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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

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7

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 and State 1509-1745

  • The Reformation

History from above

The development of Church and State 1509-1745

  • The Reformation
  • Elizabeth I 

War as a locomotive of change

The development of the Middle East 1095-1500

  • The Crusades – war in the Middle East and its impact on the wider world

8

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

9

History from above

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

  • Rise of the dictators in Europe – Russia, Italy, Germany

War as a locomotive of change

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

  • WWII - War at home

War as a locomotive of change

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

  • WWII – War abroad

War as a locomotive of change

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

  • The Holocaust – persecution of the Jews and others

War as a locomotive of change

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

  • The Holocaust – life after the war

History from above and below, war as a locomotive of change

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

  • Weimar Germany

10

EDEXCEL GCSE History

  • 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, 1558-1588

11

EDEXCEL GCSE History

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588
  • 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

OCR A Level History

Unit 1 England 1485-1558: The Early Tudors

Unit 2 Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963

13

OCR A Level History

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