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Key Stage 3

By the end of Key Stage 3, we would like all of our students to:

  • Gain a strong, lifelong interest in History
  • Foster critical thinking in our students that allows them to analyse the world around them and engage in it. 
  • Begin to analyze, compare and contrast, diverse interpretations and world views.
  • Gain a solid grounding in key chronology and events that will serve in all walks of life.
  • Interact with second order concepts in History (causation, change, diversity etc) as well as key substantive concepts which provide linchpins to later topics. 

Key Stage 4

We follow the Edexcel GCSE Specification. By the end of Key Stage 4, we would like all of our students to:

  • Leave with secure and diverse knowledge of historical events and key concepts.
  • Be confident in analysing, comparing and evaluating diverse interpretations and world views.
  • Interact with second order concepts in history (causation, change, diversity etc) on a deeper and more complex level, as well as key substantive concepts which provide linchpins to later topics. 
  • Go on to study history in higher education!

Curriculum Overview

Year 7
  • The Battle of Hastings- Why did William win the Battle of Hastings? 
  • How did William the Conqueror control England?
  • What sparked The Crusades?
  • What did Medieval people believe about religion?
  • Challenges to Medieval kingship- including the Church, Peasants Revolt, Black Death and the Magna Carta.
  • The Abbasids and the Isalmic World
  • The Renaissance
Year 8
  • The Reformation
  • How did the Tudors change religion?
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • The Industrial Revolution
Year 9
  • What were the causes of the First World War?
  • The Holocaust- How did the Holocaust develop?
  • What was the turning point in the Second World War? 
  • Civil Rights
  • The Cold War
GCSE
  • Paper 1: Medicine through time
  • Paper 2: Elizabethan History and Superpower relations (The Cold War)
  • Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany

Assessment

Pupils are formally assessed in two assessments at the midpoint and end of the year. They are also given the opportunity to practice these skills in end of topic assessments, regular low stakes knowledge tests and exam technique lessons.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We run a trip to Berlin for students in year 10. We also work closely with the local community, charities and organisations to ensure all our students have the opportunity to hear and learn from experts in these areas. This includes drugs charities, local police and organisations like Form the Future to provide careers insights.

Future Careers

Skills acquired from studying history include: analytical skills, use of evidence and data forms, writing for argument and clarity of expression. These can provide openings in journalism, politics, the civil service and academia.