Why study History?

(1) To become active citizens fully aware of the circumstances that have led to their lives and position today. 

(2) To use the methods of historical enquiry to analyse and understand the world around them and its history, both at an individual or local level as well as nationally and internationally.

(3) To explore the role of local history and its impact on students’ heritage.

History KS3



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Year 7

The Pursuit of History

This unit introduces students to the key historical concepts and processes that are essential to the study of History such as chronology, primary sources and interpretations. 

The Norman Conquest

This unit investigates the reasons for William’s victory at the Battle of Hastings followed by an evaluation of why the Norman conquest was so significant. This unit will also introduce students to historical sites such as castles that they may have visited.

Threats to Power

This unit continues with the theme of monarchy by investigating the ways in which the power of the monarchy was challenged during the medieval period both by the church and by a Parliament.

Medieval Turmoil

This unit investigates the social changes that occurred due to two turbulent events: The Black Death and The Peasants Revolt. The focus here is to consider the lives of ordinary people and how their collective action is still significant today.

The Tudors and Religious Change

The importance of religion ties in to the schools Christian ethos and the unit begins with a study of the Reformation and the foundation of the Church of England. The unit then goes on to investigate the extent to which religion in England changed during the Tudor Period and why Elizabeth was such a successful Queen of England.

The English Civil War

This study investigates the causes and consequences of the English Civil War and also includes a study of Oliver Cromwell’s leadership. The unit revisits the power of the monarchy and ensures pupils understand the structure of monarchy and government in Britain and the power that it previously had in light of the events of the English Civil War.

Year 8

The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution has shaped Britain and the legacy of that is clear to see in West Midlands. The unit ensures that students understand the causes and the impact the Industrial Revolution had in Britain as a whole.

The British Empire

This aims to ensure that students have a clear understanding of Britain’s impact on the world and allows them to make informed decisions on individuals such as Robert Clive. This also exposes pupils to the study of other cultures as they examine the impact of the Empire.

People Power

This unit builds on the concept of social change by investigating the American and French Revolutions. Pupils then consider the impact that these events had on British society and politics.

The Suffragettes 

Having considered the social and political changes of the Nineteenth century including the extension of the franchise pupils now turn their attention to the Women’s suffrage movement and the fight for equality. This unit highlights the effects of patriarchy and how these effects are often hidden when our histories focus on men.

The First World War

This unit draws together the recent studies on Britain’s place in the world and industrial developments that will also change the nature of warfare. The First World War laid the foundation of our current system of international relations and is therefore key to understanding the world today. The unit allows pupils to develop an understanding of concepts such as nationalism and diplomacy.

Year 9

USA in the 1920s

This study allows students to understand the developments that have taken place in America that have defined the world today. These events include social, economic, and political changes. Students are challenged with economic theories and political ideologies building on their knowledge from previous studies.

The Second World War

It is not possible to fully understand the international issues of today without an understanding of what happened In the Second World War. Students study a selection of key events and consider the impact of the war at local, national and international level. 

The Holocaust

This study provides students with the opportunity to further develop their understanding of the dangers of prejudice, discrimination and persecution. Students have a knowledge of extremist ideologies, propaganda and the abuse of power from their recent studies and this study builds on that by highlighting behavior that still affect society today such as scapegoating and the desire for simple answers to complex questions. The unit also builds on students understanding of current international institutions developed after the Second World War such as the United Nations and its work in promoting human rights.

Campaigns for equal rights.

Students have studied a selection of major historical events and the changes that have occurred. For some minority groups the rate of progress has been slower. This unit highlights the work and achievements of individuals who were ill-treated through state sponsored discrimination but who were able to initiate change through direct action. 

Medicine and War

This unit is a thematic breadth study that is designed to consolidate students’ chronological understanding by studying the history of medicine. The unit provides students with an understanding of how progress can take place over large periods of time and furthermore that a range of factors accelerate or slow down this progress. Students develop an understanding of concepts such as the cause, prevention and treatment of illness. This unit also provides pupils who wish to take History GCSE with knowledge of ancient medicine that provides a valuable foundation for a more in depth study of Medieval medicine.

History KS4

Pearson Edexcel GCSE History (9-1).



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Year 10

Medicine in Britain, c1250-present.

The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatments and the trenches.

Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.

Year 11

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939.

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91.

Revision and exams.

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