Programmes of study for students in History

A skills based curriculum with a range of tasks across each academic year will build skills progression. Each academic year students will develop and build key skills in Historical enquiry, use of evidence and communicating about the past, moving towards independent study. Units of work are structured to enable differentiation for students across the age and ability range in years 7-11

Year 7

Students will begin to build skills in answering historical questions, describing or quoting from evidence and using evidence to test ideas. They will also begin to create structured work using dates and correct historical terms.
They will also identify how events fit into a studied period, be able to identify change and continuity as well as cause and consequence. They will learn about opinion and bias. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are also addressed in their written work.

Through the study of:

Hunter-Gatherers, the farming revolution, Celts, the Romans in Britain, the Vikings and British history from 1066 to 1500.

Year 8

In year 8, students will build and develop the above skills.
They will describe events and features of the past in context (using knowledge of the time.) They will also consider diversity, as well as the nature and extent of change and continuity. The relationship between causes (links; long term causes; short term causes; triggers,) will also be examined. Significance of people or events will be analysed and the underlying reasons for opinions leading to decisions will be addressed.

Through the study of:

The Tudors, the Stuarts, including Cromwell and the Commonwealth, the Pendle witches, the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire and slavery.

Year 9

Students will continue to develop and consolidate their skills.
They will analyse the nature and extent of both diversity and change and continuity across and within different periods. They will explain the relationship between causes and recognise why some events and people might be judged more historically significant. They will also explain how and why different interpretations of the past have arisen or been constructed.

Through the study of:

WWI and the Home Front, Boom and Bust in the 1920s including the Ku Klux Klan, WWII, The Holocaust, the Cold War (including the Space Race and the war in Vietnam,) and a study of terrorism in the 20th century.

Rationale for Key Stage 3 : Checklist for NC 2016 planning

Key stage 3

Pupils should be taught about –

  • The development of the Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1745.
  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain 1745-1901
  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day, including the Holocaust.
  • A local History study.
  • The study of an aspect or theme in British History that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066.
  • At least one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments.


Students will be assessed on these skills, once a term over KS3 (however, the last assessment in each year will be an end of year test so students develop revision skills in preparation for KS4) –

Chronology – via the Romans and the Vikings.
Causation – via the Romans and the Industrial Revolution
Diversity – via the Domestic System and Medieval Realms.
Historical enquiry – via Medieval Realms and Dunkirk
Change and continuity – via Medieval Realms (the Black Death) and the Victorians.
Evidence – via Elizabeth I and slavery.
Interpretation – via Cromwell and life on plantations.
Significance – via WWI and the Reformation.


History is an option choice that is not tiered; all students sit the same exams and complete the same controlled assessment. Exams are completed at the end of Year 11 in May / June.

GCSE HISTORY – Paper 1: 40%

Students will sit a paper (1 hour 45 minutes) which is equally focused on knowledge and the use of evidence.

Students study Crime and Punishment from 1250 to c1900. They also study the Elizabethans.

GCSE HISTORY – Paper 2: 20%

Students will sit a 60 minute exam which is mainly focused on a visit to a historical site and how / why that site has changed over time. We intend to organise this trip for February 2017.

GCSE HISTORY – Paper 3: 40%

Students will sit a paper (1 hour 45 minutes) which is equally focused on knowledge and the use of evidence.

Students study life under Nazi rule. They also study the making of America.

There is no longer a controlled assessment requirement for GCSE History due to government legislation and a new syllabus.