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History Curriculum

Year 7


Autumn Term



Introduction to History

Learners consider their own past and family history. They develop their concept of time and learn how to sequence events. They consider how and why we learn about the past, and about the nature of evidence and historical sources.



Stone Age to Iron Age

Learners find out about how early people collaborated to become the first farmers, living in settled communities. They use evidence to find out about prehistoric sites including Skara Brae, and evaluate theories about the construction and purpose of Stonehenge.


Spring Term



The Romans

Learners acquire knowledge about the Roman Empire, including the invasion of Britain and the Roman army. They debate whether the early Britons should attack or collaborate with the Romans, constructing balanced arguments. They go onto consider aspects of Roman legacy.



The Anglo-Saxon Hoard

Learners discover the mysteries of the Staffordshire Hoard. They use evidence to find out about Anglo-Saxon life, arts and crafts and sagas. They use this to help them develop and test hypothesis about the hoard, reaching and justifying their own conclusions.


Summer Term



Medieval Britain

This unit looks at the reasons why the Normans took a risk to invade and conquer England. The learners use evidence to find out about the Battle of Hastings and examine interpretations of the Battle of Hastings. They evaluate the significance of Norman rule, identifying and explaining changes and continuities.



Early Islamic civilisation: The Golden Age of Islam

The learners learn about the society in the Golden Age of Islam, and compare this society to what was happening at the same time in Britain. Each lesson is also clearly tied to an important historical skill or concept, whether it be analysis of sources, causation or appreciating cultural diversity. They look at why the civilisation grew so rapidly at the time, explaining how far it spread, and explore the richness of the civilisation and its consequences.





Year 8


Autumn Term



In this unit the learners acquire knowledge about the main personalities and events of the political, economic and religious changes that occurred in Britain 1500-1750 through an evaluation of the images created at the time. This leads into a study communication through portraits and historical interpretations.



The learners explore the relationships between the Tudor monarchs, including Henry VIII and his wives. They investigate the highs and lows of Catherine of Aragon as a lead up to the Break with Rome. The focus is on developing the concept of cause and consequence and use of evidence.


Spring Term



In this unit the learners acquire knowledge about the exploration of the world by people in the sixteenth century and its impact on sailors, settlers and indigenous peoples. They investigate in depth one of the explorers and the way in which they have been interpreted.



After a general survey of the different social groups in Tudor Britain, learners go on to consider how beggars were looked upon and treated. They then tackle the whole issue of poverty in the sixteenth century and its causes.


Summer Term



This unit includes an investigation of the causes of the Civil War and the reality of the war for different people of the period. Learners are encouraged to consider the issues behind the execution of Charles I, and to use contemporary evidence to re-enact it.



The learners consider the Great Plague through contemporary sources, including the supposed causes and attempted remedies used. They go on to consider the usefulness of various types of evidence in finding out about the Great Fire of London and to understand the importance of some of the changes which took place in the seventeenth century.





Year 9


Autumn Term



In this unit, learners learn about black peoples within American society. They are encouraged to consider the changing experiences of the black community, as well as changes within America as a whole, as black peoples moved from slavery to freedom, and towards equality. There are opportunities to examine the varied part played by black peoples in American life and culture, and to reflect upon the nature of 'freedom' in America.



Learners investigate the entrepreneurs at the centre of the Industrial Revolution, analysing different historical interpretations and making judgements about significance. They evaluate evidence about working conditions in factories for reliability, and examine key changes such as the growth of towns and cities.


Spring Term



In this unit the learners explore the origins of World War One. They identify and explain long and short term causes, using evidence to test hypotheses. They explain different interpretations and reach their own conclusions by critiquing a contemporary newsreel's analysis, and creating their own.



Building on the previous unit, learners investigate some of the key features of World War One. They consider the use of propaganda, find out about trench warfare and the use of new weapons, and develop their empathy skills. Through analysis of the battle of the Somme, the learners evaluate the role of General Haig. They reflect upon the importance of remembrance.


Summer Term



In this unit the learners investigate how and why the Holocaust happened including the chronology of the Holocaust and the way the persecution of Jewish people developed over time. They examine some of the ideas and attitudes underpinning the Nazi persecution of the Jews and other groups, make critical use of a range of sources of information about the Holocaust, and select, organise and use relevant information.



The learners acquire knowledge about the renewal of hostilities in the 20th century - the Cold War. They find out about why President Truman dropped the atomic bombs in August 1945, and decide how close the world came to World War Three in the years after World War Two. The learners gain a clearer understanding of the changing world their grandparents grew up in and relate it directly to ‘their’ world today.



In KS4 learners can study OCR Entry Level History or OCR Schools History Project GCSE.