History (Y7-13)

(GCSE exam board: AQA)

History Department Aims

  • To develop an interest in the past and an appreciation of human achievements and aspirations. This is done through meeting the requirements of the criteria for the National Curriculum.
  • To understand the value of our society and those of other selected international societies.
  • To develop a progressive knowledge of history as identified in the Attainment Targets.
  • To develop knowledge of chronology within which pupils can organise their understanding of the past.
  • To understand the nature of evidence by emphasising history as a process of enquiry and developing a range of skills required to interpret, analyse and evaluate a wide variety of contemporary and modern source materials
  • To distinguish between historical facts and interpretation of those facts, ensuring an appreciation of how people living at the time viewed certain events/developments and the views of those writing in later years.
  • To contribute to personal and social education by developing certain attitudes and values: for example, a respect for evidence, the toleration of a range of opinions.
  • To enable pupils to communicate clearly, employing a wide range of media.

History Staff

Mrs L. Brown- Head of Department
Mrs L. Stanway- Second in Department
Mrs T. Parton- History teacher
Miss L. Wrightson- History teacher
Mrs J McCusker – History teacher
Miss M Nicholson – History teacher

Miss A Byatt – History teacher

History News

History Club is being re-launched in the Autumn Term which is now open to all students in Years 7-9. Challenge your preconceptions, create exciting project work and maybe build your own artefacts! This term will be examining something entirely new so come along to C1 on Thursday lunchtimes to see what we are up to.

History Curriculum Overview

In Year 9, students begin their GCSE. We follow the AQA Modern World study.

Units include –

  • World War One
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • The League of Nations
  • Hitler’s aggressive foreign policy

Emphasis throughout is on accurate and developed subject knowledge, as well as on source analysis and evaluation.

Assessment involves essay writing skills and source analysis and evaluation. (Paper 1)

Year 10

  • The German Depth Study (Knowledge/Interpretation focused) Paper 1.
  • Medicine through time. A thousand year study of Health from the medieval period to the modern. Paper 2.

Year 11

The Norman period, c1066-c1100. Students study Norman England, focusing on the major events and developments from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints; as well as arising contemporary and historical controversies. This unit involves the study of a historic site which changes annually.


Students complete 3 units; both in Year 12 are tested by formal examination at the end of the course. Examination units covered include the Tudors, 1485-1603 and Russia, 1917-53.

The coursework unit is delivered in Year 13 and comprises of a 5,000 word essay examining change over 100 years. The coursework assesses skills honed throughout both examined units

Year 7, Britain 1066-1900. Topics include –

  • The Tolland Man mystery
  • The Battle of Hastings
  • The Crusades
  • Becket, King John and the Magna Carta
  • The Wars of the Roses
  • The Tudors and Stuarts
  • Gunpowder Plot
  • Plague and Fire
  • English Civil War
  • Industrial Revolution


Year 8, twentieth century history.  Topics include –

  • Victorian crime and punishment
  • Titanic
  • World War One
  • The Russian Revolution
  • Germany in the 1920s and 30s
  • World War Two
  • The Holocaust
  • The Cold War
  • Cuban missile crisis
  • Assassination of JFK
  • The swinging 1960’s
  • American civil rights movement
  • Roots of terrorism

Suggested reading –

  • Year 7 & 8 – Goodnight Mr Tom / Michelle Magorian (WWII)
  • Kiss the Dust / Elizabeth Laird (Kurdish refugees)
  • The Ruby in the Smoke / Philip Pullman (first of the Sally Lockhart trilogy set in Victorian London)
  • Sweet Clarinet etc. / James Riordan (WWII)
  • The Silver Sword / Ian Serraillier
  • Carrie’s War / Nina Bawden
  • I Coriander / Sally Gardner
  • Private Peaceful / Michael Morpurgo

Please download History Overview here

Suggested Reading

  • Beevor, A, D-Day, Berlin and Stalingrad.
  • Calder, A, The People’s War, Britain 1939-1945.
  • Hastings, M, All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945.
  • Reid, A, Leningrad – Tragedy of A City Under Siege, 1941-44.
  • Roberts, A, The Storm of War.
  • Taylor, AJP, The Origins of the Second World War.
  • Wint, G, Clavocoressi, P., and Pritchard, J., The Penguin History of the Second World War.

Assessment Schedule Year 7 2019

Assessment Schedule Year 8 2019

Assessment Schedule Year 9 2019

Assessment Schedule Year 10 2019

Assessment Schedule Year 11 2019

How to guides- links to tutorials


Useful websites

BBC Learning Site, with access to BBC Bitesize (for GCSE):

History Learning Site:

KS4 Websites

AQA History- specimen papers and mark schemes

John D Clare:


Extra Curricular

This year the History Department has decided to revamp History Club with the help of the History Ambassadors. The focus this year is to make the club more interactive and creative. Every half term, the ambassadors will choose a film or a time period that they would like to study. This will often be a subject that is not on the History National Curriculum so as to broaden historical context. Students will then get to research and discover aspects of life from that time period. They will be looking towards creating board games, display posters, models and creative writing. In the first half term the theme will be Titanic.

Pupils also take part in a number of history trips including a visit to Warwick Castle and its dungeons in Year 7. This year there will also be a new trip that is being run by the department for Year 11. This is a residential trip to Berlin taking in the sights of the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate whilst also visiting Sachsenhausen and the Wannsee Conference Centre to see where the Final Solution was decided.

First half term- History Club

The theme is Titanic.