History is a story with the most interesting characters, plot lines, the greatest thinkers, most charitable and selfless individuals, and the most risible, violent individuals. It’s a tapestry of humanity’s history, richly detailed, skilfully woven, and worthy of our attention whether it inspires or terrifies us.

Our History curriculum gives us the opportunity to learn how societies functioned, how people interacted with each other, how governments were run, and investigate the cultures of countries which we have never been to. Through our understanding of people, places and events in History we can grasp a better understanding of how our world functions today.

  • Students will be able to develop the skills needed to be successful in History such as; using chronology, developing skills to be able to analyse information and find the truth behind what has been portrayed. History develops the skills of critically reading and analysing pieces of information which benefits all other subjects.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different periods of History ranging from the ancient Romans to life in the 20th Century.
  • Students will have the ability to construct well-argued, well informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject.
  • Students will investigate events on a local, national and international scale and will deepen their understanding of how different events are connected.
  • Students will gain historical perspective by placing their knowledge into cultural, social,, economic, political and religious history; and between short and long term timescales.
  • Students will investigate the development of Church, state and society and be able to answer where power really lay.

Year 7

History is taught through the Onward Together Programme. Students study History in the Spring Term of Year 7

Spring Term

Unit 1 What is History?

  • Students develop the skills needed to be successful in History through a study of the Romans in Britain

Unit 2 How Did Power Change in England?

  • This unit looks at the situation in 1066 and how England was taken over by an invading country. Students investigate the impact of the invasion on England and what the lasting effects were. During this unit students study; The Battle of Hastings, The Domesday Book, The emergence of castles as well as the power struggle between the monarchy and the church.

Year 8

The current year 8 did not study History in Y7 so the first 2 units are very similar.

Introduction to History and core themes Through the Romans

  1. What is History? Chronology, BC/AD
  2. Causes and consequences
  3. Enquiry Iron Age
  4. Why did Rome become successful?
  5. Using sources why did Rome invade Britain?
  6. How significant was the Roman Empire?

How did power change in England?

  1. How did England change after the Romans?
  2. What were William’s problems?
  3. Why was Thomas Beckett murdered?
  4. What was the impact of the Black Death o England?
  5. Why did the peasants revolt?
  6. What happened to the boys in the Tower?

How powerful were the Tudors? 

  1. Killer kings!
  2. Was Henry VII really a miser?
  3. Why did Henry VIII break away from the church?
  4. What was the impact of the dissolution of the monasteries?
  5. How did Elizabeth I rule?
  6. Why was the defeat of the Spanish  Armada so important?

How did power change in the 17th century?

  1. Why did Charles declare war on his country?
  2. How did events lead to war.?
  3. Did Charles deserve to die?
  4. Why does Oliver Cromwell divide opinion?
  5. Why was there a witch craze in 17th Century England?
  6. What was the role of the Witchfinder General?


  1. What was the Agricultural revolution?
  2. How did transport change Britain?
  3. How did factories help towns to grow?
  4. How did towns bring dirt and disease?
  5. Did the Industrial Revolution lead to progress
  6. Who caught the criminals in Britain?


  1. How democratic was Britain before 1832?
  2. Were the Chartists doomed to fail?
  3. How close was Britain to a revolution?
  4. Why did women need the vote?
  5. How did women try and get the vote?
  6. Why did women get the vote?

Year 9

The British Empire

  1. How did the British empire develop?
  2. How did slavery start?
  3. What was the Middle Passage?
  4. How was slavery abolished?
  5. What were the consequences of the British rule in India?
  6. Why was there a scramble for Africa?

World War I

  1. How did WWI start?
  2. What was life like in the trenches?
  3. Who went to war?
  4. How did the tactics change?
  5. What was life like on the home front?
  6. Why did the Allies win?

The Rise of the Nazis

  1. What was the Treaty of Versailles?
  2. Why was 1923 a year of crisis in Germany?
  3. How did Hitler and the Nazis rise to power?
  4. Why did people vote for the Nazis?
  5. What was life like in Nazi Germany?
  6. Who were the European dictators?

The era of the 2nd World War

  1. What was Britain’s role in the Second World War?
  2. What really happened at Dunkirk?
  3. Why was the RAF successful at the Battle of Britain
  4. What was life like during the Blitz?
  5. How did the WWII affect life at home?
  6. Why were the allies successful in the Atlantic?

The Holocaust

  1. How did life changes for Jews in Germany?
  2. How did people oppose Jewish persecution?
  3. What was The Final solution?
  4. What was life like during the Holocaust?
  5. Did Britain do enough to help?
  6. Who were the ‘Heroes of the Holocaust’?

Civil Rights

  1. How did the Jim Crow Laws affect black people in America?
  2. How did Black Americans fight for Civil Rights?
  3. How important were individual events of the 1950s?
  4. How successful was Direct Action?
  5. How significant was Martin Luther King in bringing equality?
  6. What did the Black Power Movement achieve?

Years 10 & 11

At Key Stage four (Years 10 &11) assessments are set at the end of each of the 4 units taught. This is in addition to the regular teaching and setting of exam questions in lessons and for homework. This ensures that all students are fully prepared for the skills being tested in the GCSE exams. Additionally, students are tested weekly on the key terms, events and dates on their knowledge organisers. Students sit an exam in year 10 and two mock exams in year 11.

Sixth Form

At Key Stage five (Years 12 & 13) students are assessed regularly (about twice a half term) on the topic they have been covering.  These assessments are tightly linked to the A-Level assessment criteria and their final exams.  Year Twelve students complete a mock exam in the summer term and Year Thirteen have two sets of mock exams in order to prepare them for their final external exams. Students also submit a Non Examined Assessment which is a total of 20% of the final A’ level.

Extra curricular opportunities

Visits to Tutbury castle

Houses of Parliament

French and Belgian battlefields.

Who to contact if you want further information

Mrs K L Green


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