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“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything.  You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” 
Michael Crichton


History is a very popular subject at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Students are encouraged to develop a high standard of knowledge and skills. The curriculum enables students to become aware of their heritage and to develop an understanding of how events in the past have shaped the present so that they can become active and informed citizens of the future.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7

Topics covered

  • The Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest
  • The role of the Church in medieval England
  • Medieval Baghdad and its connection to the wider world
  • The Black Death and its consequences
  • The power of medieval monarchs and the beginning of democracy
  • The Reformation
  • Elizabethan England

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Year 8

Topics Covered

  • The English Civil War and the Republic
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • The British Empire
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Migration

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Year 9

Topics Covered

  • The First World War
  • Women’s’ campaign for the right to vote
  • The Second World War
  • The Holocaust

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History

Topics Covered

Thematic Study – Medicine through Time, c.1250-present (Y10)

British Depth Study – Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588 (Y10)

Period Study – Superpower Relations, 1941-1991 (Y11)

Modern Depth Study – USA: Conflict at home and abroad, 1954-1975 (Y11)

Assessment Objectives

AO1:      Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.

AO2:      Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts (change, continuity, causation, consequence, significance, similarity and difference).

AO3:      Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

AO4:      Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

Paper 1

  • 30% of overall mark
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Section A – Historic Environment - 2 questions – one K&U and one two-part source question (10%)
  • Section B – Thematic study – 3 questions – all K&U, two compulsory and one choice (20%)

Paper 2

  • 40% of overall mark
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Split into two separate papers
  • Section P – Period Study – 3 questions – all K&U, two compulsory and one choice (20%)
  • Section B – British Depth Study – one three-part question, all K&U (20%)

Paper 3

  • 30%
  • 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Modern Depth Study – The USA: conflict at home and abroad
  • Section A – 2 questions – 1 source and 1 K&U
  • Section B – one 4-part question based on two sources and two interpretations

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