Key Stage 3

Pupils study a series of six modules throughout Key Stage 3.

Within these modules they consolidate topics taught in Year 6 from Primary School such as the Battle of Hastings 1066 and The Black Death. In addition, pupils study both local and global historical events such as World War I and II, World Trade and Slavery and English Reformation. New topics have been introduced to our key stage 3 curriculum; Colonisation of America, Native Americans and the Industrial Revolution.

Study is done through a number of ways to help stimulate pupil’s interest. For example, when studying the Battle of Hastings, pupils will use drama and learn drama techniques. There are also opportunities to take advantage of virtual reality software that enhance pupil experience in a range of topics covered.

In November, pupils in Year 8 will visit the National Memorial Arboretum and will take part in a Remembrance Day Focus Project that includes art, poetry, creative writing and practical activities throughout the week approaching Remembrance Day itself. 


Key Stage 4

For those pupils who choose History as part of their options they will study the EDEXCEL GCSE History syllabus. Each topic is covered over a twelve week period.

Year 10 GCSE History

Autumn term

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

Key area of learning:

Ideas about the cause of disease and illness; approaches to prevention and treatment.


The Medical Renaissance in England c1700–c1900

Key area of learning:

The focus of the unit is on the reasons for change, the speed and development of change, the significance of change, and the parallel elements of change and continuity.


Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain

Key area of learning:

Ideas about the cause of disease at this time and improvements in science and technology.

Pupils will also consider the impact of the NHS and government lifestyle campaigns such as mass vaccinations. They should also understand the impact of improvements in science and technology, leading to improvements in diagnosis and treatment.


Pupils will use the following media as resources:

BBC Education Medicine through time, A set of videos aimed at GCSE students.

Science Museum Brought To Life: Exploring the History of Medicine, Extremely detailed website covering most aspects of the course.



Spring term

The British sector of the Western Front1914–18

Key area of learning:

The environment for this study is the British sector of the Western Front and the theatre of war in Flanders and northern France.


Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Key area of learning:

This modern depth study offers students a fascinating analysis of how Hitler became such a powerful dictator.


Your child will use the following media as resources:

BBC The Crimson Field (Drama)

BBC World War One: Medicine, (micro-site with sections on illness and injury, medical advances and treating soldiers)

Imperial War Museum First World War: Firsts of the First World War, (articles and sources on the Western Front, trenches etc)

BBC Bitesize, (overview of Nazi Germany)



Summer Term 2017

The American West, c1835–c189

Key area of learning:

The Plains Indians and different tribes and nations such as the Sioux.

The Permanent Indian Frontier, and in 1851 the Indian Appropriations Act, reservations, the impact upon Plains Indians’ independence

Conflicts and conquest, c1876–c1895


Your child will use the following media as resources:

BBC American West (overview on the American West and revision materials and quizzes to aid students with their revision)

The West (PBS 1996) In-depth programme about life in the American West and the resulting conflicts between the Plains Indians, settlers and the US Government


Year 11 GCSE History

This is the final examinable year of this specification. Pupils will cover topics for enhanced revision on all topics covered in the first two years of study already completed.


Autumn term 2017

Norman and Anglo-Saxon England, c1060–1088

The final years of Anglo-Saxon England, covering its political, social and economic make-up, as well as the dramatic events of 1066.

How control was established, including the submission of the earls, how by 1068 rebellion had broken out in the North of England

The growth in royal power, demonstrated by the ambitious Domesday survey.


Your child will be using the following media as resources:

Dan and Peter Snow, Battlefield Britain (BBC DVD, 2006)

David Starkey, Monarchy Series 1 (Channel 4 DVD, 2007)


Spring term 2018

Revision sessions covering all topics encountered throughout the course.


Summer term 2018

Examinations for this Edexcel GCSE History course will take place in May/June 2018.

What will the assessments look like?

Your child will take three exams at the end of the course.

Paper 1 – British Thematic Study with Historic Environment

Paper 2 – Period Study and British Depth Study

Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study


Revision includes:

Autumn term:- World War One – Life in the trenches, The origins and the early problems of the Weimar Republic; the Stresemann years; the return of Germany to the international community; the founding and early growth of the Nazi Party;  The Nazi police state, Nazi policies towards women and persecution of minorities.

Spring term: War and the transformation of British Society 1903-1928. This includes the changing role of women; children’s welfare measures and old age pensioners; industrial unrest and the general strike.

Summer term: International Relations and look at the era of the Cold War. This includes the iron curtain; Hungary; Berlin; Cuba; the Prague Spring; detente and its collapse; Reagan and Gorbachev.

pupils will also have the opportunity to revise the topic of  Civil Rights; women’s movement; Vietnam war protests (movement) etc.


Examinations for this specification will commence in May/June 

Your child will take three exams at the end of the course:

Peace and War 1918-39

British Society 1903-1928

International Relations 1900-199