There are two specialist History teachers in the department. Each Key Stage Three classroom is well equipped and resourced. There are two Key Stage Four classrooms equally well equipped, shared with Geography and Religious Education. Extensive use is made of the interactive white board and the use of PowerPoint to enhance the learning of pupils at all stages of their learning.

There are three formal assessments a year at KS3 and ongoing teacher and peer assessment during the year.

At KS4 assessment there is a formal assessment every half term. Year seven is taught as ‘Humanities’ (history, geography, religious education and citizenship) on a half termly rota by the same teacher four times a week. Year eight and year 9 pupils have one lesson.

Schemes of Learning

Year Eight

1. Britain 1500-1750 – Three half Terms

Focus on:

  • The Reformation, Henry V111 and the split from Rome
  • Elizabeth I Images and symbols in paintings and the use of portraits as Propaganda
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • The belief in Witchcraft in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • The English Civil war and the Execution of Charles I
  • Life in Puritan England under Oliver Cromwell
  • The Restoration of the Monarchy – the return of Charles II
  • Scientists and Inventors

2. Black Peoples of The Americas – Three half terms

Focus on:

  • Africa before 1440/Africa after the arrival of the Europeans
  • The Triangular Trade and the Middle Passage
  • Life as a slave, Living and working conditions and punishments
  • Resistance and Rebellion
  • The Civil war and emancipation
  • Life during Reconstruction America/Jim Crow Laws/Rise of the KKK
  • Brief introduction to the Black Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s


Year Nine

1. The British Empire – One half term

Focus on:

  • What, when, where and how did it grow
  • Who should have the Benin Head
  • ‘Little stories’ that tell the ‘big story’ of India

2. The Industrial Revolution – Two half terms

Focus on:

  • How did Britain Change between 1750 and 1900?
  • Pictures and cartoons from the period
  • Inventions – The National Awards for invention and design.
  • Child labour in the factories and down the mines
  • The Poor Law and the Workhouse
  • Crime in Victorian England
  • Review – How did life improve 1750-1900

3. The Struggle for the Vote – One half term

Focus on:

  • What was wrong with democracy in the 1800s
  • What really happened at Peterloo?
  • The Chartists – would you join them? Successes and failures.
  • Why did women need the voter at the beginning of the 20th century
  • How did women try to win the vote?
  • How significant were the suffragettes?

4. The First World War – One half term

Focus on:

  • How did two bullets cause twenty million deaths- the assassination of the Archduke
  • Why did men join up to fight in WWI
  • What was it like in the trenches on the Western Front?
  • How did the war affect civilians?
  • ‘Lions led by donkeys’
  • Shot at dawn. What can we learn from the story of Harry Farr about the First World War?
  • Why was the ‘Great War’ great?
  • Why was WWI not the ‘war to end all wars’ The Treaty of Versailles.

5. The Second World War and the Holocaust – One half term


History at KS4

Year 10

Exam board/ No. of GCSE:

  • Paper 2 British Depth Study (Sept - Dec)
  • Paper 1 International Relations (Jan - May) 

Term 1

  • Introduction - Britain in the 1890s
  • Living and working conditions in Britain in the 1890's. Social Reformers and How was Britain governed?
  • Why did the Liberals introduce reforms? Why were reforms needed? What were the Liberal reforms?
  • How effective were these reforms - GCSE exam practise What was the cost of reform? Source Skills
  • What was the S,P and Legal position of women in the 1890's  - Arguments for and against women's suffrage
  • The Derby. Suffragettes - Help or Hinderance?  DVD Position of women
  • Why were some women given the vote? GCSE exam practice
  • The Suffrage movement - An Assessment + GCSE exam practise

Term 2

  • The impact of the First World War - DORA How were civilians effected by the war?
  • How did women contribute to the War effort? - GCSE source questions
  • How effective was government propaganda during the war? What was the impact of war on women's role in society
  • Assessment prep and assessment The Home Front or Votes for Women
  • What was the attitude of the British people at the end of the war towards Germany and the Paris Peace Conference?
  • Exam practise and peer assessment Home Front/Votes for Women/Liberal Reforms
  • Exam practise and peer assessment Home Front/Votes for Women/Liberal Reforms

Term 3

  • International Relations - 'The Inter War Years' Were the Peace Treaties Fair? Intro - key concepts and core vocabulary
  • What were the aims of the 'Big Three'? Did the Treaty please everyone?
  • The Peace Settlement - Review and assessment To what extent was the League of nations a success?
  • What can we learn from cartoons about the League of Nations? How successful was the League in the 1920s?
  • Why was 1929 such a significant turning point? Why did the league fail to control Japan and Italy?
  • Case Studies and exam questions - Failures of the League in Manchuria and Aybssinia

Term 4

  • League of Nations - review and assessment prep -  IR video Chapter 1
  • Assessment  T of V or League of Nations +peer analysis
  • Why had International Peace collapsed by 1939? Key words/core concepts/questions
  • Did Hitler intend to start a war? -  LT & ST causes  Peer analsis of assessment
  • Rearmament and the Rhineland. From the  Rhineland to Munich

Term 5

  • Countdown to war. Czechoslovakia, Poland and the Nazi Soviet Pact. Chronology, cuases, reasons - Class Debate
  • Why had peace collapsed by September 1939? - Britains policy of Appeasement
  • Debate on whether appeasement was a total failure
  • Review and assessment of Paper 1 The Interwar Years - Exam practise
  • British Depth Study - Revision Votes for Women Paper 2 exam questions and model answers
  • British Depth Study - Revision The Home Front Paper 2 exam questions and model answers

Term 6

  • Revision - Paper 2 exam questions and model answers
  • PAPER 2 Exam


Year 11

Exam board/ No. of GCSE:

(OCR - 1 GCSE:)

  • South Africa - Controlled Assessment Unit (Jan - Dec)
  • Nazi Germany Depth Study (Jan - June)

Term 1 

  • Results Feedback and individual targets
  • Introductions to South Africa: Background and 1948 elections
  • Setting up of the Apartheid State - Life under apartheid
  • Resistence to apartheid and Sharpeville
  • Resistence to apartheid intensifies - Impact of Nelson Mandela and Turning points
  • Why didn't the rest of the world stop apartheid - What were Economic and sporting sanctions
  • The beginning of the end of apartheid
  • The Triumph of the ANC

Term 2

  • Resource Booklet - CA  - analysis of sources and notemaking
  • Has the impact of Nelson Mandela been over stated?'
  • Note making and preparation for writing assessment
  • Assessment on Sharpville GCSE questions  + CA
  • Planning CA - Structuring the CA
  • Writing up CA - Lap tops needed for next two weeks
  • Complete writng up of CA and handing in at end of week

Term 3

  • Paper 1 International Relations - review session from year 10 Linking to Germany Depth Study
  • Nazi Germany Intro - Key Questions - What state was Germany in at the end of the First World War?
  • What was the Weimar Republic? What was the impact of the ToV on the fortunes of the Weimar Republic? How did the Weimar Republic survive its early crisis?
  • What did the Nazis stand for in the 1920s? To what extent did the Republic recover after 1923? Video - Nazis A warning from History
  • The Nazis in the 1920s. Germany and the Great Depression
  • How did Hitler become Chancellor 1933 & consolidation of power Review and assessment - Video Nazis A warning from History Chaos and Consent

Term 4

  • How did the Nazis control Germany? Hitler the Demagogue. Hitler's Image. Who was on Hitler's hate list?
  • Weimar Rebublic +Rise of Nazis review and assess prep
  • Assessment Weimar Republic +peer analysis
  • How did the Nazis cut unemployment - Work and Bread
  • What was life like for Children in Nazi Germany?  Youth Education policies and Hitler Youth

Term 5

  • How successful were Nazi policies towards women and the family?
  • The Berlin Olympics. How were Jews treated in Nazi Germany? What was Kristallnacht? Germany at war.
  • Did all Germans support the Nazis? - Oppostion movements
  • Auschwitz and the Final Solution. Alone in a silent ghost town - The experiences of Christabel Bielenburg
  • Review and assessment - Revision- International Relations and Nazi Germany
  • Review and assessment - Revision- International Relations and Nazi Germany

Term 6

  • Paper 1 exam


KS5 Syllabus

AS Unit One – (50% of total AS marks) - 25 % final mark

  • Pursuing Life and Liberty: Equality in the USA 1945-1968
  • Ideology, Conflict and Retreat: The USA in Asia 1950-1973

AS Unit Two – (50% of total AS marks) - 25% final mark.

  • Mass Media, Popular Culture and Social Change in Britain since 1945

A2 Unit Three – (60% 0f total A2 marks) – 30% of total GCE marks

  • A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1944-90

A2 Unit Four – (40% of the total A2 marks) – 20% of total GCE marks

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain 1830-1965