Curriculum

History

Understanding past events and people and their significance gives students a better insight into the world around them. We believe in the importance of not just learning history, but learning from history. The study of History equips pupils with the ability to critically analyse source material, assess the merits of different arguments, hone their debating skills, and recognise bias and propaganda.
Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • The Tollund Man
  • The Vikings
  • The Norman Conquest
  • The Tudors
  • The English Civil War
  • The French Revolution
  • The Slave Trade
  • World War 1
  • World War 2
  • The Cold War
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Who shot JFK?
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Understanding the Modern World

Section A: Period studies

Pupils will study one of the following options:

  • America, 1840–1895: Expansion and consolidation
  • Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
  • Russia, 1894–1945: Tsardom and communism
  • America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality

Section B: Wider world depth studies

Pupils will study one of the following options:

  • Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894–1918
  • Conflict and tension: The inter-war years, 1918–1939
  • Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972
  • Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950–1975
  • Conflict and tension in the Gulf and Afghanistan, 1990–2009

Shaping the Nation

Section A: Thematic studies

Pupils will study one of the following options:

  • Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
  • Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day
  • Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day

Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment

Pupils will study one of the following options:

  • Norman England, c1066–c1100
  • Medieval England: the reign of Edward I, 1272–1307
  • Elizabethan England, c1568–1603
  • Restoration England, 1660–1685
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE History (8145)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.