Aims of the Department:

  • To inspire pupils’ curiosity and imagination through the teaching of history.
  • To use the choices, experiences and beliefs of people in the past to inspire pupils today.
  • To help pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels.
  • To enable pupils to ask and answer questions about the present by engaging with the past.
  • To enable pupils to find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world.
  • To help pupils to develop skills of enquiry; of understanding chronology; of understanding why things happen and how things have changed

Topics/Areas of Study

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • 1066 and the Norman Conquest
  • Was King John a ‘bad’ king?
  • The Black Death and the Peasant’s Revolt
  • The Tudors and Religion
  • The Spanish Armada
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • Charles I and the English Civil War

Year 8

  • Why did the Titanic sink?
  • Women’s suffrage
  • World War One
  • Hitler and the Rise of the Nazis
  • Causes of World War Two
  • The Home Front
  • Were the 1960s swinging?

GCSE History – Years 9, 10 and 11 – Key Stage 4

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250-present
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • The American West, c1835-1895
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939