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History tells us who we are, where we came from and how we are connected. Without studying history, we cannot understand where we are now or where we are going in the future. Studying history often ignites a passion, curiosity and determination in students.

A passion to ensure that wrongs in the past are not repeated in the future. A curiosity about how people in the past thought differently or even similarly to us, even though their lives may be separated by hundreds of years. A determination to study hard and write with maturity and authority, alongside an acceptance that a piece of writing or research may take time to develop and refine before it is completed.

By studying history, we develop knowledge and understanding of chronology: we can identify key features of historical periods, the role of significant individuals, events and turning points. History develops our understanding of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference; historians do this by making connections, analysing trends, and investigating big historical questions. History enables us to make connections between different aspects of the periods and themes studied; between local, regional, National and international history; between cultural, economic, social, political, religious and military history and, finally, between short and long-term timescales.

Historians never stop questioning. They question why things happen. They question how they can truly know what happened. They even question other Historians! This ability to question and think critically encourages a confidence to communicate ideas and challenge injustice.

Curriculum information

 

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

7

History from above

The Celts: Independent Project

The development of Church and State 1066 – 1509

  • The Norman invasion and conquest
  • Local study: castles.

The development of Church of Church and State 1509 – 1745

  • The Reformation

History from above

The development of Church and state 1509 – 1745

  • The Reformation
  • Elizabeth I

 

History from above

The development of Church and State 1509 – 1745

  • Early Stuart Kings

8

History from below

The development of Church and State 1509 – 1745

  • The English Civil War
  • Trial and execution of Charles I

Ideas, political power, industry and Empire 1745 – 1901

  • Transatlantic slave trade and abolition.

History from below

Ideas, political power, industry, and Empire 1745 – 1901

  • The Industrial Revolution

 

History from below

Ideas, political power, industry, and Empire 1745 – 1901

  • Depth study on India, including the role of Gandhi. 

9

War as the locomotive of change

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 – present

  • World War I
  • Slavery and the abolition of slavery in the UK and US. 
  •  American Civil Rights Movement

War as the locomotive of change

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 – present

  • Post-World War II and the origins of the Cold War. 
  • The Nazis a warning from history

 

 

War as the locomotive of change

  • The Nazis a warning from history
  • The Holocaust

 

10

A Modern Depth Study

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 

Period Study

The American West, c1835–c1895 

British Depth Study

Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88. 

11

A Modern Depth Study

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 

Thematic Study and Historical Environment

Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900

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Exams

 

I enjoy History because our topics are always interesting. The teachers are very supportive and guide us. We are always comfortable asking for help when we need it.
Year 10 student
I enjoy History because I love learning about the past. We get help through feedback from our teacher, so we know how to get better.
Year 10 student