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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, a curiosity and a 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 a confidence to communicate ideas and challenge injustice.

 

Curriculum information

 

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Spring 

Summer

Year 7 Theme:History from above- How did the power struggle between the church and State impact Britain and the wider world? 

Topic 1: Pre 1066- Roman and Anglo- Saxon Britain

NC Theme: The development of Church and State 1066 – 1509

Topic 2: The Norman invasion and conquest-How did the Normans conquer and control England?  

Topic 3: Life and death during the Middle Ages- The Struggle between the Church and Crown- Who held the power in Medieval period? 

NC Theme: The development of Church of Church and State 1509 – 1745

Topic 4: The Reformation- Why was the Reformation known as a religious rollercoaster? 

Topic 5: Elizabethan England- Was life in Elizabethan England truly ‘Golden’? 

 

NC Theme: The development of Church of Church and State 1509 – 1745

Topic 5: Elizabethan England- Was life in Elizabethan England truly ‘Golden’? 

Topic 6: Thematic Study 

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

Year 8 Theme:History from below- How did Revolution gender and race lead to social reform in Britain and the wider world?  

NC Theme: The development of Church and State 1509 – 1745

Topic 1: The English Civil War Why did the English Challenge the Divine right of Kings? 

NC Theme: Ideas, political power, industry and Empire 1745 – 1901

Topic 2: British Empire, Slavery and its Abolition -Why did the slave trade rise and fall during the 16th-19thcentury? 

 

NC Theme: Ideas, political power, industry and Empire 1745 – 1901

Topic 3: The industrial revolution and Local Study- Did industrialisation make Britain a better place to live? 

 

Topic 4: Dying for the Vote- Why was voting so important during the 19-20th century?  

 NC Theme: challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day 

Topic 5-WW1 - What were the causes of WWI?

 

Topic 6: Thematic Study: Herstory- The experience of Women throughout History.

Year 9 Theme: War as a locomotive for change- How did Political ideologies change society during the 20thcentury? 

NC Theme: at least one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments

Topic 1: The Holocaust  

 

NC Theme: challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day 

 

Topic 2: Impact of WWII- land of the Free? Civil Rights in 20th Century USA and UK.  

 

NC Theme: at least one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments

Topic 3- Impact of WWII- The Cold War 

Topic 4: Impact of WWII-The making of modern Britain- Life in Britain from 1945- Present How did WWII change society? 1945-present . 

 

Topic 5: Thematic study: Plague, epidemics and pandemics

 

 

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Edexcel GCSE-

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939

Edexcel GCSE-

Medicine Through time and The Western Front.

Early Elizabethan England 1555-1588.

Edexcel GCSE-

Early Elizabethan England 1555-1588. 

The American West.

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Edexcel GCSE-

Elizabethan England

Paper 1 revision

Paper 2 Revision

Paper 3 revision 

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