Year 7

Autumn Term

Pupils will be introduced to key concepts of learning about history by studying:

·         Chronology:  placing key events in world history in chronological order through learning how to understand and create timelines. 1st to 21st Century

·         Changes over time: comparing medieval times to modern times using artefacts, stories and film.

·         Drama Project: Battle of Hastings 11th Century


Spring Term

Pupils will follow two history topics in chronological order.

·         Knowledge and creative topic: Castles of the 11th and 12th Century

·         Historical enquiry: The Black Death 13th Century


Summer Term

Pupils will study two monarchies:

·         Knowledge and enquiry topic: The reign of King John and the Magna Carta 12th Century


·         Knowledge and creative topic: The reign of Henry VIII in Tudor times 15th Century

Year 8

Autumn Term

Pupils will study two Modern World events in History:

World War I

World War II

In addition:

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. These will take place throughout the week approaching Remembrance Day. 


Spring Term

Pupils will study change and continuity through history.

·         Historic analysis topic: The Industrial Revolution 18th Century

·         Change and Continuity: Development and milestones in history, medicine and technology18th to  20th Century


Summer Term

Pupils will study two world history topics.

History and Geography cross curricular topic 1: Causation , exploration and world trade—Piracy1623-1638 –  Pirates of the Caribbean !

History and Geography cross curricular topic 2: The Transatlantic Slave Triangle.


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 Front, 1914–18

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)


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


Year 11 pupils taking examinations in 2017 - Revision includes:

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.

: 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.


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.


Controlled Assessment: Civil Rights in America – Martin Luther King

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 1900-1990