local areas place within it. 

Our curriculum vision is based around 4 main themes to equip students for the future. We want students to understand how different people's histories are connected to each other as well as to the present. 

Our four main themes are:

1.      Knowledge and understanding 

2.      Source skills 

3.      Debate and judge 

4.      Our local area's connections to events in the past. 

School Trips

We are always looking at opportunities to experience History outside of the classroom. Previous trips include the World War One Battlefields, HMS Victory and this year we are organising a WWI medicine workshop in school. 


  • Up to date, new textbooks to support KS3 to KS5
  • Computer Pod
  • The use of iPads to support teaching and learning

Useful Links

KS3 History

Years 7, 8, 9

Students complete a 1000 year study over the course of KS3, learning about British and World events from 1066 through to 2000. This 1000 year study covers a mix of conflicts, power, movement and settlement as well as the rise and fall of British Empire. Throughout Key Stage Three we investigate a number of key questions; these are included below. 

Year 7

  • How did invaders shape Britain before 1066?
  • What impact did William the conquerer have on England? 
  • What was Medieval Britain really like?
  • How did the Black Death affect society?
  • What was life like under Henry VIII?
  • What kind of Queen was Elizabeth? 
  • We also look at two thematic studies. One focuses on change and the other the fight for freedom where we follow the struggle from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and the USA today for African-Americans. 

Year 8

  • What was World War One like and why should it be remembered?
  • How did women fight for the vote?
  • What happened in World War Two? 
  • How did post-war Britain change?
  • Why was Hitler voted into power?
  • Why did the British Empire collapse and what impact did this have?

Year 9

  • In preparation for starting their History GCSE students complete a thematic study on protest in the twentieth Century.  

  • Students will also explore how  key individuals tried to improve race relations in America in the 1950s and 60s?

  • Students will then begin their GCSE studies by studying the history of medicine from 1200-1990. 

What skills students develop

Students spend their time in Key Stage 3 developing the 6 historical skills of Causation, Interpretation, Diversity, Significance, Change over Time/Chronology and Evidence. They also learn to empathise with people in the past, to debate historical issues and to learn about how the world is like it is today. The literary nature of the subject also means their spelling, reading, writing, grammar and communication skills will improve too.

How students are assessed

Students complete 1 assessment each half-term, each one of these will focus on a GCSE exam skill, students will prepare for these assessments in lessons prior to writing their Key Assessment. 


Homework is set once a fortnight in year 7 and 8, across the half-term this homework will take the format of a ‘Meanwhile elsewhere’, ‘Meanwhile nearby’ and a revision task. These homework’s help students to prepare for assessments as well as providing both local and world context to the topic they are studying in their History lessons. 

How parents can help

Parents can help by checking your child’s SMHW and making sure homework and independent study is up to date. Encouraging your child to visit museums, watch historical TV programmes or do some extra reading is also valuable.

KS4 History 9-1

GCSE Graded 9-1

Board and Exam Details

All students complete the Edexcel History GCSE syllabus

Course Outline

  • British thematic study- focusing on Medicine through Time- c1000-present. Included in this, a study of the British sector of the Western Front, focusing on injuries, treatment and trenches.
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • The American West, 1835-1895
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

Link to course specification

What skills students develop

History students will develop their thinking skills: such as problem solving, empathy, source analysis, understanding causes/consequences of events and evaluating differing interpretations of the past. They also develop an understanding of chronology and gain an understanding of the events that have shaped our world. History is crucial in supporting good literacy skills of spelling and written communication.

How students are assessed

Students are given GCSE tasks as formal assessments, and will be assessed at the end of each unit of study. These do not count towards the final GCSE but are a good indicator of student progress throughout the course.

There are three formal exams, taken at the end of Year 11 as follows:

  • Paper 1: 1 hour and 15 minutes (30%) Thematic Study and the Historic Environment- Medicine in Britain (c.1000 to present)
  • Paper 2: 1 hour and 45 minutes (40%) Period Study and British Depth Study- Early Elizabethan England 1558-88 and The American West, 1835-1895
  • Paper 3: 1 hour and 15 minutes (30%) Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.


Students are given homework every week and are expected to spend around an hour completing it. This can take the form of further research, completing classwork notes, or students are set GCSE exam practise questions for homework, which are marked according to exam board marking criteria. Their work books or folders are also regularly checked.

How parents can help

Parents can help by ensuring that homework is completed and that their child is organised and bringing their file to each lesson. Any visits or TV programmes that have links to the GCSE course should be encouraged.

Extra-curricular Activities

History runs a comprehensive Extended Day timetable with targeted sessions. These run every night from Tuesday-Friday. 

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