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History tells us who we are, where we came from and how we are connected. Without studying history, we cannot understand where we are now or where we are going in the future. Studying history often ignites a passion, curiosity and determination in students.

A passion to ensure that wrongs in the past are not repeated in the future. A curiosity about how people in the past thought differently or similarly to them even though their lives may be separated by hundreds of years. A determination to study hard and write with maturity and authority; accepting that a piece of writing or research may take time to develop and refine before it is completed.

By studying history, we develop knowledge and understanding of chronology, we can identify key features of historical periods, the role of significant individuals, events and turning points. History develops our understanding of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, historians do this by making connections, analysing trends, and investigating big historical questions. History enables us to make connections between different aspects of the periods and themes studied; between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, social, political, religious and military history; and between short and long-term timescales.

Historians never stop questioning. They question why things happen. They question how they can truly know what happened. They even question other Historians! This ability to question and think critically encourages confidence to communicate ideas and challenge injustice.

Curriculum information

Year  

Autumn  

Spring  

Summer 

History from above: 

  • The Roman Empire and its collapse. 

The development of Church and State 1066 – 1509 

  • The Norman invasion and conquest 

  • Life and death During the Middle Ages. 

The development of Church of Church and State 1509 – 1745 

  • The Reformation  

 

 

History from above 

The development of Church and state 1509 – 1745 

  • The Reformation  

  • Elizabeth I 

  

Thematic Study  

  • Who are the British?- The history of migration from 55BC to the present 

History from below  

Ideas, political power, industry and Empire 1745 – 1901 

  • Transatlantic slave trade and abolition.  

  • Dying for the Vote- Local Study- Chartists in the Northeast 

War as the locomotive of change  

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 – present 

  • WW1 

  • The Russian Revolution  

War as the locomotive of change  

 

  • WWII- Local study- impact of war: The creation of Peterlee.  

  • Introduction to the Holocaust.  

Breadth Study  

Health and the Nation  

 

  

Breadth Study  

Health and the Nation 

Depth study- 

Westward expansion - The struggle for the Plains. 

 

Depth study 

Westward expansion- The struggle for the Plains. 

 

 

10 

Edexcel GCSE- 

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches 

 

  • The American West 1835-1895 

Edexcel GCSE- 

  • The American West 1835-1895 

  • Early Elizabethan England 1555-1588 

Edexcel GCSE- 

  • Early Elizabethan England 1555-1588 

11 

Edexcel GCSE- 

Early Elizabethan England 1555-1588 

Revision: 

  • Paper 2- American West and Elizabeth  

  • Paper 3 Revision- Weimar and Nazi Germany 

GCSE Exams  

 

Above all the history staff demonstrated a passion for their subject and were always helpful and supportive. It has inspired me to continue history into my A levels, and then hopefully study it at university too!
Year 11 student
After studying history for five years, (covering the English civil war, Spanish Armada, Hastings, the Tudors, America, WW1 and WW2 amongst other things) I now find myself more able to make links between current affairs and those of the past.
Year 11 student