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History tells us who we are, where we came from and how we are connected. Without studying history, we cannot understand where we are now or where we are going in the future. Studying history often ignites a passion, a curiosity and a determination in students. A passion to ensure that wrongs in the past are not repeated in the future.

A curiosity about how people in the past thought differently or similarly to them even though their lives may be separated by hundreds of years. A determination to study hard and write with maturity and authority; accepting that a piece of writing or research may take time to develop and refine before it is completed.

By studying history, we develop knowledge and understanding of chronology, we can identify key features of historical periods, the role of significant individuals, events and turning points. History develops our understanding of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, historians do this by making connections, analysing trends, and investigating big historical questions. History enables us to make connections between different aspects of the periods and themes studied; between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, social, political, religious and military history; and between short and long-term timescales.

Historians never stop questioning. They question why things happen, they question how they can truly know what happened. They even question other Historians! This ability to question and think critically encourages confidence to communicate ideas and challenge injustice.

Curriculum information

Year  

Autumn  

Spring  

Summer 

History from above 

  • The Romans and their control over England 

The development of Church and State 1066 – 1509 

  • The Norman invasion and conquest 

The development of Church of Church and State 1509 – 1745 

  • The Reformation  

 

 

History from above 

The development of Church and state 1509 – 1745 

  • The Reformation  

  • Elizabeth 1 

  

History from above  

  • The Crusades and their impact on the wider world 

History from below  

The development of Church and State 1509 – 1745 

  • The English Civil War 

  • Trail and execution of Charles I 

Ideas, political power, industry, and Empire 1745 – 1901 

  • Transatlantic slave trade and abolition.  

History from below  

Ideas, political power, industry, and Empire 1745 – 1901 

  • The industrial revolution  

 

War as the locomotive of change 

Challenges for Britain, Europe, and the wider world 1901 – present 

  • World War I 

  • A local study with a focus on the Birtley Belgians 

 

War as the locomotive of change  

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 – present 

  • World War II 

War as the locomotive of change  

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 – present 

  • The Holocaust  

  • The Nazis a warning from history  

War as the locomotive of change  

  • The Nazis a warning from history  

10 

EDEXCEL GCSE History

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 

  • Medicine through time, c1250-present 

EDEXCEL GCSE History 

  • Medicine through time, c1250-present 

  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatments, and the trenches 

EDEXCEL GCSE History 

  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatments, and the trenches 

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88 

11 

EDEXCEL GCSE History

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88 

  • The American West, c1835-c1895 

EDEXCEL GCSE History 

  • The American West, c1835-c1895 

  • Revision and preparation for GCSE exams 

EDEXCEL GCSE History 

  • Revision and preparation for GCSE exams 

 

12 

Unit 1 England 1485-1558: The Early Tudors 

 

Unit 2 Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963 

 

13 

Unit 3 The Middle East 1908 – 2011: Ottomans to Arab Spring 

 

Unit 4 Coursework – a source-based enquiry focusing on the Tudors 

 

I enjoy History because it helps us learn about our past and understand what life is like for other people.
Year 7 student
History is my favourite subject because you learn a lot of interesting facts and it can help with other subjects such as English.
Year 9 student