Purpose of study

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
    gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts:
  • understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1: What is history? The Norman Invasion, Domesday Book, Magna Carta, The Battle of Hastings.

Term 2: The Middle Ages: Medicine and the Black Death, The war of the Roses, The Battle of Tewkesbury 1471.

Term 3: The Tudors: Henry V111, Mary 1, Edward V1.

Term 4: The Crusades.

Term 5: Summer Exam Preparation and Year 7 Revision.

Term 6: Exam term, feedback and overview of year 7 topics. Castle building project.

Year 8

Term 1: The Stuarts: Charles 1, James 1, The Gunpowder Plot, The English Civil War.

Term 2: Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc.

Term 3: Life in the Middle Ages: Crime, Religion, and Healthcare.

Term 4: The Slave Trade.

Term 5: End of Year Revision for Summer Exams.

Term 6: Exam term, feedback and overview of year 8 topics. Victorian Project.

Year 9

Term 1: Britain and the world in 1901, Poverty in Britain, why is the Titanic so famous, who was to blame for the Titanic disaster, women’s suffrage and Emily Davison.

Term 2: The Great War, why the Great War started, joining up and conscription, propaganda and fighting in the war.

Term 3: GCSE Edexcel History: Early Elizabethan England; Queen, government and religion 1558-69: The situation on Elizabeth’s succession, the settlement of religion, challenge to the religious settlement

Term 4: Early Elizabethan England; Queen, government and religion 1558-69: the problem of Mary, Queen of Scots, recap and review; Challenges at home and abroad: Plots and revolts at home.

Term 5: Early Elizabethan England; Challenges at home and abroad: Relations with Spain, outbreak of war with Spain, the Armada, recap and review, Elizabethan society in the age of Exploration, 1558-1588: Early Education and leisure, the problem of the poor.

Term 6: Elizabethan society in the age of Exploration: Exploration and voyages of discovery, Raleigh and Virginia, writing historically, recap and review.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Term 1: Thematic Study: Crime and Punishment from c.1000-1500. Anglo Saxon and Norman Punishment. The Middle Ages 1500-1700.

Term 2: Crime and Punishment 1700-1900, 1900-Present. Historic Environment: Whitechapel 1870-1900.

Term 3: Modern Depth Study: Conflict in the USA and Abroad 1952-1974: The Civil Rights Movement.

Term 4: Modern Depth Study: The Vietnam War.

Term 5: Summer Exam Preparation and Topic Recap.

Term 6: Year 10 Recap.

Year 11

Term 1: Superpower Relations and the Cold War -origins and Crisis.

Term 2: The End of the Cold War.

Term 3: Elizabethan England.

Term 4: USA.

Term 5: Crime and Punishment.

Term 6: GCSE Exams.


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